Help ban microbeads to protect wildlife and human health

This can be a good year for the environment if a couple of items pass in the upcoming special session. The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters urges you to help ban microbeads in order to protect wildlife and human health.

HB 5286 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IMPORT AND SALE OF COSMETICS THAT CONTAIN MICROBEADS 

Researchers estimate that a single product can contain as many as 350,000 plastic microbeads. When fish consume microbeads, chemicals absorbed in the beads can be passed up the food chain to larger fish, wildlife, and ultimately humans.

In order to decrease plastic contaminants in its rivers, lakes and Long Island Sound, Connecticut should prohibit the import and sale of personal cosmetic products that contain plastic microbeads measured to be five millimeters or less.

To see the language of the bill: www.cga.ct.gov

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