AB 1699 (Bloom, 2013-14) Micro-beads 

Summary.  Bans plastic microbeads from personal care products after 2019.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.
The bill passed through the Senate Committee for Environmental Quality on June 18th and the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 24. This bill is no longer active.


Micro-beads are pervasive in the environment, absorb persistent organic pollutants (long-lasting toxic chemicals like DDT, PAHs, PCBs [flame-retardants]) and other industrial chemicals, and are consumed by a variety of marine life, including the fish we harvest for food.

AB 1699 would prohibit, on or after January 1, 2019, the sale or promotion of personal care products, such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpastes containing plastic micro-beads.

CAW Staff Contact.     

Sue Vang

(916) 443-5422 

Assembly Member Richard Bloom 

State Capitol, Room 2179

Sacramento, CA 95814

Current Language, Analyses and Votes.

All One Ocean      
Attorney General, Department of Justice, State of California      
California Association of Sanitation Agencies
Californians Against Waste
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Center for Biological Diversity
City of Los Angeles
Coachella Valley Water District
Environment California
Heal the Bay
Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority
Los Angeles Waterkeeper
Natural Resources Defense Council
Ocean Conservancy
Ocean Voyage Institute/Project Kaisei
Plastic Free Seas
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Plastic Soup Foundation
San Luis Obispo Waterkeeper
Save Our Shores
Seventh Generation Advisors
Sierra Club California
Surfrider Foundation
Team Marine
The Five Gyres Institute
Turtle Island Restoration Network