Author: yycsavestheplanet

This week in the news Jan 14 – 21, 2019

Weekly Summary: 2018 recap, call out to go vegan, agricultural recycling program gets first go ahead in AB, companies join to tackle plastic issues The Guardian “Founders of plastic waste alliance ‘investing billions in new plants” – companies are coming together and investing some serious cash (1 billion) to try to solve the HUGE waste issues our world is currently facing, but will it be enough. CBC “The top 10 science and environment stories of 2018” – the doomsday clock moves closer, a new ancient city was discovered, China closes their door to paper and plastic international recycling and a new planet was discovered. The Guardian “Could flexitarianism save the planet?” – meat intake needs to reduce by 90% to save the planet, are you in? Morinville News “Provincial recycling pilot project tackles agricultural waste” – a government report found 50 per cent of agricultural producers were burning their agricultural plastics on the farm and many others were sending plastics to a landfill. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is funding a three-year pilot program that will recycle …

The Apothecary in Inglewood

Author: Renee LittleLocation: 921 9th Ave SE Calgary, AB The Apothecary in Inglewood is unassuming from the outside and is an entire eco-life changer once you step inside! This gem of a store in Inglewood sells a zero waste philosophy and has the products and knowledgeable staff to help you create a sustainable eco-friendly life here in Calgary. When you step inside the store you can see how much care and attention is taken in product selection to provide the customer with the best zero waste and sustainable products on the market. The Apothecary carries the full line of All Things Jill products which includes Peas in a Pod (mom and baby), Zen Yoga, TREK (outdoor products), a bath and body line (bath foam and lotion), Jack (shave and beard products), Chic Puppy, and un-packaged bar soaps and bath bombs. Probably the best part about the store (in my opinion) is the refillery. A refillery is really just as the term suggests – a place to refill previously utilized or new containers from bulk inventory. …

Eco Friendly Furniture in Calgary and Online

What is eco friendly furniture? In terms of furniture manufacturing being kind to the environment can take place many different ways. Things to consider: Length and mode of transportation of goods – how far do the manufactured goods and raw materials need to travel and what type of transportation is used. Type of materials used in production – does the company source fair trade, organic, low VOC or sustainable materials? Energy consumption/ offsets – does the company reduce or offset it’s carbon footprint? Collaboration/ donation to eco driven research and development – does the company invest in environmental forward research or new developments? Waste disposal / recycling practices – how does the company handle waste material, do they have successful recycling programs. For the consumer – are you willing to put the time in to look for furniture that can be reused? Can you look at consignment shops for your next used furniture treasure? Canadian Made Companies – reducing transportation EQ3 – manufactured in Winnepeg, MB, store in Calgary Stylus – manufactured in Burnaby BC, …

Coffee Cups, Sleeves & Lids – Recyclable or Garbage?

As of 2016 the City of Calgary changed the recycling options expanded recycling to coffee sleeves and cups. Unfortunately the coffee cup lids are too light and blow around within the recycling processing plant and are unable to be properly recycled.
Coffee Lids: Put coffee cup lids in the garbage.Even if they have a recycling symbol on it, the lids are too small and light to be sorted properly at the Calgary recycling facility.
Paper cups & sleeves: recycle in your blue cart or community recycling depot, including both coffee cups and sleeves

Phillip Adam – Body Wash

Product Description: SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ) and paraben free, biodegradable formula Unscented, orange vanilla, verbena sage and lavender scent options Cruelty free (no animal testing or animal products used) Bottle made with recycled plastic Made with plant-based ingredients Today, Phillip Adam Inc. is still a family-run company. It’s based in Vancouver and run by Phillip with the help of his wife Judy and daughter Nicola.  Pros: Unscented and scented options, only a small amount is needed, 100% biodegradable which makes it a great option if you are camping/traveling and need to shower outdoors, made in Canada, 1L options available Cons:  medium cost for size of bottle compared to similar products, only available in bulk size via website (I have not found a local Calgary vendor who sells the larger 1L options) Where to buy in Calgary: Co-Op, Suntera, Community Foods, Planet Organic Where to buy online: Phillip Adam website, Amazon (affiliate link) Overall rating: 4.5/5

