Plastic-Free Newsletter Vol. 8 September

Get ready for an awesome Autumn with us (despite the weather thinking it’s Winter already). Our team has been growing fast and working hard to bring you some very exciting, waste-free events!


Using geotags to provide insight into problem areas and commonly found brands and products, Litterati is an app-community that is “crowdsource-cleaning” the planet – one piece of litter at a time. With participation in over 100 countries, the Litterati community is picking up litter and simultaneously collecting data such as identifying brands and mapping problem areas.  This app combines technology and human connection to build a data-driven approach to understanding one of humanity’s most complex and challenging global problems. This data will be used to work with companies and organizations, as well as government and individuals to find more sustainable solutions.

Join us for an evening of  inspirational story-telling about a unique technological innovation. We will hear from Jeff Kirschner, Founder & CEO of Litterati. Jeff is a captivating public speaker and a TED resident. Over the last several years, Jeff has been a keynote speaker for Fortune 500 corporations, universities, government organisations, and conferences including, Google, Facebook, eBay, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the University of Michigan, University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, and 100+ others. Jeff’s passion and entrepreneurial spirit has led him to become the founder and CEO of Litterati: a global community working to create a litter-free planet.

October 16, 2018 – 7PM
$10 (Earlybird)


This event is brought to you by our sponsor, Calgary’s newest vegan, low waste cafe, The Dandelion Cafe.


Halloween is FUN but Halloween waste can be super SCARY!  It’s hard not to think of all the waste this holiday generates.  We’ve compiled a some tricks & waste-less treat ideas to help you make your Halloween a little less spooky with less waste! Read More… 

An important part of reducing Halloween waste is being able to turn that Mr. J. O’Lantern into a delicious pumpkin puree!  This is a great way to reduce your food waste and ensure you fill your belly with as much pumpkin as possible this Fall! From Waste Free Home Calgary, a local Calgarian blogger, providing unique, yet simple ideas on how to create a waste free home. Read More….

Do you have some unique ideas on how to reduce waste during the holiday? If so, share them with us on Instagram or Facebook! @plasticfreeyyc 


We (Isabelle & Briana) were honoured to have the opportunity to participate in and speak at the Recycling Council of Alberta 2018 Waste Reduction Conference last week. Invited by the RCA, we were happy to speak on behalf of our fellow consumers in front of influential recycling professionals, leaders, government officials, and other key waste reduction influencers. Throughout the conference there was a theme on how its on consumers to use their buying power to create change. While this remains true, that voice is still slowly growing and needs help. By attending and presenting at this conference, we were able to showcase that there is a space for businesses and industry to jump ahead of the curve and LEAD the change without depending on and waiting for that outcry from consumers. Being present at such events gives us the opportunity to foster an open dialogue with industry, government and consumers and together break down that “out of sight, out mind” mentality.

We have to thank the RCA for inviting and providing us sponsorship to attend. Without the kindness of our sponsors we would not be able to attend such an event. So, Thank You to Christina Seidel, Executive Director and her whole team at the RCA.

Thank you to the sponsors, Kim Timmer, CleanFARMS Inc., Jim Funk, Jiffy Lube, and Josh Reid, Emerge Knowlede Design Inc. / Re-TRAC Connect, who made it possible for grassroot NPOs and students to attend.
There were many more amazing sponsors that made this event possible and help make Alberta a cleaner, greener province, click here.


We have a jammed-packed fall season ahead of us. Be sure to come see us at the following events and venues throughout the city!

Please visit our Event Page for the  most up-to-date details on our events and where to purchase tickets. 

Jeff Kirschner & Litterati – Keynote Speaker
October 16, 2018
7:00 pm
Brought to you by The Dandelion Cafe

University of Calgary – Sustainability Week Booth Takeovers
Date: October 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

An Afternoon with Bea Johnson – Keynote Speaker
Date: October 27, 2018
Time: two sessions. 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm
Brought to you by The Apothecary

Women’s Centre Clothing Swap & Discussion Workshop
Date: November 21 2018
Time: TBD

Plastic-Free Holiday Mixer
Date: November 30, 2018
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
A glamorous celebration with waste-free holiday ideas, workshop/craft tables and a Silent Auction!

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