Things Are Good: Make More Things Out of Recycled Plastics

Over at Vice, one author asked a simple question: why don’t we make everything out of relayed plastic? The short answer is that oil is too cheap and companies don’t see benefits of recylcing plastics on their bottom line. Instead of championing for higher consumption taxes or waiting for oil to go up again some ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Trash talk #nlpoli

The folks at the City of St. John’s wanted to boost their curb-side recycling program. Last fall, they launched a campaign called “Blue is the new Black”.  Blue is the colour used for recycling bags and the campaign name is fairly plain play on a very old phrase to describe something that is currently fashionable. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Creative, But Incomplete, Solutions

If you read The Mound of Sound regularly, you will understand that there is no quick fix for the myriad problems the world faces. As he has pointed out on more than one occasion, threats like climate change cannot be viewed in isolation. It is only part of a wide panoply of interrelated ills that ...

reeves report: What’s Worth More: Your Time or the Planet?

WAITING FOR THE BUS one morning on your way to work, you realize your reusable travel mug is at home. You’d rather not use another single-use plastic cup, but if you run back to grab it you’ll miss the next bus and be five minutes late for work. Do you go back for your reusable container? ...

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Four Green Initiatives Employees Are Sure to Embrace

Who wouldn’t want to work in an engaging office environment? An engaged workforce makes a happier workplace and promotes a culture of collaboration and creativity, as numerous studies show. Corporate green initiatives are some of the best ways to engage employees. Here are four ideas that are simple to run and cost little to implement. ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the corporate sector is taking advantage of Brad Wall, Michael Fougere and their respective administrations at the expense of citizens who both fund and rely on public services. For further reading…– Murray Mandryk and the Leader-Post editorial board each weighed in recently on the latest developments from the smart meter debacle.– CBC ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: British Columbia study advocates postconsumerist model of zero waste

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  A new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Wilderness Committee calls for a radical rethink of British Columbia’s waste management policies. It argues that recycling can’t solve the province’s pollution problems and calls for a postconsumerist model of zero waste. While acknowledging […] The post British Columbia ...

Eclectic Lip: Book Club 08 – Cradle to Cradle

One line item in my 2013 “bucket list” was to upload the book summaries from my work business book club.  Since we covered about 40 books, and I wanted to upload one book a week, March was about the latest date I could start this project, and still hope to finish within the calendar year.  ...

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: A Cardboard Box and Green Business Strategy

Each day offices across Canada and the U.S. receive thousands of shipments in cardboard boxes. Once unpacked they go straight to recycling depots or landfills. Office supplies chain Grand and Toy and its US parent OfficeMax launch their reusable Boomerang Box to help their customers go green and reposition themselves from a commodity supplier to ...

Things Are Good: A Zero-Waste Town in Japan

In Japan the town of Kamikatsu people there create zero-waste while living a modern life. The community has taken the idea of a plastic bag ban to the next level and have banned garbage outright. The crazy part? Most locals actually seem to like the extreme recycling process. Kikue Nii, one resident, claims that the ...

knitnut.net: New neighbours, old garbage

Remember when you were a little kid, and a new family would move onto your street? You’d stand there watching the moving truck being unloaded, looking for clues about the children, how old they were, and what sex, hoping they’d have one just like you, someone with the potential to be your new best friend. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Taking Out the Trash, Bringing Home the Bacon

Mexico City has introduced a novel approach to dealing with its trash problem – food for trash.   Under the plan, Mexicans can take standard recyclables to a recycling centre where they’re exchanged for “green points” that are redeemable for locally grown produce including fruits, vegetables, even flowers.  So far, no bacon – sorry. And a ...

Trashy's World: I apologise in advance if you have a BlackBerry…

… well, sorta… it WAS your choice, after all… Share and Enjoy: Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Letter to Councilor Regarding Regina Recycling

Regina has no curb-side recycling program in place. Residents can pay $93/yr for a private recycler to pick up by-weekly. Hi Louis [Browne], I hope you had a good Summer. Assuming Regina makes 1/4 as much waste as Edmonton, we should get $2,000,000 to employ people who sort/sell trash at our landfill. I’ve been realizing ...

Art Threat: How to protect your books from zombies – Post-industrial bookcase will also shelter your loved ones from terrorist attacks and GMO crop blight

From artist Alex Féthière: “Don’t think Sinkhold is a bookcase because of its shape and contents. Owing to its stainless steel construction from a series of sinks, it holds many things an ordinary bookcase cannot. As such, it is useful in a number of post-bookcase scenarios: terrorist attack, GMO crop blight, even zombie apocalypse. “Just ...

Art Threat: South African designer creates sun shades from scraps

Approached by the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe to produce a public work for their event, South African designer Heath Nash built shade structures using scrap materials — largely discarded beverage containers. Breathing new life into discarded bottles of Fanta and Castle Lager, Nash worked with a team of five local craft ...

Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Coca-Cola: A Case Study In Sustainability

How does Coca-Cola integrate sustainability into their operations? For several years its facility in Brampton, Ontario, one of its largest in North America, has been transforming its manufacturing and distribution to save energy, reduce carbon footprint, water usage, and material usage. In this case study we look at the goals, implementation, and progress of the ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ottawa’s Green Bin Program – Time for City Council to Lead

An Open Letter to Ottawa City Council and Residents RE: Residential Solid Waste Service Level Review RecommendationsThis open letter is being posted on my blog, The Fifth Column ( http://the5thc.blogspot.com/ ) and being sent via email to the the following city councillors:Jim.Watson@ottawa.caAllan.Hubley@ottawa.caMarianne.Wilkinson@ottawa.caDavid.Chernushenko@ottawa.caThere is a time for politicians to follow and a time for politicians to ...

Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: How HP Canada Profits From Environmental Commitment

For decades HP has worked to manage its environmental impact by adopting environmentally responsible practices in product development, operations and supply chain. At a recent Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series event, Frances Edmonds, Director of Environmental Programs at HP Canada, told the story of how HP developed its sustainability program over the years. A company doesn’t ...