SPRINGFIELD - Buying and using personal care products will be a thing of the past soon in Illinois. Over the weekend, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the first microbeads ban after the legislation passed unanimously in both Illinois General Assembly chambers.
Environmentalists are pleased with Illinois' cutting edge ban. They say the plastic beads pose long-term pollution problems because of their small size, particularly in the Great Lakes which contain 20 percent of the world’s freshwater. Microbeads are so small they can pass through water filtration systems and be mistaken as food by fish in the Great Lakes.
However, eliminating plastic beads won't solve the entire problem of tiny, plastic parts in our waterways, Gizmodo reports. The floating detritus of the Great Pacific garbage patch, for example, mostly consists of small pieces of plastic broken up from larger ones. As a first step, though, getting rid of plastic beads seems a lot easier than getting rid of all plastic bottles.