Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Going Plastic-Free is Tough

by Candice Keast

Canadians use between 9 and 15 billion plastic bags a year - that's enough to circle the globe a whopping 55 times. And that's a lot of oil being used to make single-use bags that are discarded a few minutes after use. Going plastic-free can be a challenge - and that's no joke. Plastic is everywhere.

In July, thousands of Torontonians, including staff here at the City of Toronto, took the Plastic-Free July Pledge. As you could probably guess, this was no easy feat. Our struggle was seriously real but we did our best – and ended up making quite a difference. Gold stars for all!

Over 200 City of Toronto staff took the pledge and in the process became more conscious about just how ubiquitous plastic is. While it's relatively easy to find reusable shopping bags, water bottles, and coffee tumblers, other reusable items were a bit harder to come by. Fortunately there are many participating Live Green Perks businesses who sell these products and offer exclusive deals for members. We listed some of these in a previous blog post.

In a follow-up survey with staff, we learned that plastic (including Styrofoam trays) at the supermarket were the hardest to avoid. I personally found that it was easy to get tripped up by the little things, like that time I was in the checkout line and did a triple take at the little plastic window in my cardboard box of pasta, all the time with a sinking feeling that there would be no pasta for dinner (there wasn't).

In the table below (after the jump), I've summarized feedback from City staff, including some of challenges they faced. Additionally, you'll see some tips on where these items should go when you are finished with them.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

It's Plastic Free July: Say NO to single-use plastic

by: Candice Keast
Wednesday July 4, 2018

It's Plastic Free July! And we want you to join us in reducing plastic waste in our environment.

As we all know plastic waste is past a tipping point. Now, more than ever, we are faced with the plastic dilemma: where do we put it all? This month, let's think in terms more like: how can I lessen the amount of plastic I use (that is, how can I reduce my plastic footprint?) Let's band together to dramatically reduce plastic waste this month!

There may be times when plastic is straight up unavoidable and we get it but here at Live Green Toronto we are all about providing environmental options that suit your lifestyle.

In the table below (after the jump) we've listed common, everyday plastics items and suggested alternatives – we've even linked to some of our Live Green Perks member businesses that may offer you discounts on the items.*

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Earth Month Events in Toronto

Earth Month is in full swing and there are no shortage of planet-friendly events in Toronto. Check out our handy-dandy calendar, but be sure to sign-up for the event that's nearest and dearest to our hearts: Clean Toronto Together!


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Want to cut food waste at home? Think like a chef.

By: Riel Hishon & Valerie Cassells

Professional chefs know that food equals money. The bottom line takes a hit when food is wasted. As a result, chefs know how to keep food fresh and maximize shelf life. Simple tips can make all the difference - less than 8% of food in a professional kitchen is wasted, compared to up to 40% at home.

To help you learn to think like a chef, we invited Toronto's very own Chef Mike Ward in for a demo. Here are his top tips to reduce food waste at home.

#1: Consolidate and organize 

Most of us have multiple bags of rice and flour, or multiple jars of mustard, olives, or whatever in our kitchens. Chef Mike recommends consolidating these items, and organizing them properly. All of that chaos is what caused you to buy multiples in the first place. Chef Mike also recommends storing and organizing food in see-through containers, such as glass. As an added bonus, your pantry will be so beautifully organized that it will make you want to cook more!

Learn from a pro: Chef Mike's Top Tips to Reduce Food Waste at Home 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Show "Big Blue" Some Love for Random Act of Kindness Day

By: Ashwati Michael

This Saturday, February 17 is Random Act of Kindness Day. It's a great time to show family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and even complete strangers that you care. It's also an ideal time to show your love for this great, blue planet we call home.

Saturday, February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. An ideal time to show your love for this great, blue planet we call home. Share your green acts of kindness with us and let's #TransformTO together!

Please join us over the next few days, as we suggest some green acts of kindness for you to consider - an easy one, and one that requires a bit more effort, each day.

As we work together to #TransformTO, there are lots of ways to show our love for our planet, our city, and our neighbourhoods.

At Home

Homes and buildings generate about half of Toronto's greenhouse gas emissions. That's why we're working to #TransformTO with these two goals: by 2050, all existing homes and buildings will be 40% more energy efficient, and by 2030, all new buildings will generate near zero GHG emissions by 2030.