by Countable | Updated on 10.7.18
“In some cases, there can be over half a million plastic fragments per square meter of river bed, so that ingestion by insects is very likely.”
“Plastics in insects mean that animals using them as prey could also be affected.”
In 2015, the Microbead-Free Waters Act was signed into law. However, the Act limits the ban to “rinse-off” cosmetic products, such as toothpaste and face wash. Given these recent findings, should the Act be expanded to include other personal-care and cleaning products? Take action above and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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Microplastic waste is just garbage that is hard to see. Ban their use in normal household and cosmetic products.
Are "microplastics" harming the insects? Do we know? Or are we banning something simply for existing? It's cool *sounding* to call for a "ban" and all. But how will that actually play out? A vast majority of consumer products contain or are made entirely of plastics. What *exactly* are we discussing banning and why? We need A LOT more information before we run out and "DO SOMETHING(tm)"
They should have been banned a long time ago.
Absolutely nothing said here about the demonstrated effects of these micro plastics. I’m left to conclude this is hysteria.
Doesn’t anyone care about future generations and the environment?
Yes ban plastic and go back to glass!
Good idea but I bet it will be Immensely Unreasonable to enforce.
Ban them completely? I’m not so sure. But what I am sure about is the saying, “You are what you eat.” If this much micro plastic is found in insects, follow The Lion King, and think about the circle of life here. Insect eaters eat these insects, so the insect eaters are ingesting this plastic. The things that eat the insect eaters ingest it. Eventually, we do to. Because we are at the end of a long chain of “you are what you eat.” If what we eat it full of junk, so are we.
Dear Representatives, the science is clear on micro plastics impact on the environment. It affects the planet, all lives, and humans. Let’s work together to ban single use plastics in order to greatly reduce our impact. Even the smallest bit of effort makes a difference and increase the health of the ocean, waterways, drinking water, and much more. The Starfish story: two friends are walking along a beach with hundreds of stranded starfish on the shore. Once in awhile, one picks up a starfish and throws it out to sea. After awhile, the other asks, “Why do that? What difference does it make?” The first picks up a starfish and says, “It made a difference to that one.” Thank you for your consideration.
It seems so obvious I just can't muster the energy for argument.
Should have been done already.
We’re not doing our due diligence in protecting citizens and the environment from the harmful effects of plastic pollution. Please take measures to eliminate single use plastics, micro plastics, and marine plastics and find innovative solutions to replace our dependence on petroleum based plastics.
Ban microplastics now
Seems it’s too late!
Yes micro plastics are the worst!!
Anyone ever heard of the food chain, and understand what that means? Unfortunately we seem to have a Congress with very little to no concern for the People, or any people for that matter.
Enough microplastics are generated by degradation of larger plastics. We shouldn't be deliberately manufacturing them unless they serve a truly essential function. It's time to ban microplastics in all cosmetic products, not just rinse off varieties.
Not just microplastics, but ordinary-size plastics that become micro with use. Will unregulated capitalism kill everybody? Looks like it.
Companies won’t change their practices unless they’re forced to. We need to reduce plastic consumption ESPECIALLY in major commercial spaces!!
This is bad. The EPA needs to be allowed to do its job, and be headed by an actual scientist, not a politician.
92% for the ban but are any of us actively doing anything to make it happen? Sadly, I am not...
I have seen first hand the extent of plastics in the Pacific, and micro plastics have brought the same consequences to fresh water. We need to address this problem before the bioaccumulation becomes too great.