From refillable water bottles to reusable grocery bags, a Peterborough group is striving to keep plastic out of both the city and its landfills.
Introducing Plastic-Free Peterborough, a group of citizens conscious about the environmental impact of using plastic. The group is a local network of people committed to sharing ideas for reducing waste.
Through its Facebook group, Plastic-Free Peterborough, it provides tips for reducing plastic waste from strategies to products to recommendations about local retailers who offer plastic-free options. It encourages its members to do the same.
Meanwhile, in the offline world, residents can find Plastic-Free Peterborough members at the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market on a monthly basis.
While at the event, in addition to raising awareness and sharing ideas about living plastic-free — the group promotes refusing not reusing plastic — the members hand out free reusable grocery bags.
Plastic recycling is often deported from Canada and is often dumped, burned or buried, notes Random Acts of Green, a Peterborough-based social enterprise. Further, all plastic is eventually destined for the landfill, because it degrades during the process of recycling and is then made into non-recyclable products.
Plastic-Free Peterborough offers these alternatives to plastic:
- Instead of plastic shopping bags, use tote bags.
- Ditch produce bags and replace them with cloth bags.
- Use glass or metal containers instead of take-out containers.
- Choose a reusable coffee cup over a mass-produced one.
- Ditch plastic water bottles and replace with a reusable bottle.
- Skip straws for drinks altogether or choose one made of metal or glass.
- Reach for metal cutlery over plastic utensils.
Check out Plastic-Free Peterborough.
Photo by Yvonne Hollandy.
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