New York City may soon ban detergent pods and laundry sheets

New York City Councilman James Gennaro, a Democrat, proposed making the sale and distribution of detergent pods and laundry sheets illegal.

The green proposal argues that polyvinyl alcohol, or PVA, is a type of plastic often found in pods and laundry sheets that breaks down into microplastics and, as a result, pollutes the city’s water and filtration systems.

The proposal is called the “Pods are Plastic Bill” and is unprecedented environmental legislation in a major United States city.

The bill states that it would “prohibit the sale of laundry and dishwasher pods, as well as laundry and dishwasher sheets, that include polyvinyl alcohol. It would also require education and outreach to retail and wholesale businesses on compliance with the requirements of this law.”


The punishment for selling or distributing the pods would be $400 for the first offense. and for any additional offenses, the fines would compound by $400 for each additional offense.

If the law is approved, it will go into effect in January 2026.

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