Ocean Wise Plastic Reduction Program

Together we can protect our oceans

Will you help us protect the ocean from plastic?

Our plastic waste is threatening ocean life. It is damaging the marine environment, harming more than 800 marine species, reducing the oceans ability to combat climate change, and increasingly found in our food and drinking water, causing concerns for our health.

Science tells us, if we act now we can make a difference!

Together we can stop the leak of plastic into the ocean, learn to value plastics instead of toss them away, and adopt innovative solutions. These actions will give marine life the chance to rebuild and flourish, enabling the oceans to sustain us for generations to come.

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The ocean is under threat from plastic pollution

Plastic has infiltrated every part of our world. Researchers are finding plastic just about everywhere they look – from deep sea sediment to the ocean surface. From the North Pole to the intestines of beluga whales.

Our plastic pollution is threatening ocean life, causing entanglement, suffocation, injury, and malnutrition. Plastic has become so pervasive that it has entered our food chain, our water supply, even the air we breathe, causing growing concern about the potential impacts on human health.

The problem with plastic…is us. Plastic is a reliable and useful material. But because it is cheap to produce we don’t value it. More than 40% of plastic produced is designed for single use. We have been happy to take and discard it, recycling only 9% of plastic here in Canada.

Join the movement, #beplasticwise

We know that making the right decision for the environment is not always straightforward. Ocean Wise is here to help by sharing the science behind ocean plastic pollution and by providing science-based tools, tips, and resources that empower you to take action.

Our experts in the Ocean Wise Plastics Lab continue to research the impact and solutions to the ocean plastic problem.

As individuals, there are simple actions we can take which will make a difference. Check out our top tips and actions you can take to reduce your plastic waste.

As food professionals, Ocean Wise’s new Plastic Reduction Program offers a unique opportunity to tackle harmful and unnecessary plastic use. We have developed tools specifically to empower food professionals to reduce their plastic footprint and prepare for the implementation of Canada’s proposed single-use plastic ban in 2021.

Together we have the chance to turn the tide on plastic. Join us!

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