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Environmental group applauds ban on microbeads

The group Environmental Defence is lauding the Canadian government for banning microbeads in personal care products. These tiny plastic pieces pollute water and choke wildlife. They are used as abrasives in products like body washes and toothpaste, replacing substances like »

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Concern about microplastics in North America’s Great Lakes.

The International Joint Commission (IJC) which monitors water conditions in the Great Lakes of North America, has been studying the increasing concern over microplastics in the system. The IJC has just released IJC) released a report to the governments of »

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It’s official, Canada bans microbeads

A notice in the official Canada Gazette of November 5, 2016 indicated a ban on plastic microbeads would come into effect starting on January 1, 2018. The Canada Gazette is the official newspaper of record of the federal government which »

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Canada declares plastic microbeads as ‘toxic’ substance

An online notice this month from the federal government has declared plastic microbeads as being a toxic substance. The report reads in part: ” plastic microbeads have shown adverse effects in aquatic organisms. In addition, plastic microbeads may reside in the »

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Major Canadian retailer to remove toxic chemicals

With increasing awareness of harmful agents in otherwise seemingly banal products, a major retailer in Canada is taking some action. Loblaws, a major food and household products retailer, and its associated chain Shopper’s Drug Mart selling pharmaceuticals, health and household »

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Update: bill labelling microbeads as toxic passes Parliament

An opposition party motion in the Canadian Parliament to declare plastic microbeads as a toxic substance has been passed this week.  It’s a step further in the process that could lead to them being banned n Canada Recent studies have »

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Plastic microbeads- a toxic substance in waterways-from the Great Lakes to the Arctic

They are very tiny beads usually made of polyethylene, which is a very common plastic used for example, to make plastic bags. The microbeads are found in a wide variety of facial scrubs, body gels, and in toothpaste to act »