Tag Archives: consumerism

An ode to Nana’s couch

My grandmother recently passed away. She lived a very long life, filled with much love and adventure. In the past fifteen years or so, she moved from her large single-family home into a seniors’ retirement building, then twice more into … Continue reading

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Online shopping — is it good for the environment?

Online shopping has gained a lot of momentum over the last few years, as retailers of all sorts move toward making it more convenient for consumers to shop. What doesn’t sound appealing about shopping in your pajamas, out of the … Continue reading

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Will you be my green Valentine?

It may feel like we’ve just gotten through the holiday season and now it is already time to start thinking about yet another holiday — Valentine’s Day. While Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, it can result in a lot … Continue reading

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Coffee discs and cups – what convenience means to waste management

Canadians love their coffee! According to one study, 65% of Canadians drink coffee daily, and 51% of coffee drinkers drink their coffee at home. Preparing your coffee at home is good for the environment because there’s no disposable cup that … Continue reading

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All we want for Christmas… are environmentally friendly presents

With Christmas just around the corner, the award-winning HaltonRecycles team has visions of sugar plums, dancing in their heads. The team has put together their environmentally friendly wish list for Santa. “I’m hoping Santa brings me a new road bike this … Continue reading

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Christmas: A time to renew the life of the Earth

One of the great holiday traditions at Christmas time is gathering with family and friends to set up a Christmas Manger scene in our homes and churches. I remember as a child taking great care in placing the figures of … Continue reading

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Chanukah and the Environment

In the darkest days of December, the Jewish community will be celebrating our annual holiday of Chanukah.  This ancient ritual dates back close to 2,500 years ago when the Greek-Syrians took over the holy land of Israel from the Jewish … Continue reading

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Green is the new Black Friday

‘Tis the season — for shopping! For many North Americans, the day after the American Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, more commonly known as “Black Friday.” The day’s name originated in the 1960s and it marked the … Continue reading

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Five person family — one bag of garbage

I was out walking with my kids the evening before our waste collection day and my 6 year old commented that a neighbour down the street had A LOT of garbage. It’s funny what kids notice! I decided against speculating … Continue reading

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When you look at a can of cranberries, what do you see?

When you look at a can of cranberries, what do you see? Do you see a delicious side dish to your Thanksgiving turkey? Or do you also see the seeds that grew the cranberries? What about the farmers who planted, … Continue reading

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Meal planning = less stress and less waste!

Now that summer’s over, I am back to work and the kids are back in school. I am faced with my new reality of less time and more commitments.  Gone are the days of deciding what to feed my family … Continue reading

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Back to school… back to green

For anyone involved in education, that feeling that creeps into your stomach as August fades away cannot be ignored. While September can bring anxiety over the uncertainties of new classes, new teachers, and a new school year, it also brings … Continue reading

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The Green Fence Policy – China tightens restrictions at its boarders

About five months ago, there was a bit of a hiccup in the world-wide recycling industry: China implemented what is known as “The Green Fence Policy.” This policy has resulted in more rigorous scrutiny of all recyclable material coming into … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with “compostable” packaging?

Packaging is a huge business. Corporations spend millions of dollars annually to ensure their packaging choices are eye-catching, memorable, and easy to use — all in the effort to ensure consumers (you) buy their product. In recent years, many corporations … Continue reading

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Shopping for a new fridge

I recently had to purchase a new fridge after my 30-year-old fridge reached was on its last leg. After hiring an electrician to have the fridge fixed many times, we decided it was cheaper to buy a new fridge. New … Continue reading

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Think.Eat.Save – World Environment Day 2013

While not as well-known as Earth Day in April, World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5.  Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Environment Day raises awareness about the need for positive environmental action. The theme for the 2013 … Continue reading

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Travelogue: Dubai

Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is home to some of the most grandiose infrastructures in the world with human-made islands in the middle of the ocean and a ski resort in the desert.  Dubai is also currently home to … Continue reading

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Waste’s impact on biodiversity

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum and learn how biodiversity is being impacted by waste — and how we can minimize those environmental impacts.

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Road Trip!

It is the start of summer. For many of us, it is also the start of summer road trips.  Whether a trip to the cottage or exploring Canada, here are some tips that can help make the trip greener. Make … Continue reading

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It’s easier to clean our hands than to clean our compost

This is a call out to residents to ensure we are all treating the GreenCart with the respect it deserves.  Many residents are unaware that the material you throw in your GreenCart is being turned into beautiful compost.  This compost … Continue reading

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Stream of Dreams

This is one of my favourite times of year, not just because the flowers are blooming but because it means Conservation Halton Dream Team will soon be in local schools talking to children, teachers and parents about the importance of water … Continue reading

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What Earth Day means to me

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22.  The first Earth Day was held in the United States in 1970 and was organized by Senator Gaylord Nelson.  The first Canadian Earth Day was celebrated in 1980, and in 1990 … Continue reading

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All the good reasons Halton is reducing its garbage limit

As of April 1, 2013, Halton Region has reduced its garbage bag limit and introduced garbage tags. Information on the program details and garbage tags can be found at http://www.halton.ca/garbagetags. You may be wondering why Halton Region is reducing its garbage … Continue reading

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Halton’s garbage tag program

Learn all about Halton Region’s garbage tag program. Starting April 1, 2013, Halton residents may place 3 garbage bags/cans or less at the curb every other week.  More than 3 garbage bags/cans will require a “garbage tag,” up to a … Continue reading

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Let’s talk food!

