What Is Antimicrobial?

It’s a term you’ve heard for years, that we’ve come to understand is something that helps protect us, but what exactly does antimicrobial mean anyways and how does it help us? We’ll answer those questions here!

So, what does antimicrobial mean?

Antimicrobial products kill or slow the spread of bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi such as mold and mildew.1 You can find antimicrobial products everywhere – in your home, workplace or school.

Antimicrobial technology typically contains one of three active ingredients2 :

  1. Silver ion – used in a wide range of materials and applications including medical coatings, plastics and food-contact products
  2. Zinc – which is commonly used as an antifungal
  3. Copper – used as a preservative on hard surfaces

Which ingredient that is added is determined by the product type, where in the world it will be sold, and what efficacy claims the manufacturer is looking to make.

But how does it help protect me?

By using products with an antimicrobial protection, not only will you protect yourself from picking up potentially harmful bacteria but you will reduce the spread of such bacteria on any shared surfaces. In addition, the enhanced protection will also help extend the life of your product by protecting it from deteriorating quicker, staining and developing odours. This protection also doesn’t wash off or wear away, so you can enjoy the benefit of having continuous antimicrobial protection.

Proper Waste Disposal at the Office

Properly Disposing of Waste at Office

If your workplace is like ours, you go through a lot of waste. That means, between lunches, office supplies and old electronics, you’re sending a lot of garbage to already over-burdened landfills.

Meanwhile, at home, many of us have made changes. We’re becoming waste-conscious, recycling and composting, even adopting zero- and low-waste lifestyles.

How can that translate to the office? Through more conscious day-to-day choices, you can easily reduce your office’s environmental impact. Here’s a guide to get you there.

Old electronics

Have any ancient PCs collecting dust at your office? Don’t throw them in the dumpster! Already, 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste ends up in Canadian landfills every year. These items contain valuable materials that can be re-used to create new products. But they can be tricky to dispose of.

Luckily, there are businesses out there to help you bridge the gap. These differ across provinces and territories. For example, in Ontario, Best Buy accepts things like old computers, TVs, phones and batteries. You can also opt for a service through the Electronic Products Recycling Association, like Recycle my Electronics.

Toner and ink

Here, many local suppliers have you covered. Check to see if you can return your cartridges where you buy them.

Paper and Cardboard

Cardboard and paper can be recycled four-to-five times without loss of quality or strength. Still, it’s important to recycle each of them properly.

Cardboard is naturally biodegradable so, if you have your own compost at the office, this can be shredded and tossed in. Otherwise, for non-soiled cardboard, recycling is your best bet. Break down boxes and large pieces, and tie them together into a tight bundle when you leave them at the curb.

The recycling bin is your best destination for most paper. Even sticky notes, which you may have wondered about, are usually recyclable. Local recycling plants are able to remove the adhesive. But, stop before you throw away that soiled napkin! Keep reading for tips on proper disposal of food waste.

Food waste

Most paper in the office will be bound for the recycling bin, but soiled paper is a different story. Greasy paper plates and used napkins can be composted along with most food items.

Fall More In Love With Canada As It Turns 150

Canada's 150th BirthdayWhen you think of Canada, you think of the cold, Olympic winning hockey teams and Tim Hortons.

Little do you know, there is so much more than that in the beautiful country many are lucky to call home.

Canada was founded on July 1, 1867, and was made part of the British colony. From there Canada has grown as a country and become the home to over 35 million people.

Here are 10 Facts About Canada, the Hockey loving, Tim Hortons drinking country.

  1. Roughly 30% of Canada’s land is covered by trees.
  2. The Maple Leaf flag did not become the official flag of Canada until February 15, 1965 almost 100 years after becoming a country.
  3. In Banff National Park (located in Alberta), there are wildlife bridges over highways for the wildlife to cross the road by.
  4. Montréal is the largest French speaking city in the world, outside of France.
  5. Canada produces 77% of the world’s Maple Syrup.
  6. Foods that Canada consider to be theirs include Peamael bacon, poutine, maple syrup and Timbits.
  7. Canada holds two Olympic records: 1. The most gold medals won by a country in a winter Olympics and 2. The most gold medals won by a host country in a winter Olympics.
  8. The Royal Canadian Mint created a coin that has a face value of $1 Million, the coin is made of 99.99% gold and weighs 220lbs.
  9. Canadians eat 55% more Kraft Dinner than Americans do.
  10. Each year Canada has the Polar Bear Dip, an event where thousands of people across the country run in to freezing lake water during the winter months.

Canada is the home to many great places, people, athletes, entertainers, animals, and beautiful sights to see.

This year, to celebrate Canada turning 150, the government is granting free access to all of Canada’s National Parks. You can order your 2017 Discover Pass here.

There are 47 National Parks located across all of Canada. With 47 parks there is no shortage of discovery for 2017. Make the most of this year and stay active!

Take the time to explore all of the beauty that this wonderful country has to offer and experience the greatness of Canada.