Health threat of plastic beads in soaps

July 2, 2018 – Most toiletries with microbeads no longer for sale in Canada (CTV News)

November 4, 2016 – Canadian government moves to ban plastic microbeads in toiletries by July 2018 (The Canadian Press)

June 30, 2016 – Microbeads listed as ‘toxic substance’ en route to ban (CBC)

December 7, 2015 – U.S. House passes microbead legislation (Detroit Free Press)

March 24, 2015 –  Federal New Democrats’ motion calls on the government to take immediate action to designate microbead plastics as “toxic” under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999), which would then allow the federal government to regulate, phase out, or eliminate the use of microbeads in products used or produced in Canada. See more:

Other: Liberal MP Kirsty Duncan speaks to the potential ban of microbeads (Youtube)

Dec 2014 – Plastic Microbeads in Canadian Lakes and Rivers

With Notes from Anne Wordsworth, Research Associate, Canadian Environmental Law Association December 2, 2014

The presence of plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes is a growing concern.
Lake Ontario now has an average of more than 1 million beads per square kilometre — tiny pieces of plastic, which come from soaps that exfoliate our skin and toothpastes that scrub our teeth. One jar of scrub can contain as many as 300,000 microbeads.

In June of 2014, a committee of advisors to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission passed a resolution calling on Canadian and American governments at all levels to prohibit the sale of cosmetic and personal care products containing microbeads by 2015. However, so far, the governments of Ontario and Canada

Some action is underway. The state of Illinois, bordering on Lake Michigan, is the first jurisdiction in the Great Lakes Basin to ban microbeads from consumer products, and a few companies, sensing public concern, have pledged to phase them out. The Illinois bill, however, stops short of banning biodegradable plastics, leaving the door open for ongoing problems.

As we wait for governments to respond we can take action as consumers, by avoiding the purchase and use of products containing … to these problems, the burden is on us to protect the lakes. Our only option is to exercise our power as consumers, refuse to buy products that contain polyethylene or polypropylene abrasives.
products, unfortunately, are required reading if we want to minimize the particles of plastic accumulating in the Great Lakes.

See the full blog post by CELA :
Plastic Microbeads in Consumer Products – Growing concern in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin


June 19, 2018 – Manufacturers in the UK no longer allowed to develop products containing microplastics (The Independent)

October 8, 2015 – Michigan lawmakers debate what a “good law” governing microplastics looks like

Environmentalists drawing a bead on microplastics, Ottawa Citizen

Microbeads in cleansing products contaminating the Great Lakes, Global News

Facial scrubs polluting Great Lakes with plastic, CBC News

Tiny plastic microbeads pile up into problems for the Great Lakes, PBS Newshour (video)


Terry ReesHealth threat of plastic beads in soaps