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September 12, 2019
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Bridget Burns, the Green candidate for Vancouver East, is doing politics differently. That means a low waste campaign free from the single-use plastic that chokes our oceans, kills our wildlife and trashes our planet. And that means no plastic campaign signs.
Instead, Burns has opted to get larger campaign signs made from upcycled construction materials. Those smaller signs we’re about to see popping up on lawns across Canada? Burns’s will be made of recycled cardboard and printed with vegetable ink.
Even this small change wasn’t made lightly. “Switching things up when there’s a set way of doing it is never easy - but that’s what the Green party is all about, taking real action now,” says Burns.
“Hopefully we’ve found sustainable cardboard signs which won’t fall apart in the wet Vancouver weather. But, hey, that’s what biodegradable materials are meant to do. We’d rather replace soggy cardboard than be stuck with hundreds of useless lumps of plastic for centuries.”
This isn’t the first eco-friendly innovation Burns has brought to the campaign trail. Her upcycled campaign t-shirts are already inspiring Greens across the country to create their own.
That’s what Amita Kuttner, the Green candidate in neighbouring Burnaby North–Seymour, is doing. “The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon footprint, burning more energy than shipping and aviation combined. These repurposed tees not only look good, they show how things can be different,” says Kuttner.
Bridget Burns is fighting for change in East Vancouver. And as the campaign’s biodegradable signs and upcycled t-shirts already show, that fight is going to be a clean one.