Phase One of Canada’s Single-Use Plastic Ban: Facts & Alternatives

The first phase of Canada’s Single-Use Plastic Ban includes checkout bags, cutlery, takeout items, plastic aluminum can ring carriers, stir sticks, and straws. However, the six items being banned only account for about 3% of the total amount of plastic waste created in Canada. Nevertheless, this first phase is a step in the right direction,Continue reading “Phase One of Canada’s Single-Use Plastic Ban: Facts & Alternatives”

How to organize a cleanup

Beach cleanups, park cleanups and trail cleanups have been a popular part of environmental conservation for decades. Plogging — derived from the Swedish words for “pick-up while jogging” — has become a movement worldwide where individuals collect garbage while running, jogging, walking, and even scuba diving. While we recognize that cleanups don’t deal with theContinue reading “How to organize a cleanup”

The Origins of Plastic Free July

Every year, over 100 million people participate in Plastic Free July in over 190 countries worldwide.  But how did this begin?  It all started when Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, the founder and current Executive Director of the Plastic Free Foundation, visited a recycling facility in Western Australia and witnessed the amount of waste produced. She was overwhelmedContinue reading “The Origins of Plastic Free July”

Sign now to ban single-use plastic in Canada

Petition to the Government of Canada Whereas: The United Nations names plastic pollution as the second greatest threat to the environment after climate change; The federal government has drafted single-use plastics regulations as a step towards eliminating harmful plastic pollutants; The proposed federal regulations contain loopholes in the definitions which will allow manufacturers to createContinue reading “Sign now to ban single-use plastic in Canada”

Unpacking Canada’s Single-Use Plastic Ugly Truth

Canada has a plastic problem with an overreliance on single-use plastic. 3.3 million metric tons of plastic are disposed of in Canada each year. 50% of the plastic used in Canada is for single-use items. Only 9% is recycled, with the remainder ending up in landfills or polluting land and waterways. And plastic waste isContinue reading “Unpacking Canada’s Single-Use Plastic Ugly Truth”