To: Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment

Ban microbeads in New Zealand

We call on Minister Nick Smith to ban microbead product types that may potentially be washed down the drain, including both rinse-off and leave-on products, with no exemptions for recycled or 'biodegradable' plastics. We also call on Nick Smith to not replace plastic microbeads with microbeads made from other persistent solid or wax-like materials that could give rise to similar concerns; we want the deadline for implementation within a reasonable time period after announcement preferably no more than 2 years.

Why is this important?

Microbeads are small pieces of plastic that are found mainly in beauty products, facial scrubs and toothpaste. They have been proven to have a devastating impact on marine life and that they filter through the food chain and have an impact on human diets as well. They have even been found in sea salt. There is no practical way to clean them once they are in the ocean.

Article 23 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 states that regulations may be put in place to prohibit the manufacture or sale of products that contain specified materials. We therefore call on Hon. Dr. Nick Smith to apply this article to plastic microbeads, including 'biodegradable' plastic microbeads and other similar products that will not break down in our oceans.

https://www.beatthemicrobead.org/ProductTable.php?colour=2&country=NZ&language=EN
Credit to 5Gyres for the picture.

New Zealand's Parliament, Wellington

Reasons for signing

  • The NZPSC wrote a good submission on microbeads calling for the proposed ban to be wider than just the cosmetic microbeads. Microplastics in general from commercial sources are a significantly greater problem that will not be covered by the proposed NZ ban. http://www.nzpsc.nz/sites/default/files/2017-03/20170220%20NZPSC%20Submission_MFE_Microbeads-%20Final.pdf
  • i want clean and pleasant future for me and my future kids.
  • Microbeads are unnecessary extra plastic we just don't need added to products... If we want to make a body or beauty scrub there are natural alternatives like walnut shells or rosehip powder. At least those come from plants and break down in the environment easily.

Updates

2016-09-08 20:17:02 +1200

Plastic Diet were on Seven Sharp on Tuesday, talking about microbeads and what we want the government to do about them! Check the clip out here: http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/your-morning-face-exfoliating-regime-could-doing-harm-environment-video-6491204

2016-08-04 22:25:00 +1200

5,000 signatures reached

2016-07-28 11:50:17 +1200

Hon Dr Nick Smith is in talks with environmental experts regarding the future of microbeads.

2016-07-27 09:29:03 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2016-07-24 11:37:50 +1200

500 signatures reached

2016-07-23 08:48:30 +1200

100 signatures reached

2016-07-23 07:17:20 +1200

50 signatures reached

2016-07-23 00:48:14 +1200

25 signatures reached

2016-07-22 20:53:49 +1200

10 signatures reached