plastic ban

13 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Catherine McKenna, Justin Trudeau

Ban the use of plastic bags in Canada

Plastic is a synthetic material that is used every day in an abundance of things whether it be straws, cosmetics, plastic bags, fleece, athletic clothing, and almost everything. Plastic is something that has been integrated into society and is unknowingly used and disposed of improperly every day, a single plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to degrade!  In 2016, world plastics production totaled around 335 million metric tons, and roughly half is a single-use product. Single-use plastics contribute the most to ocean and land pollution, the amount of plastic in the ocean is set to increase tenfold by 2020. It is estimated that 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide annually and only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling!  Did you know that there are five massive patches of garbage floating around in our oceans?! There is more plastic than natural prey at the sea surface of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, organisms feeding here have plastic as a majority of their diets. Marine life becomes entangled in plastics and they die slowly from asphyxiation, or they ingest it, poisoning them and filling up their stomachs preventing them from eating real food. 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million seabirds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually. The primary goal of this petition is to have plastic bags banned in Canada to reduce the amount of single-use plastics used in everyday life and to make the environment we live in a better place. 

taylor robinson
104 supporters
This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to Cam Guthrie, Dan Gibson, Bob Bell, Andy Van Hellemond, Christine Billings, Mike Salisbury, Mark MacKinnon, Karl Wettstein, Cathy Downer, Leanne Piper, James Gordon, Phil Allt, June Hofland

Ditch the Single-Use Plastic Bags, Guelph!

Whereas studies by the World Economic Forum, the European Commission, and the United Nations Environment Programme have concluded that single-use plastic bags have negative impacts on the environment; Whereas the Government of Canada signed the Paris Agreement, and most recently committed towards a G7 plastics charter, and cities such as Guelph have the abilities to help relieve the environmental impact in our community and on a global scale; Whereas over a trillion single-use bags are used every year, over 12 billion barrels of oil are processed each year for making single-use plastic bags, and 46 000 bits of plastic are floating around in every square mile of the ocean; Whereas single-use plastic bags can take anywhere from 20 to 1000 years to decompose; Whereas 94% of all birds on the shores of the North Sea showed signs of plastic in their stomachs; and, Whereas cities such as Victoria, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Mexico City, and countries such as Australia, Bangladesh and Rwanda, are establishing bans or have done so already, and have shown that bans have contributed positively to both businesses and the environment; Be It Resolved that we, the undersigned, call upon the Corporation of the City of Guelph to impose a ban upon the distribution of single-use plastic bags from grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants and other businesses within the City of Guelph.

Plastic Free Guelph
2,787 supporters