Ban Microbeads Now

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Dear Minister McKenna:

There is no need to give pollution a chance to overwhelm our water and enter our food chain. Plastic microbeads are considered a toxin by your own scientists, and there is no need for them to be in personal care products like face cream and toothpaste. If an abrasive, non-toxic substance is desired by manufacturers and consumers, use sand.

End the consultation period now, and proceed with the ban immediately. During health studies of new drugs, if they are found by science to cause obvious harm or benefit, the testing may end early. This is no different. Microbeads should not have been approved in the first place (if they ever were approved). They remain on the shelves of Real Canadian Superstore today, and it’s a disgrace they haven’t been recalled.

John Klein

3 responses to “Ban Microbeads Now

  1. Hello,

    Thank you for your comments on the Consultation Document. If you are interested in receiving updates on the proposed Regulations for Microbeads Used to Exfoliate of Cleanse, please let us know and we will add you to our distribution list.


    Products Division
    Environment and Climate Change Canada
    351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard, 9th Floor
    Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3
    Phone number: 819-938-4483 / 1-888-391-3426 (information)
    Fax number: 819-938-4480
    Email address: ec[ dot]

    Yes please let me know why it’s taking so long to remove a known toxic product from our grocery store shelves.


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  3. “The Government of Canada wishes to inform you of the publication of the Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations pursuant to subsection 93(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The Regulations will phase in prohibitions for the manufacture, import, and sale of toiletries that contain plastic microbeads including non-prescription drugs and natural health products.

    On November 5, 2016, ECCC published the proposed Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations for a 75-day public comment period. Public comments were considered in the development of the final Regulations.
    The Regulations can be found in the Canada Gazette at: (4.29 MB, go to page 215)
    Frequently asked questions on the Regulations can be found in the CEPA Environmental Registry at:
    For further information on the Government of Canada’s actions on microbeads, please visit

    Xin Gao
    Acting Director, Products Division
    Industrial Sectors, Chemicals, and Waste Directorate
    Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Phone : 819-938-4483 / 1-888-391-3426
    E-mail : ec[dot ]

    I replied:

    The speed with which the Canadian government is banning this toxic product piling up in our waterways, is very disappointing and dangerous. I’d hope you consider the responsibility more urgent in the future if you cannot speed up this particular ban.

    John Klein
    Regina, SK

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