Held on the last Friday in November, Buy Nothing Day coincides with the start of the Christmas shopping frenzy. This year, Buy Nothing Day lands on November 28, 2014. It is an international, informal annual event dedicated to raising awareness of overconsumption. Participate by not participating!
North Americans have an over-sized ecological footprint. Just think of the resources that go into making, shipping, packaging, advertising, selling, using, and disposing of all the things we buy. Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental, social, spiritual, economic, and political aspects of overconsumption, and asks what it is we really want and need. Read more
SUSTAINABLE HOTEL NEWS
The online survey conducted in March this year looked at feedback from 57,000 Agoda customers about their attitudes to environmental efforts by the hotel industry.
Travellers from China proved to be the most enthusiastic about choosing a hotel by factoring in the environmentally friendly inclusions. When it came to opening their wallets though, the survey found that only 22 per cent of respondents would pay $10 or more per night to stay in a sustainable hotel. Read more
THREE-QUARTERS WINDS UP IN LANDFILL - BY PHIL TANK
Nearly three-quarters of the material sent to the landfill from four summer festivals in Saskatoon could have been recycled, suggests a new report.
The report, prepared for the city's environmental advisory committee, studied waste samples from the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, the Pride Festival, Canada Day celebrations and the Fringe Festival. It found that 71 per cent of the material sent as waste to the landfill could have been recycled. Read more
SASKATOON'S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SUSTAINABILITY
The first edition of Our Environment: The City of Saskatoon's Environmental Leadership Report has been released. The report provides an overview of Saskatoon's environmental health and establishes baselines for the strategies and priorities identified under the City's Strategic Goal of Environmental Leadership. Read more