Microplastics Image from earth.com Microplastics are a major and continually growing contributor to plastic pollution in our oceans, and we can’t even see them. Microplastics are plastics under 5mm in size. When plastic gets this small it is very difficult to remove from an aquatic environment and unfortunately it is often mistaken for food by […]

How Can We Reduce Our Plastic Footprint Whilst Travelling?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the world slowly opening up again, more and more of us will be travelling farther afield this holiday period and taking a much needed vacation. I know a vacation is a time to relax but unfortunately it seems that tourism is a driving factor in the increase of […]

Just How Much Plastic Is In Our Oceans?

Plastic pollution is the most widespread problem affecting the marine environment, which isn’t that surprising since annual plastic production has surpassed most other man-made materials. As most of us will be aware, the main sources of marine plastics are land based and I’m sure some obvious culprits jump to mind; plastic bags, bottles, food containers […]

Navigating the Recycling System

Image from NS Packaging We live in a world that’s telling us to be greener, to care for the environment and to do our bit. Often, we hear that one of the best ways we can play as an individual is by recycling. Just to clarify, recycling is the process of turning waste materials into […]

The Problem with PVC

From evoke.ie With the heatwave this year, Canadians were heading to our lakes, rivers and oceans to cool off, and what’s a day on the water without an inflatable pool toy?! There’s nothing like cooling off on the lake, reclining on a huge inflatable unicorn or flamingo. Inevitably, that time of year is coming where […]

Sustainable Travel: Is Plastic-Free Grocery Store Shopping Realistic?

Every year, Canadians throw away 3 million tonnes of plastic waste, only 9% of which is recycled1. Let’s be honest, this is appalling!  So what happens to the plastic that we don’t recycle? It ends up in our oceans. Single-use bags, plastic bottles, food containers, and food wrappers are the four most widespread items polluting […]

Overfishing, Conservation, Sustainability, and Farmed Fish

Image by Coty Perry As with many other aspects of government policy, overfishing and other fishing-related environmental issues are a real problem, but it’s not clear that government intervention is the solution. Indeed, it might be one of the main drivers of overfishing and other conservation and sustainability issues stemming from commercial fishing. Much like drone […]

10 Questions with July’s #LocalHero

This month’s #LocalHero is Nick Curran. He is involved with the organization Scotian Shores, which sets out to clean up the shores of Nova Scotia as well as raise awareness on plastic pollution. We asked him a series of 10 questions to learn more about the work he does and how important it is. 1) Tell […]

Local Hero: Elena Kulikova

Elena Kulikova, 34, was a true believer in the possibility of a clean earth and a plastic free world. She carried the vision that every person can learn to be sensible with their waste usage and conscious of the impact their lives have on our eco system, especially their use of plastic on our oceans. […]

Revaluing Plastics with BASF Pilot Project reciChain

Photograph by Sigmund on Unsplash Canada recycles just nine per cent of plastic. Some of you may be thinking, “I put my plastics in the blue bin so they should be recycled.” In an ideal world yes, they would be. Unfortunately, instead of recycling and reusing our materials, the majority of collected plastics end up […]