The Problem With Plastic
Made from petroleum oil, manufactured in factories and formed into the bottles and containers that go from stores to homes to landfills, plastic has a high-carbon footprint from start to finish.
Where does the plastic in our blue bins go?
Canadians produce more than 3.2 million tonnes of plastic waste every year and of that, less that 10% is actually recycled. Most goes to landfills, incinerators, and some makes its way into our lakes and oceans.
How we can help reduce plastic waste
Okay, so we’re aware that plastic is a problem. Now how do we avoid it?
- Reduce: Using reusable water bottles, coffee cups, cutlery, and shopping bags is a great way to start reducing the amount of plastic we consume.
- Reuse and Refill: We all have purchasing power. Use yours to find plastic-free substitutes for the products you purchase today. This can be a big task to try and tackle all at once. We recommend picking a product or two at a time. As you're running low on something you stock regularly, start your hunt for a plastic-free alternative.
There are many ways to move towards a greener and cleaner world. Reducing the amount of plastic waste we all consume is an impactful one.