Canadians have worked hard to protect the environment through measures such as the Basel Convention, which limits the export of hazardous waste materials. However, the country produces 36.1 metric tonnes of waste per person per year. Most of this comes from industrial activities including chemical manufacturing, oil refining and metal processing that involve hazardous materials, such as arsenic, lead, mercury, acid and other chemicals. To counter these impacts, individuals can invest in eco-friendly gadgets to lower their waste levels.
Send Solar Power Back to the Grid
Now is a great time to consider solar and other renewable energy sources at home or for your business. Government incentives such as the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP) from the Ontario Power Authority and the province’s Green Energy Act are encouraging people to build solar farms and connect them to the power grid. Participants can make as much as $0.42 per kilowatt, about seven times the $0.06 paid to other power providers.
Going Green at the Office or Home Office
Going green doesn’t have to involve high-tech solutions. Using organic products such as Keuring organic coffee pods helps reduce pesticides and other harmful chemicals, which can threaten water supplies. Biodegradable leather office chairs also reduce the amount of plastic waste and can last for decades if properly cared for.
Sustainability at Home
There are many products in this category, but a few stand out for innovation and utility. For example, reusable bamboo makeup removal pads are good for up to 2,000 uses and come with a machine-washable mesh bag. Bamboo alternatives could also prevent millions of plastic-handled toothbrushes from the landfill each month, while a kitchen countertop composter can decrease your family’s trash footprint and give the plants in your garden a boost. Reusable napkins only slightly increase your laundry load but could prevent thousands of paper napkins from ending up in your trash. The Niagara Earth Showerhead conserves water without sacrificing water pressure.
From a low-tech refillable metal water bottle to an efficient aluminum bike that can get you to work without polluting the atmosphere, there are many ways to invest in everyday tech for greener living.