The California legislature came within a single vote, earlier this year, of passing a bill to prohibit the use of tiny plastic microbeads in cosmetic products sold in the state. Backers of the measure are vowing to try again next year. KRCB’s science reporter Danielle Venton examines why they are a problem.
One of the leaders in the global effort toblock the further use of microbeads is the 5 Gyres Institute here in California, which has launched an online petition drive to ban them . The campaign is getting an increasing response from manufacturers.