This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ban rinse-off cosmetics that contain intentionally-added plastic microbeads beginning on January 1, 2018, and to ban manufacturing of these cosmetics beginning on July 1, 2017. These bans are delayed by one year for cosmetics that are over-the-counter drugs.
This is a real problem.
Hmm... TIL. I guess it really could be an issue, but that particular article comes across as a propaganda piece.
The Wikipedia article does a better job of providing info, IMO.
I have to see if a German documentary called "Plastic Planet" is available in English as well. If you watch that one you'll be very leery of plastics in general.