30 Dec '15, 7pm

Obama signs bipartisan ban on microbeads

Obama signs bipartisan ban on microbeads

President Obama and the U.S. Congress may not get along very well, but they just teamed up to give the country a welcome New Year's gift: no more microbeads. Microbeads are tiny plastic specks that pose a big problem for aquatic ecosystems. Found in products from toothpaste to body wash, the miniature exfoliants easily drain into waterways, where they're eaten by fish and pass up the food chain. After several states banned microbeads — starting with Illinois in 2014 — U.S. lawmakers drafted the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 earlier this year. The bill is designed to phase out microbeads in consumer products over the next five years. While Congress has grown increasingly divided in recent decades, microbeads have proven to be a rare source of bipartisanship. Not only was the bill co-sponsored by a Republican and a Democrat — U.S. Reps. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, and Frank ...

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