Facts Your Should Know

Here are some quick facts to make your more aware!

Canada is banning 6 single use plastic by the end of 2021!

- Grocery checkout bags

- Straws

- Stir sticks

- Six-pack rings

- Plastic cutlery 

- Food takeout containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics (like black plastic packaging)

This accounts for 1% of our waste but it is a great step in the right direction, leading to systemic change. 

This is going towards the goal of zero plastic waste by 2030.

- Globally one garbage truck load of  plastic waste enters the ocean every minute. 

- Canadians thrown away over 3 million tonnes of plastic waste every free

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch 

- An Accumulation of marine debris in the Northern Pacific Ocean 

- 8 Million tonnes end up in the ocean each year 

- It is twice the size of Alberta 

Microplastics

- A plastic piece less then 5mm( a grain of rice or smaller)​

- Primary microplastic -  intended to be micro-plastics​, microbeads

- Secondary microplastic -  broken down from big piece of plastic , mircofibers, microplastics ​

- Mircoplastics and micro-fibers from clothing get washed down the drain, and are too small to be filtered out by water treatment facilities

 

​Single Use Plastic Bags

- A trillion plastic bags are used in the world year ​

- Worldwide 2 million plastic bags are used per minute ​

- 15 billion bags are used in Canada every year ​

- Can be recycled if they are bundles together, if singular they are too lightweight to be recycled ​

Single Use Plastic Straws

- Approximately 57 million straws are used in Canada every day ​​

- Can't be recycled due to small size and they are too lightweight​

- Compostable straws are good but only if put in the compost ​

- Used for an average of 20 minutes and stay around for 600 years​

Other Single Use Plastic 

- Less than 11% of plastic used get recycled, with a global rate of 9% getting recycled​

- 40% of plastic is generated is for packaging ​

- 1 million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute​

- Canada produces 1.33 billion metric tonnes of waste per year

Why should you care

- 80% of ocean plastic come from rivers ​

- There are micro plastic in our drinking water ​

- In Canada only 9% of plastic waste is recycled​

- The volume of plastic waste is expected to increase 4 times by 2050​

- In 1950 the world produced 2 million tonnes of plastic per year, in 2015 the world produced 381 million tonnes of plastic in a year (equivalent to the mass of 2\3 of the world population)​

What you can do

- Don’t buy overly package goods​

- Refuse straws (even compostable)​

- Use reusable bags, containers, straws, water bottles​

- Bundle any bags together so they get recycled​

- Support local businesses with good environmental footprints 

- Pick up plastic litter when you see it​

Credited Links/ Other Resources 

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2019/06/10/canada-ban-harmful-single-use-plastics-and-hold-companies-responsible

https://ourworldindata.org/faq-on-plastics#how-much-plastic-and-waste-do-we-produce

https://www.calgaryjournal.ca/news/4851-meet-the-man-who-swam-through-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch.html

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.html

https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-are-microplastics-and-why-are-they-bad.html

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/micro-plastics-edmonton-water-research-macewan-1.5179945

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/sustainability/plastic_bag_facts.html

https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/7-insane-facts-about-plastic-bags/

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-vancouver-to-be-first-major-canadian-city-to-ban-plastic-straws/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/07/news-plastic-drinking-straw-history-ban/#close

https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-your-home/Live-sustainably/Single-use-items/Straws

https://www.chatelaine.com/news/canada-single-use-plastic-ban-faq/

https://wrwcanada.com/en/get-involved/resources/plastics-themed-resources/plastic-facts

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2020/01/20/china-to-ban-all-single-use-plastics/#4554a32f7293

https://www.chatelaine.com/news/canada-single-use-plastic-ban-faq/

https://wrwcanada.com/en/get-involved/resources/plastics-themed-resources/plastic-facts

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2020/01/20/china-to-ban-all-single-use-plastics/#4554a32f7293

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/five-ways-to-reduce-single-use-plastic-in-the-middle-east/

https://www.calgaryjournal.ca/news/4851-meet-the-man-who-swam-through-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch.html

https://oceana.ca/en/blog/canadas-plastic-problem-sorting-fact-fiction

https://ourworldindata.org/faq-on-plastics#how-much-plastic-and-waste-do-we-produce

https://globalnews.ca/news/7383166/canada-plastics-ban-pollution-climate-change/ 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/single-use-plastics-1.5753327

https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/canada-banning-plastic-bags-straws-cutlery-and-other-single-use-items-by-the-end-of-2021-1.5135968

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