Plastics at a recycling depot in North Vancouver, B.C. in June 2019.
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The global focus on plastic pollution isn't a distraction from other planetary issues.
Plastics pile up at Thilafushi, an artificial island created as a landfill, in the Maldives.
Without action, the amount of plastic waste produced globally could reach as much as 265 million tonnes per year by 2060.
The one-person household is one of the fastest growing demographics in our country.
By 2025, Canada’s population could include five million people who live alone. Those who live alone tend to cook less, but the food industry has plans for them.
Plastic pollution on a beach on Bali, Indonesia.
Asian countries have become a dumping ground for the plastic waste from wealthy countries.
Every day we throw away plastic and every day we're reminded of its environmental impact. Why can't something be done about it?
A Eurasian Coot sits on a nest built from human litter, including plastic straws, inside a half-sunk boat in an Amsterdam canal.
Fast-food restaurants and coffee shops are banishing the straw. While it may seem like a small measure, your pessimism isn't justified.
Is forgetting your bags really such an inconvenience?
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Meet the 'Yeah-buts' - those who know plastic is bad for the environment, but can't get behind the bag ban because it affects their own convenience. This mindset can stall the best-laid green plans.
Plastic debris strewn across a beach.
We're drowning in plastics. With governments setting un-ambitious targets, corporations are now listening to consumers who are demanding less plastic packaging and food containers.
Sure, ditch the coffee cups. But don’t say goodbye to these too soon.
We can safely say goodbye to most single-use plastics. But they do have essential uses in some areas, such as for medical or scientific samples, or storing food for humanitarian aid.
Positive messaging wins the day.
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Plastic bags will soon be gone from major supermarkets and many other shops too. Campaigns to reduce plastic even more should focus on positive advice, rather than shaming shoppers for their plastic use.
Undoing shoppers’ engrained behaviours is a tricky job.
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The success of the plastic bag ban announced by Australia's big two supermarkets will hinge on whether they can persuade customers to change an engrained behaviour - without annoying them.