Toronto, ON – With today’s vote at city council, the City of Toronto added its voice to the calls for a ban on microbeads.
We applaud Councillor Paul Ainslie for bringing this issue forward and Toronto City Council for recognizing that microbeads are serious problem. By passing this motion, the city joins a growing list of environmental, industry, and government advocates on both sides of the border calling for a ban on these tiny pieces of plastic added to personal care products.
Scientists have found millions of microbeads in parts of the Great Lakes. The highest concentration was found in Lake Ontario with counts of up to 1.1 million plastic particles per square kilometre. Fish and are other wildlife mistake the beads, which absorb toxic chemicals and can cause DNA damage and sometimes even death, for food.
Microbeads are totally unnecessary and are harmful to the environment. It’s time for the provincial and federal governments to pass bulletproof laws that stop companies from adding any kind of plastic to products that end up in our lakes. These laws should come into effect as quickly as possible.
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Jen Mayville, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 228; 905-330-0172 (cell); jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca