NYC about to ‘accidentally’ ban a lot of makeup products?

NYC about to ‘accidentally’ ban a lot of makeup products?
(Image via

An effort to ban water-clogging microbeads might inadvertently make many kinds of makeup illegal in New York City.

The city council is working on a proposal to ban cosmetics containing microbeads — minuscule plastic dots that have become a common additive in soaps, facial washes and other skin cleansers because of their exfoliating power.

All those tiny plastic beads have become a problem because they are easily ingested by fish and not so easily filtered out by water treatment systems. …

In New York, though, the industry is worried the proposed ban could have unintended consequences.

According to the New York Post, “in the wording of the council bill, a ‘microbead’ is defined as “any manufactured particle of plastic that measures five millimeters or less in size and is added to a personal care product.”

That definition could include a number of other materials, like plastic polymers, that are found in everything from mascara to lipstick.

Continue reading →

Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.