Miniature Plastic Particles a Big Source of Pollution

Monday, April 13, 2015

Assemblymember Bloom presented legislation before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee to ban plastic microbeads from being used in products such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpaste. Microbeads, which are also known to be toxic, have emerged as a pervasive form of pollution in our waterways and marine environment, contributing approximately 38 tons of plastic annually. The tiny particles are prevalent in ocean debris piles, the Great Lakes, and were found in the Los Angeles River last year. The bill, AB 888, passed the committee on a bipartisan 7-0 vote.