"The Canadian government has released a list of single-use plastic items
that will be banned by the end of 2021. The restrictions include
commonly used items such as straws, coffee stirrers, drink rings,
plastic cutlery, take-out food containers, and plastic shopping bags.
This step is just one of the many benchmarks planned to help the country
achieve zero plastic waste by the year 2030.
So how badly do these items affect our planet? A National Geographic
study notes that if the production of plastics was a country, it would
be the fourth-worst emitter of carbon. But carbon is not the only issue.
Plastics are rarely recyclable and the items that may be recycled are
rarely done so properly. Besides these clear environmental issues, the
production of many single-use plastic items includes harsh toxins that
negatively affect human health.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic raises serious questions about the
plastics ban as health restrictions demand more and more plastic.
However, Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathon
Wilkinson believes that plastic is not necessary to maintain safe
practices. Wilkinson also provided insight on the ban’s creation,
stating that the items on the list were selected because their more
sustainable alternatives are already widely in use."
Via Stuart Richman.
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