Greenfire Law Attorney Published in Tulane Environmental Law Journal
Tulane Law School has published the first law journal to be entirely dedicated to the legal issues surrounding plastic pollution, and a Greenfire Law attorney penned one of the articles. The Tulane Environmental Law Journal on Plastic Pollution features an article by Dr. Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres and attorney Rachel Doughty of Greenfire Law on a 5 Gyres sponsored bill to ban the use of plastic microbeads in consumer personal care products. Variations of this legislation, originally penned by attorneys Rachel Doughty and Lisa Kaas Boyle for 5 Gyres, has been introduced in New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, and California.
Plastic microbeads are used as exfoliants in many commonly used consumer products such as face and body scrubs, soap, and even some toothpastes. According to research conducted by 5 Gyres Institute, these exfoliating products contain thousands of polyethylene and/or polypropylene micro-plastic particles. While natural exfoliants like rice, husks, or nut meal biodegrade in the environment, plastic exfoliants pose an environmental hazard because they do not biodegrade. Once in the environment, micro-plastics remain and attract other pollutants present in the environment, like pesticides, PCBEs, PAH’s, and other toxic industrial chemicals.
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