YRE Competition 2019
1st Place as a campaign photo
15-18 years old
Approximately 57 million straws are used by Canadians daily, and where do they end up? In our landfills and oceans. Instead of biodegrading or dissolving, plastic only breaks down into tiny pieces called “micro-plastics” that are ingested by marine life and bio-accumulates down the food chain. In addition, producing plastic emits a large amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Author: Luckshana Ganeshananda, Emily Carr Secondary School, Vaughan, Ontario