Illinois becomes first state to ban microbeads

microbeadsA popular scrubbing particle will be soon be outlawed in Illinois.

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill that bans the use of microbeads here in the state.

The tiny plastic beads are used in some soaps and facial cleansers as exfoliants.

But environmentalists say microbeads often end up in waterways where they are eaten by wildlife.

Companies have until the end of 2017 to stop manufacturing them, and businesses must stop selling products with microbeads by 2018.

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