Tell the federal government to ban microbeads
Microbeads are a common ingredient in many cosmetic products, but these tiny bits of plastic slip right through our wastewater treatment filters and end up in our water.
The beads are wreaking havoc on our lakes and waterways. The plastic adsorbs dangerous chemicals and are often ingested by fish and other wildlife, causing DNA damage and even death. Tests clearly show that microbeads found in the Great Lakes are coming from products like body wash, toothpaste, and facial cleansers.
At the end of June, microbeads were officially listed as a toxic substance in Canada – but the work isn’t over yet. Let's finish the job and ban microbeads for good. You can help today by asking the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna to follow the U.K. and U.S. in banning harmful microbeads.