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As of Jan. 1, 2021, producers will be responsible for managing the electronic waste (e-waste) generated by their products, a measure designed to encourage them to practise the 3Rs — reduce, reuse and recycling. This approach is also being implemented for the management of household hazardous wastes and for the blue box.

The fact is that Ontario can and should do much better and these new measures can be a catalyst to improve our performance. It’s not only good for the environment, it’s good for the economy.

In September, the fashion industry’s efforts in the areas of sustainability, resale and recycling continued. Brands and retailers have accepted the challenge to produce greener, more sustainable and resourceful products, campaigns and ways of operating. As far as cooperations are concerned, industry leaders and brands remain interested and join forces for innovative projects. FashionUnited found 32 sustainable initiatives, which were announced in the month of September alone.

Portugal has been a place for fashion manufacturing for some time now. What they are also well known for is their use and manufacturing of the natural Cork material they earnestly harvest from Cork Oak trees.

One Cork Oak can yield about 100 pounds of cork bark when ripe, which takes place every nine years. While the tree itself can live up to 200 years, the harvesting does not harm the tree, and trees are marked to ensure proper harvesting. 

It would be a stretch to suggest that their products might save the planet, but perhaps they can offer inspiration for a different perspective. If we can all reframe our own ideas about waste as they have, we will have taken another step in the journey towards a thriving circular economy – one that can meet the needs of the present, while leaving the planet in a state that allows future generations to meet their needs, too.

Renewed Computer Technology is a non-profit, charitable organization that delivers renewed computers to schools, First Nation bands, charities, non-profits and individuals and families living with limited income across Ontario. We provide this equipment through our largest program, Computers for Schools, which has been successfully operating for 25 years.

Flashfood app allows you to buy high quality, surplus grocery items at steep discounts, up to 50% off without using digital coupons. Flash food is available in grocery stores like Loblaws (Real Canadian Superstore) or Maxi (Quebec). You’ll save money on your grocery shopping while, basically saving the planet.

FoodMesh is a Vancouver based technology company building digital solutions for food recovery in response to a desire to solve two global problems: avoidable food waste and food insecurity. We develop apps and programs to safely match surplus commercial food with businesses and charities. We simplify the local food distribution channel by 'meshing' supply and demand.

Our aim is to REDUCE WASTE, SAVE MONEY, and FEED MORE.

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