The Weekly Journal | Environment

Fight For Climate Rights: 

3 Eco-Friendly Canadian Businesses

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

As a nation, Canada proudly stakes its claim to support the environment and fight back against the dangers of climate change. The federal government in Ottawa is committed to achieving net zero emissions for the nation as a whole by the year 2050.

To help with that transition to greener, more sustainable living, the government encourages businesses to take a leadership role in environmental preservation. With grants and funding from Ottawa encouraging business leaders to take a stand, many companies are combating climate change by developing more sustainable methods of conducting business to help Canada become a carbon neutral society.

What are some examples of companies that are taking this innovative approach to their operations? Here are a few prime examples of what Canadian innovation, backed by a determination to embrace greener business practices can produce in the fight to preserve what’s left of our environment.

Protein Industries Canada

Sometimes, it’s not just one company embracing sustainable practices; it’s an entire conglomerate of industry leaders embracing greener initiatives. That’s what’s happening with Protein Industries Canada (PIC), an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that will become a global source of high-quality plant protein and plant-based co-products.

In a recent announcement, PIC pooled together investments from a group of companies to announce a new facility to assist in their mission to make Canada a leading producer of plant-based products. PIC and their partners are opening a $19 million facility in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, approximately an hour and a half from Saskatoon, which will become a leading producer of environmentally friendly fertilizer.

The fertilizer is being branded as Soileos, which is a "sustainable, non-polluting, climate-positive micronutrient fertilizer." The product is manufactured by recycling pea, lentil and oat hulls from food processing plants to produce a more eco-friendly product to enrich soil across the nation.

According to preliminary tests, Soileos will feed plants with essential nutrients like zinc, iron, and manganese to improve protein content within vital foods and organisms. The impact on the quality of soil is said to provide farmers with higher crop yields while minimizing the effects on the environment, creating high quality, eco-friendly products to supply to the public.

Waterloo Brewing

Canada’s beer and brewing industry has played a part in sustainable living for decades. For example, The Beer Store in Ontario has been running a bottle recycling program dating all the way back to 1927.

Recently, The Beer Store partnered up with the LCBO and the Ministry of Finance in Ottawa to develop the Ontario Deposit Return Program (ODRP). The ODRP is believed to prevent over 200,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from escaping into the atmosphere.

Individual breweries are making their own efforts to become more environmentally sustainable. Waterloo Brewing is one example of these businesses as they’ve announced new eco-friendly packaging for three of their trademark brews to replace plastic shrink wrap previously used to keep the bottles together.

The announcement continues Waterloo Brewing’s commitment to reduce their carbon footprint and help minimize waste or impacts on surrounding waterways. Waterloo Brewing is headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, and the nearby Grand River is the body of water directly impacted by production at the brewery.

Wolfe Co. Apparel

One of the surprising biggest polluters of greenhouse gas emissions is the fashion space. It led to a rise in what’s known as “fast fashion” products, which are manufactured fashion apparel produced at scale in high carbon polluting factories. Collectively, the fashion space contributes 10 percent of the world’s entire greenhouse gas emissions and has a direct effect on the global water supply.

That’s why a growing number of fashion designers are committing to alternative manufacturing processes to create more sustainable fashion products. Wolfe Co. Apparel is one of the leading brands in the sustainable fashion space, headquartered in the heart of Ontario’s beautiful cottage country of Muskoka.

Traditional fashion companies outsource most manufacturing to poorly regulated factories in countries with looser environmental and human rights regulations. Wolfe Co. Apparel brings it all home by producing fashion products that are 100 percent made in Canada by Canadians who care about the environment.

Everything you see with a Wolfe Co. Apparel label was designed, developed, shipped, and sold by Canadians with an eye on sustainable living for the future. Profits are reinvested back into the surrounding communities to help support community-driven movements towards more eco-friendly yet still fashionable means of living.

We also maintain a healthy archive of content that educates our followers on how to make lifestyle adjustments to support healthier, prosperous livelihoods. We’ve also created a new educational series entitled “People In Fashion You Must Know,” and the first piece of that series celebrates the accomplishments of Fashion and Race Database Founder, Kimberly Jenkins.

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