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Plastic Microbeads Bans for Soaps, Toothpaste Going Into Effect

July 2, 2018, 9:00 PM

Canada, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. have removed products containing microbeads from store shelves.

In the U.S., the sale of personal care products containing microbeads is banned from interstate commerce, as of July 1. The move follows similar laws coming on line in Canada and the U.K.

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles that, until recently, were used in hundreds of products ranging from body scrubs, to cosmetics, to toothpastes. Every year, thousands of tons of plastic microbeads wash into the sea, where they harm wildlife.

“This is great news for our Great Lakes, which are so important to our...

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