Environment and Nature

Published on Mon, 06/25/2012 by Ontario Electronic Stewardship

Electronics Recycling in Ontario Gaining Momentum with 100,000 Tonnes Achievement

Electronics Recycling in Ontario Gaining Momentum with 100,000 Tonnes Achievement

Ontario is celebrating an important environmental milestone of diverting more than 100,000 tonnes of electronic waste from landfill. Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is building on this achievement by motivating gadget-loving individuals to act responsibly by reusing and recycling their electronics when out of use.

Published on Tue, 02/28/2012 by Royal Bank of Canada

RBC Insurance offers tips to help install your rain barrel

RBC Insurance offers tips to help install your rain barrel

According to a recent RBC Insurance survey, only 20 per cent of Canadian homeowners have a rain barrel at their home. However, homeowners may be surprised to learn that installing rain barrels during heavy rainfalls not only helps to reduce the amount of water taxing our sewage systems and overflowing and polluting our rivers and lakes, but can also help prevent water backing up into their basements.

Published on Wed, 02/01/2012 by Ontario Electronic Stewardship

New TV for your Super Bowl party? Make sure to recycle your old one

New TV for your Super Bowl party? Make sure to recycle your old one

As Ontarians gear up to watch the Giants and Patriots battle it out this Super Bowl Sunday, many will be adding a brand new TV to their list of party essentials to pick up before the big game. But while you're looking to upgrade existing equipment to get that ultimate game day, big-screen experience, it is important to think about what to do with the equipment that is being replaced.

Published on Mon, 01/30/2012 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Happy World Wetlands Day! Five fun and easy ways to celebrate

Happy World Wetlands Day! Five fun and easy ways to celebrate

Visitors walk the trails at Minesing Wetlands (photo by NCC)

Did you know there are more wetlands in Canada than in any other country in the world? Canada is home to about one quarter of the world's wetlands, covering 14 percent of our country. February 2nd is World Wetlands Day, and if you're wondering why you should care, consider what wetlands do for us. They play a vital role in our day-to-day lives.

From providing ecological services such as flood control and water filtration, to food production

Published on Wed, 12/07/2011 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Canadians Say No to Useless Gifts; Choose Charity This Holiday Season

Canadians Say No to Useless Gifts; Choose Charity This Holiday Season

The holiday frenzy is upon us. The rush is on to find the "perfect" gift for everyone on your holiday list. Unfortunately, for many, the last minute dash to the Christmas Eve finish line is guaranteed to end unhappily -- presents that are too big, too small, and too outlandish. Too bad!

By some estimates as many as a third of holiday gift purchases are returned. In fact, up to 40 percent of all clothing purchased as presents will end up back at the stores it came from.

Published on Mon, 11/21/2011 by Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Take Another Look at Recycled Plastics!

Take Another Look at Recycled Plastics!

 

July 20, 2011

Toronto, ON, July 20, 2011 - Have you ever wondered what happens to the plastic bottles you throw in the recycling bin or the plastic bags and wraps you bring back to the grocery store? Though recycled plastics might be out-of-mind once the raw material leaves your hand, they are far from out-of-sight. Chances are, these valuable materials have already made their way back into your home or your car -- you might even be wearing them!

Published on Mon, 11/21/2011 by Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Smart Plastic Packaging Can Reduce the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Food Waste

Smart Plastic Packaging Can Reduce the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Food Waste

 

November 15, 2011

NEWS RELEASE

Toronto, ON, November 15, 2011 - Just how much food goes to waste? Some reports show that 25% of food purchased goes straight to the garbage or is discarded by restaurants and grocery stores. In fact, rich countries waste 100 million tonnes of food a year.

Published on Mon, 11/21/2011 by Canadian Plastics Industry Association

"PVC / vinyl windows and doors are the greenest choice" says Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore

"PVC / vinyl windows and doors are the greenest choice" says Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore

Toronto, ON, July 11, 2011 -- There are so many reasons why vinyl (PVC) makes for superior doors and windows, not the least of which are environmental. From beginning to end, PVC has one of the smallest carbon footprints of all comparable building materials. Vinyl is one of the world's most versatile plastics and is used to make everything from medical devices to flooring.

Published on Mon, 11/21/2011 by Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Plastics in Building and Construction: Lowering our Carbon Footprint

Plastics in Building and Construction: Lowering our Carbon Footprint

Sept. 8, 2011

Toronto, ON, Sept. 8, 2011 - From residential homes to commercial buildings, hospitals and schools, architects and designers rely on plastics to help maximize durability and improve energy efficiency and performance. Properly installed plastic building products can help reduce energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and maintenance costs, thus reducing a homeowner's carbon footprint. Here are just a few of the ways that plastics help to save energy and GHG emissions at home:

Published on Tue, 11/15/2011 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

How-To: Have a Green Holiday This Year

How-To: Have a Green Holiday This Year

Holiday gift catalog cover - Gifts of Canadian Nature

Whether it snows or not this holiday season, more and more Canadians are dreaming of a green Christmas. Green-- as in a holiday that is gentler to the environment.

From the food, to the gifts, to travel, the holidays are traditionally a time of excess and waste. Tons of wrapping paper and plastic packaging are destined for the landfill. Twinkling lights draw extra electricity from power plants. Countless tanks of gas will ferry shoppers from mall to mall to find the "perfect" gift, and back again to return them after Boxing Day!

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