Ban the Sale and Production of Products containing Plastic Microbeads in the State of Maine
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Plastic microbeads are tiny bits of abrasive plastic that are used in many toothpastes, soaps, and cosmetics. These microbeads may not seem like an environmental threat, but they have a substantially negative impact. Because of their small size, most microbeads are not filtered out by water treatment plants. The microbeads then end up in oceans and other bodies of water, rapidly accumulating and posing more of a problem than many environmentalists originally thought.
Microbeads are the same size as many types of fish eggs (less than 5 millimeters in diameter) which means they look exactly like the food that most fish, crustaceans and other organisms eat. When fish eat plastic they absorb toxins, which can then be passed through the food chain to humans and other wildlife. One of Maine's largest financial assets is its fisheries, which makes it crucial that they are protected, not to mention the millions of animals that are important to a healthy ecosystem and a healthy planet.
I have started this petition in order to urge the state of Maine to take action against these harmful plastic pollutants by banning cosmetics containing microbeads.
Please sign this petition if you would like to see Maine take a step towards being more environmentally conscientious, and if you'd like to keep more plastic out of the oceans and waterways.
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