Since 2013, Upcycle the Gyres Society has been a driving force pushing for a ban of micro plastic beads in cosmetic and toiletries in Canada.
On 30 July, 2015; the Canadian government announced that microbeads will be banned nationwide. This process will begin with adding microbeads to Canada’s List of Toxic Substances which allows for regulation of the beads, followed by the development regulations under CEPA, 1999, that would prohibit the manufacture, import, sale and offer for sale of microbead-containing personal care products used to exfoliate or cleanse. The decision was made after Environment Canada completed a review of more than 130 scientific papers and consulted experts in various fields.
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Buffalo News Editorial cartoon by Pulitzer Prize Winner Adam Zyglis