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Celebrate World Environment Day in 3 easy ways

Reduce, reuse and recycle this World Environment Day, June 5.

Since the start of the pandemic, people have re-evaluated their priorities. From spending more time with family and appreciating home, food and garden to living a healthier, greener lifestyle, it's a good thing. And with World Environment Day June 5 on our doorstep, it's a good time to note the initiatives others are working on and the small changes we can make for the environment too.

Plant a tree

Trees clean the air and help fight climate change, besides adding beauty and nature to our world. Cities host tree-planting initiatives, where citizens can join organized efforts, but there's an even easier way to help the cause. Until June 16, a portion of proceeds from every transaction at Harvey's restaurants and Harvey's delivery orders will be donated to plant trees in Canada. The goal is to plant 25,000 trees around the country, capturing about 5,000 tonnes of CO2.

Compost whenever you can!

Composting is good for your garden and the environment--a sustainable way to get rid of waste. Add grass clippings and spent plants to a compost pile, collect cooking waste like eggshells and coffee grinds to help create rich garden soil, and even use unbleached coffee filters for your morning coffee! Making compostable items part of your everyday routine can make a big difference. "The easiest way to make compost is to build a large container into which you put all your organic material, including kitchen scraps. I let the material decompose for a year and then incorporate it into my soil," said Alberta gardening expert Charles Schroder. Easy peasy!

Support companies that are committed to the environment

Business and industry can be agents of social change, just like individuals. Companies that have introduced sustainable and innovative practices or products (in technology, fashion, food and more) are impacting the world around them in a positive way. A recent study even showed that 85 per cent of consumers positively value buying products from companies that support causes that interest them. Standouts include Apple and in the tech field for their commitments to becoming carbon neutral, Nestle and Home Depot for efforts in recycling and water management, and Melitta, for creating compostable and recyclable coffees and filters.