Synod 2018 passed the following motion regarding the use of single-use plastics:
1. Parishes and synod office curtail the purchase of products with single use plastics, including rigid foam (Styrofoam and other brands), and to end such purchases by 2023; and
2. The Engaging God’s World [Vision Implementation Team] raise awareness with the members of the diocese and also advocate on behalf of the diocese.
a) With manufacturers to seek and use alternatives to the use of single use plastics;
b) With the food industry (restaurants and grocery stores) to eliminate the use of rigid foam in their packaging and ‘take out’; and
c) With the general public to reduce its use of single use plastics; d) With government to pass regulations that will lead to the elimination of the manufacture, sale and use of single use plastics.
3. Diocesan Council report back to the next sitting of synod on the steps taken to affect this motion and the effectiveness of those steps.
Parishes across the diocese are encouraged to make concrete plans and take the necessary steps to meet the 2023 target, while raising awareness and advocatinh for change in the communities in which we find ourselves.