Ontario cancels plans to reduce its carbon footprint

April 26, 2019 by  
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Ontario just cut plans to reduce its carbon footprint as Doug Ford, the Premier of Ontario, Canada decided to cancel an initiative that would have planted 50 million trees across the province and would have absorbed a considerable amount of carbon dioxide . This is not the first eco-friendly plan Ford has sidelined as he previously got rid of a carbon cap that was expected to bring in billions of dollars to the government. Ford also ditched a plan to test cars for harmful emissions and is having a bit of trouble with Toronto’s subways, but his latest move could have much wider implications. Related: Washington becomes the first state to allow human composting Planting trees is one of the best ways to naturally absorb carbon and cut down on air pollution. Trees act as a filter and soak up carbon in the atmosphere , storing it for later use. The millions of trees that were supposed to be planted in Ontario would have made a big impact in cutting carbon in the province and surrounding region. That opportunity, however, was squashed by Ford’s latest decision. Instead of planting trees , Ford is banking the money that would have been used for the project and using it to fund another initiative related to beer. Rob Keen, the leader of a group called Forests Ontario, says that the cancellation could affect the forests in the region, which need at least 40 percent coverage to survive. Keen added that not planting the trees will increase erosion in areas of Ontario that are prone to flooding. Bodies of water in the region, including lakes and rivers, will also get warmer with the lack of shade from trees. Lastly, water and air quality will also go down as a result of the canceled program. Ford has not commented on the backlash his administration has received, but we can only hope that lawmakers realize the mistake and do their best to reduce their carbon footprint in the near future. Via Tree Hugger Image via  Daniel Joseph Petty

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These bamboo socks by Flyte are anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic

April 26, 2019 by  
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An environmentally-conscious customer base has more than supported the Flyte Socks cause, launching it into a business after humble beginnings as a Kickstarter campaign just hoping to fund a new style of sustainable socks . Partners Hung Jean and Jeffrey Trinh of Toronto set out to provide quality socks made out of sustainable materials with the goal to donate to causes close to their hearts. They had instant support with the first round of Flyte Socks, funding the campaign at 850 percent of the goal and shipping over 10,000 socks. Now, they’re back with a second round and meeting equal support for a product deemed Flyte Socks X: Bamboo Socks Re-Engineered. The Kickstarter campaign for this second design closes on April 17 and has already received over $80,000 in pledges to exceed the original $10,000 goal. Related: How to: knit a pair of smart socks that pause Netflix when you doze off Made from bamboo, the Flyte Socks X offer an end product sourced from a material that requires a third less water than cotton, regrows quickly and has a low environmental impact without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. Plus, bamboo is kind of the superfood of the forest — absorbing five times more carbon dioxide (that’s bad stuff) and outputting 35% more oxygen (that’s good stuff) than other trees. In addition to responsible materials sourcing, the products are earning strong reviews. They are anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and naturally odor resistant due to the breathability of the fabric . The soft material is reinforced at the toe and heel to reduce wear in those areas and the elastic is re-engineered to guarantee they don’t fall down as you walk. The socks come in a variety of material options that are treated to keep colors from fading. Jean and Trinh have also vowed to use the success of the campaign to give back to the those in need. The social initiative pilot program states that for each pair of socks backed during the campaign, one pair will be donated . Proving their dedication to worker safety, the team is also certified by the Business Social Compliance Initiative. + Flyte Socks Images via Flyte Socks

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Episode 64: Live from GreenBiz 17

February 17, 2017 by  
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Audio clips from the premier annual event for sustainability leaders, including Annie Leonard from Greenpeace, Mehmood Khan of PepsiCo and Anne Kelly of Ceres.

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Illuminated Circuit Board Coffee Table is Geek Chic DIY Decor

July 23, 2010 by  
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Imagine the oohs and ahhs this showstopping illuminated coffee table made of old circuit boards will elicit from your houseguests. Talk about conversation-starting furniture! We saw it over on Make today and like many of the awesome creations they share with us, this one was handcrafted by one of their readers, GuyInMilwaukee out of components from his first computer.

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‘Pile on Game’ Creates Stackable Stones from Waste Wood

July 23, 2010 by  
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The last time we checked, Jenga wasn’t constructing their pieces from sustainable wood, but here’s a clever design that takes a game of strategic block stacking to an eco-friendly level. Created by designers Mamoru Fukui, Daimon Kanno and Yuta Fuki, the “Pile on Game” is a set of nine stones made from factory waste wood cutoffs , hand-sanded and polished to create multi-faceted flat surfaces with an attractive sheen.

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BC Premier Blames "Spring Olympics" on Global Warming

March 2, 2010 by  
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Daily Mail A lot of us winced whenever anyone conflated the lack of snow on Cypress Mountain in Vancouver with climate change; Vancouver is often springlike in February and this is about weather, not climate. People were questioning Cypress as a venue years ago, noting that it is often raining there instead of snowing.

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7 Companies You Can Trust to Use BPA-Free Cans

March 2, 2010 by  
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Photo courtesy Eden Organic. Here’s a startling, almost amazing fact.

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