On behalf of 85 NGOs from 35 countries Maria Westerbos of Beat the Microbead congratulates the government of Canada and UPGyres. Canada recognizes that microbeads in personal care products have or may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity. Listing microbeads as a toxic substance allows the government to ban their use. Canada is the very first country in the world to declare microbeads toxic. We hope that other countries will follow soon.
Three multinationals, Unilever, l’Oréal and Procter & Gamble, testified on their use of microplastics in care products before the Environmental Audit Committee of the UK parliament. All three made public statements in the last few years to ban plastic microbeads and replace them by non polluting alternatives. The UK government is considering a legal ban on the use of microbeads, and at least P&G is not opposing such a ban.
OTTAWA - The federal government has officially listed microbeads as a toxic substance, giving it the ability to ban the plastic beads used in cleansers.