Canada Day & Plastic Free July

Happy Canada Day, and a happy kick-off to #PlasticFreeJuly!

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Canada flag made from scavenged garbage. Image: PERC

While it will be hard to avoid single-use plastics today, PERC and the Reseau Canadian Environmental Network, in partnership with Sea Change Canada and fellowship with countless other ENGOs across Canada and around the world, encourage you to try. Start with the challenge from Our Positive Planet outlined below, but also stay tuned: we’ll be sharing tips and tricks for reducing plastic waste all month.

We also encourage you to do the same! Comment on this blog post, or share on social media and tag @perc_ott (Twitter) @OttawaPERC (Facebook), @SeaChangeCan, or @CanadianEnvironmentalNetwork for a chance to win one or more of our giveaway items! (More on those later – the draw will be in early August!)

Our Positive Planet is one Canadian group with a specific challenge: avoid the “Top 4” culprits of single use plastics. From their site:

Plastic materials that are created for single-use do more harm to our environment than visible to the consumer. These materials are often touched once, discarded and then put in someone else’s hands to deal with. In this case, the hands are our planet. Unfortunately, our planet does not have the ability to break down the plastic properly so it remains as debris on earth. 

Inevitably it will be difficult to go “cold turkey” while you cut out plastic from your daily routine. Therefore, I challenge you to begin by refusing the “top 4 culprits” to set the bar. For the entire month of July you will refuse all plastic bags, coffee cups, straws and water bottles. This may mean that you will invest in a travel mug/bottle and a reusable bag, but I often gravitate towards old mason jars and shopping bags. 

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Litter & debris.

The composition of plastic materials does not break down – rather they break apart into smaller and smaller pieces  The debris from the materials becomes litter.

Harmful to wild life.

Plastic materials become apart of the food chain because they end up in oceans and in the surrounding environment.

Landfill.

Plastic materials are sent to the landfill and remain there for years and years. 

Increase our eco-footprint.

All of these issues result in an increase in our eco-footprint. Our daily habits have an impact on our environment and future generations. 

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You can join of the Our Positive Planet campaigns or events, or host your own, by contacting info@ourpositiveplanet.com. Remember to also follow them, us, RCEN and Sea Change Canada on Twitter and Facebook!

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