VANESSA ANTONIUK | March 15, 2020 • 5 min read
Recently, there has been a focus on reducing the amount of single use plastics. Single-use plastics are disposable plastics meant to be used once, and then tossed in the garbage. Several cities, including Devon, Alberta, have banned the use of plastic bags. As well, many companies, such as Sobey’s, have eliminated plastic bags at their checkouts, and others charge customers per bag. Other companies, such as Starbucks and A&W, have switched to paper or compostable straws to help cut down on plastic consumption. According to the Canadian government, we use 15 billion plastic bags per year as a country. Canada, as a whole, is aiming to ban single-use plastic, including bags, single-use water bottles, and cutlery, by the end of 2021.
In this blog, we will show you our favourite eco-friendly promotional products that can make your brand stand out and align with the vision of a cleaner tomorrow for us all.
Why is reducing single-use plastic important?
According to EcoWatch, we dump the equivalent to 1 garbage truck into the ocean every minute. Not only is this bad for the environment, but millions of animals are harmed due to the amount of waste. It is reported that between 60-80% of marine pollution is composed of plastic. Plastic can live in the environment for hundreds, possibly thousands of years, and it is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. In Canada, less than 10% of plastic gets recycled every year.
How Can Your Organization Help In Moving Away From Single-Use Plastic?
There are several ways that your organization can help with the reduction of plastics in preparation for Canada’s expected single-use plastics ban.
Below are 5 ways you can make a difference.
BYOB – No, this does not mean what you think. It stands for Bring Your Own Bag. There are many functional and fashionable reusable bags made from many different materials, including cotton and recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate). Not only do these bags come in a variety of sizes, they also have several different uses and can be customized with any design or logo. Here are a few of my favorites:
Eliminate plastic straws – Plastic straws end up in the ocean harming many animals including sea turtles and birds. It is estimated that the average person uses 1.6 straws per day, which means if everyone in Canada stopped using plastic straws for a year, we could keep close to 60 million straws out of landfills and oceans! Follow the lead of many restaurant chains, such as Starbucks and A&W and use alternative options to plastic straws, including silicone, paper, and stainless. Some examples of branded reusable straws are found below:
Bring your own produce bags to the grocery store – Not all produce requires bags. You can get away with putting bananas in your basket without a bag, but what do you do with brussels sprouts and apples? When you bring your own produce bags, you are cutting down on the number of single use plastics, but still have the convenience of carrying your fruits and veggies.
Use reusable sandwich bags – A less obvious item in your efforts in moving away from single-use plastic but you can really cut down on the amount of re-sealable plastic bags you consume by using washable and reusable sandwich bags. These bags are good not only for PB and J’s, but also snacks, fruits and veggies, and more! Give these away to your employees or clients, who will increase your brand’s exposure each time they reach for their lunch!
Stop using plastic cutlery – Take out, Skip the Dishes, and Uber Eats are a great way to grab a bite to eat, but most orders will include plastic forks, knives, and spoons. You can help reduce the amount of cutlery being used by carrying your own. Bamboo and stainless cutlery are great options as they are stylish and sustainable. Just pop a set in your purse or desk, and you are ready for any meal! Here are a few favorites:
Promotional Products Can Help Your Organization Be Part Of The Solution
The above eco-conscious promotional marketing ideas are ways we can all help control the amount of single-use plastic in our environment. Many people already are in the habit of using reusable water bottles and coffee cups and these suggestions will greatly reduce plastic consumption even further. We ALL need to work together to save the planet and clean up the world for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
VANESSA ANTONIUK | Vanessa is a fun-loving, creative genius with a penchant for coming up with the perfect tagline when you need one! She is passionate about the promotional products industry and is always looking for the newest fabulous ideas. She is a sports enthusiast, an animal lover, and loves spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 kids. With a background in marketing and event planning, she will help take your brand to the next level. Want to start a project with Vanessa? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org