Submitted by Jo Phillips, Wendy O’Connor Paula Johanson, Bernie Klassen
Armchair wisdom from plastic fab Polly Ethel Styrene
“We are what we eat.
“And we’re eating more plastic than we realize in our food and water. If we continue this way, then what will our children and grandchildren become? What will become of them?
“We buy our food wrapped in plastic, carry it home in plastic, store it in plastic, and eat it off plastic. And even with our best intentions, ONLY 9% of plastic is recycled and so the rest ends up in our natural environment. In sea and soil it breaks down into micro-particles to be eaten by small creatures, and then by bigger ones.
And then us.
“Why do you think I am this way… so full of single-use plastic?
“I wanted to warn you of this urgent situation, so I sped up the process by birthing myself straight out of the recycling bin. It was easy; there was plenty to choose from.
“Banning single-use plastic bags in Sooke is the first step in a series of crucial measures that will break that chain of creating, using and discarding plastic.”
This is important team work in action, with team players including all of Sooke District Mayor and Council, Zero Waste Sooke, Transition Town Sooke, local shops and grocery stores, citizens of Sooke and Polly Ethyl Styrene, all pulling together.