We started theBag.ca because we had one simple mission to reduce our dependence on single use plastic grocery bags.
Over the years we have noticed the dramatic affects plastic has had on our environment. When we traveled to different countries or continents there was always one single theme plastic pollution, be it snorkeling in the pristine waters of San Andres Island, or hiking the ruins of Coba the thing that took away from these spectacular experiences was discarded plastic everywhere.
We all have experienced it walking down the streets of our neighbourhoods, the plastic coffee lids or strewn bags from the local grocery store.
Single use plastic is a new problem for mankind.
The plastic bag was born in the 1950s, but the destruction it has caused to our ecosystems in a span of 80 years is frightening.
Did you know that it takes between 500-1000 years for one plastic grocery bag to breakdown.
Also the micro debris from the discarded plastics has created a “Plastic Islands” twice the size of Texas in the Pacific and Atlantic.
It is estimated that 1.1 to 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters our waterways yearly that is equivalent to 5 bags of garbage for every foot of coastline. That is just so SAD!
You say what can I do?
Here are 5 single use plastics you can quit right now.
- The grocery store plastic bag- bring a reusable bag
- The quick plastic water bottle- pack a water bottle
- That plastic lid for your coffee cup- opt to sit in store or use a reusable mug
- Produce bags for veggies, do you really need to bag those apples or potatoes
- And please skip the plastic straws.
Canada sends more than nine million tons of trash to the landfill each year, so it is time to do your part.
Next time you are taking that beach stroll or hike in the woods, pick up 3 pieces of trash and nature will thank you for it.
It is time to Rethink plastic.