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President Obama signed H.R. 1321, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, into law on December 28, 2015.  The new law prohibits the manufacture, sale, or distribution of personal care products (rinse-off cosmetics) containing plastic microbeads, which also includes toothpastes.

Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic found in many health and beauty products including soap, body scrub and toothpaste.

Because these microbeads are so small, they are not filtered out very easily and have become very harmful in the country’s lakes and oceans.

The new law becomes effective July 1, 2017.

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