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12 Ways the Tech Industry is Hacking Food Waste

Food Tank - August 16, 2017

Around the world, farmers, cooks, innovators, and entrepreneurs are developing technologies to address issues in every aspect of the food system. Food tech specifically focused on preventing and recovering food waste are changing the way eaters interact with food–and helping save them money. Food Tank is excited to share these 12 food tech solutions working to reduce food waste. Read more

Leftovers Foundation saves good food to feed Edmonton’s hungry before it goes to waste

Global News - July 26, 2017

A local group of volunteers is fighting to keep good food out of the garbage and help it into the mouths of the hungry. The Leftovers Foundation started in Calgary, but in the last year it’s been gaining traction in Edmonton, thanks to a group of young leaders in the city. Read more

How schools can lead the fight against food waste

Treehugger - December 1, 2016

Every year in American schools, an estimated $1 billion worth of food is wasted. This is due in part to the national lunch program’s requirement that kids must take the items given to them, even if they don’t like them. If those items don’t get eaten, they go into the trash. This ties into a much bigger problem – that 40 percent of food produced for U.S. consumption never gets eaten; and yet, there are 49 million Americans (roughly 15 percent of the population) who are food insecure, not knowing where their next meal will come from. Read more

Eileen Fisher has designs on keeping clothing out of landfills

GreenBiz - November 21, 2016

One of the joys of buying new clothing is the rush of owning something that will take on its own history, unsullied by the wear of time or the highs (and embarrassing lows) of the fashion cycle. Read more

New bike helmet can be folded up into the size of a book

Metro - November 17, 2016

The impressive EcoHelmet is made from recycled paper woven into a honeycomb structure, and is covered in a biodegradable coating that makes it water resistant for up to three hours. Read more

Smart trash can helps educate reluctant recyclers

Engadget - October 13, 2016

France and recycling go together like hammers and fromage frais, which is why the country has some of the worst recycling rates in Europe. Local startup Uzer is hoping to encourage better habits with Eugene, a smart trash can that'll tell users what they can recycle and track what they're consuming. Essentially, it's a pedal bin with a barcode scanner bolted onto the top, but if that's what it takes to get folks separating their cardboard and plastic, it might just be worth it. Read More

Is creating a reusable coffee cup a planet saver or a mug's game?

Toronto Star - October 11, 2016

One expert estimated that the plastic liner of a paper coffee cup could take about 30 years to break down. Something needs to be done. Read more

Sweden offers tax breaks to repair - not replace - broken objects

CBC - October 11, 2016

Sweden is introducing two new tax breaks at the start of 2017 - a cut in sales tax for repairs on small objects, and a tax refund for appliance repair costs. Read more

12 case studies of how circular economy is being applied to the built environment 

Circulate News - October 11, 2016 
For all the discussion about the city of the future, it’s hard to imagine how the houses, offices and infrastructure of tomorrow will actually look. To get a better understanding of how the construction industry is supporting the transition to a circular economy, members of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 network have developed and released a new report detailing leading examples of circular economy innovation in the built environment. Read More


Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council wants you to eat garbage

Global News - October 11, 2016
It’s a simple concept many tend to forget: finding a use for every part of the food we harvest. This is the thought behind Rubbish, a pop-up restaurant scheduled for later this month in Saskatoon. The idea came from The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC), a non-profit group helping people in the province think twice about what they may otherwise discard. Read More

Why we love disposable furniture: Canada’s love/hate relationship with Ikea

National Post - October 5, 2016 
Not long ago in downtown Toronto, someone threw out a whole dwelling’s worth of Ikea furniture. Stacked outside an apartment building, surrounding a maple tree, sat an Ektorp love seat, Sultan Hansbo mattress, Tullsta armchair and Malm dresser with five drawers piled beside it. Read More

Report focuses on finding solutions for food waste in Canada

CTV News - October 5, 2016

According to a report from a global food consultants group, Canadians waste a third of the food available for consumption each year, which is enough to fill 66,000 rail cars. Read more

Why It’s ‘Phenomenally Easy’ to Solve the World’s Food Waste Problem

Vice - October 4, 2016
We waste a third of the food we produce every year, and the UK’s current agricultural system sees 20 to 40 percent of all fruit and vegetables get rejected before they reach supermarket shelves. Read More

Compostable coffee pods developed at University of Guelph set to hit store shelves

CBC News - September 30, 2016

Compostable single-serve coffee pods for the Keurig coffee machine, made almost entirely from plant materials and reclaimed coffee bean skins, will soon hit store shelves. Loblaw Companies Ltd. announced Friday it is launching the compostable pods under its President's Choice brand. Read more

7 Companies Making the Circular Economy a Reality

Triple Pundit - September 30, 2016

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

Zero Waste grocery store opens in Montréal

Treehugger - September 28, 2016

Finally, a true Zero Waste store has arrived in Canada! Méga Vrac features more than 700 products, making it a perfect place for waste-averse shoppers to stock their pantries. Read more

Toronto Bulk Barn trading in plastic bags for reusable containers

City News - September 27, 2016

A Bulk Barn store in Toronto has started allowing customers to bring in their own reusable containers as part of a pilot project the company hopes to expand.Read more

I Tried Living Zero-Waste & Plastic-Free For Two Weeks

Bustle.com - September 20, 2016

I came to the idea of living waste-free somewhat accidentally - and with a fair dose of reluctance. I love the convenience of a delivery dinner, of popping into the supermarket on my way home unprepared, or ordering new running shoes online. I like happily stomping on bubble wrap, or wandering through drug store aisles to pick out new mascara. I live a consumerist lifestyle, and it brings me small pockets of fleeting consumerist joy. Read more

Montreal adopts plastic bag ban

Montreal Gazette - August 23, 2016

Montreal city council passed a bylaw on Tuesday that will ban the distribution of thin plastic bags at stores on city territory starting in 2018.The bylaw, which the administration of Mayor Denis Coderre first announced in early 2016 following a public consultation, bans regular plastic shopping bags that are less than 50 microns thick and all bags that are biodegradable and oxo-degradable, regardless of their thickness. Read more

How tool sharing could become a public utility

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Here’s one you’ve heard before: the average drill is used for just 13 minutes in its lifetime. Yet many of us possess our own drill. So what if you could see which tools and toys your friends and neighbours owned, and borrowed from them? It sounds great, and has been a promise of the sharing economy. But Ryan Dyment, Founder of the Toronto Tool Library and Sharing Depot, says it doesn’t quite work like that. Read more

Markham Milk Bag Program

City of Markham

Markham’s Milk Bag Program began in the summer of 2011 with a few community groups crocheting mats out of milk bags to support disaster-relief efforts in Haiti. Waterproof and durable, these mats have been sent to emergency zones world-wide as temporary sleeping and surgical mats, providing critical resources to families in need. Read more