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Bioplastics 101, final to wireless carriers: CBC’s Marketplace lie sheet

  • March 09, 2020

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Plant-based? Compostable? What we need to know about bioplastics

Bioplastics are plastics that can be:

But many of them are still finale adult in landfill. In this week’s part of Marketplace, we looked during misconceptions around compostable plastic. Read more

This crater is done from PLA, a compostable, plant-based bioplastic. But not all bioplastics are biobased and not all of them are biodegradable. (David Donnelly/CBC)

Some Canadian word companies stop covering coronavirus-related outing cancellations

Two vital Canadian transport word providers — Manulife and TuGo — will no longer repay new business who need to cancel their trips due to a coronavirus outbreak. Both companies told CBC News the pathogen is now a “known” emanate and therefore termination coverage no longer applies — as it’s designed for astonishing mishaps. Travel word attorney Martin Firestone says he believes other companies will approaching follow suit, to equivocate a outrageous costs that could arise as a coronavirus spreads globally. Read more

A arrangement house shows a cancelled moody attainment from Wuhan during Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on Thursday. (Mark Schiefelbein/The Associated Press)

Liberals give Telus, Rogers, and Bell 2 years to cut wireless prices by 25%

Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains says a supervision expects Bell, Telus and Rogers to reduce a cost of their 2 to 6 gigabyte information skeleton by 25 per cent within a subsequent dual years. That would meant charity a talk, content and information devise costing reduction than $40 monthly. If they don’t comply, Bains contend a supervision will step in. Read more

The sovereign supervision is giving a Big Three carriers only dual years to cut their prices. (Collage/ Canadian Press)

Don’t buy new, correct a old: The correct business is booming

Many of us find it’s easier to buy new these days than to correct aged appliances. But that has a clever environmental impact, and many eco-minded Canadians are determining that only won’t do, and starting to learn how to instead correct their damaged appliances, like coffee makers, lamps, toasters, and kettles. They’re doing so during places like a Repair Café in Toronto.

Last week, Marketplace looked during “Right to Repair”  legislation and since some consumers are pulling for major companies to supply a tools to let them correct appliances on their own. Read more.

What else is going on? 

Apple will compensate adult to $500 million US to settle delayed iPhone lawsuit
Apple Inc. has concluded to compensate adult to $500 million US to settle lawsuit accusing it of sensitively negligence down comparison iPhones as it launched new models, to satisfy owners to buy deputy phones or batteries.

Cannabis drinks have been authorised for over dual months in Canada — so since aren’t they on a shelves? 

Producers are loitering a rollout and reworking expectations for weed beverages.

Fears of coronavirus decay prompt coffee bondage to temporarily anathema reusable mugs
Starbucks, Second Cup and Tim Hortons are temporarily ominous business from bringing their possess reusable mugs since of fears that they could assistance widespread a coronavirus.

The latest in recalls 

This week on Marketplace

Exposing composting misconceptions with Makda Ghebreslassie

Over a final year, Marketplace has investigated a overuse of cosmetic wrapping during some of Canada’s tip supermarket chains. A year later, we revisited Loblaws, