microbeads

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill banning synthetic microbeads in personal care products has become law without Gov. Paul LePage's signature.

Republican Sen. Tom Saviello's proposal went into law this week after LePage took no action on the bill.

Microbeads are non-biodegradable plastic particles used in facial cleansers and toothpaste. They will have to be phased out of most products over three years. The law will go into full effect in 2019.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill that would ban the sale of synthetic microbeads in personal care products has been sent to Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The Republican-led Senate unanimously approved Democratic Rep. Joan Welsh's bill on Wednesday. The Democratic-controlled House passed the proposal with a 145-1 vote on Tuesday.

The measure would require microbeads, which are used as exfoliants in facial cleansers and soaps, to be phased out over three years.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Democratic-controlled Maine House has given final approval to a bill that would ban the sale of synthetic plastic microbeads in personal care products.

The House voted 145-1 on Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate.

Microbeads are non-biodegradable plastic particles that are used as exfoliants in facial cleansers and soaps. Environmentalists say they get through sewage filters and build up in waterways, where they can be ingested by wildlife and get into drinking water.

AUGUSTA, Maine - They are no more than one-third of a millimeter in size, but synthetic plastic microbeads pose a huge problem to waterways and wildlife, according to environmentalists, who would like to see them disappear.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine legislator wants the state to phase out and eventually ban the sale of synthetic plastic microbeads in personal care products.

The beads are non-biodegradable plastic particles that are used as exfoliants in facial cleansers and soaps. Environmentalists say they get through sewage filters and build up in waterways, where they can harm wildlife. Illinois became the first state to ban them last year.