Illinois bans plastic microbeads in personal care products

CHICAGO — In an effort to help ensure clean waterways, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to make Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.

The new law will require synthetic microbeads to be removed from manufacturing by the end of 2018 and bans the sale of such items by the end of 2019 in Illinois.

“Banning microbeads will help ensure clean waters across Illinois and set an example for our nation to follow,” Quinn stated. “Lake Michigan and the many rivers and lakes across our state are among our most important natural resources. We must do everything necessary to safeguard them."

The Personal Care Products Council supported the legislation and stated, “We urge policy makers who are considering similar legislation in other states to review the work we have accomplished in Illinois with all sectors of the business community, including personal care product manufacturers, as we have sought to identify effective and realistic solutions."

According to an Associated Press report, legislatures in other states, including New York and California, have considered similar bans.


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