Wisconsin Joins Connecticut in Microbead Ban

Plastic microbeads damage the environment. They have also been linked to animal and human health issues. Connecticut’s decision to ban microbeads on Tuesday has already had an impact on other states:

Although Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is not well-known for making good decisions that benefit all of the people in his state, it was announced late yesterday, July 1, that he has decided to ban microbeads. Only seven states in the United States, including Illinois, Ohio, New York and New Jersey, currently have official bans against the production, sales and non-secure disposal of microbeads.

Of course, unlike the officials in many other states, Governor Walker’s decision is mostly for show, at least from what Adam has seen. The ban on manufacturing of the beads will not start until 2018, which means that tons of non-biodegradable beads will be allowed into the market over the next two years.

The Personal Care Products Council and many health and beauty companies initially insisted that microbeads were not harmful to the environment, animals or humans even though a lot of scientific studies had proven that they are a blight on the face of the planet. They have since attempted to save face by supporting the bans. Around 90 percent of the plastic particles found in Lake Erie are supposedly from microbeads.

Many believe that the United State isn’t doing enough. The Netherlands has pledged to be “virtually free” of microbeads from products by 2016.

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