In Canada and around the world, the plastic industry is taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis. They are using people’s fears around hygiene to undermine efforts to reduce single-use plastics. We can’t let that happen: single-use plastics are made from fossil fuels and pollute at every stage of their lifecycle. They represent a danger to the health of wildlife, ecosystems, the climate and ourselves. But right now, the federal government is creating regulations that will inform a long-overdue ban. As a first step to phasing out all non-essential plastics, we need them to create a comprehensive ban list for 2021 of the most problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics.* This is our chance to get Canada moving towards a truly circular economy and the green, just and zero waste future we want. Tell the government to make a comprehensive ban list now.
*Problematic single-use plastics include: plastic bags (all weights and formats), cups and lids, bottles and caps, straws, stirrers, cutlery, chopsticks, dishware, cotton swabs, take-out containers, balloon sticks, oxo-degradable,‘biodegradable’ or ‘compostable’ plastics, polystyrene/styrofoam, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), black and dark coloured plastics, plastic packaging made of mixed materials.
Ask Minister Hajdu and the members of the Cabinet Committee on Economy and the Environment to support a comprehensive single-use plastic ban list.
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