Revelstoke businesses take the lead on eliminating single-use plastics

Revelstoke businesses take the lead on eliminating single-use plastics

Here’s how you can eliminate this unnecessary waste from your life

By North Columbia Environmental Society

The revelation that single-use plastics are terrible for the environment comes as a surprise to no one. Drop a plastic bag on your lawn and it could outlast every generation for five hundred to a thousand years.

Birds and marine life are dying with bellies full of garbage. Non-sinking discarded plastic (and other debris) are clumping together and travelling in literal garbage islands swirling along with the ocean currents. Pollutants from plastics have started to enter the human food chain. Microbeads are proving impressively problematic. Plastic is affecting more than the birds, turtles and whales scarfing it down; zooplankton have also fallen victim. This is scary stuff as zooplankton are the lowest living creature on the ocean food chain, and eating plastics is resulting in a shrinking population.

With ample evidence screaming “stop,” why are we still using single-use plastics? They are still being mass produced and consumed by a public that knows better but refuses to change its ways.

Let’s not pretend that our convenience is more important than the planet. There are several ways one can take charge and greatly diminish the use of single-use plastics. Buy a reusable water bottle, bring your own Tupperware when you order food to go and refuse the straw. Buy bulk and avoid items that are individually packed. Businesses can stop purchasing plastic cutlery and straws and styrofoam takeaway containers. Local stores can follow the example of Mountain Goodness Natural Foods or Le Marche Gourmet, and stop carrying plastic bags entirely.

There are local individuals and businesses doing their best to avoid single use plastics. The ‘Revelstoke’s Last Straw’ campaign, spearheaded by Tegan Dean of Birch and Lace Hair Company, has been embraced by the Taco Club and Dose Coffee.

“I realized how many places in town throw a straw in a drink, whether you asked for one or not,” Dean says. “With No Straw, I’m trying to encourage bars, restaurants and cafes to offer an alternative to plastic straws. Some places aren’t interested, so I ask every server and bartender who works in those places to ask customers if they want a straw. A lot of the time customers don’t.”

When The Modern Bakeshop started to carry straws, they invested in paper straws that break down easily. Mountain Meals offers glass straws for purchase. Big Mountain Kitchen and Linen offer various food wraps, bowl covers, reusable plastic bags, fabric bags and silicone Ziploc bags, rendering cling wrap unnecessary. Kidz on Main carries Go Green lunch containers and an assortment of water bottles. Bring in your own container to Birch and Lace Hair Company and fill up from their bulk biodegradable cleaners.

As Revelstokians, we take pride in the natural world surrounding us. Let’s help keep it that way by changing some of our bad habits for the better.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
47 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health region

1,538 total cases, 399 are active, ten in hospital

Follow public health recommendations, says Interior Health as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Revelstoke. (Image courtesy CDC)
Revelstoke positive COVID cases grows to 29

Interior Health announced a cluster in the community on Nov. 26

Figure skaters in the old skating rink in the 1940s. 
(Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 4034)
Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 26

A look a local history as recorded by the newspaper

Cst. Dane Storey was recognized as a member of Alexa’s Team, a provincial recognition paying tribute to police officers who make an extraordinary contribution to reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roads. (Submitted/Revelstoke RCMP)
Alexa’s Team awarded to Revelstoke RCMP officer

Cst. Dane Storey removed 59 impaired drivers from B.C. roads in 2019

Revelstoke Mountain Resort opens for the season tomorrow, Nov. 27, 2020. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Know before you go: Revelstoke Mountain Resort opens tomorrow

Masks are mandatory, lineup opens at 6:30 a.m.

Mary Cox and Jack Plant dance in their pyjamas and slippers at the morning pyjama dance during the Rhythm Reelers’ 25 Annual Rally in the Valley Square Dance Festival in Chilliwack on June 4, 2011. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 is Square Dancing Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

Square Dancing Day, Disability Day and International Ninja Day are all coming up this week

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Dentice di Frasso, a member of Italian nobility, once owned land in Summerland. (Contributed)
Italian nobility family once lived in Summerland

Dentice di Frasso and his family owned land in the Prairie Valley area

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)
Indigenous actor, author, elder, leaders appointed to Order of Canada

Outstanding achievement, community dedication and service recognized

Summerland residents have been receiving a telephone scam with the number showing as the telephone number of the local RCMP detachment. (Black Press Media files)
Summerland RCMP telephone number spoofed in scam calls

Number used in scam attempts from tax agency

(Village of Lumby photo)
Mysterious, loud ‘boom’ shakes North Okanagan residents

Village staff, Earthquakes Canada aren’t sure what caused the explosion-like sound

Clarence Fulton students collect cash and non-perishable food donations for families in need in their community Friday, Nov. 27. (Jennifer Smith  - Morning Star)
North Okanagan students collect food for families in need

Annual event to support nine school families this year

Take a break from the slopes to discover the rich culture and diversity of Vernon. Michelle Beaudry photo, courtesy Tourism Vernon.
Tourism Vernon could see 40% cut to budget due to COVID-19

New approach to help residents and visitors activate their adventures

Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. The church has decided to continue in-person services despite a public health order banning worship services that was issued on Nov. 19, 2020. (YouTube)
2 Lower Mainland churches continue in-person services despite public health orders

Pastors say faith groups are unfairly targeted and that charter rights protect their decisions

Most Read