Canada’s commitment to tackling plastic pollution has gained momentum with the introduction of a nationwide ban on single-use plastics. As a Vaughan business owner, it’s essential to adapt to this paradigm shift by embracing sustainable alternatives and minimizing the environmental impact. By adapting to various innovative strategies, businesses will be able to navigate the transition smoothly. Below are some of the key ways to consider in order to adjust the upcoming changes:


  • Embrace Sustainable Packaging Solutions: With 6 types of single-use plastics including checkout bags, cutlery, straws – with some exceptions like flexible plastic straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings*, cutlery, food service ware made from hard-to-recycle plastics, being phased out, it’s time to reconsider packaging materials. Explore sustainable alternatives such as recyclable alternatives. 
  • Encourage Reuse : Businesses are encouraged to collaborate with local third party’s reusable services. These companies provide eco-conscious customers with affordable reusable containers and full-service support resulting in a significant reduction of single-use plastic waste and a positive impact on the environment. 
  • Collaborate with Like-Minded Partners: Join forces with other businesses and organizations across your community that share your commitment to reducing single-use plastics. Explore opportunities for collaboration and joint initiatives aimed at raising awareness, advocating for change, or developing sustainable solutions. By collaborating, your business will amplify its impact and contribute to a collective effort in creating a sustainable future. 

Canada’s plastic ban presents a unique opportunity for businesses to reshape business practices and contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable future. By taking action now, businesses can ensure that your business is ready for the change and that you reap the benefits of being a more sustainable and eco-friendly business.


*They can continue to be imported and manufactured for sale in Canada until June 20, 2023 and their sale is not banned until June 20, 2023.

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