For immediate release: June 14, 2017

Statement by Environmental Defence’s Muhannad Malas on the federal government’s ban of microbeads

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.

The Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations published today 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.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

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Jen Mayville, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 228; 905-330-0172 (cell); jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca