Doose Leads Movement to Ban Plastic Microbeads

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Are you familiar with plastic microbeads? These are non-biodegradable, synthetic plastic particles that are commonly added to personal hygiene products, such as soaps and cosmetics. They are small enough to be washed down the drain and into our waterways. As we speak, they are endangering the lives of our marine life, which mistake the size and shape of the beads for food. Products containing plastic microbeads have already been banned from several states, such as California, Colorado and Illinois. 

Carleton Earth Sciences Minor student Tyler Doose first learned of plastic microbeads while doing a water quality research project for his ENST 1001 Introduction to Environmental Studies class. He responded by creating a petition on change.org. The objective was for Environment Canada to ban the sale of products containing this pollutant. At the time, he didn't think the petition would amount to much. 

To date, the petition has amassed 51,184 signatures, and counting. He even attracted the attention of the NDP, the chief political party concerned with eradicating this problem in Canada. Tyler joined hands with the New Democrats as they collectively presented his petition to Parliament  in May. 

Tyler is very proud of the impact he has made thus far, and rightfully so.