the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh the fish
On December 28, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015,” which prohibits the manufacture and introduction into interstate commerce of rinse-off cosmetics containing intentionally-added plastic microbeads. "Rinse-off" in this context means stuff like body scrub products, but also toothpaste. The legal process was remarkably fast, as the bill was introduced in March, passed by Congress in December and signed into law ten days later. This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ban sale of cosmetics that contain synthetic plastic microbeads beginning on January 1, 2018. The two year delay allows companies time to reformulate products and sell off existing inventory.
Locally, this means that the four wastewater treatment facilities on the Assabet River are discharging microbeads into the river. Ditto two on the Sudbury River and two on the Concord River.