Microbeads are used in many toothpastes, body washes, and other cosmetics – and they pose a serious environmental risk. They get into the lakes, rivers, and oceans, and harm the wildlife as well as the ecosystems. They are terrible (and totally unnecessary).
Canada has announced that starting July 1, 2018, they will ban the sale of any cosmetics (toothpastes, shower gels, face washes) containing microbeads! This has been a long time coming, and I am so happy that this decision is made (even though 2018 is a bit later than I would have like to see, it is still a great success, and hopefully Canada’s decision will inspire countries that don’t have a ban in place to ban microbeads as well). Microbeads found in other items, such as natural health products and non-prescription drugs will be banned July 1, 2019.
The US has a ban on microbeads in toiletries starting July 1, 2017, the EU has declared that they are not good for the environment, and Australia has a voluntary ban that comes into effect in 2018. I have seen lots of other calls to ban microbeads in different countries, and hopefully that turns into bans!
Apparently a huge number of Canadian manufacturers have already agreed to phase out microbeads by the time the ban is in place – this is great to see that they are taking initiative, and makes up for the late date on the ban.
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