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As one of your constituents, I am writing to ask that you support a ban on plastic bags.

Frequent and numerous warnings from the scientific community regarding the harmful consequences of plastic have led me to question whether plastic bags are really necessary.

Plastic bags, like many other plastic products, are designed to be used once and then thrown away but since there really is no ‘away’ to throw things I believe the best way to deal with plastic waste is not to produce it. Toronto City Council, to its credit, demonstrated support for this approach when it set a goal of 70% waste diversion and identified source reduction as a priority initiative. A ban on plastic bags would go a long way in helping the City realize this goal as thousands of tonnes of plastic would not be entering the waste stream. Furthermore, a ban could be seen as an important first step in educating Torontonians to use reusable products rather than disposable ones.

How plastic microbeads are causing big problems

At just 0.3mm in size, the tiny microbeads in your facial scrub are doing more bad than good. We caught up with the 5 Gyres Institute who shared with us just how big an impact these little plastic beads are having on our oceans and marine life.

Take action by using products that contain natural ingredients for exfoliation. You can also sign the petition to #banthebead from being used in cosmetics in the first place. 

The Story of Microfibers

Most of us wear synthetic fabrics like polyester every day. Our dress shirts, yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are all increasingly made of synthetic materials -- plastic, in fact. But these synthetic fabrics, from which 60% of all clothing on earth is made, have a big hidden problem: when they’re washed, they release tiny plastic bits -- called microfibers -- that flow down our drains, through water treatment plants, and out into our rivers, lakes and oceans by the billions.

Watch The Story of Microfibers, and then join us to demand accountability and transparency from clothing manufacturers! Take action here: http://bit.ly/stopmicrofibers



The separation of a substance into simpler substances or basic elements. Decomposition can be brought about by exposure to heat, light, or chemical or biological activity. The process of breaking down organic material, such as dead plant or animal tissue, into smaller molecules that are available for use by the organisms of an ecosystem. Decomposition is carried on by bacteria, fungi, protists, worms, and certain other organisms.

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