More Harmful Plastics Need To Go - Call On Canada To #ExpandtheBan!
Canada recently passed a progressive ban on many single-use plastic products, including checkout bags, cutlery, certain takeout ware, plastic ring carriers for cans, stir sticks, and straws. This law was passed as a first step in the government’s effort to reach zero plastic waste in Canada by 2030, and will eliminate an estimated 1.3 million tonnes of plastic waste over a 10-year period. Plastic pollution harms millions of wild animals around the world each year.
While the current single-use plastic ban is a good start, it’s estimated that only three percent of plastic waste is covered. The ban doesn't include some of the most common plastic items found in the environment, such as take out coffee cups and lids. The ban also doesn’t address plastic waste from the fishing industry. Lost and discarded fishing gear, also known as “ghost gear”, makes up the vast majority of large plastic pollution in the ocean, and can entangle and kill animals for decades.
Please contact the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault to thank him for taking action against plastic pollution, and to encourage the government to #ExpandtheBan!