StopPlastics written deputation to Toronto City Council

On September 22, 2015, StopPlastics presented a written deputation to the City Publics Works and Infrastructure Committee.

You can view it here: Written deputation (pdf).

Reasons to ban single-use plastic bags

The City’s own studies suggest reducing plastic bag use

“The purpose of the consultation is to solicit feedback on options to reduce the use and disposal of plastic bags in Toronto.”

Academic research in Ontario has concluded that plastic bags must be banned

Template for letter to a Toronto City Councillor

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. 

Microbeads - The Story of Stuff Project

This 2-minute "explainer" shows how tiny plastic microbeads are designed to go down the drain and into our rivers, lakes, and oceans and we can do to stop this ridiculous assault on our public waters. TAKE ACTION: http://bit.ly/banthebead

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

Carbon Footprint of Plastic

The carbon footprint of plastic (LDPE or PET, poyethylene) is about 6 kg CO2 per kg of plastic. If you know the weight of your plastic bags, you can multiply it with the number of plastic bag you are using per year.

Plastic waste in Sam Smith Park

A couple of our members spent a short time cleaning up pastic waste on the shore of Samuel Smith Park, in Etobicoke. This photo illustrates a fraction of what they found. 

Responses to the Plastics Industry assertions

StopPlastics has prepared a list of responses to the Canadian Plastics Association assertions about plastic bags.

You can view them here: StopPlastics' responses (PDF)

Definitions

decomposition

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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Disturbing infographic shows how plastic is clogging our oceans

With an estimated 6.4 million tons of plastic getting dumped in the ocean annually, build-up has become a huge problem that merits serious attention.