Waste

The Plastic Bank Fights Pollution and Poverty With Recycling

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

From pollution to poverty, social enterprises like the Plastic Bank are discovering new solutions to old problems. And Canadian entrepreneur David Katz shows us the key to successful social enterprises lies in changing the way we think, finding the value in people and things everyone else tosses aside.

Canadians Will Dump Their Trash Anywhere, Apparently

CBC | Havard Gould | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Living

It is astonishing what Canadians do in the woods. Canadians love the landscape and the landscape helps define us. The Group of Seven and other celeb...

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.

What Wealth Means For Waste

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Business

Forget about peak oil. An Ontario researcher says the real concern facing the planet should be peak trash."Solid waste is an incredibly useful proxy f...

Tapping (Mountains of) Trash for Landfill Gas

David Dodge | Posted 05.11.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

Apple cores, pumpkins, Christmas trees and the crusts your mom cut off your sandwich 27 years ago. They all ended up at Cloverbar landfill in Edmonton...

Is This the Greenest Building in Canada?

David Dodge | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, or CIRS, building on the University of British Columbia campus is a building that nearly lives and breathes. Determining what the greenest building in Canada is a bit of a fool's errand. But if green is a journey to architecture that regenerates and repairs the environment around it then the CIRS building is something to aspire to.

Turning Human Waste Into Energy Savings

David Dodge | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Sewage, biosolids, wastewater, effluent, human waste and night soil -- these are all euphemisms for poo. But instead of looking at it as something to be disposed of, why not use it to grow a crop that can heat our buildings, produce electricity or be used for compost? Camrose County in rural Alberta is doing just that.

Canadians Are Starving in a Land of Waste

Glen Pearson | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Just as we are learning of the new pressures on the demand for food among the marginalized, news broke of the ironic reality that Canadians waste $27 billion worth of food each year. If we broaden the issue out to include the United States, things don't look any better. It appears as though North Americans waste food on a grand scale.

8 Tips to Go Green When Eating Out

Lisa Borden | Posted 11.18.2011 | Home
Lisa Borden

Before you make a reservation, check out what the restaurant offers in terms of ingredients, menu items and eco-aspects. Ask if they use reusables, including cloth napkins and tablecloths. If you currently frequent establishments that use disposables (plastic cups for condiments and coleslaw), suggest that they switch.