Stop Sale of Products Containing Harmful Microbeads


Target: Personal Care Products Council’s President and CEO Lezlee Westine

Goal: Stop the sale of beauty products containing harmful plastic microbeads and encourage the endorsement a safer alternative.

Microbeads found in beauty products are harming ecosystems across the country as fish mistake them for food. For many years several manufacturers have been using these tiny plastic beads, which are intended to act as an exfoliant. However, they have had disastrous side effects for the environment, as they are washed down the drain to our water systems and end up in the ocean.

These microbeads drain out into our rivers, lakes, and oceans where they accumulate in alarming numbers. Many times fish or other animals mistake them for food as they resemble small fish eggs. These animals ingest the microbeads where the pollutant then makes it way up the food chain, sometimes ending up on our dinner plates.

Activists and conservationists have been working hard to remove these products from America’s shelves. While some companies have agreed to stop using these harmful microplastics in their products, there has been little action taken to make a serious impact across the nation. Only Illinois has banned all cosmetics containing microplastic.

More must be done to ensure these harmful microbeads are removed from the market. By signing this petition below, you will be asking the Personal Care Products Council to put a ban on selling products with microbeads and to endorse the manufacture of a safer alternative. We cannot let these harmful plastic products pollute our ocean environments any longer – take action now.


Dear President Westine,

There has been much evidence in recent years showing the destructive effects plastic microbeads have on the environment. These microplastics pollute our waterways and make their way to oceans and lakes where animals then ingest them, mistaking them for food. When animals consume these microplastics, it makes its way up the food chain, sometimes ending up in people’s dinners.

Still, not much has been done to take these products off shelves. State governments have been working to pass laws to help ban the sale of these products. However, I believe you and your company can have a bigger impact on the issue by taking action.

I urge the Personal Care Products Council to stop selling products containing these plastic microbeads and also to endorse the manufacture of a safer alternative. Your company has a huge influence on the market and by not selling these products, can have an even bigger impact on the environment and the health of American’s across the country.


[Your Name Here]

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