Ban single use plastic bags

The world has become addicted to single-use or disposable plastic.  In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once — and then thrown away.

Plastic waste — whether in a river, an ocean, or on land — can persist in the environment for centuries — resulting in severe environmental consequences.

According to the UN, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Even more troubling, more than 99% of plastics are produced from chemicals derived from oil, natural gas and coal — all of which are dirty, non-renewable resources.

 

Single use plastics have become ingrained in our everyday lives but they don't have to be. We can do so much more about the plastic polluting our land and waters.

Vancouver's upcoming ban on plastic drinking straws, foam cups and foam take-out containers, while a step in the right direction, doesn't go far enough.

It's time we implement bolder zero waste initiatives including expanding the ban on single use disposable items to include banning plastic bags.

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