The Story of Stuff: ocean plastic edition

I recently received an email from Allison Cook — the lady from The Story of Stuff series of environmental videos that went viral on the internet a few years ago. The initial short film led to a sequel and a website loaded with resources for teachers and ecologically-minded citizens. The new email refers to Cook’s

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Walmart’s fund to avoid EPR in North America

A recent online article on the GreenBiz.com website briefly describes the Closed Loop Fund led by Walmart – a consortium of major corporations that also includes Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Keurig Green Mountain and Goldman Sachs. The fund is designed to loan $100 million to municipalities in the United States to help local governments collect more

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Call for deposits on Ontario soft drink containers

A highlight of the recent Zero Waste conference in Orillia, Ontario (August 10-11) was discussion of a policy idea for the Ontario government to accelerate the province toward a more sustainable future. The idea was to call on Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government to require the soft drink industry to sell its products in a deposit-refund

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Our new website design and other matters

Given that it’s the summer doldrums and I know some readers are away at cottages or otherwise on holiday, I thought I’d spare you all a long post. (However, if you’d like to read something longer and very interesting, read the blog entry by our reporter Dave Nesseth about TerraCycle’s program to recycle “coffee pods”

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Thoughts on the end times

As I pack for my annual paddling trip, my thoughts have turned this summer to the dire situation we humans have created for ourselves and all other life on the planet. My paddling trip this year is to Temagami in Northern Ontario — I’m going with my brother and a group of friends. No doubt

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Ontario’s first Zero Waste conference a success!

Ontario’s first Zero Waste Conference took place yesterday (Monday, August 11, with a reception and a bit of program on the Sunday evening before) at the new, modern Lakehead University campus in Orillia, Ontario. The team that put it together, inspired and led by private citizen and activist Kelly Clune, are to be commended for a job

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Some signs of progress

The US-based environmental group, Upstream, has quietly changed the numbers in its Waste of Forests campaign, correcting the error that inflated its packaging waste claim by about 30 per cent (Upstream misses the boat). We remain hopeful that the group will also change its misleading view of how recycled and virgin material are used in

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