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How one Toronto tech startup is cutting food waste — and your dinner tab

Date November 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Josh and Ben Walters are proving that a restaurant's trash can be delectable treasure. The Toronto cousins have devised a high-tech solution to Canada's $31-billion food waste problem. Their creation, Feedback App, connects people with nearby restaurants that are about to throw away unsold food and offers it up at a discount. Feedback, which already has more than 7,500 customers, has also paired up with organizations like Second Harvest, donating a meal to those in need when...

Techopia Live: Ottawa startup seeks $20M prize with carbon recycling solution

Date November 14, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

You can’t accuse Ottawa entrepreneurs of setting the bar too low. Techopia Live interviewed Tandem Technical co-founders Heather Ward and Jerry Flynn this week, as the pair pitched their solution for one of the world’s most pressing problems: carbon emissions. Tandem’s conversion technology recycles CO2 emissions into more palatable byproducts such as calcium carbonate, a key ingredient in paint and toothpaste. It’s a win-win: less carbon in the air, more money in Tandem’s pockets....

Coffee pod recycling program would be win-win, says Sudbury organization

Date November 14, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News | RCO in the News

As the debate over what to do about coffee pods continues, a Sudbury-based organization for adults with developmental disabilities says it might have a creative solution to the problem. The Adult Enrichment Centre is looking to start a coffee pod recycling program to help manage the waste from the single-serve plastic cups, and give their clients meaningful employment. Joanne Bouchard, the director of the centre, says the program would be a win-win for everyone. "Every household, every...

If entrepreneurs want to combat food insecurity, they need to get their hands dirty

Date November 9, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

At 2 p.m. on November 4, it’s pencils down. After two days of research, planning, and prototype testing, the ShareON Design Jam has reached the final pitching stage. Design students, tech entrepreneurs, engineers, and assorted creative types, clustered in groups of four or five, queue up to present their ideas to combat food waste and food insecurity in Ontario. Competing for a top prize of $6,000, six months of free co-working space, and mentorship through PwC Canada, the presenters at...

Nova Scotian makes kids clothing out of recycled plastic bottles

Date November 6, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

From plastic bottle to raincoat to plastic bottle again. That's the life cycle one Nova Scotia fashion designer envisions for her line of children's outerwear made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Tabitha Osler's company, Faire Child, is set to manufacture waterproof raincoats, anoraks, rainpants, coveralls, backpacks and caps for children ages 3 to 10 made out of old polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles that are woven into a new polyester fabric. When they get worn out, the...

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