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.