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October 11, 2022
The continuous process of industrialization and urbanization in the past several decades has disrupted and destabilized the global environment to the degree that is irreversible and unprecedented in the history of mankind. Global warming, acid rain, loss of biodiversity, and pollution not only threaten the stability of the environment but also tend to impair economic development in various countries and lower the welfare of all future generations.
With studies and research being conducted on the effect of environmental issues, the severity and long-lasting impact on the global environment is being recognized and brought to the attention of global leaders and the general public. The increase of environmental awareness from the general public plays a crucial role in forcing governments worldwide to take action by creating regulations that restrict or reduce the usage of materials that are harmful to the environment.
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What is The Government of Canada doing to Protect the Environment?
The Government of Canada has always been actively involved in environmental-related activities. A recent event was on June 22, 2022, where the Single-use Plastics Prohibitions Regulation was announced. This regulation aims to reduce and eliminate environmentally problematic situations that harm and danger wildlife. Furthermore, to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.
Which single-use plastics are being banned?
Each day, up to 16 million plastic straws are used in Canada, and in many situations, the requirements of straws are not necessary for customers when consuming their beverages. Furthermore, in 2019, large companies such as Starbucks and Tim Hortons designed "strawless" lids that make it easier to consume beverages without a straw.
Reusable and biodegradable drinking straws are available in the market in various materials, including sugarcane, bamboo, paper, glass, stainless steel… the list goes on.
Around 15 million single-use plastic bags are used in Canada annually. However, in 2021 statistics Canada found that 96% of households had already started to use their own bags. Furthermore, some companies left single-use bags behind before the regulations came into force.
Plastic cutlery is primarily associated with takeout meals. However, plastic cutlery is often not required or desired when takeout meals are consumed at the customer's residence. Alternative materials are available in the market as well.
Encouraging customers to bring their own containers or developing a deposit and refund system for reusable containers is one option that would reduce the use of single-use plastic food ware.
Who is this regulation targeted?
This regulation targeted businesses and organizations providing single-use plastics, including manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of single-use plastic items. As well as businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, and any organizations that provide single-use plastics to the public to eat, drink or carry their purchases.
As the regulation does not take effect until December 2022. Taking the initiative to reduce your company's environmental impact by replacing your single-use plastic, such as plastic straws, plastic bags, and plastic wares ahead of time can improve your company's sustainability and create business competitiveness.
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