One million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute around the world. And while the majority of these bottles are recyclable, more than half end up in our parks, waterways, forests and landfills.
Compounding the problem are disposable cups, straws, stir sticks and other containers. In fact, each year in Canada, 1.5 billion disposable coffee cups are added to our already overflowing landfills. To reduce our dependency on single-use takeaway plastics, we need to start planning ahead and making intentional choices that help reduce plastic (and other) waste.
- Carry a refillable water bottle when heading on a hike, to work, or on a road trip
- Brew coffee at home or carry a reusable coffee mug or thermos to fill up at your favourite cafe
- Skip the straw when serving or purchasing beverages, or switch to a reusable straw made from recyclable or compostable materials like glass, metal or bamboo
- Avoid plastic stir sticks and opt for reusable options (a standard stainless-steel spoon is still a great way to stir coffee) or compostable alternatives
- Look for take-out restaurants offering compostable or recyclable containers, or ask your favourite spots to make the switch
- Bring your own container for restaurant leftovers (we won’t judge)
- Remember to recycle any water bottles, coffee cups and other recyclable to-go containers as per local guidelines
- Choose to dine-in at home to reduce plastic and save money
So, whether you’re grabbing lunch to-go or simply going out for a coffee with friends, just say no to single-use plastic cutlery, straws, containers and other items.