Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

ACT NOW: Stop microplastics from entering our waterways!

Published on March 29, 2021

Microplastics in the Great Lakes is an increasing concern for the health of our waters, the creatures that live there, and the 14.5 million Ontarians who rely on them for their drinking water.

The most common type of microplastic, microfibers, shed from our clothes into washing machines, which release, per load, anywhere from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of microfibers into our waterways. 

To help stop microplastics from leaching into our ecosystems, in the coming days I will be introducing a bill with my colleague NDP MPP Ian Arthur, requiring manufacturers to equip washing machines with a microfilter, which studies show, reduce 87% of microfibers from ending in washing machine wastewater. 

We can and must address microplastic pollution now. For our planet, for ourselves and for future generations to come. 

Please fill out the form below to send a message to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Premier Doug Ford, and your local MPP to demand they stop microplastics from entering our waterways!