STC Honey Bees
We’re proud to take part in a progressive initiative to create a more eco-conscious city by installing beehives on the rooftop of our shopping centre.
STC worked with Alvéole, a social beekeeping company, to build two sustainable beehives on our mall rooftop to improve pollination in the Scarborough area.
Since 2013, Alvéole has partnered with hundreds of companies and schools to start beekeeping projects, each hive creating more ecological awareness, allowing city dwellers to reconnect with nature and change their sense of responsibility towards the environment.
Bees play a prominent role in helping create raw material for the manufacturing of everyday goods. From candles, to cough drop lozenges, to the growth of fruits and vegetables, bees are an important factor in the production of many things.
In order to raise awareness and educate the community on the impact of honey bees, STC will hold informational sessions and workshops.
Bee Activity Booklet
In this booklet, you’ll find a handful of educational activities, geared towards the whole family, to create moments of learning and connection with nature at home. We are never too young or too big to experience the (sometimes hidden!) wonders of the natural world around us.
This booklet is courtesy of Alveole.
Innisfree participates in a Green Forest Campaign by planting trees worldwide to help with deforestation and to protect and restore forests. They also offer an empty bottle recycling program where you can recycle your used empty bottles and be rewarded.
The Gap participates in many sustainability programs including using recycled fabrics and their Washwell program, which uses 20% less water in the production of their denim, saving water and the impact on local water ways. In addition, they partner with The Better Cotton Initiative, which trains farmers to water efficiently, among other best practices.
Zara has a number of sustainability practices including their Join Life Collection, which uses ecologically grown cotton, materials produced using less water, fabrics dyed using sustainable practices. Zara also participates in a clothing recycling program and uses bags and boxes made from recycled materials.
Best Buy accepts a wide range of electronics and batteries for recycling, even if you didn’t purchase them at Best Buy. Bringing these products to be safely disposed of and properly recycled isn’t just good for home safety, it’s also a ‘green’ way of getting rid of your electronic clutter keeping e-waste out of landfills and groundwater, while ensuring any components that can be reused get a second life.
MUJI was founded in 1980. Its origin was a thorough rationalization of the manufacturing process with an eye to creating simple, low-cost, good quality products. Specifically, they reexamined products through three lenses: material selection, inspection process and packaging simplification. For example, they omitted the bleaching process for pulp, resulting in paper that is light beige in color – MUJI used this paper for its packaging and labels.
AEO’s sustainability goals include a comprehensive plan to be carbon neutral by 2030 with a commitment to water reduction, energy reduction and the use of more sustainable raw materials. They have already decreased their carbon emissions by 32%, plan to reduce water use in their jeans by 30%, and plan to improve their materials by sourcing sustainable cotton, for example.
Walmart has taken on a number of sustainability initiatives including their zero waste to landfill commitment, by 2025 (currently 87% of waste is diverted from landfill), further reducing the use of plastic bags by 50% by 2025, saving 1 billion check out bags and eliminating all single-use plastics from cafeterias at Walmart Canada’s corporate offices and distribution centres.
This year, Starbucks announced a renewed focus on sustainability. Starbucks wants to halve its carbon emissions, waste output and water impact in the next decade shifting from single-use to reusable packaging; investing in innovative agricultural, water conservation and reforestation practices; looking for ways to better manage waste (including food waste) in stores and in communities; and developing more eco-friendly operations, from stores to supply chain to manufacturing.
The LCBO has many sustainability initiatives. They are committed to minimizing their impact on the environment with sustainable stores and greener buildings, setting new standards in the industry by recognizing sustainable partners, and through their lightweight bottle program which provides erganomic benefits to their employees and reduces carbon emmissions.
A Note from STC
We’re proud that many of our retailers are actively protecting our planet through a variety of initiatives. Each month we will be highlighting some of these retailers. Please check back monthly to learn of other retailer initiatives.
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