Single-use plastics are now seen as a global crisis. Less than 10% of them are recycled. The rest are sent to landfills, dumped into lakes and oceans, burned for energy with its own environmental implications, or shipped to countries like the Philippines that are now pushing it back to us.

The issue stays in the spotlight with every news report of marine animals hurt or killed by plastic in our oceans. Governments are now committing to action and calling for collaboration to get results. The growing emergence of partnerships to create innovations such as plant-based compostable packaging can’t
be overstated.

 

Ask the scientist: How does composting work?

Calvin Lakhan, PhD

Calvin Lakhan, a Faculty of Environmental Studies researcher at York University in Toronto, offers his thoughts.

Seeking alternatives to single-use plastics

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois

For eight months, Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, co-authored the recent report, “The Single Use Plastics Dilemma: Perceptions and Possible Solutions.”

Compostable coffee pods reduce plastic waste

John Pigott

Toronto-based company Club Coffee has risen to the challenge and introduced compostable coffee pods.

 

Visit Club Coffee to learn more about compostable alternatives.