Each year, Canada generates 3.25 million tonnes of plastic waste - the equivalent weight of over 140,000 full garbage trucks! So much of the plastic packaging and waste we generate we get from our weekly visits to supermarkets.
It has gotten nearly impossible to avoid single-use plastic when shopping for food and other necessities. And sadly despite our best efforts to sort for recycling, only 10-12% of plastic waste is recycled in Canada. The rest is burned, landfilled or ends up in the environment at home and abroad.
Canada’s major supermarkets aren’t taking any real action to address their massive plastic footprints.
By ditching single-use plastic packaging, supermarkets have the power to help lead the way in dramatically reducing the amount of single-use plastic produced.
From seabirds eating bottle caps to whales with stomachs full of plastic bags, the effects of plastic pollution can be devastating.
Sign the petition and ask Canada’s major supermarkets to ditch throwaway plastic packaging.