Maine is now on the list of states that have banned microbeads. Over the next three years, Maine will be phasing out the sale of personal care products with microbeads.
“Buying organic and natural scrubs and exfoliators such as Green People's Fruit Scrub is the best way to ensure you're not contributing to the 'plastic soup' problem.” The company is one of the first to promote their products as free from plastic microbeads.
California’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee will hear April 28 2015 the bill to ban microplastics in care products. The Bill was introduced by assembly member Bloom - AB 888 (Bloom). 38 organizations wrote a letter to the Committee in support of the bill.
The industry introduced a competing bill that has a loophole, defining microbeads as biodegradable plastics, while these plastics do not degrade in cold water conditions.