Follow us twitter facebook
Edition: Brazil
Click here to subscribe toour free weekly newsletter click here
Laws and regulations

North America on the way to ban plastic microbeads in cosmetics

In the wake of Illinois, several North American states have voted or are considering measures to prohibit plastic microbeads in cosmetics. While the Canadian parliament is moving toward a ban, a proposition to ban microbeads in the United State is also being discussed at Federal level.

Photo credit: shutterstock.com / © CandyBox Images

Photo credit: shutterstock.com / © CandyBox Images

Connecticut bans plastic microbeads in cosmetics

With the recent adoption on June 29 by the Connecticut legislature of [a number of items as budget implementers including a ban of plastic microbeads used in cosmetics and personal care products, the prospect of a general ban in North America gained ground.

The text prohibits the manufacture of personal care products - with the exception of over-the-counter drugs - containing synthetic solid microbeads from December 31, 2017. It also prohibits the importation of such products from December 31, 2018.

Several other states have already passed similar laws or are considering their adoption. The list of states that have passed a ban or discussing this issue includes California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin. In New Jersey, for instance, Governor Chris Christie signed the legislation (S2178) into law on March 2015, after having vetoed an earlier version of the law in December 2014.

Towards a federal law?

On the 1st of May 2015, Congressman Fred Upton and members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held the first legislative hearing on H.R. 1321, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill, authored by representative and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, would require the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the sale or distribution of personal care products containing plastic microbeads by January 1, 2018.

H.R. 1321, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015

A Federal legislation would have the advantage to establish a national standard to protect the environment and therefore ensure that manufacturers do not face a patchwork of State laws.

Canada on the track

In Canada, the House of Commons unanimously voted a proposition from the New Democratic Party (NDP) to add microbeads to the list of toxic substances managed by the government under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The NDP initiative has received support from many people across the country, NGOs and the Canadian Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrances Association. A public petition on Change.org has gathered over 30,000 signatures in a few short months.

All these legislative initiatives show a clear direction and it is quite reasonable to expect that a ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics will be effective across the North American continent around January 2018.

Vincent Gallon

© 2015 - Brazil Beauty News - www.brazilbeautynews.com

latest news
Focus
Luxe Pack prepares for its second Los Angeles edition and announces new venue in New York

Luxe Pack prepares for its second Los Angeles edition and announces new venue in New York

Luxe Pack, the business to business tradeshow dedicated to luxury packaging, will return to the West Coast for its second Los Angeles edition on February 27-28, 2019. As per last year, the event will be co-hosted with MakeUp in Los Angeles, B2B show for beauty and skin care accessories, trends, and formulation. Luxe Pack Los (...)

read more
Experts’ views
Vanilla Madagascar - crisis recovery... or not yet?

Rémi Pulverail
Vanilla Madagascar - crisis recovery... or not yet?

Following the interesting November report from Aust & Hachmann (Vanilla Market Update - November 2018), we would like to emphasize a few points which - to our opinion- are quite questionable. The report is very optimistic, and we all hope that the unusual crisis on the vanilla market comes to an end as the current situation (...)

read more

Features