Success: Plastic Microbeads Banned from Personal Care Products

Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House

GoalPraise bill that was passed to end the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products.

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to stop using plastic microbeads in personal care products. Thanks in part to ForceChange’s petition urging the ban of microbeads, this bill will finally get rid of microbeads and the pollution they cause.

Microbeads are found to harm aquatic wildlife as well as contaminate water. The use of plastic microbeads has been criticized for creating water pollution, since 1,500 to 1.1 million microbeads were discovered in the Great Lakes area. Because of their size, sewage treatment measures are not effective in catching microbeads. Dangerous toxins were discovered inside microbeads and then those toxins are consumed by fish that inhabit the lakes.

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. introduced a bill to begin phasing out the plastic from personal care products. The House of Representatives has approved the bill, which will begin the phasing out process on July 1st, 2017. While many states have already taken steps to eliminate microbeads, this legislation will enforce a federal and cohesive ban on such products throughout the US.

Sign the petition below to applaud the House of Representatives for taking an important step in reducing plastic pollution and protecting the well-being of aquatic wildlife.


Dear Mr. Ryan,

I would like to express thanks to the House of Representatives for passing the Microbead Free Waters Act. This legislation is an important and necessary step to conserving our environment and protecting our wildlife.

Passing federal legislation that is focused on environmental protection helps raise awareness about conservation concerns. It’s important that the country cohesively work towards improving our environmental future. Citizens must know that the federal government is concerned with protecting the environment and that it is a top priority for the country. Instating laws such as the Microbead Free Waters Act helps do this.

Thank you for passing this legislation and helping eliminate water pollution in the U.S.


[Your Name Here]

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