Canadian restaurants are beginning to transition from using single-use plastics after a phased ban was implemented by the federal government in December 2022.

Canadian company LEAF Canada is playing their part in helping restaurants make the transition.

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Canada’s restaurant industry is one of many sectors that has had to adjust in light of the Canadian government’s plastic ban, including changing checkout bags, cutlery, food service ware, stir sticks and straws.

It was a prominent part of the discussion on how restaurants will adapt at the Restaurants Canada (RC) show in Toronto this week. The plastics ban is a part of Canada’s goal to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.

Businesses will now have to shift towards non-single-use plastic alternatives, and LEAF Canada is a non-profit trying to help with this transition.

“The ban came into effect in December 2022, so it’s in the transition period now where whatever you have now that is single-use plastics you can use until you run out, you won’t be able to buy anymore,” said Vicky Huang, Education and Environmental Resource Coordinator for LEAF Canada.

“It definitely impacts the food service industry because that is a big part of how we do.”
LEAF Canada said they are working to empower and educate the food service industry to shift towards more sustainable practices. […]

Some Canadian companies are already thinking about green solutions like Leaf-approved supplier, Greenovation.

“Our product is made of fallen leaves, so it’s just dried leaves steamed pressed,” explained managing partner Chintan Shah.

The RC show in Toronto also showcases alternatives like reusable container programs and compostable options.

Stella Acquisto, CityNews Everywhere, April 11, 2023.

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