AB 888 (Bloom) - Ban on Plastic Microbeads

Summary: AB 888 bans the sale of plastic microbeads found in toothpaste, facial scrubs and other personal care products.

Position and Status: AB 888 is sponsored by CAW. The Governor just signed the nation’s toughest ban on plastic microbeads!

Description:  Plastic microbeads have been introduced into personal care products over the past decade and have been found in oceans, lakes (including the Great Lakes) and rivers throughout the world.  They are generally not recovered in traditional wastewater treatment plants. The tiny pieces of plastic are then dumped into oceans and fresh water sources by the trillions.  They absorb environmental toxins and are consumed by fish and wildlife, polluting our food chain. This bill reduces the problem at the source by banning plastic microbeads in personal care products by 2020. Natural alternatives such as apricot shells, cocoa beans, and salt and sugar are ready alternatives that are already used in some products.

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Organizations Supporting AB 888:

Californians Against Waste (sponsor)
California Association of Sanitation Agencies (sponsor)
Clean Water Action (sponsor)
The Story of Stuff Project  (sponsor)
5 Gyres Institute (sponsor)

3 Green Moms
Acure Organics
Aroma Naturals
As You Sow
Breast Cancer Fund
California Coastkeeper Alliance
California League of Conservation Voters
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Carpinteria Sanitary District
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Environmental Health
Center for Oceanic Awareness Research and Education
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority
Central Marin Sanitation Agency
City of Palo Alto
City and County of San Francisco
Clean Oceans Competition
Cleanups For Change
Coachella Valley Water District
Community Environmental Council
Costa Mesa Sanitary District
Defenders of Wildlife
Delta Diablo
East Bay Municipal Utility District
Elemental Herbs
Environment California
Environmental Action Committee of West Marin
Environmental Working Group
Goleta Sanitary District
Green Sangha
Green Science Policy Institute
Heal the Bay
Health Care Without Harm
Hello Products
Hidden Resources
Klean Kanteen
Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District
Las Virgenes - Triunfo Joint Powers Authority
Leucadia Wastewater District
LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz
LA City Mayor Eric Garcetti
LA Waterkeeper
LUSH Cosmetics
Mango Materials
Metro Water District of Southern California
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Napa Recycling and Waste Services
Natural Resources Defense Council
Ocean Conservancy
Physicians for Social Responsibility, SF Bay Chapter
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Plastic Soup Foundation
Ross Valley Sanitary District
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
San Francisco Water Power Sewer
Save Our Shores
Save The Bay
Sea Turtles Forever
Seventh Generation Advisors
Sierra Club California
State Lands Commission
Surfrider Foundation
Team Marine, Santa Monica High School
Turtle Island Restoration Network
Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority
Wallace J. Nichols, PhD
World Centric
World Society for the Protection of Animals