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Environmental Defence Applauds Ban on Plastic Microbeads in Toiletries

Published on 2017-06-20. Author : SpecialChem

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TORONTO, ON -- Environmental Defence applauds the federal government’s ban of microbeads in personal care products. These plastic bits that have unnecessarily filled exfoliating washes will no longer pollute our waterways and choke fish and wildlife.

Canada Finalizes Microbeads Ban


The Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations published will ban the manufacture and import of personal care products containing plastic microbeads equal or below 5 mm in size, including those falsely marketed as biodegradable, on Jan. 1, 2018. The ban on sale will come into force six months later, on July 1, 2018. This timeline will ensure that Canada will not become a dumping ground for products that will be banned in the U.S.

While this ban will prevent millions of microplastic particles of entering our waterways, microbeads pollution is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to toxic pollution. We urge the federal government to strengthen our toxic chemical regulations in order to protect our health and environment from the impacts of pollution.

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Source: Environmental Defence
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