Quinn Signs Ban On Microbeads In Cosmetics And Soaps

June 8, 2014 9:08 PM

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CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that he says makes Illinois the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of soaps and cosmetics containing microbeads.

Synthetic plastic microbeads are found in soaps and cosmetics and billed as a way to exfoliate skin and teeth. But environmental experts have raised concerns of plastic pollution in waterways, saying the scrubbing beads can build up and accumulate toxic chemicals that could threaten the food chain.

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