Go Plastic-free for July, Join Movement

Canada to ban single-use plastics by 2021

Canada’s banning single-use plastics, July is plastic-free month globally and a Peterborough social enterprise has tips for citizens to choose greener alternatives.

The Trudeau government says it will ban single-use plastics by 2021. Plastic straws, cotton buds, drink stirrers, plates, cutlery and balloon sticks are some of the items that will be no longer allowed.

Plastic Free July is a month of global activity demonstrating solidarity around living without single-use plastic.

As a movement of nearly 1,500 organizations and more than 6,000 individuals from all over the world, Plastic Free July is advocating for communities, cities and countries to ditch single-use plastic items.

“We believe in a world where the land, sky, oceans, and water is home to an abundance of life, not an abundance of plastic, and where the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is free of toxic by-products of plastic pollution.”

“Of course, Plastic Free July is only the beginning. It’s not about changing our individual behavior in one month, but rather, pushing for systemic change,” #breakfreefromplastic notes.

“From holding corporations accountable, to lobbying governments for better legislation, to veering away from false solutions and embracing zero waste, we all have a role to play in ending plastic pollution for good.

#breakfreefromplastic envisions a future free from plastic pollution. Organizations that have joined the movement demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. These organizations share the common values of environmental protection and social justice, which guide their work at the community level and represent a global, unified vision.

“We believe in a world where the land, sky, oceans, and water is home to an abundance of life, not an abundance of plastic, and where the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is free of toxic by-products of plastic pollution,” #breakfreefromplastic notes.

“In this world, the principles of environmental justice, social justice, public health, and human rights lead government policy, not the demands of elites and corporations. This is a future we believe in and are creating together.”

“Small changes add up and we can fight and work together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to help better the state of our planet — for us and for future generations.”

Learn more here.

Locally, a Peterborough social enterprise recently shared with Electric City Magazine how individual actions also accumulate and can have a positive environmental impact.

“We aren’t alone,” says Random Acts of Green’s (RAOG) Jessica Correa, founder and CEO.

“Small changes add up and we can fight and work together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to help better the state of our planet — for us and for future generations.”

RAOG is a social media organization that provides tools, programs, products and services that reduce GHGs. It raises awareness about environmental action by creating, capturing, generating and sharing green social media content for social media followers.

RAOG recently launched a new app that allows users to track their green activity, earn “Green Points” and redeem those Green Points for real-world discounts on products and services. For more about the app, click here.

Meanwhile, learn more about RAOG and what actions to take now in support of the planet, including alternatives to single-use plastic, by visiting this link.

Lead image from Pixabay.

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