December 4 2015
One News Now
Patrice J. Lee
A proposed ban on "microbeads" has some people seeing red.
Microbeads are plastic microspheres commonly used in health and beauty aids as exfoliating agents. As reported by the New York Post, a measure from the New York City Council would ban the sale of microbeads. Supporters of such a move contend they are bad for the environment.
Patrice J. Lee, national spokeswoman for Generation Opportunity and senior fellow for the Independent Women's Forum, says it's another case of nanny-state regulators – and this time, she adds, "they're targeting our bathrooms and our purses."
"This is about government infringing on our personal choice," Lee continues. "Whether you are taking about baby formula or ... Styrofoam cups, even salt in the food that we eat, there are people, there are bureaucrats ... in state houses or here in Washington, DC, who think they know better how we can run our lives.
"... Instead of allowing us to hold on to personal choice and choose with our dollars what we find to be best for us, they just want to take all the options away entirely."
New York City isn't the first city or location to discuss bans on microbeads. California actually got the ball rolling last year. Still, Lee says New York City would make the definition of microbeads so expansive that things like popular lipsticks and nail polishes would come under the ban.
"So I think that when you go in to get your favorite shade or your favorite lipstick, all of a sudden it's going to become very real what this means for our everyday life," she concludes.