Help Reduce Great Lakes Plastic Pollution!

Help Reduce Great Lakes Plastic Pollution!

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The most prevalent type of microplastic pollution comes in the form of microfibres which are shed from synthetic clothing through washing. These contaminants infiltrate our water system and continue to be found in our drinking water, wildlife and the environment. 

Georgian Bay Forever and the University of Toronto have been studying the impacts of microplastics/microfibres in Georgian Bay and have demonstrated that washing machine filters are effective at reducing microplastic/microfibre pollution at the source. Through their Divert and Capture research initiative, volunteers who installed microfibre filters on their washing machines collected over 20 kg of material estimated to ...

The most prevalent type of microplastic pollution comes in the form of microfibres which are shed from synthetic clothing through washing. These contaminants infiltrate our water system and continue to be found in our drinking water, wildlife and the environment. 

Georgian Bay Forever and the University of Toronto have been studying the impacts of microplastics/microfibres in Georgian Bay and have demonstrated that washing machine filters are effective at reducing microplastic/microfibre pollution at the source. Through their Divert and Capture research initiative, volunteers who installed microfibre filters on their washing machines collected over 20 kg of material estimated to contain as much as 9.7 billion microfibres!

In 2021 MPPs Ian Arthur and Jessica Bell introduced a private member’s bill to further protect our waterways from this microplastic pollution. Bill 279 will amend the Environmental Protection Act to prohibit the future sale of washing machines that are not equipped with microplastic filters. This bill unanimously passed first reading, but we want to make sure this issue doesn't get lost in the shuffle of the upcoming provincial election. 

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Help Reduce Plastic Pollution in the Great Lakes

Microfibres are the most common form of microplastics found in the Great Lakes. In a washing machine cycle, our clothes shed hundreds of thousands of microfibers and billions make their way through to water bodies including Georgian Bay daily winding up in the guts of many aquatic species and working their way up the food chain. This problem will only get worse ...

Help Reduce Plastic Pollution in the Great Lakes

Microfibres are the most common form of microplastics found in the Great Lakes. In a washing machine cycle, our clothes shed hundreds of thousands of microfibers and billions make their way through to water bodies including Georgian Bay daily winding up in the guts of many aquatic species and working their way up the food chain. This problem will only get worse unless action is taken.

Bill 279, Environmental Protection Amendment Act (Microplastics Filters for Washing Machines), 2021 will make manufacturers responsible for installing microfibre filters on all new clothes washing machines. This bill needs to be approved by the Ontario Legislature and you can help it along! Please contact your local MPP using the email below to ask them to support this important piece of legislation and keep this pollutant out of our Bay!

 

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