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60 May 2014 | beautystorebusiness.com News PBA UPDATE: PLASTIC MICROBEADS STATE LEGISLATION A number of states have proposed banning the use of plastic microbeads in beauty products. "Legislation banning the use of plastic microbeads in products such as facial and body scrubs, cleaning products and toothpastes have been introduced in Michigan, New York, Illinois and California," says Myra Y. Irizarry Reddy, director of government affairs at the Professional Beauty Association. "Also, a study of plastic microbeads has been suggested in Minnesota [via three bills: House File 2101 and companion bill Senate File 1881, and Senate File 2802]." Here is Irizarry Reddy's analysis as of March 24: The Michigan legislation—introduced in 2013—is supported by findings from the 5 Gyres, a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching the issue of plastics in the world's oceans. The group's research found small plastic microbead particles in Lake Michigan. These plastic microbeads are too small to be captured through the waste water-treatment process. If passed, Michigan House Bill 4994 would prohibit a manufacturer of a personal-care product from intentionally adding plastic particles to a personal-care product for abrasive, polishing or other purposes beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The bill would prohibit a person from selling, offering for sale or distributing a personal-care product to which plastic particles have been intentionally added for abrasive, polishing or other purposes beginning Jan. 1, 2016. HB 4994 would establish a $1,000 fine for a violation. The legislation defines for the purpose of prohibited products a "personal-care product" as an article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled or sprayed on, introduced into or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance. One of New York's bills is similar to Michigan's legislation: If passed, New York Assembly Bill 8652 would prohibit the sale of personal-care products or cosmetics containing microbeads. And, if passed, New York Assembly Bill 8744 would not only prohibit the sale of personal-care products containing microbeads but also would prohibit its manufacture and distribution. If passed, Illinois House Bill 3166 would prohibit the production, manufacture, sale or offer for sale of any personal cosmetic product that contains intentionally added plastic. HB 3166 establishes a business offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,500 for each day. There is also a similar Illinois Senate Bill 2727. If passed, California Assembly Bill 1699 would prohibit the sale or promotional offer of any cleaning products or personal-care products containing microplastic after Jan. 1, 2016. Cleaning products and personal-care products are defined as mixtures and solutions used for bathing and cleaning, including, but not limited to, hand and body soap, exfoliates, shampoos, toothpastes and scrubs. The legislation also establishes a civil penalty of not more than $2,500 per day for a violation of this ban. "The Professional Beauty Association applauds companies such as Unilever, The Body Shop, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble that have already agreed to phase out the use of plastic microbeads," added Irizarry Reddy. "We support the environmentally-conscious decision manufacturers have made to utilize existing natural-alternative exfoliant ingredients, such as nutshells, oatmeal, acai seeds, sugar, rice and ground apricot kernels." For more information about the status of any legislation, contact the PBA. Or if you're a PBA member, you can view all state legislation that Irizarry Reddy's government-affairs team is monitoring via PBA's legislative tracking page at probeauty.org/stateleg. ANDIS SPONSORS TOTAL LOOK COMPETITION AT BRONNER BROS. SHOW Andis Co. sponsored the Total Look Barber Competition at the recent Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta. More than 300 attendees witnessed the competition as 32 barbers from across the country had just 30 minutes to create a ﬁ nished hairstyle with Andis tools. The competition required a complete haircut with at least a half inch of hair removed and a head-to-toe fashion look. Contestants were judged on technical execution, originality, new ideas, suitability and head contour. "This is the ﬁ rst time in 10 years of sponsoring Total Look that we had this many contestants and anyone achieving a perfect 150-point score," says Harry Szczukowski, Andis national sales manager. "It's exciting to see how barbers are truly elevating their craft and creativity while perfecting their clipping techniques." First place went to Haven Hobbs, "Nouveau Classic" model. Second place: James Pope, "Breast Cancer" model (pictured upper right). Third place: Reggie Antonio, "Spring Summer 2014" model. RECORD-BREAKING NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST CONCLUDES The official numbers for Natural Products Expo West March 6-9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California are in and include a number of records. The event grew 5%—bringing together more than 67,000 industry members, more than 2,600 exhibiting companies and the most first-time exhibitors (635) in the event's history. "As we wrap up the 34 th annual Natural Products Expo, we are proud of our commitment to the natural, organic and healthy living community," says Adam Andersen, NPEW show director. "The macro trend and shift to healthier lifestyles created explosive growth this year. Our conference sessions offered attendees vital industry intelligence, and the exhibit floor buzzed with activity as attendees met the passionate individuals behind the brands on the shelves today and the products of the future." Many innovative companies were recognized with awards at the show, including SoapBox Soaps with the NEXT Accelerator Pitch Slam. Natural Products Expo East will return to the Baltimore Convention Center Sept. 17-20 in Baltimore. Natural Products Expo West 2015 is scheduled to take place March 5-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. N e w s 0 5 1 4 . i n d d 6 0 News 0514.indd 60 4 / 1 / 1 4 9 : 2 2 A M 4/1/14 9:22 AM