Battling Water Scarcity: A Call to Reduce Paper and Plastic Bag Consumption

Image Credit: Agriculture Canada


By Howie Goldfinger, CEO, Ecorite


As British Columbia grapples with a snowpack nearly 40 percent below normal, and Agriculture Canada identifies key areas in Western Canada facing drought this summer, the need for proactive measures to address climate change becomes increasingly apparent. One impactful step that individuals can take is to reduce their consumption of paper and plastic bags.

These seemingly ubiquitous items contribute significantly to environmental degradation. By adopting eco-friendly alternatives, we can collectively make a positive impact on our planet. Here are some important ways to reduce paper and plastic bag consumption and contribute to the fight against climate change:

1. Embrace Reusable Bags: Invest in durable and reusable bags made from sustainable materials. These bags are not only sturdier but also help reduce the demand for single-use plastic and paper bags.

2. Raise Awareness: Educate friends, family, and the community about the environmental impact of disposable bags. Increased awareness can lead to more conscious consumer choices and a collective effort to reduce waste.

3. Support Eco-Friendly Brands: Choose products from companies committed to sustainability. Many brands are now offering eco-friendly alternatives to traditional packaging, contributing to a reduction in overall environmental impact.

4. Legislative Advocacy: Support and advocate for policies that aim to reduce single-use plastic and paper consumption. Encourage local and national authorities to implement and enforce regulations that promote sustainable practices.

5. Personal Accountability: Take responsibility for individual actions. Be mindful of daily choices and strive to minimize the use of disposable bags. Opt for reusable options whenever possible and dispose of waste responsibly.

The water scarcity challenges faced by British Columbia highlight the need for collective action against climate change. If B.C. or other areas of the country are battling forest fires this summer, that means less resources available for more productive pursuits and untold damage to Canada’s ecosystems. Reducing paper and plastic bag consumption is a tangible way for individuals to contribute to a more sustainable future. By making conscious choices and advocating for change, we can collectively address the environmental challenges that lie ahead.