Canadians are heavily in favour of a ban on single-use plastics such as cutlery and straws, and most would be willing to pay a small premium for environmentally sustainable products, a new Nanos Research survey has found. Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government announced a plan to regulate plastic waste as part of a national strategy to limit the amount of plastics that are polluting Canada’s environment. Mr. Trudeau has said that the government would consider banning a number of products as early as 2021, including plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks, where supported by scientific data. It’s a measure environmental advocates have been urging in an effort to combat plastic pollution, but it hasn’t been without controversy as the plastics industry pushes back. Fifty-six per cent of Canadians support a total ban on single-use plastics, while 25 per cent somewhat support a ban, according to Nanos Research. Ten per cent of Canadians somewhat oppose a total ban, while 8 per cent are opposed and 1 per cent are unsure. Across the country, residents of British Columbia are most likely to support the ban, with 65 per cent saying they are in favour, while residents […]

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