Getting rid of plastic is possibly the single leftist agenda that I am actually on-board with.
Travelers to Canada should not expect to see some everyday plastic items starting next year.
The country plans to ban single-use plastics — checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and even foodware made from hard-to-recycle plastics — nationwide by the end of 2021.
The move is part of a larger effort by the nation to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.
“Plastic pollution threatens our natural environment. It fills our rivers or lakes, and most particularly our oceans, choking the wildlife that live there,” Canadian Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Wednesday in a news conference. “Canadians see the impact that pollution has from coast to coast to coast.”
The plan also includes improvements to keep “plastic in our economy and out of our environment,” he said.
I don’t really trust that Canada is going to do this.
Continually, we have seen concerns about plastics redirected into nonsense about global warming.
Furthermore, plastic straws are really the least of our concerns. What needs to be dealt with is plastic bottles for various liquids. That is the number one issue. Then plastic bags and other packaging and takeout plastics.
They make straws this big issue but it isn’t the big issue. I don’t even see straws very often, because I only drink water, coffee and cocktails. But when I go to the grocery store, everything is in plastic.
The ideal would be to just outlaw the production of all but the hardest plastics, rather than going through item by item. Instead, regulate the type of plastic.