New law bans microbeads in personal care products

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday signed legislation to make Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. 

“Banning microbeads will help ensure clean waters across Illinois and set an example for our nation to follow,” Quinn said. “Lake Michigan and the many rivers and lakes across our state are among our most important natural resources. We must do everything necessary to safeguard them."

Senate Bill 2727, sponsored by state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Jaime Andrade Jr., makes Illinois the first state to ban microbeads in personal care products. The new law will require synthetic microbeads to be removed from manufacturing by the end of 2018 and bans the sale of such items by the end of 2019 in Illinois.

“Lake Michigan is a critically important natural resource for our state, and its health affects recreation, tourism and the flourishing of aquatic plant and animal species,” Steans said. “I’m proud that Illinois is an environmental leader, taking the first step away from plastic microbeads toward natural exfoliants, and I’m optimistic that we’ve started a nationwide movement to protect not just the Great Lakes, but other bodies of water with high concentrations of microbeads.”         

"This legislation is a tremendous first step in protecting our precious natural resource, Lake Michigan, from plastic pollutants,” Andrade said. “This bill would not have been possible without relentless support from our governor, the business community, and the environmental groups that worked together for this legislation to pass both the Senate and the House unanimously."

“We are very pleased today to see Gov. Quinn take action to make Illinois the first state in the nation to ban microbeads from personal care products,” Illinois Environmental Council Executive Director Jennifer Walling said. “It is great to see Illinois be first in the nation at protecting our Great Lakes from plastics pollution."

Quinn also signed legislation to prevent landfills from being built or expanding in Cook County and has dedicated $10 million in state funding to improve water quality in Chicago area waterways.