Plastic waste is an immense threat to our environment and wildlife, and costs our economy tens of millions of dollars;
Takeout food containers add 25,000 tonnes to landfills annually (Metro Vancouver);
While reusable takeout containers are currently the most sustainable takeout packaging option, implementing them requires the reorganization of restaurant infrastructure (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation). Thus, the most feasible strategy to protect the environment is to focus on implementing compostable or bioplastic takeout containers which require less restructuring;
Biodegradable plastics can help contribute to sustainability and reduction in the environmental impact associated with the disposal of oil-based polymers;
100% Certified Compostable containers are both recyclable (if cleaned), and compostable; and
There are a plethora of practical, cost-efficient ways for businesses to transition to sustainable takeout packaging.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to require food retailers to implement compostable and/or biodegradable plastic and/or bioplastic food storage/takeout containers in order to increase environmental stability and decrease plastic pollution.
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