Waste

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  • Photo: Disposing of dog poop the green way

    Disposing of dog poop the green way

    Choosing to bag Fido's business in a biodegradable poop bag is absolutely the green choice. Given the correct conditions, biodegradable poop bags will perform as promised. Here's the hitch. The... More »

  • Photo: Heating household water with a solar thermal system

    Heating household water with a solar thermal system

    Hot water is the second largest draw on household energy — right after space heating — and represents about 30 per cent of total energy use in our homes. So... More »

  • Photo: Where to get a rain barrel

    Where to get a rain barrel

    Rain barrels can be purchased from your local hardware or garden store. In fact, many cities have programs with subsidies, so check out your city's website. You can also make... More »

  • Photo: How to find a

    How to find a "green" place to live

    I'm not familiar with a database designed specifically for renters—or buyers for that matter—to locate "green" homes in a given Canadian city. Of course Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED)... More »

  • Photo: How to find a green hotel

    How to find a green hotel

    Indeed, there are green hotels! Many work to conserve resources like energy and water—by installing everything from energy-efficient lighting to low-flow shower heads. Other green hotels tackle waste and pollution,... More »

  • Photo: How to host a green conference

    How to host a green conference

    A green conference (or event) incorporates environmental initiatives to minimize its negative impact on the planet. And it addresses everything you'd expect—energy and water consumption, transportation, food and drink, brochures,... More »

  • Photo: What's the eco-friendliest toothbrush?

    What's the eco-friendliest toothbrush?

    Well that depends on your preference of hard versus soft—boar bristles are stiffer than horse hair! I'm half kidding. Until 1938 toothbrushes had bone handles and animal hair bristles. Today,... More »

  • Photo: What is the eco-friendliest toilet paper?

    What is the eco-friendliest toilet paper?

    Not all recycled paper products—from toilet paper to office paper—are created equal. To make sense of paper labels, you should choose paper products that leave the most trees in the... More »

  • Photo: What's the eco-friendliest kitty litter?

    What's the eco-friendliest kitty litter?

    Before you consider the type of kitty litter to buy for Fluffy, see what your city suggests when it comes to getting rid of the waste. Metro Vancouver's website says... More »

  • Photo: What's the eco-friendliest garbage bag?

    What's the eco-friendliest garbage bag?

    Go garbage bag-less! Sound too hardcore? Then line only one household garbage pail. If you recycle and compost (PDF file), most household trash is dry and doesn't need a liner.... More »

  • Photo: What's the eco-friendliest coffee filter?

    What's the eco-friendliest coffee filter?

    Here's a useful tip: allow the second R of the three Rs to prevail: Reuse! Reusable filters are even better than paper products made from 100 per cent post-consumer waste... More »