THE PROBLEM

Plastic pollution is found in every corner of the globe, from the deepest ocean trenches to the remotest arctic regions. Plastics do not biodegrade, but persist in the environment for hundreds of years, then break down in tiny pieces called micro plastics. These plastic particles make their way into our food, our water, and even into us.

The Solution

To protect marine animals, defend a healthy environment and stop plastics piling up around us, governments, businesses and individuals all have a role to play. Governments must ban toxic and tough to recycle products, and create laws aimed at reducing plastic waste, eliminating throwaway plastics, and increasing recycling. Businesses must commit to reducing their plastic packaging. And individuals must do their part to support the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Towards a Zero Plastic Waste Canada

Towards a Zero Plastic Waste Canada

Canada needs a national strategy to deal with our plastic pollution crisis. We are working towards a plastic waste free environment by 2025

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Cash it! Don’t trash it

Cash it! Don’t trash it

Plastic pollution is out of control in the Great Lakes. In Ontario, we’re working to put a price on plastic bottles to keep them out of the environment and increase recycling rates.

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The Plastic Wall of Shame

The Plastic Wall of Shame

We’re calling out companies for their downright shameful efforts to reduce single-use plastics. See who made the wall and tell them to clean up their acts.

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Read The Plastic Diaries

Read The Plastic Diaries

Break free from this plastic bubble. Check out our blog page for new and updated content to answer all your questions about plastic and where we fit in.

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