At the end of February, I reported on the Microbead-Free Waters Act, the bill that may outlaw the exfoliating microbeads found in face and body scrubs due to environmental damage. Read more about it in this blog post.
Curious about what other products this law may affect, I reached out to Michiel Abbing of Plastic Soup Foundation, one of the forces behind the Beat the Microbead campaign. I was specifically curious about the beads that are so popular for nail art. He responded:
Not only polyethylene, but a whole range of plastics will be forbidden if the law gets into force, also for nail art etc., because the definition used is:
THE TERM “MICROBEAD” SHALL MEAN ANY PLASTIC COMPONENT OF A PERSONAL
COSMETIC PRODUCT MEASURED TO BE FIVE MILLIMETERS OR LESS IN SIZE.
He also provided me with the link to the full bill, which you can read here.
The bill goes as far as to define personal cosmetic product to mean:
(A) ARTICLE INTENDED TO BE RUBBED, POURED, SPRINKLED, OR SPRAYED ON, INTRODUCED INTO, OR OTHERWISE APPLIED TO THE HUMAN BODY OR ANY PART THEREOF FOR CLEANSING, BEAUTIFYING, PROMOTING ATTRACTIVENESS, OR ALTERING THE APPEARANCE, AND (B) ARTICLE INTENDED FOR — USE AS A COMPONENT OF ANY SUCH ARTICLE. THE TERM “PERSONAL COSMETIC PRODUCT” SHALL NOT INCLUDE ANY PRODUCT FOR WHICH A PRESCRIPTION IS REQUIRED FOR DISTRIBUTION OR DISPENSATION AS PROVIDED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY-ONE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW OR SECTION SIX THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED TEN OF THE EDUCATION LAW.
Bye bye, caviar manis!
There hasn’t been any more developments regarding the proposal, but be sure to follow my blog in some way to get any updates.