How to Live Sustainably During COVID: Tips and Tricks

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Buy less, dust off your reusables and re-engage with local movements

Greenhouse gas emissions are once again surging worldwide after a brief decline this spring, and the concentration of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere reached a record high this year. The panicked onset of the pandemic saw many of the green habits that have come out of years of activism, lobbying and legislation quickly falling out of practice. It’s estimated that single-use plastic waste, for example, has increased by 250 to 300 percent during the pandemic. Though some of this increase can be attributed to disposable personal protective equipment (PPE), the spectre of COVID-19 has also led to wariness around the safety of reusables in places like restaurants, coffee shops and bulk food stores.

Canadians are realizing that, even during a pandemic, they can re-engage…

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