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Date April 24, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Students from Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School discuss their participation in the #IGiveAShirt campaign. More from

George Brown launches sustainable fashion program to capitalize on "reshored" manufacturing

Date April 23, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

As bad press continues to plague mainstream fashion and more brands come home to avoid overseas headaches, George Brown College’s new sustainable fashion production program may be just what the Canadian apparel industry needs. What do you do when you learn that your dream job is contributing to one of the most destructive industries on the planet? The fashion world has been rocked by deadly factory collapses, damning documentaries and report after report detailing the industry’s...

City of Ottawa earned $10M from your paper, plastics in 2016

Date April 19, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

The City of Ottawa made nearly $10 million from selling what it collected from blue and black boxes in 2016, but still didn't collect enough organics to make its green bin contract a good deal. The city sent 42,240 tonnes of paper recycling for processing last year. Even though that's lower than in past years, the city actually made more — $6.1 million — because the market value for fibre is high. Residents are using less fine paper as they read fewer print newspapers and receive...

Recycling-mad Germans turn to sharing to battle waste

Date April 17, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

In a warehouse in the western Germany city of Cologne, bottles of deodorant and shower gel plastered with the face of football manager Joachim Loew are stacked all the way up to the ceiling.Whole pallets of the packages, a promotional offer for the Euro 2016 tournament, were headed for the incinerators once the final whistle sounded, but non-profit group Innatura has saved them for charities. Further east in Berlin, residents are leaving extra salad, yogurt or bread in common fridges sitting...

Top 5 Mis-Recycled Items in Mississauga

Date April 11, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

What about those hideous brass door knobs? Clothing? No dice. There are so many items which aren’t recyclable yet still end up in blue carts. We’ve asked the Region of Peel for the top five mis-recycled items (or things placed in the blue cart which shouldn’t be). Here they are - via manager of waste collection and processing Ben Shepherd - in order from most to least, according to what staff at the material recovery facility are seeing daily in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon....

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