Stephanie Savoie 44.50sc

Stephanie Savoie

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  • endorsed 2014-07-13 12:01:21 -0400
    I already try to buy food with no packaging or at least with recyclable packaging. I also plan on shopping in bulk with reusable bags to further reduce the packaging I bring into my home.

    Challenge 8 - Send Packaging Packing

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    Too much packaging, wrapping, padding and stuffing comes with most products today. Most of it isn't necessary and is really just a way for companies to advertise. The worst part is that a lot of packaging isn't recyclable in your Blue Box!

    Take a look at the things you buy - is there an alternative with less packaging or recyclable packaging?

    For example, you can buy food in bulk stores to avoid food packaging.

    Challenge: 

    • Avoid products with excessive packaging, or non-recyclable packaging, or Change what you buy to avoid packaging and tell us about it

    • Snap a photo and share your story

     

    Take the extra step:
    Sign our petition to ask companies to stop using non-recyclable materials and to stop offloading the cost of disposal to cities. Click here to sign the petition.

    Read TEA's report on how companies can take responsibility for their product and packagin waste, including great examples of Ontario companies that are already doing it!

    Buying food in Bulk

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  • endorsed 2014-07-13 11:59:02 -0400
    I always make sure to recycle my old electronics and try and repair them before disposing of it.

    Challenge 10 - Send your Electronics to a Better Place

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    Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a growing problem in Canada. It includes computers, cell phones (and their cables and batteries), TVs, printers, stereos and speakers. The heavy metals, flame retardants and rare minerals in e-waste can be extremely harmful to the environment and human health. Some estimate that e-waste only makes up 4% of the waste stream, but it accounts for 70% of the toxic pollution in our landfills.

    The best thing is to keep e-waste out of landfill. Repair your old electronics if you can still use them, or donate or sell them to someone who can use them. But if it’s definitely not fix-able, send your e-waste to be safely recycled by the City.

    Challenge: 

    • Repair, reuse or recycle your old electronics. Upload a photo in the comments below and tell us about it!

    How to recycle your e-waste

    • If you live in a house, just set out your e-waste on garbage day. Use the green bag delivered with your waste calendar, or put the waste in a box by the curb (best to put out a number of things at once).

    • If you live in an apartment or condo, talk with your building manager about getting an e-waste collection spot for the whole building. When it's full, they just call the City for collection.

    Did you recycle or reuse your old electroncis? Send us a photo and tell us about it below!

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  • endorsed 2014-07-13 11:57:04 -0400
    I already use non-toxic cleaners and use rechargeable batteries for the few technologies that require them in my home. I also dispose of technology through companies that dispose of them appropriately.

    Challenge 9 - Tackle Toxic Trash

    CEDay_Ward19_Haz_Waste_Paint-cropped-sm.jpgTackle Toxic Trash

    Certain types of waste can't go in the garbage or recycling bin because they contain toxic ingredients that can harm the environment or human health. This type of special waste needs to be sorted and sent to the right place so it can be recycled properly.

    Special waste includes batteries, CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) and fluorescent tubes, medication, paint, oil, nail polish and cleaning products (anything with a 'hazard' symbol). Read the full list on the City website.

    Challenge:

    • Create a space in your home to store this. Choose a safe place away from kids and pets and keep all products in their original containers. Make a sign and let everyone in your household know about it.

    • If you live in an apartment, ask your building manager to create a Special Waste drop off spot. They can call the City to collect it.
    • Upload a photo of your waste collection spot in the comments below.

     

    Where to recycle your hazardous and special waste:

    • Residents can drop off special waste free at any of the 7 City waste Drop-off depots.

    • If you've got a lot of special waste, the Toxic Taxi can come right to your door to collect special waste for free. You need the equivalent of 10 litres of hazardous waste (about 2 and half paint cans).  Call 311 or fill out an online request.

    • If you live in an apartment, talk to your Property Manager about arranging a collection day for the whole building

     

    Take the extra step:
    Find ways to reduce the special and hazardous waste in your home. Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposables. Or make non-toxic cleaners that are safer for you and the environment.  See recipes in Section 8 of TEA's Toxics Reduction Tool Kit.
     

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  • endorsed 2014-07-08 21:48:19 -0400
    Whenever making a purchase I always look for options that are made of recycled materials. I regularly buy paper, toilet paper made from 100% post-consumer recycled content. I also had considered buying toothbrushes that were made from recycled yogurts cups but instead opted for a bamboo model that can be composted at the end of its life.

    Challenge 6 - Buy Recycled

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    Buy Recycled

    Buying recycled products is another way to reduce waste. Recycled materials don’t use as many raw materials and natural resources. They also use less water and save energy. Recycled products also help keep the green recycling economy thriving.

    Recycled content is used for many products:

    • office or school supplies (paper, pens and printing cartridges)
    • home supplies (paint, storage bins and garbage bags)
    • clothing or reusable bags made with plastic fibres

    Choosing paper made from 100% recycled paper instead of trees uses 50% less water and energy - and it saves trees!

    Challenge:

    • If you’re buying new products, choose something that is made of recycled materials. Aim for 100% post-consumer recycled content.
    • Share a photo or tell us about it

    Take the extra step:
    Write to a company that you buy from and ask them to include more recycled content in their products.

