Plastic packaging is exponentially destroying the ecosystem with aquatic organisms like fish or turtles being the most susceptible to harm since they accidentally come into contact with or consume plastic when feeding.
OPIRG is dedicated to researching and advocating to reduce the environmental impact from plastics by working with grocery stores to minimize plastic food packaging and using more sustainable alternatives.
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There are lots of ways to make good things happen – you can start by making different decisions about products in your own life, while working toward structural changes that would regulate the production of wasteful products to ensure a viable future for all.
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Contact your MPP to address the plastic crisis that we are facing, and ask them about what their actions and plans are in minimizing plastic waste. You can also inquire about potential implementations or improvements towards curbside recycling, composting/biodegradable options availability in grocery stores and waste facilities throughout the city. You can request them to create infrastructure for a community recycling centre to [...]
If you flip your plastic container upside down, there is a number with the typical recycling symbol. These numbers were established from 1988 from the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) that ranges from 1 to 7, and they represent the type of plastic resin ID. This information has been adopted globally in order for recyclers to properly separate each type. PETE Polyethylene [...]
Plastics Campaign from Organizations Here is a list of non-profit, non-governmental organizations, some being international that promote and advocate a plastic campaign. These websites are factual, and offers free educational toolkits on everything you need to know about the life-cycle of plastic, and a calculator to minimize your plastic usage. These organizations also provide access to webinars, and podcasts. You can also [...]
Plastic is everywhere. Not only are microplastics found in oceans, but it's closer to our homes than we think. There is an estimated 22 million pounds of plastic waste found in our Great Lakes, that is threatening the aquatic life. Grocery stores have the authority to reject products from companies that come overly packaged in plastic. Higher action can be taken with laws [...]