Be inspired to create less waste!
- Awareness is everything! Please watch this video: The Story of a Spoon
- Looking for a fundraising program? Check out E-Cause!
- Be Straw Free Campaign (By Eco-Cycle - one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the USA and has an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation)
- The Last Plastic Straw (The Last Plastic Straw strives to educate the public about the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans.)
OneLessStraw pledge campaign
Plastic straws, like single use plastic bags are one of those items that most of us could live without. We can all be the solution to the problem by simply 'saying no' to plastic straws and either going without or getting yourself a reusable drinking straw.
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Say 'no' to single use plastic. Check out this website and take the 4Rs Pledge:
1) REFUSE disposable plastic whenever and wherever possible
2) REDUCE your plastic footprint. Cut down on your consumption of goods that contain excessive plastic packaging and parts.
3) REUSE durable, non-toxic straws, utensils, to-go containers, bottles, bags, and other everyday items.
4) RECYCLE what you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse. Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal.
Other Interesting Articles
- Guide to Packing Eco-Delicious Lunches
- Smart Plastics Guide (Information provided by The US Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy)
- The Brewing Problem of the “To Go” Coffee Cup
- Canada’s Ban of BPA: Health Canada and the Government of Canada
- Eight Million Tons of Plastic Dumped in Ocean Every Year
- France Just Banned Plastic Forks. What's Next?
- SF bans Styrofoam, and other cities should follow
Earth Friendly Sites
Environmental Working Group
At EWG, our team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
Green Teacher is a magazine that helps youth educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools.
Environmental Earth Angels
A registered charity providing environmental education throughout Ontario.
Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities - now and for the future.
Started in 1994, EcoKids is a free, environmental education program that offers curriculum-linked materials and activities for Canadian elementary schools to engage in environmental action. Children are encouraged to form their own opinions, make decisions, get involved and understand the impact their own actions have on the environment.
Earth Day Canada
Earth Day Canada (EDC) is a national environmental communications organization mandated to improve the state of the environment by empowering Canadians to achieve local solutions. Since 1991, EDC has been coordinating Earth Day/Earth Month events, and creating successful community programs and award-winning artistic and media projects.
Waste Reduction Week in Canada
The Waste Reduction Week is developed and run by a coalition of waste reduction and conservation organizations from across Canada. The program urges everyone to do their part by reducing, reusing and recycling in every aspect of their lives - at home, school and work.
Waste Free Lunch Challenge
The goal of the Ontario Waste Free Lunch Challenge (WFLC) is to help schools reduce the amount of garbage they produce and to educate students, staff, and parents about waste reduction. School lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario – the average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms of waste per school year, or an average of 8500 kilograms (18,700 lbs) of waste per school per year.
Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education program for grades 1-12 that helps students develop ecological literacy while engaged in practices to become environmentally responsible citizens. It also helps schools and school boards improve their operations to reduce their environmental impacts.