When it comes to your body wash or toothpaste, if it’s got grit, a B.C. group wants it banned.
Matthew Unger with the Surfrider Foundation says microbeads found mostly in Proctor and Gamble products, such as kids’ toothpaste, are tiny granules of plastic, designed to last forever, and they’re wreaking havoc.
“They’re ending up in our food system. They’re ending up in our oceans and in a lot of mammals and even mussels, crustaceans, crabs, lobsters, things like that. There’s a significant amount of toxic accumulation that happens.”
Unger says his environmental is not against plastic, but says the microbeads are simply unnecessary.
So far Unger says the state of Illinois has passed a bill banning the products, while and the European Union and United States are considering similar bans.