Thursday, June 7, 2018

It might have led the charge for similar plastic microfiber bills in New York and Connecticut, but California’s Assembly Bill 2379 is off the table—for now.

In February, California State Assembly Member Richard Bloom introduced the bill, which would require clothing that comprises more than 50 percent synthetic material to include an additional label instructing consumers to hand-wash the apparel instead of using a machine. The bill was introduced after different studies suggested that microfibers—many of which measure less than 5 millimeters long—are threatening marine life. If passed in the California State Assembly, the law would have only applied to clothing sold in the state.

Monday, June 4, 2018

A measure that would ban the sale of children’s products, mattresses and upholstered furniture containing flame retardants in California has been approved by the state Assembly and awaits action in the Senate.

The Assembly approved the bill, AB 2998, on 30 May by a 58-12 vote.  

The measure would bar, from 1 January 2020, the sale in California of covered products containing – or with a constituent component containing – the chemicals at levels above 1,000 parts per million. It covers all flame retardant substances. The bill would also bar repair and reupholstery businesses from working on furniture containing the substances.

Current California law requires manufacturers of upholstered furniture to state whether or not the product contains added flame retardants and bars manufacture or sale of products that contain more than 1/10th of 1% of pentaBDE or octaBDE.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Your polyester shirt may soon come with a warning label.

Friday, June 1, 2018

A proposed state legislation advocating for warning labels on some garments made from synthetic fabrics, which can shed plastic microfibers, is no longer on the assembly floor.

“The bill is dead,” confirmed a spokesman from Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s, office. Bloom introduced the bill on Feb. 14, as part of an effort to curb marine pollution.

The label was intended for garments made of 50 percent or more synthetic fibers and sold in California. The bill sought to require a warning label about possible environmental effects related to plastic microfibers, which can enter the water supply and impact marine life, Bloom, D-Santa Monica, told the Business Journal last month.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It took years of activist campaigns to turn the plastic bag into a villain, and hard-fought legislation to reduce its presence in oceans and waterways. Now, environmentalists and lawmakers are deploying similar tactics against a new generation of plastic pollutants.

There are drinking straws, which as a viral video shows can get stuck in a sea turtle's nose. The hundreds of thousands of bottle caps that wind up on beaches. And the microfibers that wash off polyester clothes, making their way into the ocean, the stomachs of marine life and ultimately our seafood.

Friday, May 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO — An array of bills aimed at easing California’s housing crisis, from banning fees on “granny flats” to pushing housing development on BART property, cleared a key hurdle on Friday, while others died quietly in fiscal committees.

One such fatality was a proposal to help teachers and other middle-income tenants live closer to their jobs , one of many bills aiming to shore up the supply of badly needed affordable housing for low- and middle-income families. California housing officials estimate that shortfall has ballooned to a staggering 3.5 million homes.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

An amendment to a bill that would extend California’s $330 million-a-year film incentives program would for the first time require applicants to submit a written policy against sexual harassment. If approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, it would be the first time an anti-sexual harassment policy has been included in any state-sponsored film incentives program.