The New Jersey Senate has unanimously approved an Assembly bill (A3083) that would prohibit the manufacture, sale or promotion of cosmetic products containing microbeads. Now awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) approval, the measure would prohibit the production or manufacture of any personal care product “containing synthetic plastic microbeads, except for an over the counter drug,” as of January 1, 2018. A ban on the sale of personal care products with microbeads would take effect the following year, and on the sale of over-the-counter drugs with microbeads in January 2020.