News Room

The Personal Care Products Council Statement on Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetic and Personal Care Products

April 16, 2014

CONTACT:  Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489 or Hayley McConnell, (202) 454-0302

“Today, the Illinois Environmental Council, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois and the Personal Care Products Council, along with a large group of environmental, business and public interest groups announced an agreement to support Illinois Senate Bill 2727 sponsored by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), Vice Chair of the Committee on the Environment and Senator Linda Holmes (D- Aurora), Chair of the Committee on the Environment.  This bill will require a phase out, and ultimately, a ban in Illinois on the manufacture and sale of plastic micro beads used in personal care products. 

“The nation’s personal care products companies have a longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and the safety of their products.  Today's announcement reflects our industry’s desire to work with all stakeholders on environmental concerns that are identified.

“Plastic micro beads are used in personal care cleansing products because of their exfoliating properties and excellent safety profile.  However, our industry shares a common interest with other stakeholders in protecting the environment, and we take questions regarding the presence of plastic micro beads in our waterways very seriously. While we believe plastic micro beads in personal care cleansing products are not a significant contributor, our industry is demonstrating leadership on this issue by publicly announcing plans to phase out the use of these ingredients.

“We are pleased to highlight our work with numerous stakeholders in the state of Illinois who are also committed to protecting the environment through responsible action, including state and local government officials, the Illinois Environmental Council, the Council for The Great Lakes and the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois.  Together, we are supporting legislation that will phase out the manufacture of personal care cleansing products containing plastic micro beads by December 31, 2017. 

“We urge policy makers who are considering similar legislation in other states to review the work we have accomplished in Illinois with all sectors of the business community, including personal care product manufacturers, as we have sought to identify effective and realistic solutions.   

 Our industry remains firmly committed to producing products that are safe for consumers, their families, and the environment.  We look forward to continuing this important dialogue with policy makers and other groups that share in our commitment to establish a plastic micro beads phase-out plan that is acceptable to the Illinois legislature while minimizing marketplace disruptions for consumers.”


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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council’s more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.