By now you've probably seen a lot of press about how terrible plastic straws are for the environment. It's actually kind of ridiculous when you think about it. These things serve no actual purpose, and we use and discard half a billion of them every day!
Seeing as they are made from plastic they just fill up landfills and our oceans, contributing to our global problem with pollution. I've seen tons of people take up challenges to go a week without using straws, or trying to convince other people to do the same.
It's actually pretty difficult if you eat out a lot because people will always give you a straw. If you get a Starbucks drink, straw. If you get a cocktail at a bar, straw. It's hard to escape. But you can ask them not to give you one. It's really not that difficult to drink off the rim. We are just used to these damn things.
Well, apparently the talk of banning plastic straws in Canada may be in the works. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not yet 100% confirmed whether or not he supports the ban on plastic straws, but at his meeting with the G7 leaders this Spring, he plans on discussing the idea.
They will be meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec from June 8, 2018, to June 9, 2018. G7 meetings are extremely significant because, in case you didn't know, the G7 is made up of the United States, Japan, Italy, Germany, the UK, France, and Canada. Significant world leaders meet to discuss significant issues, like plastic waste.
What reporters were able to get out of him is that Canada plans on making the protection of oceans central to its G7 presidency, with particular attention on plastic waste. That sounds like a step in the right direction if you ask me.
One thing that definitely looks positive is the fact that Trudeau's British counterpart Theresa May has said that her government is beginning to make a plan to ban straws and other single-use plastics, like drink stirrers and cotton swabs. Given its significant environmental impacts, they have pledged to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042.
Trudeau is aware and concerned about the effect that microplastics are having on the oceans, and wants to consider a lot of suggestions when it comes to solving this issue. Banning pollutant plastics is just one of them.
This motion to ban plastics calls for more strict regulations that are being put in place to reduce the use of both consumer and industrial levels. And itès not just about plastic straws. This will apply to plastic bags, bottles, tableware, cigarette fillers, drink containers, you name it.
Trudeau and his government have already made moves to ban plastic microbeads in body and bath products, so this is just another step in the same direction.