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Canadians throw away about three million tonnes of plastic every year, with only 9% actually being recycled, according to the Government of Canada. As more and more people become mindful of the effect their choices have on the environment, solutions that help to mitigate climate change continue to grow in popularity, and ecobricking is  one of those methods.

In keeping with guidelines from the Global Ecobrick Alliance—a group that has been forging the way in plastic transition—ecobricks transform used plastic into reusable building blocks that can be used to construct furniture, food-forest gardens, parks, and indoor modules like beds, tables, and chairs. They’re also an eye-opener when it comes to fully understanding how much plastic we use on a…

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In recent years, environmental impact has been a topic on many people’s minds, and you might be searching for ways to live more sustainably. Over time, sustainable architecture strategies can positively affect air quality and resources, and even save you money. Sustainable architecture isn’t just for people who are constructing a new home. Anyone can apply these strategies to make their home an eco-friendly place to live.

What is Sustainable Architecture?

Sustainable architecture is a term that refers to the way a building is designed, constructed and inhabited. The building is designed to maximize natural resources like airflow and sunlight and is constructed using environmentally friendly materials. It also uses renewable energy sources for…

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Monitoring our carbon footprints is more important now than ever before. As we develop new technologies, learn about greener solutions to past ways of life, and become more aware of the impact our actions have on the planet, more and more people are looking for cities that align with their personal green goals. 

GreenScore, a non-profit foundation dedicated to “economic and environmental harmony,” uses their GreenScore City Index to rank cities across Canada based on their environmental footprint. They use more than 20 indicators ranging from city size and recycling percentage, to domestic water usage and natural land percentage. They also use data collected from Environment and Climate Change Canada, Statistics Canada, the Federation of Canadian…

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There’s nothing like pulling your curtains open on a bright morning and letting the sunshine flood your room with natural light.

Embracing natural light in your home can make your space feel open and inviting, all while increasing your body’s feel-good serotonin levels. Plus, with “natural light” at the top of many home buyers’ wish lists, this highly sought-after feature has many benefits beyond aesthetics.

“The amount of natural light in a home has become so important, especially with people working from home and home schooling,” says Mark Arnstein, a sales representative and REALTOR® with RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. Brokerage in Toronto, Ontario.  

Our guide will shed some light on the physical, mental, and economical benefits of natural…

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Many people use Earth Day to think about how we can protect and help the environment. But it’s important to remember this is not just a one-day commitment. There are lots of simple ways to be a good neighbour to the environment year-round, no matter where you live. Here are six environmentally friendly habits you can adopt at home to help make a difference in your community.

1. Plant a tree or start a community garden 

Trees can create habitats for wildlife, help cool your neighbourhood, and combat climate change by cleaning the air. Choose low-maintenance native species that don’t need much watering. Or, start up a community food garden, where people on your street can plant fresh produce and herbs. Local food sources use fewer fossil fuels as…

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Why Should You Start Composting?

Composting reuses biodegradable waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Although some areas have composting programs in place, most waste is usually either incinerated or allowed to rot in landfill sites. Unfortunately, both these practices release harmful pollutants into the air, such as methane, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and more.

By having a compost bin in your home or garden, you are effectively upcycling kitchen or yard waste. You’re transforming this waste into a great source of nutrients for your garden or indoor plants. In the process, you also help reduce your carbon footprint as well as your impact on the environment. As far as both you and the planet are…

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