What about Alternatives to Plastics? 

Did you know that plastics do not decompose? Conservative estimates indicate that the common plastics in our world will take hundreds of years to degrade.

450+ years to degrade

500+ years to degrade

200+ years to degrade

450+ years to degrade

10+ years to degrade

Single-use polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottle. 

Try carrying your own reusable water bottle!

Polyamide (PA) toothbrush. 

Consider switching to a bamboo toothbrush!

Polypropylene (PP) straws. 

Try reusable straws made from glass, metal, or bamboo - or ditch the straw altogether!

Plastic cutlery.

Try carrying your own reusable cutlery with you for on-the-go snacks and meals!

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) shopping bags.

Avoid that extra 5 cent charge on your groceries by bringing your own reusable bags!

Alternatives Sources

jBoesler, M. (2013). Bottled water costs 2000 times as much as tap water. Business Insider. 

Kane, C. (2016). 6 new products made from old plastic bottles. Time. 

Manzocco, N., & Gray, V. (2017). 19 eco-conscious Toronto brands and trends we love. NOW Toronto. 

Morgan, R. (2018). Amazing products made of trash: The resource of the future. CNBC. 

She. J., & MacDonald, E. F. (2017). Exploring the effects of a product's sustainability triggers on pro-environmental decision-making. Journal of Mechanical Design, 140. 

The sustainability imperative (2015). The Nielsen Company. 

Wallace, D. (2018). How long does it take plastic to break down in the ocean? Infographic journal. 

Exhibit Resources

The #TakeBackTheTap exhibit was created by Humber's Office of Sustainability and the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre. Click on the buttons below for more information about each section of the exhibit.