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2020 Parish Vestry Single-Use Plastic Motion

Reduction of Single Use Plastics

‘WHEREAS Christians are called to be mindful stewards of creation and Anglican Christians are called to live out our baptismal covenant and the 5th Mark of Mission to “safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”;

AND WHEREAS climate scientists and environmentalists have expressed serious concern about the effect of plastic on the environment, and the harmful effects of single use plastic on our oceans, rivers, streams, plants and wildlife are abundantly clear;

BE IT RESOLVED that parish leaders of [insert parish name] assess their use of single-use plastics, including rigid foam, for parish ministries, and take immediate steps to reduce the purchasing of these products;

AND THAT [insert parish name] commit to diminish the purchase of single use plastics, including rigid foam, and end the practice completely by the beginning of 2022;

AND THAT the Corporation of [insert parish name] arrange education for parishioners about the use of alternatives to single-use plastics in their homes;

AND THAT the Corporation of [insert parish name] shall report their progress on the reduction of single-use plastic to the diocesan Program Consultant for Justice and Outreach each year in September.


A. Single-use plastics, often also referred to as disposable plastics, are commonly used for plastic packaging and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These include, among other items, grocery bags, food packaging, drink bottles, straws.

Source: Wellington Water Watchers: WWW on single use plastic

B. Government of Canada taking action to reduce plastic pollution