The proposed Microbead-Free Waters Act in the New York Assembly would prohibit the production, manufacture, distribution and sale in New York of any beauty product, cosmetic or other personal care product containing plastic particles less than 5 millimeters in size. The Act notes that microbeads, which have been reported in New York waters, can persist in the environment and be mistaken as food by small fish and wildlife. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman previously issued a report documenting the potential environmental impact of microbeads when discharged into New York’s wastewater stream. Microbeads are commonly found in more than 100 products, including facial scrubs, soaps, shampoo and toothpaste, where they work as abrasives.