Senate Votes to Phase out Plastic, Environmentally-Destructive Microbeads in 2017
The U.S. Senate unanimously voted recently to phase out the use of plastic microbeads in soaps, body washes, and other personal care products starting in 2017.
The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 was approved following House approval last week and is now headed to President Barack Obama’s desk.
The bill was created to protect fish and wildlife that are ingesting the microbeads after they are rinsed down the drain and are eventually dumped into lakes and rivers. 
In September, we reported on the environmental dangers posed by these tiny beads, 8 billion of which have already made their way into U.S. waterways. Imagine 3 tennis courts full of microbeads for an idea of how just how many that is.
And 8 billion microbeads is only 1% of how many truly exist – the rest are floating around in sewage treatment plants. Eventually, they’ll be spread out over grass and will find their way into streams before being strewn into larger waterways. The beads don’t dissolve and can remain in the environment for decades.