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Upcycling:  Creativity Reigns the Recycling Box

Posted by Jane Dunne on Thu, May 24, 2018

Many of the items that make their way into your home are designed with only one purpose in mind.  After you’ve opened up a bottle of champagne, the cage and cork become destined for the landfill.  Once you’ve eaten all of the fruit out of the colourful plastic mesh bag, it can’t be recycled and it’s pushed into the trash bin.  You can sit around getting blue about all the waste that abounds or you can do what I do and give those items a second chance at life.

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Tags: Business & Legal, Environmental risks, Environmental, Hazcom, climate change, sustainability

Striking a New Pose: Sustainability in Fashion

Posted by Jane Dunne on Thu, Apr 19, 2018

A lot of time is spent shopping for the right look and for fashion that will flatter or get attention, but are we spending our dollars wisely to make sure that the clothes we wear today will not damage the environment in other parts of the world or in our own backyards tomorrow?

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Tags: Environmental risks, Environmental, Hazcom, sustainability, corporate social responsibility

Is a Zero Waste Christmas Even Possible?

Posted by Jane Dunne on Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Christmas holidays bring joy, laughter and vast amounts of plastic waste and junk into our lives, but the wastefulness can be avoided with just a bit of creativity.

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Tags: Environmental risks, Environmental

The Latest Climate Change-Fighting Innovations

Posted by Jane Dunne on Tue, May 02, 2017

All over the world, our brightest and most creative minds are finding ways for us to produce fewer greenhouse gases and use renewable energy to its greatest potential with fascinating new technologies.

Sustainable Job Innovators

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Tags: climate change, clean water

Think Drinking Water Issues Only Exist in Places like Brazil?

Posted by Jane Dunne on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

We often see pictures in the media of places where the environment is being abused. During the Rio Olympics, we’ve seen many visual images of garbage-laden rivers and dirty beaches and it’s easy to think that if that were in our country, it would be under control, but a recent Harvard study took a closer look at water quality at home and found that it comes up short in many U.S. states.

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Tags: Health & Safety, Environmental risks, Environmental, EHS, Canadian

Can a Hospital Be Both Hygienic and Environmentally Sustainable?

Posted by Jane Dunne on Mon, May 02, 2016

When it comes to hospitals we all expect the highest standard of cleanliness and yet, we want every part of our lives to be more sustainable. Of course, when hospitals are faced with a choice that puts hygiene up against sustainability, hygiene always wins. But I wonder if it’s possible to find ways for both to win?

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Tags: Health & Safety, Environmental risks, Environmental, EHS, EPA, sustainability

Emissions in the Shipping Industry: Who Is Steering the Ship?

Posted by Jane Dunne on Tue, Apr 05, 2016

You might ask how it is possible that there is no direct mention of the shipping industry in the Paris Agreement at COP21. Many people wonder just how much air pollution is created by the shipping industry and who is working to improve this mysterious source of greenhouse gas emissions?

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Tags: EHS, Greenhouse Gas, ghg, Hazcom

New Year’s Resolutions: Setting Green Goals for the Year

Posted by Jane Dunne on Thu, Jan 14, 2016

New Year’s resolutions are all about improving yourself and being the best person that you can be. Most goals fit into one of three categories: personal success (money), priorities (family) and health. Let me show you how focussing on kindness to others, reducing material excesses and embracing your local neighbourhood can play a part in some of the best green resolutions. There are ways to live gently on the earth, while saving dollars and expressing your gratitude for all that you have, by giving back to your community and setting green goals for the year.

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Tags: EHS

The Best Environmental Books for Kids

Posted by Jane Dunne on Wed, Dec 02, 2015

It takes time to stand in the bookstore and figure out which books will make suitable gifts for the little people in your life. Some book covers masquerade as educational and enriching, but when you open them up, they are vapid and do not offer any challenging material, nor new thoughts to open up a child’s mind. If you are looking for books that introduce environmental themes and get kids thinking and asking the questions that matter, here is what I can recommend:

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Tags: Environmental risks, Environmental, EHS

Waste Reduction Tips For Your Office

Posted by Jane Dunne on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

waste_tipsOctober 19 to 25th is waste reduction week in Canada. Households across the country are making a real effort to reduce the amount of waste produced at home, however, there may also be some actions you can take at the office to cut down on trash.

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