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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Greenpeace conducted a plastic audit on World Clean Up day on September 2018 in Canadian shorelines such as Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal as part of their international Break Free from Plastic campaign. Cumulatively, there were 10,000 L of waste collected and they identified 46% of plastic waste belonging to Tim Hortons, Nestle Pure Life, PepsiCo, McDonald's, and Starbucks. Other frequent multinational brands [...]
Sustainable Groceries Co-ops are local grocery stores that are consumer-owned that serve environmental, social and economic benefits, unlike conventional chain grocery stores that are privately or investor owned. Co-ops typically carry fresh, organic food that are packaged in much less plastic, and generate very minimal waste through the use of recyclables, compostables, biodegradables, or carrying bulk items in which customers bring their [...]
Plastic is produced from natural gas and feedstocks that is derived from crude oil refining. The feedstocks or petrochemical crackers is a type of oil that consists of large carbon-containing compounds such as alkanes. Another oil called olefin is typically made up of propylene, and smaller amounts of ethylene and butylene. Olefins are the building blocks to manufacture plastic, and is what gives [...]
Hi everyone! I'm Gloria and your Eco-Campaign Coordinator this summer! Just a little bit about me, I've lived in Hamilton my entire life so if you're ever curious about things to do, feel free to ask me! I've studied Geography and Environmental Sciences, with knowledge ranging from the science of soils, climate, hydrology, to the geography of health hazards found in neighborhoods, environmental [...]