Plastic beads (sometimes called “microbeads”) are small, manufactured plastic pieces that may be solid beads or fillable sacks.
Plastic Beads may be added to a range of personal care products like toothpaste, scrubs, exfoliators, bronzing creams, and body washes. They do not degrade in the environment and create a troubling amount of micro-waste in the oceans around the world, especially in the Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Microbead-Free Waters Act was passed in the United States in 2015. The act phases out microbeads by July 2017. This legislation only pertains to rinse-off products.
Other countries, such as Canada, France, New Zealand, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom have also joined in banning plastic beads in beauty products.
“In December, 193 countries signed a UN resolution to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, which calls for nations to take action to reduce the use of microbeads.” -CNN. 
 FDA. The Microbead-Free Waters Act. (2015). https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/microbead-free-waters-act-faqs
 CNN. The UK now has one of the world’s toughest microbead bans. (2018). https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/09/health/microbead-ban-uk-intl/index.html
 UN Environment Clean Seas campaign. (2017). https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/20882/Clean%20Seas%20campaign.pdf?sequence=6&isAllowed=y
 Government of Canada. Microbeads ban on sale or manufacture. (2017). https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/other-chemical-substances-interest/microbeads.html
 China Law Insight. China to ban microbeads in cosmetics by the end of 2020. (2019). https://www.chinalawinsight.com/2020/01/articles/cosmetics/china-cosmetics-ban-on-microbeads-to-impact-sales-production