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Fashion Takes Action (FTA) is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to advance sustainability in the fashion industry through education, awareness, research and collaboration. They achieve this by hosting meet-ups, creating educational programs, global campaigns and various speaking engagements. Aside from their numerous professional partnerships and global reach, they help global fashion brands reach their sustainability goals through innovative tools, such as the Sustainable Fashion Toolkit. 

The E-waste Race was an idea created by Timmy de Vos as an initiative to help collect e-waste. It is an educational competition between primary schools to collect old electronic devices. Participants of the project get an introductory lecture about recycling and the valuable materials electronic devices contain. Then they start collecting e-waste and the school who collects most e-waste wins an educational and fun school trip.

Field to Table Schools doesn’t just get kids excited about food. We train educators too. Whether you’re involved in professional development days or looking for customized, professional development, our Educator Trainings show how we’re integrating food literacy education into learning spaces across the city. You’ll feel energized about connecting food and curriculum. With our shareable, open-source guides and toolkits, you’ll find it hard to resist plugging Field to Table Schools activities in your own class.

Schools produce a lot of waste every day, especially at lunchtime. In fact, it is estimated that the average Canadian primary school produces 39,000 used milk and juice cartons each year. When schools set up a strong recycling program, it ensures that items such as food and beverage cartons are recycled correctly. This, in turn, helps to conserve natural resources, save energy, and divert more materials from landfills, all while giving these items a new life!

The Holiday season is upon us, and for some, that means lights, decorations ... and glitter?

You may want to rethink the last one.

Tim Gray, the executive director of Environmental Defence, says tiny flecks of glitter can pose problems for the environment.

Many people don't realize that glitter is tiny plastic pieces -- or microplastics -- that don't break down in the environment.

"If they end up in our water or end up going down your drain when they get washed off things, they go right through the sewage plant and into our lakes and oceans," Gray says.

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