14 Mar '17, 10am

New Zealand will ban plastic microbeads by 2018

If cosmetics companies won't self-regulate, then it's up to countries to take a strong stance against these nasty miniature pollutants. New Zealand is the latest country to take action against insidious plastic microbeads. Earlier this year, environment minister Nick Smith announced that microbeads would no longer be allowed in any cosmetics or personal care items, starting July 1, 2018, and that any company caught sneaking them into products would be fined NZ $100,000 (US $73,000). Microbeads are tiny plastic beads, usually manufactured from polypropylene or polyethylene, that are added to countless products as an exfoliant. They’re used in a wide range of skin care products, such as facial scrubs, masks, cleansers, soaps, and toothpastes. Because they are so tiny, microbeads cannot be properly filtered out by wastewater treatment facilities and they end up in waterways. ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/new-zealan...

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