Here are some ways you can continue to make these changes and make Canada a better place - no matter how small, every little bit counts!
Keep Shopping Local
Supporting small businesses is easier than ever thanks to Not Amazon and Not Ubereats. These sites were designed to rally communities around small businesses, leading customers away from huge corporations. Obviously it’s hard to support small business while on a budget, but try this: rather than buying three $10 candles from Amazon, choose to buy one $30 candle from a local business – they will smell better, last longer, and are handmade with love💚.
The reward is in helping someone pay for their groceries while also appreciating their art. Give it a try, even if it’s just once a year!
Keep Using Plastic-Free Alternatives
Reducing plastic isn’t new, but it’s something that should be consciously practiced! Canada is banning single use-plastics by the end of 2021, so you might as well start reducing plastic a little early.
- Do you put your vegetables in plastic when shopping? Bring your own mesh bags, or better yet, skip the bag all together! You can wash the veggies when you get home.
- Frustrated when recycling perfectly good cleaning bottles? Reuse them! Toss in a HopePodz and you’ll be part of the community saving 100’s of bottles per year.
- Still drinking out of plastic water bottles? In 2021, better make the move to stainless steel.
Keep Supporting Community Charities
Donating to an organization like The Encampment Support Network could help provide the over 1500 people sleeping outside in Toronto with tents, sleeping bags, food, and more. Or choose a charity like the Black Mental Health Matters Fund, which supports Black therapists across Ontario, enabling low/no-cost mental health care and ensures therapists are paid fairly. There are over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations in Canada – donating to any of them (no matter how much) provides resources, funding, and support.