Why microbeads are bad for fur-bearers – and what you can do to help

River OtterMicrobeads are tiny little pieces of plastic widely used in skin and hair care products for their exfoliating properties. But the scientific evidence that shows they’re causing incredible – and potential irreparable – harm to the environment is mounting.

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That’s why LUSH Cosmetics has gotten involved. Known for their support of grass roots organizations like The Fur-Bearers, LUSH is standing tall with Ottawa Riverkeeper. The non-profit, which works on numerous projects around the Ottawa River and its watershed, is hoping to clean up and protect the ecosystem from microbead contamination.

Microbeads are showing up in all manner of habitats – including those of semi-aquatic mammals like river otters, beavers and muskrats. While no studies have confirmed the presence of microbeads that far up the food chain, we know it is a matter of time before the consequences become more drastic and apparent.

Please take a moment to visit the LUSH Charity Pot campaign page for #banthebead. The Charity Pot program has been a huge help to our work on the #MakeFurHistory campaign and other programs that help fur-bearing animals. And in time, this one will, too.


Work like our growing Living With Wildlife campaign is only possible with the support of monthly donors. Please consider become a monthly donor – for as little as $5 a month – and help us create a Canada that is truly fur-free.

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Join The Fur-Bearers today and help us provide alternatives to fur and non-lethal solutions to wildlife conflict. We receive no government funding and rely entirely on donations from supporters like you. To become a monthly donor (for as little as $10/month – the cost of two lattes) please click here and help us save lives today.

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The Fur-Bearers is a national non-profit based in Vancouver. It was formed in 1953 and advocates on behalf of fur-bearing animals in the wild and in confinement, and promotes co-existence with wildlife. More about our history and campaigns can be found at thefurbearers.com.

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