These are some of our favorite education and product links.
They believe that a waste-free world is possible without impacting quality of life. Check out their blog for all sorts of day-to-day tips that can help make waste reduction efforts painless. They offer tips that we can all relate to!
This is the program for those single-use plastics you or your workplace can't seem to rid of or switch yet - these guys recycle the stuff that the city can't. TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box™ platform allows you to recycle almost any type of waste, from your coffee capsules to complex laboratory waste. Choose the waste stream you’d like to recycle, purchase your preferred box size, collect your waste, and send it to TerraCycle to be repurposed (shipping is included).
TerraCycle also offers a range of free programs that are funded by conscientious companies, as well as recycling solutions available for purchase for almost every form of waste. Check out the link below for more information.
This is a locally owned and operated Sudbury based business that has made a pledge to eliminate all single-use plastics by 2020. They have also made a promise to always give their very best effort. They use the highest quality ingredients in everything they make. In addition to test washing with every batch to ensure their soap is safe to use, each recipe is modeled in a professional soap making software to ensure it meets the highest standards. They strive to always be ethical and sustainable in all of the decisions they make. We've all tried these products and we can attest...they are wonderful all around!
Brush Naked Bamboo Toothbrush Company is based in British Colombia and offer high quality and environmentally friendly toothbrushes. The brushes come hygienically wrapped in a compostable plastic made in Kelowna of wood pulp and cotton fibre.
The company believes in sustainable living and encourages customers to not only practice the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) but to reinforce that the first R is reduce. They believe that (and so do we) that recycling should be considered a last resort, used only when we are no longer able to reduce or reuse.
An added bonus, Brush Naked offers free shipping (note: products are sent in recycled boxes...ours came in a cracker box!), so once you win these brushes you can easily purchase more.
Labeille is a small business located in Alliston, Ontario. These handy beeswax wraps are used to keep food fresh and replace saran wrap. They are sustainable and eco-friendly as instead of throwing them out each use, they are simply washed with soap and water and laid to dry.
Labeille explains on their Facebook page how they came up with the idea. One day the founder was leading a group discussion at a local nursing home when the topic of food preservations before iceboxes. One woman shared how her grandmother would use old cotton table cloths, cut them into squares and coat them with beeswax as a way to make their produce and cheese last longer.
Save Our Skin Botanicals is a small business located in Sudbury, Ontario that features wild-crafted and handmade self-care products. SOS aims to provide affordable, effective, and safe skin care. Our products are plant-based and are packaged to curb plastic waste - in fact, Save Our Skin encourages you to reach out to return all glass and tin packaging for a refund or shop credit.
Enjoy taking care of your skin without the sulfates and bleaching agents found in drug store products, and let SOS keep your bathroom waste-bin plastic-free!
ULAT Pure Wool Dryer Balls was launched in 2011 by a Vancouver woman who loved to make fibre-form gifts for family and friends. She was looking for ways to cut costs for her family and decided to do some research on what she could make using her existing materials. After several prototypes, she developed her own formula for wool dryer balls made with 100% Canadian wool in BC.
She was pleased to have created a cost-savings benefit for her family and other loved ones and says that ULAT is proof that every party from start to finish of the product can win. ULAT can make laundry less tedious, decrease energy costs, provide a hypoallergenic solution, and support local resources.
Dental Lace is a refillable dental floss and 99% zero waste product. A glass container with a stainless-steel cap holds floss that is 100% Mulberry silk. The refill bags are certified compostable and the boxes are 100% post-consumer paperboard. The container can be re-used, the bags composted, the boxes recycled and the floss biodegrades. The only waste is the waterproof label on the container, which stays on the reusable container.
This webpage shares 4 things you should know about battery disposal and the environment. In Greater Sudbury batteries must be disposed in a sealed container that is clearly labeled. Batteries can't be picked up during normal garbage collection but dropped off a number of places around town. Check out the link as to where you can drop off your batteries.
Side story: A group of kids from an after-school program reached out to us because they were passionate about having this link shared.