Overwhelmed by images of yet another corner of the world drowning in plastic pollution? Feel like you do your best to avoid throwaway plastic and yet, despite your best efforts, you are challenged to find alternatives? Want to do something to help fight plastic pollution and protect our lakes, rivers and oceans?

Next weekend (April 6-8th) we’ll be talking to hundreds of people at Toronto’s Green Living Show to offer an answer to many people’s burning question - what can I do to stop this plastic pollution nightmare?!

If you were thinking of popping by, come chat with us at Booth #1411. We are excited to join the show this year to talk about how we can come together for a healthier future for our blue planet and ourselves! We have a panel scheduled for Saturday at 4pm where I will join some amazing plastic-free warriors to talk solutions.

When: April 6 - 8
Where: At the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9

Come visit us at booth #1411.

Panel on the Main Stage on Saturday, April 7th at 4:00 pm. Learn more about it here.

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2018 is shaping up to be the year the globe unites to end the plastics pollution crisis. From Earth Day, to World Oceans Day, to Plastic Free July, plastic pollution is the hot topic on everyone’s minds. And it’s no wonder: 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans each year. That’s the equivalent weight of 73,000 blue whales - the largest species on our blue planet.

 

By the time you’ve finished this blog, at least one garbage truck worth of plastic will have entered our oceans. It’s mind boggling to try to conceptualize.

In Canada, we see litter in our communities, but many of us aren’t aware of how our own coastlines, lakes and communities are being impacted by plastic pollution. Studies are revealing alarming results: for instance, an average of 43,000 microplastic particles per square kilometre have been found in the Great Lakes; over 50% of waterfowl in Atlantic Canada and 87% of seabirds in the Canadian Arctic have ingested plastic; and British Columbia’s remote beaches are regularly littered with plastic trash. And that’s just the beginning of what is being uncovered.

So what are we going to do about it? How are we going to stop the flow of plastic into our environments?

We need to stop plastic pollution at the source – the overproduction of single-use plastic products. As individuals, we cannot do it alone. But together, we can urge major producers of plastic to take responsibility for the full life of their products. And we can call on governments to hold corporations accountable and put stricter laws in place that focus on reduction, reuse and the long-term sustainability of our cities, towns and environment.

The good news is there is a growing movement of people around the world who are saying enough is enough and convincing local businesses, municipal governments and even big supermarket chains to phase out single-use plastics. With these moves, we can start to shift the throwaway culture we’ve all become accustomed to.

We’ve been told over and over that it’s up to us to recycle, to bring our own reusable containers and bags and to take steps in our own lives to reduce our plastic footprint. But most people can’t be fully empowered to do that in a system designed around disposal.


I work on plastics with Greenpeace so if anyone has access to the best tips and tricks to going plastic free it’s me. But like you, I am constantly challenged and can only reduce my plastic footprint so much without disengaging from the realities of my work-life-family obligations.

My colleague Farrah said to me one day, “Plastic pollution is everywhere and to stop it we need everyone.” She nailed it. Together we can create the change we want to see for this planet and live a greener, more plastic-free life.

We need you. Sign our Pledge to receive a toolkit for Earth Day and to join a movement of people working towards solutions, who believe we can #BreakFreeFromPlastic.

Note that you can buy your tickets to the Green Living Show in advance or take advantage of the 2 for 1 deal for admission at the door if you show your April Metropass, Presto card or Live Green card.

Click here to learn more about our campaign.