The following links are organized by relevant Research Question. They are also labelled as either Canadian (CAN), International (INT), American (US), or British Columbian (BC). The links are labelled into Level 1 or Level 2, where Level 2 links are slightly more complex and give more insight into the topic.
The Library of Links contains:
These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.
Q3.1 CAN – What is a throw-away society? Link 1 L1
INT – Learn about some of the impacts and solutions to single use plastics: Link 2 L1
INT – Learn about how throw-away culture impacts our oceans: Link 3 L1
Q3.2 CAN-BC – Find out exactly what you can recycle in BC: Link 4 L1
CAN – Unsure as to what to recycle? Check out the things you didn’t know you could recycle! Link 5 L1
INT – Things you should recycle that you probably just throw out: Link 6 L1
Q3.4 CAN – A zero-waste market to open in Vancouver! Link 11 L1
CAN – The “Straws Suck” campaign making significant change in Tofino, BC: Link 12 L1
CAN – Check out Lupii Café, a zero-waste café right in our neighbourhood! Link 13 L1
Helpful Optional Links
INT – Did you know…? source: Link 14 L1
INT – Is a reusable mug really better for the environment than a disposable one? What kind of reusable mug is best? Hear what Paulo, a Sustainability Engineer, has to say about that: Link 15 L2
INT – Let’s go a step further and replace the disposables all together! Link 16 L1
INT – Feel inspired to do more? Try to influence coffee shops to switch to compostable cups (remember this is still waste that requires the use of resources, but is a better alternative to putting plastics into the ground): Link 17 (0:45) L2
CAN – This Vancouver couple took on a competition to see who could create less waste over a year. Both ended up with less than a box. No disposables OR buying new items for them! Link 18 L1
CAN- 2018 March 21 - CBC News “Starbucks warms up to cup-waste challenge as Calgary girls' petition percolates” Two Calgary students have met with the CEO of Starbucks after an online petition they spearheaded to push the coffee giant to deal with cup waste attracted more than 300,000 signatures. Event 1
INT- 2017 March 29th-Slate- Due to our high rate of consumption and disposables, humans are creating a new geological layer of technofossils. Event 2
INT-US -2016 June 29th -Time – Read up on an upcoming ban for commonly used foam products such as food packaging in San Francisco L1 Event 3
INT – 2015 May 26th - The Guardian “Metro Vancouver Urging Residents to Stop Flushing Disposable Wipes” Metro Vancouver residents are flushing one time use disposable wipes causing sewer clogs across the region that can lead to water quality and contamination issues: Event 4
INT – 2015 May 15th - Solid Waste & Recycling “The World’s Most Wasteful Megacity” This article profiles New York City at the most wasteful megacity in the world and asks how to address sustainability in the world’s largest cities: Event 5
INT– 2015 May 25th - Sputnik International “Filipinos Rally Against Smuggled Canadian Trash- Pressure Group” Protests in the Philippines are aiming to address hazardous waste shipped there from Canada: Event 6
INT – 2015 April 21st - EcoWatch “Surreal Photos Show Impact of Plastic pollution on one of the World’s Most Beautiful Places” An art installation project in Mexico aims to bring attention to how consumerism and a disposable culture are impacting the environment: Event 7
INT – 2015 April 15th - Parade “Could You Fit A Year’s Garbage in a Single Quart Jar?” A family in California committed to a “zero waste” life producing only a quart of waste per year for their family of four: Event 8
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Amelia. “Seven things you should recycle that you probably just throw out” Your Life Choices. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190123195221/https://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/the_meeting_place/post/seven-things-you-should-recycle-that-you-probably-just-throw-out.
Chow, Lorraine. (April 21, 2015). “Surreal Photos Show Impact of Plastic Pollution on One of the World's Most Beautiful Places” EcoWatch. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160715145212/https://www.ecowatch.com/surreal-photos-show-impact-of-plastic-pollution-on-one-of-the-worlds-m-1882034159.html.
(February 4, 2011). “Why Throw it Away When You Could Compost?” Youtube. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/youtube.comwatchvCseYQBO5VTQfeaturerelated.
