Canada’s single-use plastics ban “singles out” foodservice

Canada’s single-use plastics ban, which has been on the cards for years and slowly but surely gathering momentum, is set to take final effect before the end of the year. On June 20, the government of Canada published final regulations to prohibit “harmful” single-use plastics, with a ban on manufacturing and importing most of these […]

McDonald’s Canada turns upcycled plastic straws into art

McDonald’s Canada is looking to show that not only does upcycling plastic help the environment, but it can turn into something beautiful too. The fast-food giant has turned its phased-out plastic straws into a series of original works of art by a cross-country group of Canadian and Indigenous artists. The 15 participating artists have been […]

Montreal Economic Institute suggests alternative to Canada’s zero plastic waste policy

The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) has questioned the federal Canadian government’s zero plastic waste policy, suggesting that it is in opposition to current and potential plastic industry innovations. At the end of 2021, the Government of Canada published its proposed Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations and Guidance for Selecting Alternatives to the Single-Use Plastics in the Proposed Single-Use […]

Plastic packaging may increase food waste, finds report

Not only does wrapping food in plastic packaging hurt the environment by producing more plastic waste, it can also increase food waste by forcing customers to buy more than they actually need. That’s according to a new 18-month study by sustainability charity Wrap, reported in the Guardian, which concluded that supermarkets, grocers, and other food […]

Retailers and manufacturers launch Canada Plastics Pact

More than 70 Canadian retailers, manufacturers, associations, non-profits, and other organizations have joined to form the Canada Plastics Pact. The pact is an ambitious action plan to eliminate plastic waste and “represents unprecedented cross-value chain collaboration, uniting key players behind a shared vision for a circular economy for plastics packaging in Canada and a targeted plan […]

McDonald’s cutting single-use plastics in Canadian restaurants

McDonald’s Canada has announced it will introduce wooden cutlery, wooden stir sticks, and paper straws to its 1,400+ restaurants across the country by December 2021. A press release notes the removal of these single-use plastics in its restaurants supports McDonald’s global commitment to source 100 per cent of McDonald’s primary guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or […]

Montreal plastic ban praised as key step on the road

Environmental experts are praising the Montreal plastic ban that will see the city prohibit the use of some kinds of single-use plastics, but they say Canada is still a long way from its apparent targets of being plastic-free. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante announced on Wednesday that the city would ban retailers and restaurants from distributing plastic bags in the […]

Tim Hortons steps up sustainability measures

Through its newly launched Tims For Good sustainability platform, Tim Hortons is stepping up its green measures. The platform is designed to promote continuous improvement at the brand across three pillars: people and communities, food and beverage quality, and the planet. A major step Tim Hortons has taken is a pledge to eliminate one billion single-use […]