A single tube of facial cleanser or toothpaste can contain 3,500 plastic microbeads
, which are used as exfoliants or simply to add color. These beads are rinsed down the sink or shower drain and end up being sent to sewage treatment plants that are not designed to remove floating plastics. Approximately 38 tons of plastic microbead pollution are discharged into California’s waterways and the ocean every year. None of these plastic microbeads break down in water. Instead they absorb toxic chemicals from waterways, like PCBs and flame retardants, turning these plastic microbeads into tiny little toxic pills. These particles are then eaten by wildlife and some of the toxic chemicals move up the food chain into seafood that many people consume!
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW! With a simple click you can send a message to your State Senator, urging them to vote for AB 888 (Bloom) when it comes to the Senate Floor
next month. This bill would ban the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products, while allowing natural alternatives like ground apricot pits, beeswax, and clay.