Ban Microbeads

Billions of minute pieces of plastic are building up on our oceans floors, in our lakes and estuaries, harming all marine and freshwater life and entering into our food chain. 

Facial and body scrubs, shower gels, soaps, toothpastes and cosmetics all carry microbeads. We don't need them. Microplastic has spread all over the planet, with one estimate suggesting there are 300 billion pieces in the Artic Ocean alone. 

A major study found humans have produced a staggering 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic since 1950, creating 6.3 billion tons of waste. Nearly 80 per cent of that waste has been dumped in landfill sites or simply thrown away into the environment.

We are destroying our oceans. Research shows that that tiny microbeads, gritty cleansers that scrub off dead skin cells, have been damaging water supplies, marine life and the ecological balance of the planet because they contain microbeads. Marine species are unable to distinguish between food and microbeads. Over 663 different species were negatively impacted by marine debris with approximately 11% of reported cases specifically related to the ingestion of microplastics. 

Microbeads can act like tiny sponges, absorbing pesticides and flame retardants. Marine animals consume these poisons.  So why are they not banned.  It’s estimated that one single care product contains 360,000 microbeads in a single package. Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, The Body Shop, and L'Oreal agreed to phase them out but that could take years so legislation is needed to ban them now. 

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