What you can do
Pick up litter
The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati — an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world's litter — TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that's crowdsource-cleaning the planet. After tracking trash in more than 100 countries, Kirschner hopes to use the data he's collected to work with brands and organizations to stop litter before it reaches the ground.
Lobby your councillor
- Lobby your city councillor to get them to ban plastic bags outright as other municipalities and countries have done.
- Click here to see a map of the wards and (in the future) which councillors have pledged to support the ban
Click here to find your Ward and the name and email address of your Councillor. (You can use Search by Address or Place if you don't know your Ward.) If you know which ward you reside in, you can find their email address by using this page.
Ask your councillor to sign our pledge which you can download to print (PDF) to support a ban of single-use plastic bags. If possible, deliver the pledge in person or else mail it to them. (We also have an online pledge which the councillor can complete - contact us for details.)
- StopPlastics has prepared some materials for you to use to lobby your councillor:
- Volunteer to work with StopPlastics to organize lobbyists. Use the contact form to send us a message.
Reduce, reuse, recycle, replace
- Stop using bottled water other than for essential purposes (e.g. as a source of water during an extreme weather event) https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/
- Reduce your household's use of disposable plastics.
- Use reusable bags and recycle your old plastic bags.
- At your workplace get management to ban water bottles and other non-reusable plastic products (other than for essential purposes such as in hospitals.)