"Plastic. How did we ever live without it?
Well, the fact is that we did for centuries.
Plastic is convenient but the cost to our planet and to all living things is immeasurable.
Is the convenience worth the price?"
MLH StopPlastics volunteer and member
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.
*The realization of these proposed bans depends on whether an election is called in 2021 and if so, the outcome of the election.
A world free from plastic pollution is only possible by stopping the consumption of plastic.