MPs have unanimously supported an NDP motion to add microbeads to the list of toxic substances under the Environmental Protection Act.

The tiny pieces of plastic are added to things like toothpaste and body wash, but they ultimately end up in the water system because they can’t be filtered out.

Nanaimo Cowichan MP Jean Crowder says it’s uncommon to see all parties agree on an issue these days.

Crowder says places like Illinois and New Jersey have already banned microbeads in personal care products and it could be only a matter of time until that’s the case in Canada.