Ban on Microbead Plastics Signed into Law

Recently, advocates for healthier oceans and other marine ecosystems notched a major victory in the US Congress. On December 28, 2015, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 was signed into law, effectuating a prohibition against the sale or distribution of cosmetic products like soaps and shampoos that contain intentionally-added plastic microbeads. The prohibition on manufacturing of such products begins on July 1, 2017, and the prohibition on introducing such products into interstate commerce begins on July 1, 2018. This victory comes on the heels of recent success in California where Greenfire Law client, the 5 Gyres Institute, along with Greenfire itself, helped draft the Plastic Microbeads Nuisance Prevention Law, which came into affect on October 8, 2015.