SUPPORT AB 1699 (Bloom) Protect California’s Waters: Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products The bill AB 1699 is going to the floor TODAY (Thursday, Aug. 21). It is going to be tight, but we have high hopes. If any of you are in the Capitol before the vote happens, we could use your help with the following legislators: We really hope that Galgiani, Hernandez, Correa, Block, and Roth will support this bill. Thank you again for your help with this important bill and to all of the groups who agreed to sign-on in support.
Plastic microbeads used as exfoliants in personal care products like facial scrubs, soap, and toothpaste are pervading our waterways. Sewage treatment cannot remove all of these beads when they are rinsed off of our bodies and down the drain. Consequently, tens of thousands of these pieces of plastic are being discharged into our waters per facility every day. That adds up to 38 tons in California waters each year.
AB 1699 would prohibit the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads.
Why is this important?
• Plastic microbeads absorb toxic, environmentally persistent chemicals such as DDT, PCBs, PAHs, and flame retardants found in our waterways.
• Fish that humans consume can be contaminated by these toxins and bioaccumulate up the food chain.
• These toxins pose a serious health threat to humans and wildlife.
• This is an Environmental Justice issue for people who practice subsistence fishing due to economic need or cultural tradition.
• Even “biodegradable” and plant-based plastics do not break down in the marine environment.
• Safe, non-plastic alternatives, such as apricot shells and cocoa beans, exist.