Quick Quiz for Inter-Hospital Challenge

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Play the 2 minute quiz and help your site win the challenge!

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So who won? (the Interhospital Challenge, that is)

As we stare down Black Friday (now a thing in Canada too), lots of people are gearing up for some serious sales. Those serious sales can turn into serious spending, consumption and a whole lotta waste. What a perfect time to talk about our Waste Reduction Week Interhospital Challenge :).

The King/Queen of all Reusable Mugs! The Silver Stein of Sustainability! The Interhospital Winners trophy.

The Royal Highness of Reusable Mugs! The Silver Stein of Sustainability! The Interhospital Winner’s trophy!

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Hey SickKids, UHN & Sinai Health Systems! The WRW Interhospital Challenge is On!

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9 Tiny Ways to be a Big Hero

2015 has come, and its shiny new and improved glory can bring hope and promise … and cast a shadow of frenzied panic for perfection. Turn over a new leaf! Make those major changes you swore up and down you’d finish last year or the year before or in 1999! Make a list, check it twice, gonna find out who’s … sorry, wrong holiday.

image credit: bengallagher.com

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There’s poetry (and a winner) in your #WasteFreeUHN soul

On this wonderful week of Waste Reduction across Ontario, we here at UHN celebrated by challenging our staff, and especially our green team, to share actions and ideas that cut waste down to a teeny-tiny size. They could email us, facebook or tweet, like UHN Volunteer services did below.

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Inflation and the Art of Garbage – Talkin’ Trash, October 2014

The Environomics of Garbage

Inflation is defined as a “sustained increase in the general level of prices for goods and services” (thanks investopedia.com).  In other words, your money just don’t buy what it used to.

For example, back in the day, I could walk up to the soda counter of my favourite drug store, a dime burning a hole in my pocket, order a double tall extra skinny soypuccino (with two straws if I was with my sweetie, of course) and a couple of free range anchovy filets…and still have enough change to go to the pictures after.

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Waste Reduction Week for the Green you Seek

Break out the reusable bags and travel mugs cuz UHN is celebrating Waste Reduction Week! From October 15 – 21, we hope everyone takes a moment to think about the things we use and see if there’s an opportunity to switch it, not pitch it. Granted, we’re kinda keen on every week being waste reduction week, but let’s get the babysteps going.

To get in the spirit, our friends at Mount Sinai invited us to attend a screening of The Clean Bin Project

When: Tuesday, October 16 at noon

or Wednesday, October 17 at 5pm

Where: Mount Sinai Hospital in the Ben Sadowski Auditorium on the 18th floor

Who Can Come: Anyone from UHN or Mount Sinai

What’s it About?: The Clean Bin Project…A comedic documentary with a positive approach instead of the usual doom and gloom environmental film. In this competition where less is more, a couple try to stop buying stuff and produce zero waste for a year. Easier said than done.

Can’t get to the movie, but want the Coles Notes version of everyday things you can do to reduce your waste (documentary film-making optional)?

Top ten tips from the Clean Bin Project

1. Stop using plastic bags

2. Set up your Recycling in a convenient place

3. Compost!

4. Recycle everything you (and your municipality) can

5. Give up Take Out Containers

6. Check the package BEFORE you buy it

7. Buy secondhand

8. DIY (Do It Yourself)

9. Get educated

10. Let businesses know how you feel

For more detailed tips, click here http://www.cleanbinmovie.com/toptentips/ and if you have an even better tip, why not leave a comment?

Hope to see you at the movies!

Lisa