Plastic Free July kicks off July 1st on Canada Day. Large events such as Canada Day is one of our largest waste generating days of the year as we often produce more food waste, disposal of single-use items, and often leaving behind litter.
Recently, Ontario Parks has seen an increase of litter from visitors in their parks:
Visitors who come for just the day may leave even more behind, as they bring everything for a disposable family barbecue, like disposable cups, plates, cutlery, tablecloths, and all of the wrapping and containers. Many of which end up scattered on the ground.
So while we do still think of our parks as clean environments, visitors cause our parks to produce tonnes of garbage from these clean and natural environments.
Here are some tips to celebrate without the waste:
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- Use what you have. Bring reusable dishes, utensils and cups and wash them afterwards.
- Have leftovers? Reduce your food waste by bringing reusable containers with you or your guests to take home.
- Bring food without the plastic. You can also find a variety of food with plastic-free packaging (i.e., fruits, veggies, and nuts).
- Opt to buy decorations that can be kept and reused or go thrift shopping.
- DIY food you would normally buy in the packaging, such as making homemade chips, dips, granola, popsicles, etc.
- Leave nothing behind. Make a conscious effort to continue to recycle, compost and dispose of waste even while you are celebrating.
Keep in mind that these zero-waste event tips can be applied beyond Canada Day to future events. Remember being zero-waste or plastic-free is just about doing what you can. Aim for effort rather than perfection.