Fave Finds: October 2019

This edition of Fave Finds is dedicated to Waste Reduction Week – an annual campaign promoting the circular economy that takes place from October 21 to October 27. From plastic pollution in our oceans to concerns about toxic chemicals, there are many reasons to start reducing waste in our everyday lives. Whether you’re just starting out in your zero-waste journey or already familiar with what’s out there, knowing what we can do individually is invaluable. Below are some new discoveries that help our team reduce the waste we send to landfill.

Your Plan, Your Planet

Use this interactive online tool to learn simple tips from Google, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to minimize your environmental footprint. Every little thing counts. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world. – Kim

Silicone Baking Mat

I love silicone baking mats, because not only do they reduce waste and eliminate the need for parchment paper or aluminum foil – but they make the whole baking process easier. Cookies, roasted veggies or anything you’re whipping up, easily slide off the non-stick surface making the clean-up is super quick, while also protecting the condition of your pan. – Courtney

Beeswax Wraps & Stasher Bags

Beeswax wraps have seamlessly replaced saran wrap for me. There are so many different varieties and designs but the one I’ve always stuck with is Abeego. They’re a Canadian, female-owned company that also has zero-waste manufacturing. Another purchase I’ve made lately is a reusable sandwich bag  – so handy for lunchtime snacks like almonds and sliced fruit. Stasher bags are very popular but the version I purchased recently is from Russbe. – Jennifer

A Bunch of Pretty Little Things I Did Not Buy

A Bunch of Pretty Little Things I Did Not Buy is an illustrated book that promotes the “slow shopping” movement. The author, Sarah Lazarovic, talks about how we’ve been ingrained since childhood to unintentionally value consumerism through our parents promising us small gifts in exchange for good behaviour. The book outlines a new manifesto for purchases through the “Buyerarchy of Needs” that tell us the most sustainable item is something we already have or can repair ourselves. – Ailish

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