From grapes to wine – how to make an indulgence more eco sustainable

I love wine! Don’t you? It’s a delightful addition to many meals and social occasions, a medium to great conversation and flavor enhancement. Being eco-conscious, I wondered what is the carbon footprint of wine? Through the years I’ve done quite a lot of research and as a result I have changed my choices around my wine selections. The wine footprint story: grapes don’t require the copious amounts of fertilizers to grow that other crops such as corn do organic wines are grown without fertilizer or use of pesticides wine grown using biodynamic certified practices use organic practices and emphasizes biodiversity and ecosystem preservation the carbon dioxide released from the fermentation of wine grapes makes up an insignificant percentage of the total emissions associated with wine production the biggest source of greenhouse gases from wine is in transporting wine to the consumer transporting heavy glass bottles uses much more fuel, and therefore has a bigger impact, than lighter glass or other alternative packaging (box, tetrapack, plastic) transporting bulk wine (in kegs) has a smaller carbon footprint transporting …

Pine needles could be turned into paint and food sweeteners

How many Christmas trees do you think are used in the world at Christmas? According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are close to 350 million Christmas trees currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the United States alone and about 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees sold every year. There are about 8 million sold in the UK each year. That is a lot of trees just in these 2 countries. There are no statistics available for the number of trees purchased Canada but there are statistics for how many trees Canada exports each year. In 2013 this number is over 1.5 million. So what if these trees after the festive holidays are over could be used to make something useful for us? As reported on Science Daily: “Cynthia Kartey, a PhD student from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has found that useful products can be made from the chemicals extracted from pine needles when processed. The major component (up to 85 per cent) of pine needles is a …

PrAna – clothing & accessories

PrAna makes clothing & other product that are fair trade certified, sustainable and environmentally conscious. They have organic cotton, responsible down and recycled wool. These are clothes you can really feel good buying! You may notice PrAna clothing are a bit more expensive than the comparable regular cotton (non-organic and non-fair trade) however this really is a reflection of the company paying for fair wages and using zero waste and environmentally sustainable production processes. Clothing PrAna makes clothing with the environment and clothing manufactures in mind. They create clothing for hiking, climbing, yoga, swimming/ beach wear and casual street wear. and Here are the top 4 reasons how their clothes are stand out in the fashion industry: Organic cotton: What makes organic materials, like cotton, so much better than the conventional ones? Organic cotton is grown in a way that uses methods and materials that lessen the impact on our environment. A big effort in the organic movement is to use growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic …

Mrs Meyers Lavender Laundry Soap

Product description: Concentrated detergent formula Contains plant-derived cleaning ingredients with dirt and stain-fighting enzymes 64 loads of laundry per bottle Biodegradable, HE laundry detergent for use in high efficiency and conventional washing machines Garden-fresh lavender scented laundry soap with an original and clean floral fragrance Pros: Concentrated so only a small amount is needed per load of laundry (~1/4 cup), scent is very pleasant (if you enjoy scents in your laundry process), 100% biodegradable, inexpensive for amount of laundry loads per bottle. Cons: The lid/top is different than most laundry soaps and this new design is easy to spill if you’re not mindful when pouring. Where to buy in Calgary: Sobeys, Canadian Tire, London Drugs, City Market Sage HillBuy online on Amazon (affiliate link) Overall rating: 4.5/5

How to Recycle Biodegradable Take Out Containers

Although the take out containers are marked “biodegradable” there’s more to the story about how they should to be recycled. The City of Calgary reports the biodegradable containers do not biodegrade fast enough for their composting process. Where should you dispose of the containers? Your blue recycle bin Any city recycle bin areas (in the cardboard bin) Your own compost bin These containers are amazing and so much better than Styrofoam. Help city workers out by putting them in the right place so the composting project goes a lot smoother!