Archive | August, 2017

Ottawa’s First Zero-Waste Grocery Store

Packaging creates a lot of waste: plastic bags, containers, cling wrap, and separators all accumulate in the waste. But the opening of NU Grocery, Ottawa’s first zero-waste store, opens up various doors and possibilities for grocery stores to step towards reducing the amount of waste their products produce for consumers. Located on 1130 Wellington St. […]

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From Cars to Roofs: Tesla’s New Solar Roofs

Tesla: electric-powered cars. But Tesla isn’t just cars anymore: it’s roofs too! Tesla’s new solar roof tiles have been officially installed on various homes. These tempered glass tiles are part of Tesla’s renewable energy home solution, allowing citizens with solar roof tiles installed to save on their electricity bills and global carbon emissions produced by […]

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Hydrogen-Powered Trains: Alternative to High Carbon Emission

Public transportation: key in lessening individual carbon footprints. But what if there was a way to reduce carbon emission even less? Like many other cities, Ottawa public transit will soon have a large train circuit, called the Light Rail Transit (LRT). Various other cities have these transit systems to be modelled after, including Toronto. The […]

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France: First Country to Ban Plastic Dishes and Cutlery

It is evident people are becoming aware of how horrible plastic is for the environment, given the drastic shift away from using plastic bags in favour for reusable ones. Plastic dishes and cutlery have yet to be banned or frowned upon…until now. France has announced that they will be passing a law in 2020, banning […]

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August 19th-20th: Tree Giveaway Events

August may be soon ending, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t time to plant a tree! Ecology Ottawa is continuing to hand out THOUSANDS of free trees this summer. Here are all the events we’ll be at this week:   Saturday, August 19th MEC with Envirocentre: 12pm-2pm, 366 Richmond Rd Inspiration Village: 1pm-4pm, Byward Market Sunday, […]

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Chocolate Companies: Standing Against Deforestation

Chocolate: a highly sought-after, delectable good. Some even jokingly call it a “sin,” for its appeal had led astray many into the realm of gluttony. But we think there’s a bigger sin at play than just indulging in endless bars of chocolate. And that’s the number of forests that are destroyed and cleared in order to […]

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Edible Water: An Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Hydration

People are slowly becoming more and more aware of the harmful impacts water bottles pose to the environment. But water is essential to the human’s diet, so what are alternative methods to getting the hydration we need with minimal harm to the environment? The answer is yes. “Edible Water Bubbles” may sound like things of […]

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August 11th-13th: Tree Giveaway Events

Ecology Ottawa isn’t holding back with our Free Tree Giveaways! We still have thousands of trees to hand out, and with the summer wrapping up soon, you’ll want to get yours quick! We have a busy weekend planned, so there are numerous chances for you to snag a tree! Here are the events we’ll be at this […]

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Green Roofs on Canadian Grocery Stores: Immediate Locally Fresh Produce!

It’s a growing fact: local foods are better for the environment, the economy, and overall health. The less distance food travels to get to the grocery store, less emissions are emitted into the environment, and the fresher and healthier the produce for the citizens buying them. But what if produce were grown directly from the […]

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Trees for Toilet Paper: Good or Bad?

Sanitation: essential for developed countries, and a fast-growing priority for developing countries. Included with clean water and food includes access to clean lavatories. And with clean lavatories comes toilet paper. But where does toilet paper actually come from? The name itself, “toilet paper,” implies that it is being derived from trees. Each day, 27,000 worth […]

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