Majority of NH citizens believe microbeads should be banned – 116 citizens, 427 responses

Oct 20, 2015

Last month, Rep. William Pearson (D-Keene) requested a 2016 bill "relative to the use of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs." Currently, ten states prohibit the use of microbeads, tiny plastic particles found in products such as soaps and toothpaste. In response, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Should NH ban microbeads?” 

A total of 82% of respondents who answered directly or with a concurrence. Out of these responses, a 65% majority said microbeads should be banned with 35% against a ban. Of the remaining respondents, 14% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 4% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 116 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 427 responses. 

For those of the majority opinion, most cited environmental concerns. Remarked one respondent, “If the microbeads are not biodegradable, they shouldn't be in the products you're buying anyway… Just like we should ban GMO's, we should ban non-biodegradable microbeads.” Other respondents agreed, including one gentleman who added, “They're an unnecessary danger to the environment and provide no real benefit.”

Others, however, countered that consumers have a say in the issue, as one woman noted, “Fastest way to fix the problem is for people to just stop buying anything with these things in it.” Some respondents questioned the environmental impact of microbeads and argued that legislative activity should be focused elsewhere. One respondent expressed concern that legislation of any kind might be ineffective, as he said, “The problem with all of these bans is that people just end up buying these products in other states or online.”
 
For respondents who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” answer to the question, some postulated on the reasons microbeads are used at all, while others debated whether consumers are capable of making ecologically sound choices in general. One respondent rhetorically noted, “Anyone seek out advice from EPA? You need facts—creditable source via scientific facts—to support politicians’ decision on this subject.”

Click here to see the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

Do you think NH should ban microbeads? Leave a comment and have your say. 

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