11 Important Single-Use Plastic Swaps to Make Now

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Eliminating single-use plastics

Canadians throw away three million tonnes of plastic each year, and not even 10 percent of that is recycled. It pollutes our water, harms wildlife and ends up in landfills. But it’s not all doom and gloom: In October 2020, the Government of Canada announced its plan to eliminate plastic waste by 2030.

What does this mean exactly? For one, all single-use plastic items — including shopping bags, straws, and food packages — will be banned, as they’re rarely recycled. But there’s no reason to wait until 2030 to quit plastic. With all the sustainable alternatives to disposable home goods on the market, why not start cutting single-use plastics out of your life right now?

Below, our favourite eco-friendly swaps for some of the most common single-use plastic household items, so you can get a head start on doing your part now.

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Mesh cotton grocery bags

This cotton crochet knit bag is super useful — the mesh expands to fit more items than you’d imagine.

Reusable mesh shopping bag, $ 14, amazon.ca

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