Did you know that March is nutrition month? I’ll admit I had never heard of this before until the Foodshare Toronto program was recently brought to my attention. It got me thinking: this is a month filled with anticipation for … Continue reading

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Preparing for baby

I am not a consumer. My husband and I modestly pride ourselves on being minimalists. Don’t get me wrong, I do like getting something new (or new to me) once in a while, but I definitely don’t desire the latest … Continue reading

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I wish you enough

I enjoy a good internet meme like Texts from Hilary Clinton, Ikea Monkey and Kid President.  Recently I came across a Facebook post/story that’s been making the rounds called “I wish you enough.” Part of the story included the following “poem,” which really got … Continue reading

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Lent and the environment – making a connection

The season of Lent is arguably the oldest of Christian holy days. Lent lasts forty days, recalling the forty days Jesus fasted in the desert to prepare for his ministry.  This year it runs from February 13 to March 30, … Continue reading

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Please check your carry-on for waste

“Ladies and gentlemen we are approaching our final descent.  The cabin crew will be by to pick up any service items.” If you have ever flown on a plane, you would have most likely heard this announcement.  In some instances, … Continue reading

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Travelogue: Shuffle off to Buffalo

Canadian thrill seekers understand the adrenaline rush of wearing three newly purchased t-shirts, one on top of the other, as they cross the border from the U.S. back into Canada. “Nothing to declare.” I totally recognize that cross-border shopping discourages … Continue reading

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Alton Village Public School is going green

We are the Alton Village Public School Eco Team — a brand new elementary school in north Burlington. Our school is working hard every day to recycle and compost. The Eco Team promotes this by having announcements about what things … Continue reading

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My new year’s resolutions – helping the environment more

I tend to consider September, with its emphasis on back-to-school new beginnings as more of a new year, however every January I do try to make some new year’s resolutions. Some studies indicate that by the end of January, a … Continue reading

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That’s a wrap – environmentally friendly alternatives to wrapping paper

Even though there’s no snow, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”  The lights are up.  The decorations are out.  The gingerbread is in the oven.  The tree is aglow. If your house is like mine, presents are starting … Continue reading

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Eco friendly gifts for the holidays

It’s the holiday season, and as that old song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  It’s a time for gathering with family and friends, taking part in celebrations, sharing delicious meals, and giving gifts. Unfortunately, along with all … Continue reading

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Green holiday shopping tips

It’s that time of year again, the pumpkins and leaves have been sent to the composting pile and the malls are decked in holiday décor.  The stores are filling up with holiday shoppers. According to Moneyville, the average Canadian will spend … Continue reading

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There’s a new box in Halton Region, and it’s orange!

Every week, Halton residents fill their Blue Boxes and Greencarts and place them at the curb for recycling and composting. Sometimes, if you are doing a big clean up, you will put your large items out for bulk collection or bring them to … Continue reading

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Five Weird Electronic Recycling Facts

With electronic recycling becoming increasingly crucial to the future of the planet, recovering mobile phones, and recycling old computers, televisions, printers and other electronic goods should be a priority for those that want to improve their ecological footprint. When considering … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Repurpose Common Household Items

Whether you want to save some money, add a unique decorative touch to your home, or you just do not want to throw something out, there are many ways you can reuse common household items. Here are some suggestions to … Continue reading

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Barry Commoner – Scientist and Environmental Champion

Have you ever heard any of these expressions? Everything Is Connected to Everything Else Everything Must Go Somewhere Nature Knows Best There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch Chances are you have heard at least one of these … Continue reading

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A Green Halloween

As a kid growing up, Halloween was always one of the most exciting times of the year.  Nothing beat dressing up as your favourite character, scaring the living daylights out of a few unsuspecting adults, and getting rewarded with candy!  … Continue reading

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An inadvertent side effect of a Full House – How would Uncle Jesse manage all this waste?

A little while back my in-laws decided to downsize and sell their house. They got into the early spring market and voila — their house sold in record time at full asking price.  Only problem was that everything happened a … Continue reading

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Let’s reduce, reuse, recycle when going back to school

It’s yet again that time of year… back to school! It’s time to find out what can be reused from last year’s wardrobe and what school supplies are still in good condition to be used again. As each school year … Continue reading

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Do you know what’s in your cell phone?

At a recent family function, I pulled out my cell phone to answer a text message.  My family members were appalled — not because I was being rude and answering a text message, but because I have an “old” cell … Continue reading

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Reduce, reuse and recycle at your summer barbeque

We’re having a summer barbeque, and we’re offering you some tips to help reduce the environmental footprint of your next event!

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Innovations in recycling

I recently attended Stewardship Ontario’s Sustainability Summit at the Brickworks in Toronto. Stewardship Ontario is a private, not-for-profit, industry led stewardship organization established in 2002 under the Waste Diversion Act. Based on a model of shared responsibility, stewards and municipalities split … Continue reading

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Reduce waste and reuse your leftovers for delicious new meals

I love leftovers!  I love making a new meals or baked goods out of food that was left from the night before, or even from fruit that we just didn’t get around to eating.  I love the idea of being … Continue reading

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Yard sales have always been great for the environment

Yard sales have been around for as long as there have been yards with green grass. That’s likely because the original motivation to have one still holds true today: “I have more stuff than I need, but maybe someone else … Continue reading

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Reuse and Recycle Clothing to Help the Environment

In this 3 minute 34 second video, I interview Elisha deKort of Clothing For Charity Ltd., to learn how clothing can be reused and recycled in Halton Region to help the environment.

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Cheers to a 3Rs Community Champion: The Carafe Wine Makers (Georgetown)

What does a full-bodied Shiraz with a hint of cassis and saving the planet have in common? Carafe Wine Makers in Georgetown of course! Owners Don and Catherine Jones have committed themselves to a great business with an extremely strong … Continue reading

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