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Designing products to last as opposed to designing them to fail in a short period of time should be at the core of any electronics and appliance manufacturer's blueprint. Find out more what planned obsolescnece means with regards to your everyday electronics and appliances and why this contributes to the global waste issue.  Obsolescence = Profits. Yes, planned obsolescence means more consumption, but we as the consumer have the power of choice, and we could spend our dollars on products that are designed to last.

While electronics provide many benefits to society, the inefficient disposal and re-use of electronic components is complex. Realizing this global issue poses harmful repurcussions to society and the environment, the head of UN agencies with the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development have come together to address this massive problem and simultaneously a major opportunity.

According to the report, global e-waste is on track to reach 120 million tons per year by 2050 if current trends continue.

Clothes thrown away account for a huge amount of waste in garbage dumps, according to CBC Marketplace's latest investigation. Canadians on average purchase 70 new articles of clothing a year and that contributes to the 12 million tons a year of textile waste dumped into North America's landfills. Some retailers have launched sustainability campaigns and set up in-store bins for recycling old items, but it's no solution to the endless onslaught of throw-away clothes

The fashion industry produces more harmful carbon emissions than the aviation and shipping industries combined. Does your closet contribute to climate change? Find out with thredUP’s fashion footprint calculator.

This report outlines a vision for a system that works, delivering long-term benefits – a new textiles economy based on the principles of a circular economy. It offers a direction of travel on which the industry can agree and focus its efforts. In a new textiles economy, clothes, textiles, and fibres are kept at their highest value during use and re-enter the economy afterwards, never ending up as waste. This vision is distinct from, and complements, ongoing efforts to make the textiles system more sustainable by minimising its negative impacts.

As part of a range of activities focused on reducing methane emissions, under the Strategy on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is consulting stakeholders on strategies to reduce avoidable food loss and waste.

On February 28, 2019, Recycling Council of Ontario attended a workshop on Reducing Food Loss and Waste in Canada hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

Nearly 60 percent of food produced in Canada – amounting to 35.5 million metric tonnes – is lost and wasted annually. Of that, 32 percent – equalling 11.2 million metric tonnes of lost food – is avoidable and is edible food that could be redirected to support people in our communities.

The total financial value of this potentially rescuable lost and wasted food is a staggering $49.46 billion.

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