Gabbatiss, Josh. (January 5, 2018). Disposable coffee cups: How big a problem are they for the environment?” Independent. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181018172202/https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/disposable-coffee-cups-how-big-problem-environment-landfill-recycling-incinerate-export-rubbish-a8142381.html.
Gartner, Krishti. (October 13, 2016). “Consumerism, Mass Extinction and our Throw-Away Society” The Art Of. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160908052228/https://www.theartof.com/articles/consumerism-mass-extinction-and-our-throw-away-society.
Gwinn, Allison. (April 15, 2015). “Could You Fit A Year's Garbage in a Single Quart Jar?” Parade. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20161025122147/https://parade.com/390589/alisongwinn/how-could-you-fit-a-years-garbage-in-a-single-quart-jar/.
“How to Recycle Paper Cups” Earth911. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190105195119/https://earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-paper-cups/.
Hunter, Justine. (November 12, 2017). “Taking on an ocean of plastic garbage, one straw at a time” The Globe and Mail. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170331060633/https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/tofino-bc-takes-on-an-ocean-of-plastic-garbage-one-straw-at-atime/article33435237/.
Hua, John. (March 24, 2015). “Metro Vancouver urging residents to stop flushing disposable wipes” Global News. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180916040614/https://globalnews.ca/news/1901155/metro-vancouver-urging-residents-to-stop-flushing-disposable-wipes/.
Lau, Lucy. (June 18, 2018). “Zero-waste grocer Nada opens for business in East Vancouver this week” The Georgia Straight. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181107201258/https://www.straight.com/life/1091466/zero-waste-grocer-nada-opens-business-east-vancouver-week.
(May 16, 2018). “Single Use Plastics: The Impact and Possible Solutions” Recycle Coach. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190123194031/http://blog.recyclecoach.com/blog/single-use-plastics-the-impact-and-possible-solutions.
(May 25, 2015). “Filipinos Rally Against Smuggled Canadian Trash-Pressure Group” Sputnik. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170921110332/https://sputniknews.com/asia/201505251022535666/.
McKechnie, Brian. (October 27, 2017). “5 things you didn't know you could recycle” Global News. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180918125947/https://globalnews.ca/news/2156409/5-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-recycle/.
Merchant, Brian. (May 5, 2015). “The World's Most Wasteful Megacity” Motherboard. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181115094925/https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kbz59z/the-worlds-most-wasteful-megacity.
Miller, B. (December 19, 2018). “Can I Recycle Styrofoam&Trade;?” WiseGeek. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160803213435/https://www.wisegeek.com/can-i-recycle-styrofoam.htm.
Moon, Rory (2019). “Throw Away Culture” Audience Awards. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190123194349/https://theaudienceawards.com/films/throw-away-culture-118873.
(November 11, 2016). “the rules” Clean Bin Project. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20161111123506/https://cleanbinproject.com/therules/.
(October 30, 2015). “Coffee cups: Do Starbucks and Tim Hortins really recycle?” CBC News. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180322123912/https://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2014-2015/coffee-cups.
Pablo, Carlito. (April 20, 2016). “Zero-waste diner Lupii Cafe devoted to community” The Georgia Straight. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160731143134/https://www.straight.com/food/681196/zero-waste-diner-lupii-cafe-devoted-community.
Pablo. (December 17, 2007). Triple Pundit. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20171106134643/http://www.triplepundit.com:80/2007/12/askpablo-disposable-cups-vs-reusable-mugs/.
“RECYCLE BS FAQS” Recycle BC. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190105200706/https://recyclebc.ca/recycling-at-home/recycle-bc-faqs/.
Reilly, Katie. (June 29, 2016). “San Francisco Bans Packing Peanuts, Coffee Cups and Other Foam Products” Time. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180620135631/http://time.com/4388034/san-francisco-polystyrene-ban-foam/.
Vartan, Starre. (March 29, 2017). “Humans Produce So Much Junk, We Are Creating a New Geological Layer” Slate. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190123203500/https://slate.com/technology/2017/03/humans-are-creating-a-new-geological-layer-of-technofossils.html.