Representatives from both the U.S. and Canada, serving as advisors to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, have passed a resolution calling on governments at the state, provincial, and federal levels to ban the sale of cosmetics or personal care products that contain microplastics. 
From the committee of advisors: 
“Advisors noted that the cosmetic and personal-care product industry produces many facial scrubs, body washes, toothpastes and other products that contain tiny plastic abrasives called ‘microbeads.’ These multicolored, very small, buoyant pieces of plastic are rinsed down the drain, passed through wastewater treatment plants, and discharged into waters. The first open water survey of the Great Lakes for plastic, conducted in July 2012, found some of the highest concentrations of microplastic ever recorded on earth, and microbeads from personal care products made up the majority of microplastic under 1 millimeter in size.”
Read the complete resolution here for more information, and visit our Unwanted Meds webpage for additional details on the importance of properly disposing of pharmaceuticals and personal care products.