A team of chemists has figured out a way to produce a renewable plastic from pine needle waste, potentially replacing a type that's currently made from crude oil. more

Jan 22, 2017 12:00 AM Features

While smart waste and recycling technologies haven’t been as quick to take off as, say, smart building products designed to improve energy efficiency, the sector is poised for growth. more

Jan 22, 2017 12:00 AM Features

If you’re looking for a bit more inspiration for the new year, consider this: Has your company ever thought about going zero waste? These 10 firms working toward zero waste to landfill prove it’s possible. And no, it won’t kill jobs or hurt profits. more

Jan 17, 2017 12:00 AM Features

It seems that educational efforts are being graded upon contamination rates — which aren’t really due to lack of education, but often times due to the collection method. more

Jan 17, 2017 12:00 AM Features

A team of bioengineers from the University of Nottingham and Nile University in Egypt are developing a new substitute for conventional plastic carry bags using a material made out of shrimp shells. more

Jan 12, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Earlier this year, a video explaining Sweden’s efficient trash burning system made the Facebook rounds, touting a shocking statistic: less than one percent of this country’s household waste ends up in a landfill. more

Jan 8, 2017 12:00 AM Features

If garbage cans could talk, the least they could do is remind us if we’re running out of easily-forgotten house essentials. Enter GeniCan: a smart device that scans products as you toss ‘em and automatically drafts a grocery list on your smartphones. more

Jan 8, 2017 12:00 AM Features

It’s been a rollercoaster of a year. In the world of sustainability alone, we saw the landmark Paris climate change agreement come into force; and learned how rising temperatures in the Arctic are negatively impacting local residents. more

Jan 5, 2017 12:00 AM Features


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This time of the year reminds us of how much many of us have and the obverse, sadly equilibrating, paucity of others. It is the black and white Christmas tales of movies past, the ecstasy of delight as children open gifts around the blazing fireplace more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Features

ROUGHLY a third of food produced—1.3bn tonnes of the stuff—never makes it from farm to fork, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. more

Dec 18, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Pine trees are an important source of timber—600 million are chopped down each year in the EU alone. But while the trees are harvested for their wood, billions of pine needles go to waste. more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Features

If every family re-used 2 feet of ribbon, we'd save enough to tie a bow around the planet. The sustainability-minded junk removal service, Junk King, created an infographic detailing the embarrassing excess of waste. more

Dec 11, 2016 12:00 AM Features

When we see containers of yogurt in the trash, perfectly good fruit and vegetables sent to the organics bin - we are moved to frustration when it appears that the disposed food could have been donated to a food bank. more

Dec 9, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Fresh Food In Garbage Can To Illustrate Waste

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A change in cultural and social factors — such as overcoming a distaste for doggy bags — will be required to shift people’s behaviour. more

Dec 4, 2016 12:00 AM Features

On Black Friday alone, consumers in the US and around the world bought billions of dollars worth of stuff, including a whole lot of clothes. That clothing haul is something environmental organization Greenpeace is not happy about. more

Dec 3, 2016 12:00 AM Features

What changes will 2017 bring for waste management and recycling? How will businesses and everyday life be affected? We asked the experts. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:14 PM Features

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The whole country is talking about textile diversion. Leveraging the City of Markham’s successful program in this area (among others) the discussion is reaching a growing number of stakeholders. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Blue Box

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Blue Box materials are changing, and have been since 2008 or earlier—on that we all agree. We even have a name for what is going on: The Evolving Tonne. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM , Features

Imagine if you could put on a pair of magic sunglasses and immediately see the future price of products and services, globally. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

The last 100 years of packaging in Canada have seen the replacement of heavy wooden crates with lighter corrugated boxes, and the rise of plastic and composite packaging, mainly at the expense of glass. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

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