Plastic-Free YYC highlights: 2020

Let’s not waste time focusing on the profound disruptions of 2020. Instead, here are the highlights of 2020: our achievements and accomplishments with help from our supporters like you.

Virtual Earth Day clean-up

COVID-19 restrictions cancelled community clean-ups this spring, so we encouraged people to go out in their own neighbourhoods instead. Amazing volunteers like you saved bags of litter from the environment. And we couldn’t be prouder!

Bag of litter from the community cleanup, a highlight of 2020
One volunteer figured she picked up 30lbs of garbage!

BIPOC experiences in the zero-waste community

This panel discussion was about intersectionality, representation, environmental racism and environmental movements. Three of our own Plastic-Free YYC volunteers joined together for this insightful conversation. You can watch on Instagram.

2020 zero waste festival

The second annual Zero Waste Festival was ready to go this summer following a first success in 2019. But, restrictions forced it to be cancelled. Instead, Plastic-Free YYC hosted a variety of virtual events, from an expert panel to sessions like “DIY Body Spray and Scrub” and “The Assumption of Access in the Zero Waste Movement.”

Panel members in all events sparked lively discussion about reducing Alberta’s waste, such as how Extended Producer Responsibility fits into Alberta’s post-pandemic future, and advice on how to be an ethical shopper.

Watch and share videos from the event here.

Screenshot of one of the zero waste festival sessions, a highlight of 2020

Zero-waste market

Outdoor is definitely “in.” On September 2, Plastic-Free YYC hosted a zero waste market for local businesses at Sunnyside ContainR to showcase to Calgarians how to live a waste-free lifestyle. From fair trade vendors to backyard chicken rentals, the market had something for everyone.

Single-use plastic ban announced

The federal government took a firm step towards reducing plastic pollution when they announced a ban on some harmful single-use items on October 7. We look forward to being there for our community to provide reusable alternatives and affordable solutions.

Virtual programming

Meetups and events are a core part of the plastic-free movement. We share ideas, highlight opportunities, and meet people that inspire us. But in 2020, we had to deliver events virtually. Plastic-Free YYC adapted by getting a YouTube channel, hosting webinars, and continuing social media campaigns. Of course, we can’t wait to get back together in person soon.

As an organization but most of all a community, Plastic-Free YYC looks forward to the highlights and opportunities 2021 will bring!