Victory for Canada's Fish & Wildlife: Plastic Microbeads Banned
Global News has just announced that the federal government of Canada will place a ban on plastic microbeads, which will go into effect by July 2018. These microbeads can be found in toothpastes, shower gels, face washes/scrubs and have long been criticized for their negative effect on the environment and wildlife. A second ban on microbeads found in “natural health products and non-prescription drugs” will take place in July of 2019.
According to the article, prohibiting this “long-running environmental complaint” will put Canada on a “timetable that follows the United States for removing the tiny pollutant from Canadian waters,” since the “U.S. Congress approved the banning of microbeads in toiletries last December, effective July 1, 2017.” The non-dissolvable beads were officially declared toxic in Canada this past June, and Maggie MacDonald, Toxics Program Manager of Environmental Defence stated:
“We are happy to finally say goodbye to these problematic plastic particles that have polluted Canada’s rivers and lakes for far too long, putting fish, wildlife and human health at risk.”
The ban will apply to the manufacture, import, and sale of microbeads.
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