The Plastic Phenomenon

Environment   Sep 27, 2018 by Katie

Activity 1B

St. Albert

Gaby Tobisch, Katherine Bauer, Rennée Burke,

Kaiden Benke, Mary Delos Santos

The Plastic Phenomenon

  • How do you view plastic?

We think that plastic is a bit of a double edged sword. There are some positives to plastics, but a lot of negatives as well. Plastic surrounds us in our daily lives and we use it constantly without even knowing it’s there, yet it is causing an environmental crisis that will eventually destroy the planet if we continue to use continued use.

  • What are the positives of plastics?

It can carry items such as groceries, can be reused, convenient, easy to produce in massive quantities and is very cheap. Plastic is also for most of the time lightweight, flexible, durable and extremely versatile which makes it an excellent candidate for producers to use in their products and affordable and usable to consumers.   

  • What are the negatives of plastics?

Plastics pollute the earth, doesn't biodegrade easily, harms all living organisms in every ecosystem, uses a massive quantity of fossil fuels to be produced, and it is also toxic and very harmful to those who make it. Our entire planet is choking on the vast amount of plastic being produced and wasted. Our recycling facilities cannot keep up with the constant influx of these items.  The ratio is unbalanced between recycling and producing.

  • Is there a feasible solution Canada can make towards making an impact on the plastic problem?

In order to slow down the problem we can influence our grocery stores, such as WalMart to start bagging groceries in reusable bags and urge consumers to bring their own, for lunches people could use fabric bags to hold their food, discourage people from using one use plastic water bottles, making rules in places such as schools against selling one use plastics. the truth is is that people already know about these solutions, but the message seems to be lost in availability and convenience. 

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4 Comment(s)

Dec 8, 2018

I used to think that pushing companies and stores to stop using plastic bags would be a great move but now, working at a grocery store, you learn that's not what they want to do. They earn money with plastic especially since its cheap. So that might be a bit difficult to accomplish. But many stores that have plastic bags do also sell out eco-friendly bags.

Rian Hoyle
Nov 1, 2018

Pushing for grocery store to only use reusable bags is a great idea, I think single use plastic bags are one of the worst plastic products we use in society.

This is a very in-depth analysis. As consumers, we have the power to influence retailers to change their practices.

Sarah Flynn
Oct 4, 2018

Thanks so much for your post! Have  your heard of the law in Kenya where producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think something like this is a feasible solution in Canada?

Can't wait to hear your thoughts!