Canada Now Helping to Save the Planet

Did you know that it takes up to 200 years for one plastic straw to decompose. Canadians use approximately 57 million plastic straws daily. Those straws are generally not easy to recycle in most places in Canada, because they’re made from type 5 plastic, or polypropylene. Plastic straws end up in landfills, or even worse, polluting our oceans. Hopefully, most of us are aware that our oceans are already in serious trouble. Estimates predict that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish! In the United States, New York City, Hawaii, California all have pending plastic straw bans. In Canada, Vancouver will become the first Canadian city to ban plastic drinking straws, as it continues moving towards its “future greenest city in the world” goal. The ban takes effect in the fall of 2019. Restaurants are jumping on board too. McDonald’s will start testing alternatives to plastic straws in the U.S. A&W Canada announced in early June they will phase out plastic straws and offering paper ones instead. Joining the shift to paper straws is Recipe Unlimited, formerly Cara Operations, which owns restaurants across Canada such as Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet and St. Hubert, as well as The Keg and Montana’s. Starbucks……Ed
Source: Beverley Golden / Photo: Alexander Kim

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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