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 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 […]

Managing Difficult Conversations: Fair, Friendly, but Firm

Written by Rachel Stewart-Dziama | [email protected] My father has a system when it comes to managing those challenging conversations that are just a part of life. Along with a liberal amount of politeness, he always attempts to be fair, friendly, but firm. When working to avoid single-use plastics, it can be easy to lose your […]

10 Tips to Reduce Plastic

Reducing plastic is hard right? You can swap plastic bottles for reusables but what about all the plastic packaging in the grocery stores? Or all of your necessary products that come in plastic bottles? And sometimes the sustainable alternative is too expensive or too difficult to find. However, you can’t make a change if you […]