5 Easy things to Buy Recycled

Reducing waste, buying less, and carefully recycling the rest is key to going Waste Free. But when buying new, choose products made from recycled material. Buying recycled supports the green economy, and saves energy and water.

To show how easy it is to buy recycled, we've compiled a list of 5 everyday things you can easily buy recycled right now (and this will help you complete Challenge #6 in the Waste Free Challenge!)

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Recycling your old clothes

Rags_by_Shaire_Productions_-bigger.jpgIt's a new season, and with it comes new styles, and new clothing. What can you do with your clothes to reduce waste going to landfill?

Clothing, shoes and fabrics in good condition can be swapped, donated or sold to someone else who can re-use them. You can also mend or alter your clothes to create a new look.

Did you know that you can also recycle your old textiles that are just too worn out for re-use? 

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Coffee Cups & Recycling?

Coffee_Cup_by_Justin_Flickr_11228869_N02.jpgThough many people toss coffee cups in the Blue Bin, the sad truth is that take out coffee cups are just not recyclable in Toronto's blue bins. That means far too many cups are sent to Toronto's landfill each year. 

So what can Toronto do?

First - we can all carry a refillable mug, or have our coffee at the cafe. But, when it comes to coffee on the run, the good news is that the City of Toronto is studying the problem and doing some pilot tests this summer.

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Going Waste Free with CASSA!

CASSA_picnic_-_Maliha_and.jpgTalking about waste as a community is one of the most important parts of the Waste Free Challenge - when we work together, our impact can be huge!

TEA has partnered with CASSA - the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians - to promote the Waste Free Challenge in the South Asian community. This week, the CapaCITY Creators team launched a Waste Free Guide to Hosting a Dinner Party with a waste free picnic in Scarborough (photo).

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What's in TEA's Garbage?

Emily and Shadiya waste auditWe decided to dig into the waste at the TEA office to find out how we can reduce it. We're a bit embarrassed about the results, but we've resolved to do better. 

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Wonder where Green Bin waste goes?

Food WasteEver wonder what happens to food waste put in Toronto's Green Bin?

Started in 2002, Toronto's Green Bin program was one of the first curbside organics collection programs in North America. Soon, more than half of that food waste will be processed right here in Toronto.

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Worm composting at the TEA office

Food_chop_2.jpgFood waste is the largest single waste type in most households, and it's also a major source of waste at work.

As part of taking the Waste Free Challenge, we at TEA decided to tackle food waste in our office since we have no green bin pick up. Jocelyn from WASTENOT Worm Farms helped us set up an indoor worm composter with hundreds of red worms!

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Waste Free Challenge at work

TEA's office wasteThe Waste Free Challenge has shown us great ideas about reducing waste at home, but the Challenges can also apply to community groups, schools and offices!

As a Team, TEA will be taking the Waste Free Challenge in our office - things like Measuring Our Waste, dealing with our lack of Green Bins and recycling our e-waste. Will your office join us?

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Repair Cafe - July 12

The Repair Cafe is a great non-profit group that is helping Toronto reduce waste and build the skills to go Waste Free!

The monthly Repair Cafes are held across Toronto and volunteer 'fixers' offer free (by donation) services to help you repair what you have, and also build skills to repair it yourself! They aim to "build a more sustainable society and counter the throwaway mindset."

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Clothing Repairathon June 7!

repairathon_sign.jpgGot an old shirt with missing buttons? A favourite bag with a torn handle? Don't toss it out - repair it!

This Saturday morning at the Evergreen Brickworks farmers market, check out the Repairathon: Volunteer-menders will help you repair your clothing and fabrics - keeping it from landfill and saving money.

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