Microfibres in the Great Lakes are 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 microfibers from leaching into our ecosystems, my colleague MPP Jessica Bell reintroduced her bill that if passed, would require 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 microfiber pollution now. For our planet, for ourselves, and for future generations to come.
Please sign our petition below!
WHEREAS, the environment is being heavily polluted with microplastic, and this not only has major impacts on aquatic life but also on human health;
WHEREAS, the most common type of microplastic, microfibres, shed from our clothes into washing machines, which release, per load, anywhere from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of microfibres into our waterways;
WHEREAS, microplastic and microfibers are dangerous plastic pollution that contaminates our drinking water, harm wildlife, and leach into the surrounding environment;
WHEREAS, one way we can reduce microfibre pollution is by equipping laundry machines with microfilters which studies show, capture an average of 87% of microfibres
THEREFORE, we the undersigned call on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to pass Bill 102: Environmental Protection Amendment Act (Microfiber Filters for Washing Machines), 2022 and require washing machines to be equipped with microfilters and reduce the shed of harmful microfibers into soil and water systems.