Karen Wirsig

Senior Program Manager, Plastics

Karen has worked as a journalist and as a labour and community organizer. She has participated in her downtown Toronto housing co-operative for more than 20 years. An active transportation enthusiast who favours walking, cycling, and public transit, Karen has never owned a car. She is a voracious reader and has spent her adult life trying to unlearn the common belief that humans should strive for domination over each other, over other animals, and over nature itself. She’s passionate about helping to get plastics out of the environment.

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Dec 20, 2022

Five things you need to know about Canada’s single-use plastic bans

The first phase of Canada’s bans on some single-use plastics starts today. Here’s what you…

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Dec 05, 2022


This blog is co-authored by Aliénor Rougeot, Program Manager, Climate and Energy and Michelle Woodhouse,…

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Oct 05, 2022

Canada is failing to reach its goal of eliminating plastic waste by 2030 – but we shouldn’t give up

There are solutions to the plastic pollution crisis beyond recycling Quick  – what was the…

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Sep 21, 2022

New Report Card: Recycling and provincial waste policy will fail to eliminate plastic waste by 2030 

New federal action needed to achieve Zero Plastic Waste goal Toronto | Traditional territories of…

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Jul 04, 2022

Part 1: The Great Lakes Have a Serious Plastics Problem. This Plastic Free July, Let’s Commit to Fixing It.

Co-written by Michelle Woodhouse, Water Program Manager It’s common knowledge that the oceans are filling…

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Jun 24, 2022

We finally did it! Canada’s single-use plastic bans are for real

Big news this week! With a series of live announcements held across the country, the…

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May 10, 2022

It’s Ontario’s Annual “Blame You for Plastic Pollution Day”! (A.K.A. the “Ontario Day of Action on Litter”)

It’s that time of year again:  it’s “Blame You for Plastic Pollution Day”, aka the…

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Apr 01, 2022

The Next Ontario Government Must Tackle Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is a global crisis with a local twist: Ontarians throw away more than…

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Mar 18, 2022

Burning Plastic Is a Terrible Idea. Here’s Why.

In the global race to address the plastic pollution crisis, there are “must-dos” and there…

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Feb 14, 2022

Canada Needs a Real Plan – And Fast – To Get To Zero Plastic Waste by 2030

Environmental Defence has partnered with more than 50 environmental groups to call on the federal…

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