- How do you view plastic?
"Plastic is material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic compounds that are malleable and so can be molded into solid objects." - Wikipedia
Plastics have been a very useful material in terms of many products because of their properties. However, the slow rate at which they biodegrade poses a threat to the many natural environments across the world, and in particular the oceans.
- What are the positives of plastics?
Plastics are low-cost and have a number of properties including durability that make them a useful material in construction and various products.
- What are the negatives of plastics?
Plastics are very slow to decompose, in certain cases up to 1000 years. The widespread use of plastics across the world and their contamination of various ecosystems threatens the global sustainability.
- Is there a feasible solution Canada can make towards making an impact on the plastic problem?
Canada can continue to work with international organizations and support NGOs that strive to reduce the proliferation of plastics into the world's ecosystems. Policies in Canada can be enacted to disincentive the excessive use of plastics.