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Microbeads Banned

Posted By Nicole

Barack Obama has offically banned the use of microbeads in cosmetic products that pollute lakes, rivers and oceans!

The “Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015”, was approved by the USA House of Representatives earlier this month. This law will phase microbeads out of consumer products over the next few years.

What’s a Microbead?

“Microbeads are tiny synthetic plastic particles used as an abrasive in many personal-care and beauty products, such as facial scrubs, soaps and toothpastes. When consumers use personal-care products containing microbeads, these tiny plastic particles don't dissolve. Instead, they are rinsed down the drain and, because of their small size and buoyancy, microbeads escape treatment by sewage plants and are discharged into our rivers and lakes. ”

- Source: www.greatlakes.org

What about Canada?

Many US media outlets noted how quickly the Microbead-Free Waters Act sailed through Congress, with seemingly little opposition from the cosmetics industry. Environment Canada has initiated a scientific review to assess the effects on water and wildlife but has yet to announce a plan for banning or restricting the use of these harmful pollutants. Health Canada does not believe there is any evidence at this time that microbeads are harmful to human health, but says its scientists will be monitoring the issue and will act if required.

Where does it start?

Beat the Microbead, an international campaign raising awareness around the issue, says that a number of brands have already vowed to stop the use of the beads.

From July 2017, the manufacturing of the plastic microbeads will be banned, followed by sales bans in the upcoming years.

SOURCE: Environmental Defence

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