We are a grassroots, not-for-profit group that works to educate Sudburians about current plastic issues, connect our community with information and local resources, and reduce single-use plastic in Greater Sudbury.
Over 20 local businesses, schools, organizations, and workplaces have shown their public support to reduce plastic by Taking our Pledge. The Pledge is a working commitment to reduce a minimum of three attainable single-use plastics within an establishment. We help members do this by conducting a single-use plastic audit, create an action plan, and celebrate their success and involvements.
You can find us in the community participating in Junction Creek clean-ups, partnering with organizations on community projects, and support other zero-waste efforts throughout the city.
We are primary advocates for zero-waste but acknowledge this is not realistic for all and when this is the case we share resources on recycling and composting information with individuals and members.
In June 2018, we founded Plastic-Free Greater Sudbury with the vision of creating a single-use plastic-free community. We identified restaurants and cafes to be a huge contributor to the problem, so we partnered with local establishments to make it easy for citizens to reduce their plastic use. We have partnered with over 20 businesses, schools, organizations, and workplaces. In addition to this work, we regularly host educational events and partner with other local environmental groups to spread awareness of the negative impact plastic has on the environment.
Mission: A community campaign that is dedicated to challenging the status quo of single-use plastic use within Greater Sudbury through collaborative, sustainable, and socially inclusive efforts.
Vision: To make Greater Sudbury a single-use plastic free community
Our Values: Integrity, Education, Inclusion, Community, Humility
Volunteers regularly attend group meetings to help guide our work throughout the year. Plastic-Free Greater Sudbury volunteers are involved in the way that works for them, whether that is helping with projects, attending events, providing input, or simply keeping informed.
Our education and events are based on citizen request, our group members and community groups capacity, and are focused on peer reviewed research or locally collected data. We often work in collaboration with community partners to create or strengthen local events and increase awareness about issue of single-use plastics.
We are located in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, on the territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation.