For immediate release: July 3, 2018

Statement from Ashley Wallis on Canada’s ban on the sale of toxic microbeads in toiletries

Toronto, Ont. – Starting this month, Canadians no longer have to worry about the presence of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. As of July 1st, Canada’s ban on the sale of toiletries containing microbeads took effect and put an end to a troubling practice that resulted in the pollution of our lakes and rivers with uncountable bits of microplastics.

We applaud the Canadian federal government for demonstrating international leadership by being one of the first countries to ban microbeads in products. But the work to protect our oceans and waterways is far from over. Microbeads are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Canada’s plastic pollution problem. 

Currently only 11 per cent of the plastics used in Canada are recycled. The rest end up burned in incinerators, dumped in landfills or littered in our environment. Canada needs to develop a national plastics strategy and mirror the quick and decisive action it took on microbeads for three other polluting plastics: single use plastics, microfibres and other microplastics.

The Canadian government has committed to taking bold action by signing onto the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter to tackle plastic pollution. The government needs to translate these international promises into domestic action.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.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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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Sarah Jamal, Environmental Defence, sjamal@environmentaldefence.ca, 416-323-9521 ext. 251 (work), 905-921-7786 (cell)