Canada Sustainability

Green for the Holidays

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

These days, filling a large green plastic bag with paper and boxes is virtually unheard of in Canada. Thankfully. There is greater thought and consideration behind the reuse of products and how we can adopt more sustainable practices when celebrating our holiday festivities.

Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Isn't Crazy - Harper Is

Kevin Grandia | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Kevin Grandia

I am watching negotiators from impacted countries like the Philippines working earnestly on a new agreement to reduce global climate pollution. At the same time, I am reading stories back home about Prime Minister Stephen Harper telling the House of Commons yesterday that regulating greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector would be "crazy." Let's be clear who is crazy here.

Buy This Ethical AND Gorgeous Gift For The Holidays

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc. is a Canadian company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their belief is to flex their buying power to empower families in countries that are rebuilding. Their fragrances are made in Canada and are created with essential oils from nations that are rebuilding including Haiti, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Buying Less Stuff Can Actually Make You More Happy

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

Most people who follow these simple steps soon discover they can live on much less. They turn away from consumerism, and lead happier, more focussed lives. They stop being human doings and once again become human beings. Some even discover financial independence. Equally important, their impact on the planet is dramatically reduced. Win, win, win.

Businesses Need To Start Focusing on 'Guilt-Free' Consumption To Get Ahead

John Izzo | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Business
John Izzo

Given that one third of the planet is thinking about "guilt free consumption" any company that fails to address these three areas is missing out on a huge competitive advantage. A wise company will ask themselves how their products are adversely affecting people, nature and the planet and develop initiatives to reduce these effects.

What Canada Can Learn From Swedish Dairy Farmers

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

What could we do in Canada to protect our mountain forests from detrimental land use changes, increase their cultural value and slowly lessen some dependence on agricultural land? Could Scandinavian Mountain Cattle find free-range forest homes in some of Canada's mountains?

If Everyone Lived Like Canadians, We'd Need 3.7 Planets

David R. Miller | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

As Canadians, we are incredibly lucky to live in a country with so much natural wealth, but we're taking that for granted. We're placing huge demands on the planets' resources, ranked 11th per capita in the world. If everybody in the world lived like Canadians, we would require 3.7 planets to meet our needs -- clearly, this is not sustainable.

A Step Towards Ending Global Forest Loss

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

The New York Declaration on Forests represents an unprecedented effort by developed and developing countries to partner around a shared goal of ending global forest loss and committing to a concrete timeline to realize their goal to accomplish this goal.

How Technology Pulls Back the Curtain on TV Food Commercials

Ryan Spong | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Ryan Spong

Technology is allowing us to peer behind the veil of TV commercials; it is connecting us in real, authentic and meaningful ways to the food we eat. It is creating communities of like-minded consumers and producers. This week, the FDA issued an industry-wide mandate to lower sodium in processed foods. Has the ratchet changed direction?

International Games Need To Focus On Building A Better Future

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Among the incentives to host a major international sporting event is the promise of an enduring legacy of infrastructure for future generations of athletes and citizens to enjoy. It seems that the global athletic events of the future will leave something other than crumbling ruins behind, as short-term sporting venues are built with social development in mind. We can only hope so much for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games. With a total budget of $1.44 billion, the creative opportunities for a sustainable legacy, like the athletes themselves, know no limits.

Cooperation Between Arctic Stakeholders Is Crucial To the Climate Change Problem

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Cooperation between Arctic stakeholders is crucial for each country's success in dealing with climate change. We are in a new era of sustainable development as the Arctic presents us with major opportunities and major responsibilities. Cooperation is the only tool to ensure ethical, social, and ecological sustainable development.

Harper's Out of Step With the Rest of the World on Climate Change

Kevin Grandia | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

Stephen Harper recently announced that dealing with climate change will not come at the expense of crippling the economy, and said that he encourages other countries to do the same. He claimed he was just being honest and that no leader really wants to take action on climate change, but based on recent actions by China, United Kingdom and the United States, this doesn't seem to be the truth.

Oceans Day Still Belongs to Canadians

David R. Miller | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

World Oceans Day, celebrated across the globe on June 8, is Canada's brainchild. The Canadian government proposed the concept in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This makes Monday's news of Canada's significant ocean protection shortcomings, courtesy of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's report, all the more hard to swallow.

Loops and Change: Vancouver Eco Fashion Week Welcomes H&M

Jenica Chuahiock | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Style
Jenica Chuahiock

H&M's attempt to practice the closed-loop fibre strategy is a needed initiative in fashion sustainability. It is an interesting solution, not just for its environmental benefits, but also for its commercial and economic potential.

Metro Vancouver Wants You To Pay For Burning Recycling

Kevin Grandia | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

The Metro Vancouver regional authority wants to build a massive garbage incinerator at a yet-to-be-determined location that will purposefully pump more smog into the air and burn recycled goods like paper and plastic. And get this, taxpayers are going to have to foot the $470-million bill to breathe it all it all in.

Why Mulroney Is Right to Think Big Again About Canada

Russ Blinch | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada
Russ Blinch

Mulroney, the former prime minister known for his big projects and his checkered past, recently gave a startling speech admonishing Ottawa to get its act together managing our vast resource wealth -- including reaching a deal with native Canadians and on protecting the environment.

Promise On Our Warming World

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

Sustainable energy holds promise for a cleaner world and clear promise for economic prosperity. When more governments around the world realize that their economies will flourish in a sustainable energy future, the inevitable conversion to renewable energy will be triggered.

Toronto's Mayoral Candidates Should Realize Budget Cuts Don't Equal Prosperity

Russ Blinch | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

Wouldn't it be cool to have a mayor who swanned around in a hybrid car, rather than a gas guzzling jalopy, and who talked about "nurturing" entrepreneurs, or who sought tax breaks for sustainability initiatives, or who could imagine something outside of the box when it comes to Toronto's moribund waterfront?

Food Packaging Trends That Tread More Lightly on the Planet

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

As environmentally conscious consumers increasingly demand more sustainable packaging, we are seeing significant innovation in food industry packaging. With that, we see five emerging trends that we expect to continue and grow in coming years.

Declutter Your Business: Work in an Office, Live in the Cloud

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Business
Nancy A. Shenker

Our company recently moved into a new office, which presented a terrific opportunity to change those patterns. First of all, we have no closet...seriously. As a result of our move, we are now compelled to operate with just the necessities. We work in an office, but we live in the cloud.

Hottest Style Trends for Spring 2014

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

I am becoming more fashion forward. Still, I can get flustered easily and overwhelmed with clothing options so I spoke with an expert. Cate Rodrigue, Brand Manager at Orb Clothing shared with me some good news. There is plenty of casual, comfy (mandatory) and earth-friendly fashion this spring.

Congratulations to Canada's 2014 Earth Hour City Capital!

David R. Miller | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

This morning, I was proud to shake Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson's hand and congratulate the City of Edmonton on being named Canada's Earth Hour City Capital for 2014.

Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada
Ian Lifshitz

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.

Costa Rica's Coffee Revolution

Adam Pesce | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Pesce

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I witnessed a "revolution," though thankfully not the kind that culminates in a coup d'état. What I saw was the so-called "micro-mill revolution" -- a new way in which coffee is processed and sold, that could help transform the way specialty coffee is traded, to the betterment of all involved.

Are Your Sustainable Practices Really Making a Difference?

Tyler Elm | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

The elephant in the room is that while sustainability will continue to be relevant to the business operations of retailers and product manufactures, management has utterly failed to make sustainability a material or even a well understood concept for front-line employees, customers and most product brands, except during times of crisis.