A new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is calling for major change in the fashion industry, as synthetic fibres from washed clothes are linked to ocean microplastics.According to IMechE, 35 per cent of microplastics released into our oceans come from synthetic textiles, with a typical 5kg wash load of polyester fabrics producing six million microfibres.
Now a small but growing group of innovators is turning to the genius of nature in an attempt to put wastefulness and pollution in the apparel industry out of fashion, right at the source: They are using live organisms to grow pieces of biodegradable textiles, creating environmentally friendly materials in the laboratory—and are even producing some near-complete items without the need for factory assembly.
Just less than half the food produced in the U.S. and Canada is thrown away. It starts on farms where, because of quotas or over-production, dairy and produce is tossed away. Grocery wholesalers destroy perfectly good fruits and vegetables that don’t pass the eye test because of bruising. Restaurants that can’t grasp the concept of just-in-time delivery cut into their thin margins by throwing out the over-ordered supplies. And, thanks to a lack of meal planning, the average Canadian household is estimated to garbage-can as much as 40 per cent of the shopping cart.
Walmart Canada is helping reduce food waste while cutting emissions from delivery services by working with a sustainable delivery platform that uses shared warehousing and consolidation of orders to reduce truck trips.
A community fridge is a straightforward concept. Restaurants and households donate untouched food that would typically go to waste, and anybody in need of a meal can take what they want.
Next time you see a loaded garbage truck headed for the landfill, imagine that it’s packed full of your hard-earned cash. In effect, it is. Every year, local governments in Canada spend approximately $3.2 billion managing 34 million tonnes of waste. You pay for it in municipal taxes that could be used for better purposes.
Bring out your dead microwaves, your threadbare tires, that vacuum that hasn’t sucked quite right since the late ‘90s — starting today, Yukoners will be able to recycle their e-waste and tires without paying a fee when they drop them off.
Every business aims to develop a competitive advantage, create value for stakeholders, satisfy customers‘ needs and ensure long-term sustainability. Successful companies tend to do this by adapting their business models to changing market conditions.
Imagine a future where a billion people have been lifted to the economic middle class but where, as a result, we’re awash in food, materials and water shortages, supply-chain interruptions, fewer jobs and lower manufacturing output.
From power tools, to camping equipment to children toys — for the past five years, the Toronto Tool Library and the Sharing Depot have loaned out over 65,000 items. Torontonians can borrow any of these items the same way one can borrow a book from the library.
However, the sharing network that has helped city residents build, borrow and fix is now in need of a helping hand itself.