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  • endorsed 2014-07-08 21:42:08 -0400
    I have recently bought a Klean Kanteen 12 Oz insulated bottle and I use it for any and every type of beverage I might want to have during the day. I love it!

    Challenge 5 - Choose to Re-use

    Choose to Re-Use!

    It's the small things that add up. One coffee cup or one bottle of water doesn't seem like much. Now, think about how full a garbage can would be with 250 single use coffee cups, one for every work day in the year?

    Now imagine if just 10% of Torontonians (250,000 people) used throw-away cups and water bottles: it would be a nightmare of unnecessary waste!

    But if you choose reusables, like a refillable water bottle, or a travel mug, you can help eliminate this nightmare. You save money and you help the environment (bottled water costs so much more than tap water, and Toronto's tap water is some of the cleanest in the world).

    Challenge:

    • Get a refillable water bottle and reusable travel mug and commit to carrying them with you. Or, if you're having a coffee or tea at a cafe, ask them to put it in a reusable mug instead of a disposable cup.

    • Snap a photo of yourself using your refillable water bottle or mug and share it with us below.

    Take the extra step:
    If you already carry a mug and water bottle, choose a reusable to replace another disposable product in your life - for example using lunch containers instead of disposable bags, or carrying reusable cutlery to use when you get take-out food. Tell us about it and share a photo.

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  • endorsed 2014-07-08 21:38:35 -0400
    Whenever I have an item I don’t use anymore, I either try to sell it on Kijiji or donate it to charity depending on the item in question. Also, I definitely have started to embrasse ‘Think Twice Before You Buy’ to reduce my consumption habits. Also, I am in the need of a bike but I have decided to shop in used bike stores around Toronto and have found plenty of options of bikes that are still functioning great!

    Challenge 4 - Think Twice Before You Buy

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    Did you know that you can help the environment and reduce waste by simply not buying something? By repairing, sharing, swapping or re-using things, you can avoid wasteful packaging and avoid sending more things to landfill - and you’ll probably save money.

    We can buy less, share things, or buy second-hand things to reduce the waste impact of what we own.

    This includes things like borrowing a book from the library, or sharing tools with a neighbour instead of buying your own. You can also buy second hand clothing or donate your old furniture to a charitable store.

    Challenge: 

    • Instead of buying something new, reconsider it – borrow it from a friend, or rent it instead. Or, if you really need your own, buy it second hand. Share a photo and tell us about it!
    • Instead of throwing out something you don’t use anymore, donate or sell it to someone who could use it. Tell us about it! The City of Toronto website lists local non-profit groups that accept donations of used goods.

     

    Take the extra step:
    Repair it! Instead of tossing something out, get it repaired, or learn to maintain it yourself so it lasts longer. Mend your clothes, or get them altered by a tailor. Tell us about your repair adventure and snap a photo!

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  • signed Packaging Petition 2014-06-18 22:26:52 -0400

    Packaging Petition

    Companies that sell products have a choice about the type and amount of packaging they use on their products.

    Many states and countries are creating rules that make these companies responsible for their products and packaging, even after they leave the store. This gives companies a reason to use less packaging and to ensure that it's recyclable. In Ontario, we've made a start, but companies need to do more.

    239 signatures

    Dear The Packaging Association of Canada (PAC), 

    As the organization that calls itself "the voice of the Canadian packaging industry since 1950," your members are mostly responsible for the products and packaging that end up in municipal waste systems.

    We urge your member companies to take responsibility for the packaging waste they create. That's why I am requesting your member companies to:

    a. stop using non-recyclable materials to make packaging.
     
    b. pay back municipalities for the full costs of dealing with packaging once it ends up in the waste or recycling stream.

    Sincerely,

     

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  • endorsed 2014-06-18 22:20:50 -0400
    Yup!

    Challenge 3 - Use Toronto's Trash Tools

    Screenshot of Waste WizardUse Toronto’s Trash Tools

    Did you know that in Toronto, more than half of what residents are putting into their garbage bag shouldn't be there? Much of what is put out as garbage can actually be recycled or composted.

    There is a lot to learn about Toronto’s waste, and how we can reduce it.

    The good news is that the City has a number of user-friendly tools to help you put your waste in the right place!

    Challenge:

    • Visit toronto.ca/wastewizard and bookmark the Waste Wizard, a simple online search tool to identify where to put your waste.
    • The free City waste calendar lists waste collection days and each month features a number of tips on how to sort your waste - if you didn’t get one, order one now by calling 311 or send an email to 311@toronto.ca and ask for a Waste Calendar.

    Tip:  See "What Goes Where" on City of Toronto website for links to information on how to sort and set out your waste.

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    Take the extra step:
    If you already use the City tools above, share these links with a friend, or a family member.

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  • endorsed 2014-06-18 22:10:27 -0400
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    Challenge 2 - Measure Your Waste

    Knowing how much waste you produce will help you identify how it can be reduced!

    • Use Tool #1 OR Tool #2 below to calculate the approximate garbage your household creates in a year.
    • Enter your calculated household waste per year in the comment box below to complete the challenge.
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  • answered 2014-06-18 22:08:31 -0400
    Q: 4 - What do you hope to get from the Waste Free Challenge?
    A: Tips and ideas on how to make my life more sustainable.

    Challenge 1 - Waste Free Survey

    The Waste Free Challenge is 10 simple steps that anyone in Toronto can take.
    Tell us about you, and why you are taking the Challenge!

    Take the survey