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May 5, 2014

CONFER: Microbeads are a danger to the environment

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Four other states have proposed similar bans. Illinois is the only one where passage might occur.

Luckily, bad press and free market adjustments have caused some of the big players to change their offerings, with Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive all planning to phase out microbeads in the next few years (opting instead for natural abrasives).

But dozens more lesser-known manufacturers still plan to use them. Hopefully, consumer sentiment will force their hands, too.

Then again, they might not. If American consumers are as “green” as we say we are, then why are we willingly going through 30 billion water bottles a year?

Bob Confer is a Gasport resident and vice president of Confer Plastics Inc. in North Tonawanda. Email him at bobconfer@juno.com.

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