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

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

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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Ban the Foam

Styrofoam is toxic, tough to recycle, and Canada throws out enough each year to fill 208 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Support our campaign to ban the foam.

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Go Plastic-Free

Small changes can make a big difference. Check out our blog on ways to go plastic free which go beyond shopping bags and coffee mugs.

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Breaking News

Canada recently released its new National Zero Plastics Strategy. The gist? It's all talk and no action.

On November 23rd, federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers held their annual meeting to discuss their environmental priorities. This year one of their main priorities was...

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Plastic-Free Guide: 10 ways to go plastic-free this holiday season!

Did you know the average waste per person in Canada doubles over the holiday period? Canadians already produce among the most plastic waste in the...

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Bans, targets and government action: What to look for in Canada’s plastics plan

Next Friday, November 23rd, is the 2018 meeting of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME).  I know, I know, you’ve had the...

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Is the Earth doomed? Not unless we let it - Responses to the Anthropocene

Have you heard about the ‘Anthropocene’?   It’s basically the idea that the Earth has been changed so completely and irreversibly by human activities that it...

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Timeline

2018

Canada spearheads landmark G7 Ocean Plastics Charter

The Canadian Government used its G7 presidency to lead the creation of a an international charter on plastic waste. The Charter was signed by five G7 nations, who committed to taking action to reduce their plastic waste.

2018

Sculpture made of 12,000 plastic bottles goes on display at Pride

A sculpture designed by artist Rebecca Jane Houston went on display at Toronto's Pride Parade in June, to amaze visitors with the scale of Ontario's plastic bottle problem. 12,000 represents the number of bottles thrown out in the province every four minutes.

2018

Towards a Zero Plastic Waste Future Declaration released

In June, we brought together a group of over 40 environmental and civil societies groups to release the Towards a Zero Plastic Waste Future Declaration, a roadmap for Canada to reach zero plastic waste by 2025.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Big problems require big solutions, and all of us can help make the changes we want to see. By signing petitions and attending events, you can make your voice heard and help to affect change.

"Seeing the amount of plastics that end up on our beaches reminds me of how powerful it is to avoid single-use waste like take-out cups, and replace them with reusables. Our actions can be amplified with strong environmental laws. That's why I support Environmental Defence's aim of getting manufacturers to take responsibility for their own products, and reducing Canada's plastic waste."

-Sophie Jacazio, Environmental Defence Outreach Team member

MEET THE TEAM

At Environmental Defence, we educate the public about a host of environmental issues, work with business and government leaders to advise on policy decisions and mobilize Canadians to create the cleaner, greener more prosperous country we’re striving for. Meet the team who works on Plastics.

Vito Buonsante

Plastics Program Manager

Daniella Niddery

Engagement Coordinator

Rachel Kitchin

Communications Manager

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