Thank California for Banning Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics


Target: Richard Bloom, California State Assemblyman (D-Santa Monica)

Goal: Thank the California State Assembly for passing a bill that bans the use of plastic microbeads in exfoliating skin products, soaps and cosmetics

The plastic microbeads contained in many popular exfoliating skin treatments, soaps and cosmetics are harmful to the environment. These microbeads, which are promoted by top manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble Co., are not biodegradable and pollute the environment. These tiny microbeads are able to pass through municipal water filters at treatment plants and are often swallowed by local fish.

The California State Assembly recently passed a bill banning the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products and soaps. “My bill ensures that there is a uniform mandate for the use of these harmful microbeads to level the playing field for all industry and help…protect water for future generations,” said Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica.

If passed by the State Senate, the California law would outlaw the sale of products containing microbeads and impose a $2,500 per day fine for each violation of the law. Not surprisingly, the cosmetics industry opposes the bill and has been successful in pushing back the enforcement timeline to 2019. However, other cosmetic manufactures should be commended for their willingness to produce environmentally safe products and replace microbeads with biodegradable exfoliating ingredients like apricot shells and cocoa beans.

Sign the below petition to thank California lawmakers, led by Representative Richard Bloom, for fighting against environmentally harmful cosmetic products.


Dear Representative Bloom,

Thank you for leading the fight against environmentally harmful products in the cosmetics industry. The safety of our nation’s fish populations and our land should not be sacrificed for the sake of exfoliated skin. Cosmetic microbeads pose serious risks to our environment, and the health benefits are not substantiated by those risks.

I am urging you to continue to push your bill through the California State Senate to ensure that cosmetic manufacturers pay fines for putting harmful microbeads in their products. California is paving the way for other states, such as Illinois and New York, in the fight against unnecessarily destructive cosmetic products.

Please continue to encourage cosmetic manufacturers that are reluctant to comply with safer laws to use biodegradable exfoliating materials, such as cocoa beans and apricot shells in their products as more environmentally friendly alternatives.


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  1. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed! Good thought and petition!

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