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Daily purchases and the environment

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The goods and services you buy and use on a daily basis, such as your morning coffee, have a direct impact on the environment. Be proactive: consider how you can help prevent pollution or waste when buying food and other items.

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Preventing food waste

There are many ways you can prevent food waste and save on food costs.

For more information, check out the Healthy eating and the environment, as well as the Food loss and waste pages on

Preventing packaging waste

Before you buy a product, look at the type of packaging that it comes in.

Recyclable packaging

Many items for purchase are wrapped in paper and plastic. You can check to see which of these can later be recycled, repurposed or composted.

Single-use packaging

Many types of plastic are not compostable or recyclable, so be aware of the types of products you are buying and disposing of. Consider buying products with little to no packaging to reduce the amount of waste you produce.

Buying non-perishable foods in bulk may help to reduce waste associated with single-use packaging. You may also consider using a refillable water bottle instead of purchasing one that is single-use, as well as taking your own bags to the grocery store.

For more information on single-use packaging, please visit pollution and waste management.

Pollution prevention resource finder

Looking for more practical pollution prevention tips, tools and guidance? The Pollution prevention resource finder (P2 Finder) is Canada's one-stop database of online pollution prevention resources.

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