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Microbeads: let’s ban them and fix how we deal with toxics

By Maggie MacDonald      

While many have expressed concern that the process of banning microbeads has taken too long, it has happened at lightning speed compared to the turtle-like progress that has plagued other toxic chemicals assessed under the federal Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) in recent years.

The federal government’s recent decision to declare microbeads toxic by adding them to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is a smart step. It enables the federal government to follow the U.S. lead and ban microbeads for good. But more action is needed to protect Canadians from toxic chemicals. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

The federal government’s recent decision to declare microbeads toxic by adding them to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is a smart step. It enables the federal government to follow the U.S. lead and ban microbeads for good. But more action is needed to protect Canadians from toxic chemicals.

Microbeads should have never been allowed to be put into consumer products in the first place. They are toxic and unnecessary additions to personal care products like toothpaste and body wash. Once washed down the drain, the tiny plastic spheres can’t be properly filtered out by water treatment plants. Even worse, microbeads can contain toxic substances such as phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA) that become adsorbed onto their surface, and can be consumed by fish and birds—ultimately ending up in our food chain.

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