Tuesday, 29 January 2019

6 ways to be a waste diversion leader

Waste is the third largest source of emissions contributing to climate change in Toronto.

In an effort to remedy this, the city is implementing the Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which aims to divert 70 per cent of Toronto’s waste from landfills by 2026. This moves the city towards a circular economy and a zero waste future.

Apartment and condo buildings are a very important part of the Waste Strategy since over 50 per cent of Toronto’s population live in them. However, only 28 per cent of waste generated in condos is diverted compared to 66 per cent of waste in single family homes.

So what can you do to help divert and reduce waste? Small changes in your habits help, but you can also help motivate people to do the same at work, school and in your community.

Here are six ways to make a difference in your apartment or condo building, presented in partnership with Global News Toronto.



We're accepting applications for our Waste Reduction Community Grants until March 1, 2019. The waste grants are just one way the City of Toronto is helping to #TransformTO & leading the fight against climate change.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet


The 2019 edition of the Canada Food Guide revolutionizes our preconceived notions about our relationship with food. The Guide calls for a major shift towards plant-based diets, de-emphasizing meat as a source of protein.

The new Canada Food Guide makes sense - not just for your health, but also for our planet.

The Guide was released hot on the heels of a major, global scientific study from the EAT-Lancet Commission written by 30 leading scientists from across the globe. The report promotes "the planetary health diet" and reinforces the approach of the Canada Food Guide.





Why go plant-based?


1. Your health. Research has proven that eating a plant-based diet can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, improve heart health, and lead to healthier skin.

2. The environment. Greenhouse gas emissions – the leading cause of climate change – per gram of beef or lamb protein are approximately 250x those of legumes. Another way to think of this is that twenty servings of vegetables have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than one serving of beef.

“Intensive meat production is on an unstoppable trajectory comprising the single greatest contributor to climate change…”EAT-Lancet Report
Want to get a clearer picture of the environmental impact of your favourite foods? Check out this handy tool from BBC News.

3. Your pocketbook. Generally, plant-based proteins cost less than meat, which means more money in your pocket. In fact, some research has shown that vegetarians can save upwards of $750 per year compared to meat-eaters.

Resources

Incorporating more plant-based proteins into your diet may seem like a daunting task, but keep in mind that it doesn't have to be all or nothing. Even going plant-based one day a week will make a difference. To get you started, visit our Pinterest page for lots of tasty and simple recipe ideas. Be sure you check out our #LocalDishTO recipe boards while you're there. And, did you know that we curated kid-approved recipes in our Make It Local recipe book? Finally, check out the Toronto Vegetarian Association website for lots of resources, including their 7-Day Veggie Challenge.





It's time to rethink our relationship with food. Visit livegreentoronto.ca to find out how.


Monday, 24 December 2018

Wild North Flowers

Today we are talking to Jennifer Fowlow from the Wild North Flowers, a member of the Live Green Perks program.



Why should a consumer choose your products or services over mainstream/non-green florists?
Our studio uses solely Ontario grown flowers to create custom floral arrangements while supporting local growers and farmers.

What are the most popular eco-friendly gifts people can buy from your shop?
Our floral arrangements!

Why is being green important to you?
As a small business we have complete control over our eco-footprint and are constantly finding new ways to be as green as possible. In the floral industry there is lots of waste and at Wild North one of our main goals is to be innovative in our green efforts.

What does your business offer as a Live Green Perk?


We offer 10%-off your order. Learn more



Live Green Perks: hundreds of deals on everything from coffee to kayaks. Download the free app today!

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Lovbird Design

Owner: Maureen Bradshaw

Today we are talking to Maureen Bradshaw from the Lovbird Design, a member of the Live Green Perks program.



Why should a consumer choose your products over non-green options?
My shirts are made of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and with eco-friendly dyes.

What are the most popular eco-friendly gifts people can buy from your shop?
The Let Go long sleeve t-shirt and the Laugh Like Buddha t-shirt.

Why is being green important to you?
When farmers spray cotton with pesticides, it makes the people and animals in the area very sick.

What does your business offer as a Live Green Perk?
15 per cent off your online order. Learn more

Live Green Perks: hundreds of deals on everything from coffee to kayaks. Download the free app today!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Toronto Tool Library & Sharing Depot

Lead: Emily Charles-Donleson

Today we are talking to Emily Charles-Donleson from the Toronto Tool Library & Sharing Depot, a member of the Live Green Perks program.