StopPlastics wants to spread the word that we humans are smothering ourselves and the natural world in plastic. The video includes an animated short created by the Story of Stuff people entitled "The Story of Plastic" and goes on to describe what actions StopPlastics has taken and intends to continue to take to address the plastic pollution catastrophe. Our intention is to inspire change! Please note that this video was produced for the EcoFair Toronto 2021 Zoom event so our request at the start of the film that people put comments into the chat no longer applies.
StopPlastics is a Toronto volunteer group that advocated for a ban on plastic bags in Toronto as a first step in reducing plastic waste.
SUCCESS (we hope)* happened in October 2020 when we welcomed the news that the federal government is planning a Canada wide ban on six types of single use plastic; plastic grocery bags, straws, six-pack rings, stir sticks, cutlery and some take out containers. The bans are scheduled to come into effect by the end of 2021.
But this is not enough. StopPlastics believes that all types of single use plasic be banned including non-grocery store bags, water bottles, food packaging, plastic cups and lids, coffee cups, cigarette filters, etc.
*Even though the Liberals won the 2021 election, a November 18, 2021 email received by StopPlastics from Environment and Climate Change Canada contained the unfortunate news that the promise to ban the six types of single use plastic may not be enacted by the end of this year. It is unclear whether the government plans to go forward with the bans at all. Check our "Resources" page for a copy of the email. Furthermore, a coalition of 27 petrochemical and plastic packaging manufacturers, announced plans to sue the Liberal government for its plan to ban the 6 plastic items and over its decision to list plastic as toxic under the Canadian Environment Protection Act. The case is expected to be heard in early 2022.
A world free from plastic pollution is only possible by stopping the consumption of plastic.