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As more people worldwide join the information and digital society, and the lifetimes of devices decreases, electronic waste is piling up, posing a new environmental threat. But a new report shows how our discarded devices are a valuable resource worth billions.

Focus on these three areas of your life to see the biggest returns.

My friend and I were standing in a crowded local pub last weekend, waiting for a band to start playing, when he said to me, "You need to write a step-by-step guide to giving up plastic." "I've already done that!" I replied, thinking of the numerous articles I've written on going zero waste, but he shook his head. "I don't know where to start. You need to break it down even further, telling me exactly what needs to change and where I can get plastic-free alternatives."

Canadians use between 9 and 15 billion plastic bags a year - that's enough to circle the globe a whopping 55 times. And that's a lot of oil being used to make single-use bags that are discarded a few minutes after use. Going plastic-free can be a challenge - and that's no joke. Plastic is everywhere.

Canadians are keenly aware of the consequences tied to plastic waste and are eager to learn how they can reduce the impact of choices they make as individuals, businesses, and governments.

Despite the increasing interest in plastics and reducing its environmental impacts there is no single national repository that provides governments, businesses, educators, researchers, and citizens the necessary scope of information to take meaningful action.

Download the School Resource Kit. This resource will help your school plan Waste Reduction Week activities, conduct a waste assessment, and implement a waste reduction action plan.

Schools are places where a lot of resources are consumed and a lot of waste is generated. They are also places where the next generation of leaders, thinkers, consumers and conservers work to acquire the skills necessary for success in the world of tomorrow.

There are school resource kits available for download in both English and French which contain loads of tips and ideas to help engage your students. Here are a few fun game ideas!

What if every time you opened your wallet, a third of your cash fell out – and you did nothing about it? Consider the fact that one-third of the food grown annually for human consumption is never eaten – for one reason or another, it ends up in the garbage. In the U.S., that’s $218 billion – or 1.3 billion tons – of food annually. Yet at the same time, 800 million people around the globe are starving. It’s a problem – but one with no shortage of solutions.

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