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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Tell Ontario to protect our land and water from plastic pollution

The Ontario government recently released a discussion paper on reducing litter and waste across the province and has launched a public consultation to hear ideas on how to tackle all the waste piling up around us. This is an opportunity to have your voice heard.

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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

Plastic pollution is not your fault; why we should stop feeling guilty, and start getting angry

Reducing your plastic footprint is a fantastic thing you can do to help prevent plastic pollution. The more people who do it the better for...

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Freaked out by plastic pollution? You've come to the right place

Welcome! This is your plastics intervention. Fret not, because you are not alone. The first step towards breaking free is to face the facts and...

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Canada's Plastic Pollution Problem - Watch the Video

Did you know that in Canada less than 11 per cent of plastic is recycled? Watch this video to learn more.      

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Don’t mop the floor while the tap is still running; why cleanups are not the solution to Ontario’s plastic problem

As spring approaches and the mounds of snow and ice finally start to melt away, a familiar sight emerges.  Garbage.  Plastic bottles, cans, plastic bags,...

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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.

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.

"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.

Keith Brooks

Programs Director

Vito Buonsante

Plastics Program Manager

Daniella Niddery

Engagement Manager

Rachel Kitchin

Communications Manager

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