Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Break the Plastic Habit!

Break the plastic habit!
Chelsea Glaser, Trust for Sustainable Development on the left
and Gillian Montgomery, Surfrider Foundation on the right


Dear Constituents,

Drop by 4085 Quadra during office hours and pick up a free, re-usable shopping bag! The bags are washable, made from 99% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and come in an easy-to-carry pouch.

I've partnered with local activists, Chelsea Glaser and Gillian Montgomery, to raise awareness about disposable plastic bags.

These two remarkable young women have dedicated a ton of energy and effort to move our society in the right direction. This week they will be speaking in front of Victoria Council and they are just getting started!

Click "read more" below to learn about their campaign and the logic of reducing - or even banning! - disposable plastic bags.

Best, Lana






BAN THE BAG VICTORIA!

IT’S TIME!

A LOCAL CAMPAIGN TO END THE USE OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC CHECKOUT BAGS IN VICTORIA

WHY A BAG BAN BYLAW?

  • IT IS ESTIMATED THAT CANADIANS USE 2.86 BILLION BILLION PLASTIC BAGS EVERY YEAR

    The adverage Canadian uses between 200-300 bags per year. If tied together the grand total of 2.86 billion plastic bags would stretch around the Earth’s equator 22 times.
  • MARINE MAMMALS AND SEABIRDS CAN NOT SURVIVE OUR PLASTIC POLLUTION

    Each year, up to one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die from ingestion of or entanglement in plastics…
  • THE OCEAN IS TURNING INTO A PLASTIC SOUP

    Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean.
    Ocean gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s ocean and various research groups such as 5 Gyres are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts. After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photo-degrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. As a result, virtually every piece of plastic that has very been produced still exists in some shape or form.

    TAKE ACTION  

    SIMPLE LOCAL ACTIONS CAN HELP MAKE AN IMPACT TO SOLVE THIS GLOBAL ISSUE. JOIN US IN PROTECTING THE COAST AND RISE ABOVE PLASTICS! 

  • Participate in International Plastic Bag Free Day on July 3rd.
  • Share and encourage your friends and family via social media to participate and to take the plastic pledge.
  • Bring your own shopping bag!
  • Sign the Bag the Ban petition online or at our next event, beach cleanup or Chapter meeting. Visit our calendar page for the next event.
  • Tell local business owners that you are in support of a plastic bag free Victoria!
  • Become a part of the RAP team and be the change! Contact Erin, erinwillows@shaw.ca
  • Like our RAP Facebook page

OUR SUPPORTERS

SFVI would like to thank those businesses in Victoria who are leading the change!
The following businesses do not have plastic bags:

MEC | SITKA | COASTLINE |  THRIFTYS | NIAGARA GROCERY | GOOD PLANET COMPANY | PLANET ORGANIC | INGREDIENTS | FOL EPI