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Today’s Solutions: July 15, 2024

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The rise in popularity of zero-waste stores

What are zero-waste stores? Zero-waste or refill stores, specialize in products with no packaging waste and are non-harmful for the environment. A wide variety of foods and household cleaning products can be found at many of these stores, with the hope in the future that mainstream supermarkets Read More...

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Founder of Lululemon drops $3.2 million to protect Canadian islands

Chip Wilson, founder and former CEO of the popular athletic apparel brand Lululemon, just spent $3.2 million to purchase Saturnina, a small Canadian island, and to help preserve two other islands in the Salish Sea to protect them from becoming real estate property for private homes. The three Read More...

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This study gave homeless people $5,660 each. The results are beautiful

In 2018, a Vancouver-based charitable organization called Foundations for Social Change started a groundbreaking research project that gave cash payments of $7,500 CAD ($5,660 USD) to 50 homeless people. The idea was to check on recipients over the course of a year to see how they were faring. Read More...

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Vancouver moves to make all birth control free

In a move to make contraceptive options free for men and women across Vancouver, City Council Member Christine Boyle has proposed a budget amendment that would provide no-cost prescription birth control for women in the city under Canada’s universal healthcare plan.  Health centers across Read More...

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The first all-electric plane just flew for 15 minutes near Vancouver

When it comes to cutting emissions in the aviation industry, carbon offsets are going to cut it. The only way we can truly clean up the industry is if we switch from fossil fuel-powered planes to electric ones. On that note, a completely electric plane has made its longest flight ever at just Read More...

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Vancouver’s New Year’s resolution: no more styrofoam containers

The styrofoam container is the trademark of the takeout meal, but Vancouver is getting set to eliminate it. For the new year, the city has set a resolution to reduce single-use waste with a ban on all foam takeout containers starting January 1, 2020. The ban comes a year after New York City’s Read More...

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Why taxing empty apartments can help solve housing shortages in major cities

Many expensive cities around the world are suffering from a housing crisis as more and more people move towards these sprawling metropolises. Strangely enough, these cities tend to have lots of unoccupied homes that are either used as investment properties or second homes. This is the case in Read More...