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Winter 2017

Lethbridge College Slows Down Fast Fashion

Six fashion students at Lethbridge College are spearheading an innovative applied research project in conjunction with a strong business plan to “Slow down Fast Fashion” and help save the planet...

People More Likely to Recycle Items that Reflect Their Identity

According to the study, people are less likely to simply toss an item of trash in the garbage – rather than into a recycle bin – when it shows a little bit about themselves – their name, a symbol of the culture they identify with, or a brand they like, as a few examples...

Prefab Homes May Help Reduce Alberta’s Construction Waste

Alberta is thought to have one of the biggest construction and demolition waste problems in Canada, but so little actual data exists that the real size of the problem is still unknown...

Rogers Place Donates Leftovers to Edmonton Food Bank

A lot of food is prepared for hockey games and concerts at Rogers Place – and it doesn’t all get eaten...

Olds College Enviro-Prodigy Growing Mushrooms from Beer Waste

Growing the herbs and roots on the greenhouse rooftop of his high school, Alex Villeneuve fermented a prize-winning rosemary ginger beer and was declared a first-place winner of Edmonton’s First Official Winter Drink contest...

Montreal Company Sprouts Mushrooms from Restaurant Waste

A Moreau Street warehouse located in the heart of the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough in Montreal houses an urban farm complete with six greenhouses where oyster mushrooms are produced from old coffee grounds and other restaurant waste.

Waste-Free Ontario Act in Full Effect

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the majority of the Waste-Free Ontario Act (Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Waste Diversion Transition Act) officially came into force via proclamation by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario...

Markham’s Textile Recycling Program to Save Taxpayers $86,000

With plans to ramp up its textile recycling program, Markham is eyeing an 85% diversion rate, up from 81%. Currently, there are 53 textile recycling bins across the city. By April, there will be 77...

H&M’s New ‘Bring It’ Film Promotes Clothing Recycling

H&M is encouraging shoppers to recycle their old clothes with a powerful new film...

Patagonia Wants to Refurbish Your Old Clothes and Sell Them to Someone Else

If you have an old Patagonia jacket or sweater in your closet that you no longer wear, Patagonia now wants it back. In a new take-back program that will launch in April, the company will begin offering store credit for used (but still usable) clothing...

Research Leads to New Way to Recycle LEDs

Can we recycle LEDs? That’s the question posed to Dr. Maria Holuszko and her PhD student Amit Kumar at the Urban Mining Innovation Centre (UMIC) at UBC...

Molok Wins New Economy Clean Tech Award

Molok Ltd of Finland and Molok North America of Canada have been internationally recognized as leaders in sustainability by The New Economy Magazine, a quarterly technology, business, and finance publication headquartered in London, England...

Metro Vancouver Winning War on Waste

A Metro Vancouver report shows that overall, in 2015, residents, businesses and industry generated less waste, sent less to landfills and recycled more than in the previous year...

City of Guelph Waste Diversion Performance Suffers

Guelph is losing ground in working towards its goal of diverting 70% of residential waste from landfill by 2021, and so city hall is planning more public education and more enforcement of the city’s waste management bylaw this year...

Thorold Incinerator Plan Dropped

A proposal for an incinerator that would burn garbage to create electricity has officially gone up in smoke. Thorold council had already rescinded its support for the project...

European Commission Calls for Defunding of Waste-to-Energy

The European Commission has published the Communication on the role of waste-to-energy in a circular economy. The text, although non-binding, provides clarity for the implementation of the waste hierarchy ...

Microsoft Earns Zero Waste Facility Certification

Microsoft’s zero waste efforts have earned it the US Zero Waste Business Council’s highest certification level at its Redmond, Washington campus, making Microsoft the first technology company to achieve zero waste facility certification...

Five States are Considering Bills to Legalize the ‘Right to Repair’ Electronics

Lawmakers in five states have introduced legislation that would enshrine the “Right to Repair” electronics, meaning manufacturers will have to sell replacement parts to independent repair shops and consumers and will also have to make their diagnostic and service manuals public...

IKEA Achieves Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Status in the UK

IKEA UK’s 2016 sustainability report, released on January 16, 2017, revealed that, from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016, zero waste from facilities was sent to landfill...

Give Back Box

Give Back Box was founded in 2012 by Monika Wiela, who at the time was running an online shoe store. The idea was inspired by a homeless man she encountered in Chicago, who was holding up a sign saying he needed a pair of shoes..

Seattle First US City to Ban Green and Brown Plastic Produce Bags

The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a plan to ban green and brown plastic produce bags to eliminate composting confusion...

New York State Poised to Pass a Commercial Organics Law

New York could soon become one of the largest states to enact a commercial organics recycling requirement, which businesses would have about four years to meet.

German Supermarket Sells Only Waste Food

The first supermarket to sell only salvaged food waste has opened in Germany. The store in the German city of Cologne is the first of its kind in the country and the third one in the European Union...

Swedish Supermarkets Replace Labels with Laser Marking

The humble fruit sticker may seem an unlikely cause for environmental concern but removing it from produce could create huge savings in plastic, energy and CO2 emissions.

Bacardi Circular Economy Initiative Diverts Fruit Waste from Bars

Bacardi’s 42Below Vodka brand’s circular economy initiative collects used lemons, martini olives, and other fruit waste from bars, turns it into liquid soap and sends it back to the bars for free...

Make-Up with Plastic Beads to be Banned in New Zealand

New Zealand’s Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced that cosmetic products containing tiny plastic particles known as microbeads would be banned in July next year because of concerns about their impact on the marine environment...

Germany Wakes Up to the Issue of Waste with Reusable Coffee Cups

The thought of 2.8 billion disposable coffee cups a year being dumped in landfill sites across Germany is enough to leave a bitter taste in the mouth of any consumer.

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