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.
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These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.
Q3.1 INT – Packaging could be useful sometimes as we need to protect the products we’re going to buy. But do we really need to individually wrap each apple? Basic Concepts behind plastic pollution from wrappers: Link 1 L1
INT – We didn't ask for all this packaging! What can we do about it? See page 1 and 2? Link 2 L1
Q3.2 INT – This list identifies and describes all the different types of materials that are used to package items and their purpose: Link 3 L1
Q3.3 INT – Packaging could be useful sometimes as we need to protect the products we’re going to buy. But do we really need to individually wrap each apple? Basic Concepts behind plastic pollution from wrappers: Link 1 L1
INT – What happens to plastic when you throw it away? Follow the animated journey of three plastic water bottles after disposal: Link 4 (4:07) L1
INT – Where does all this plastic go? Can we account for all of it? On the Midway Atoll island near Hawaii an ocean full of garbage is washing ashore and permanently scarring the animals and habitat: Link 5 (2:14) L1
INT – Learn about the plastics in our ocean: Link 6 L1
Q3.4 INT-US – Different types of packaging have a different impact on the environment based on how or if they can be recycled. Something we sometimes forget is the environmental impact of producing the materials that we use to package our goods L1:
Q3.5 INT – Ways to reduce packaging waste in our homes: Link 10 L1
Helpful Optional Links
INT – A collection of pictures showing over packaged items (feel free to add some): Link 11 L1
INT – Here are some facts that should help you understand how massive our waste problem really is and how recycling can help to alleviate it: Link 12 L1
INT-US – Ending on a light-hearted note, let’s not feed Oscar and take things into our own hands: Link 13 (0:31) L1
INT – Have you ever wonder how companies benefit from all that packaging, although it doesn’t seem like there are many benefits at all? Link 14 L1
CAN- 2017 March 30th- CBC News- A city councillor in BC is proposing to ban the plastic-based stickers due to their contamination in the compost stream. Event 1
INT-US - 2017 March 13th- The Guardian “Throwaway culture has spread packaging waste worldwide: here’s what to do about it. This article looks at some of the effects of excess packaging and when it started to be a problem. Event 2
CAN- 2018- Nada Grocery - A zero waste market is coming to Vancouver! Learn how the market promotes ethical consumption, supports local producers, and educates consumer. Event 3
INT-US – 2016 March 8th - Plastic Pollution Coalition “Whole Foods Reignites Rage About Over-Packaging” A photo of Whole Foods’ over-packaged peeled mandarins shared by PPC on Facebook spurred so much consumer criticism to the point that major news outlets picked up the story: Event 4
INT – 2015 June 1st - The dieline “5 Sustainable Packaging Hurdles to Overcome” Even if we know that more sustainable packaging is better for the environment there are some problems facing product manufactures that are stopping them from moving in a more sustainable direction: Event 5
INT – 2015 April 21st - Bm “Original Unverpackt: A Package-Free Supermarket in Berlin” A new kind of grocery store has opened in Berlin which allows customers to do their regular grocery shopping while cutting down (or cutting out) their consumption of packaging and waste: Event 6
INT-US – 2015 April 1st - Packaging Digest “Are refill stations the answer to packaging waste?” Retailers that provide refill stations for cleaning and personal care products are attempting to combat packaging waste at the source: Event 7
INT – 2014 September 9th - IFL Science “Meet the Next Generation of Waste-Free Food Packaging” A Swedish design company offers amazing 100% biodegradable packaging ideas for food: Event 8
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“A Recycling Revolution” Recycling Revolution. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180926141700/http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html.
(April 13, 2011). “Ocean of Garbage” Youtube. February 6, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/youtube.comwatchvIbGDNpRTKxg.
“Basic Concepts and Misconceptions” Plastic Pollution Coalition. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170802212920/http://plastic-pollution-coalition.tumblr.com/concepts.
Dinn, Darryl. (September 22, 2008). “Recycling with Oscar The Grouch & Darryl Dinn” Youtube. February 6, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchvmgcbNhGqrtsNR1.
Glazner, Elizabeth. (March 8, 2016). “Whole Fools Reignites Rage About Over- Packaging” Plastic Pollution Coalition. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170912235730/https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2016/3/7/whole-fools-packaging-pre-peeled-oranges-a-debacle.
Hall, Dave. (March 13, 2017). “Throwaway culture has spread packaging waste worldwide: here's what to do about it” The Guardian. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190118043646/https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/13/waste-plastic-food-packaging-recycling-throwaway-culture-dave-hall.
Hamilton, Kristy. (April 22, 2015). “What Happens to The Plastic You Throw Away?” IFL Science. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180211074147/http://www.iflscience.com/environment/what-happens-plastic-you-throw-away/.
Hill Suneriz, Melinda. (November 21, 2018). “Importance of Packaging & Branding in Market” Bizfluent. February 6, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190204205035/https://bizfluent.com/about-5552663-importance-packaging-branding-marketing.html.
Hunter Benson, Maggy. “Ocean Trash Plaguing Our Sea” Ocean. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181025024729/https://ocean.si.edu/planet-ocean/tides-currents/ocean-trash-plaguing-our-sea.
“Just Food” NADA. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190111190643/https://www.nadagrocery.com/.
Leigh, Elizah. (November 9, 2010). “What Aluminum Extraction Really Does to the Environment” Recycle Nation. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181120101451/https://recyclenation.com/2010/11/aluminum-extraction-recycling-environment/.
“Meet The Next Generation of Waste Free-Food Packaging” IFL Science. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180128213854/https://www.iflscience.com/environment/meet-next-generation-waste-free-food-packaging/.
Misovic, Karolina. (April 21, 2015). “Original Unverpackt: A Package-Free Supermarket in Berlin” Brandingmag. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190129002557/https://www.brandingmag.com/2015/04/21/original-unverpackt-package-free-supermarket-berlin/.
“MORE MATERIALS FOR PACKAGING” CUBISM AND ARCHITECTURE. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180704032213/http://www.technologystudent.com/despro2/pkmat1.htm.
Rebta, Rob. (January 6, 2015). “5 SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING HURDLES TO OVERCOME” Dieline. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190129002440/https://beta.thedieline.com/blog/2015/5/27/5-sustainable-packaging-hurdles-to-overcome.
“Reduce excessive packaging” European Commission. April 4, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190404185413/http://www.ewwr.eu/docs/ewwr/Factsheet_Reduce-excessive-packaging_EN.pdf.
“Ridiculously Over Packaged Products” Flickr. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190129002801/http://www.flickr.com/groups/overpackagedproducts/pool/.
(September 24, 2014). “The Environmental Impacts of Using Paper” EPN. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180409012755/http://environmentalprofessionalsnetwork.com/the-environmental-impacts-of-using-paper/.
Szaky, Tom. (April 1, 2015). “Are refill stations the answer to packaging waste?” Packaging Digest. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180418154514/https://www.packagingdigest.com/sustainable-packaging/are-refill-stations-the-answer-to-packaging-waste150401.
Talpalairu, Dan. (October 3, 2008). “Glass Making Damages Environment” Soft pedia News. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180301064911/https://news.softpedia.com/news/Glass-Making-Damages-Environment-94821.shtml.
“Waste Management: Evaluate How You Can Reduce Packaging Waste in Your Home” WWF. January 24, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190129002856/http://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/teacher_resources/project_ideas/waste_management/.