Our Story

Our Story

Who we are

Plastic pollution is growing concern for our oceans, wildlife and human health. At Drop the Plastic we recognize that the window of opportunity to address irreversible damage is closing quickly, and we feel compelled to take immediate action. The solutions we need already exist; reusable alternatives to eliminate single-use plastics, a ban on microplastics that are currently contaminating our oceans and waterways, and a shift in behaviour to consume less. As it stands, there is a disconnect between the public’s vocal embrace of viable materials and the amount of plastic waste being created across Canada. At Drop the Plastic, we are taking a multifaceted approach to close this gap by raising awareness, bolstering education, strengthening collective action, and influencing policy.

Where we’ve been

Drop the Plastic started as a campaign to ban plastic straws in the City of Vancouver. We felt strongly that straws were an unnecessary source of landfill waste and marine plastic pollution. Ultimately, Vancouver City Council voted to approve a ban on single-use plastic straws, which comes into effect June 1st, 2019. Through the inception, struggles, and success of this early and targeted campaign we grew as an organization. We witnessed individuals and businesses craving positive change stand up and take action when given a voice in shaping the municipal policies that directly affect their livelihoods. We supported politicians and civic leaders that took notice and took action. We learned it takes a confluence of energy to affect change, and that change is more than possible, it’s necessary.

Were we’re heading

We are proud of the plastic straw ban we fought for, but our job isn’t over. Drop the Plastic is now focused on continued outreach with local communities to find creative solutions to reduce plastic waste in all forms. We are continuing to interact with numerous enterprises to help them
find waste reducing solutions that are practical for their individual businesses. If you own or manage a business in Canada and want to be proactive about dropping your plastic dependence, finding sustainable alternatives, and reducing your environmental footprint, we are here to support you. Contact us at info@droptheplastic.org

Our Straw Ban

How one item can start a movement

“Drop the Straw” was never about straws; it was about starting a conversation about plastic waste and unnecessary pollution in Canada. By focusing on straws, we were able to tackle the issue one plastic at a time.

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Sponsors

Every bit of help counts

Our society would not be possible without our sponsors, volunteers and kind donations.

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Sponsors

Every bit of help counts

Our society would not be possible without our sponsors, volunteers and kind donations.

contact

Our Straw Ban

How one item can start a movement

“Drop the Straw” was never about straws; it was about starting a conversation about plastic waste and unnecessary pollution in Canada. By focusing on straws, we were able to tackle the issue one plastic at a time.

Learn more

Sponsors

Our society would not be possible without the help of our sponsors, volunteers and donations.
Special thanks to:

Other supporters:

Asterix Studio, Moozhan A Art & Design, Biancangela