Toronto, ON – Environmental Defence applauds a new private member’s bill, introduced by MPP Marie-France Lalonde today at Queen’s Park, which would ban plastic microbeads in products in Ontario. The law would help address the growing problem of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes and other waterways.
Several U.S. states and parts of Europe are already taking action to get these harmful tiny pieces of plastic out of products. It’s time that governments on this side of the border follow suit, ban the beads, and set clear deadlines for eliminating them from products.
Plastic microbeads are commonly used as exfoliants in products such as face and body wash, and to make products like chewing gum and toothpaste sparkle.
These bits of plastic slip through wastewater treatment plants and end up in our waterways. Once there, they absorb dangerous chemicals and are often ingested by fish and other wildlife who mistake them for food, causing DNA damage and sometimes even death.
When it comes to the health of our wildlife and our water, there’s no time to waste. Microbeads should be banned as quickly as possible.
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Jen Mayville, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 228; 905-330-0172 (cell); jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca