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Plastic is a huge part of the toy industry. Ninety per cent of toys are made from some form of plastic and most of them aren't recyclable. One of the hottest toys of the Christmas season was something called the LOL Surprise Ball, a plastic ball that contains plastic toys, and sometimes more plastic balls, and a lot of plastic wrapping too.

This week on Day 6, we kick off a new series called Wasted, and it's all about trash — how we generate it, what happens to it, and how we can generally be better at dealing with garbage.

 

The future is uncertain. As the global population is projected to hit 9 billion by 2050, tensions over resources like food, water and energy are likely to swell along with it. Meanwhile, earth has reached what scientists deem the climate tipping point - and evidence suggests the carbon concentrations in our atmosphere may be permanent. Read more

 

A new Metro Vancouver app will do your Christmas shopping for you.

Well, not really, but the regional government’s Merry Memory Maker app is bursting with dozens of creative ideas that could prevent you from aimlessly wandering the malls in search of something special. The ideas for experienced-based or long-lasting gifts are designed to reduce waste and garbage.

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