Report: NY Attorney General looks to ban microbeads

Created: 02/11/2014 7:12 AM WHEC.com

Microbeads, or tiny abrasives, are used in many products like toothpaste and face washes. Now state lawmakers are calling for an end to microbeads in New York saying the plastic pieces are ending up in the Great Lakes.

According to the Buffalo News, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to ban the manufacture and sale of beauty and personal care products with microbeads less than five millimeters in size.

Environmental groups say the products get into waterways from the pipes in consumers' homes and are a threat to drinking water and fish stocks.

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