1. The bill's proponent kept it out of partisan politics Although the ban was conceived by the environmental staff of Democrat
Friends don't let friends get hooked on microbeads.
And other countries face a similar challenge.
There are a variety of ways to keep the lakes great this winter, even when our climate is changing.
Microplastics could be harming future generations of these helpful bivalves.
Question 5: Do you think the recent congressional vote to ban microbeads - a rare act of congressional unity - goes far enough
The banning of microbeads is incredible news for the Great Lakes' future. Within these five bodies of water, 80 percent of all pollution is from plastics - be it microbeads or plastic water bottles.
A bill passed by the House could see products containing microbeads off store shelves by 2018.
Microbeads are so small, often measuring at a millimeter or smaller, that many wastewater treatment plants are not able to filter them out. Thus, microbeads make it through the treatment plants and into our waterways.
Ironically, one of the ways modern society has invented to keep itself clean is having a decidedly unclean affect on our waters.