We refuse to be a plastic planet

We refuse to be a plastic planet

Solutions –
What can be done?

1. Nations can enact bans on certain types of plastic, focusing on those that are the most abundant and problematic.
2. Chemical engineers can formulate polymers that biodegrade.
3. Consumers can eschew single-use plastics.
4. Industry and government can invest in infrastructure to capture and recycle these materials before they reach the water.

What can be done now?

Microplastic ban

Until microfibers can no longer be used for clothing, we believe a mandatory filter on washing machines is necessary to prevent any microplastics from entering our waterways and oceans. Please print our current petition on microplastics and send it back to us. The more supporters we have, the louder we become.

In the meantime,

As a consumer, some things you can do to help protect our marine environments from microplastics include:

  • Purchasing a washing machine lint filter or Guppy friend wash bag for your washing machine.

  • Buy clothes made from natural fibers such as cotton, linen, and wool. Natural fibers will eventually break down in the environment. Plastic fibers will never go away.

  • Avoid purchasing cheaply made, synthetic, “fast-fashion” clothes whenever possible.

  • Join the coalition! Take the pledge to refuse single use plastics, and share this knowledge with your friends and family.

Take the Plastic pledge

63% of plastic waste is from single-use plastic and packaging. Help us reach 0% in our single-use plastic pledge.

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Ban single-use plastics

We believe a complete ban on disposable, single-use plastics, including biodegradable and compostable alternatives to traditional plastics, is a critical step towards a more sustainable future.

Include compostable/ biodegradable plastics in plastics ban

Until reliance on plastics is fully eliminated, however, it is important that businesses and municipalities offer the most comprehensive recycling
programs possible. Considering the hazardous chemicals and environmental persistence, it is our recommendation that biodegradable and compostable
plastics be processed through the same recycling flow as traditional plastics.

When in doubt, refuse. Enjoy your cup of coffee in your own cup, or better yet, in- house. Remind businesses that biodegradable plastics might not be the best response to our global plastics crisis.

We have a plastic problem.

Learn more about why we are on a mission to solve this crisis.

Water

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Biodiversity

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Human Health

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Get involved!

Become a Drop the Plastic Member

Get in touch

Business

If you own or manage a businesses and would like to reduce your plastic footprint, send us an email at info@droptheplastic.com. Show your support, and we’ll support you.

Individual

As a volunteer, you can make a difference! Email us with your skills, passions, and availability at Melissa@droptheplastic.org . We’ll be happy to involve you in our
upcoming events, campaigns and initiatives across Canada.