For Earth Day, we're sharing four easy eco-friendly options to swap with your regular purchasing choices. They’re options that won’t cost your wallet or your time, and most importantly they’ll spare the environment of more landfill waste, harsh chemicals and pollutants:
Ditch Plastic Cutlery For Reusable Utensils
Think for a minute how many times you’re presented with plastic cutlery because it’s the easy, convenient, and cost-effective option: camping, hosting a party, or putting snacks out for a work event. Instead of making a trip to the dollar store, opt for more eco-friendly options. Buy an additional set of stainless steel or bamboo cutlery you can use for all occasions whether with a group, traveling on your own, or buying weekday takeout lunch. If you’re still not convinced, then watch this video to learn about the journey of a spoon.
Befriend The Green Florist
Flowers are a thoughtful way to say thank you to a client or celebrate a team member’s promotion. There are many eco-florists around Canada’s city centres that provide a greener option without an added cost. Sweetpeas in Toronto and Best of Buds in Calgary reduce and reuse plastics, avoid using floral foam which can’t be recycled, and invite customers to bring in old vases or pots.
Rent a Designer Dress
It’s always nice to buy something new, but it’s never good for the environment—Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. So you can still look and feel good at an upcoming gala, pitch, or personal event, consider renting a designer dress and accessories from Canadian startup Rent frock Repeat. Sign up online, visit a showroom in Toronto or Ottawa for a fitting, and pick up your dress or have it delivered.
Compost a Green Bin (Yes, it actually exists)
Thirty per cent of household waste is compostable. Greenlid, a Toronto-based company supported by District Ventures, makes fully compostable bins that can be used in municipal collection bins throughout Ontario. They’re made from locally recycled cardboard and newsprint; they don’t spill, and they don’t need a bag. Sounds a lot better than the alternative plastic compost bin. They’re available at stores like Canadian Tire and Home Depot with both retail and home start kits.