Congratulate Illinois for Banning Harmful Cosmetics


Target: Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois

Goal: Thank Illinois for banning soaps that hurt the ocean

According to an article in Inhabitat, Illinois has become the very first state to ban cosmetics companies from using toxic microbeads in their soap products. Although microbeads add a refreshing and invigorating component to many a face washing routine, these tiny particles are extremely detrimental for the ocean.

Because microbeads are so tiny, they slip through the filtration systems in sewers. And where do sewers lead to? The ocean. The microbeads are blessed with the power of absorption, making them capable of taking in harmful pollutants. The microbeads are then consumed by fish, who unfortunately think they are food, resulting in numerous fish casualties.

However, the good news is that by the end of the year 2018, it will be illegal to make products in the state of Illinois containing these microbeads, and by the end of 2019, companies will no longer be able to sell them in any Illinois stores as well.

Although it was a tough battle pushing past the cosmetic companies’ lobbyists in the state legislature, groups like the Personal Care Products Council were able to defeat them and get major companies like L’Oreal and Johnson and Johnson on board with phasing out soaps with microbeads in them. Help us encourage other states who are beginning the battle, like New York and California, by raising awareness about the success in Illinois and thanking Governor Quinn for enacting this legislation by signing the petition below.


Dear Governor Quinn,

Congratulations on setting a timeline to phase out cosmetic microbeads in Illinois. You are to be praised for not only your keen environmental stewardship, but also for being a politician in tandem with being a steward of our planet. We thank you for representing your constituents’ voices in a way that is accurate of the policies that they want to see enacted as well as thinking of our friends in the ocean.

However, the fight is not over. Although you have done a remarkable job of stepping out as the leader in the fight to ban these injurious cosmetics, this petition is being written with the hopes that it will reach the voters in other states who can help ignite the same fire that has been lit in Illinois.

It is time for a nationwide change, and thank you again for representing the first state that has changed it.


[Your Name Here]

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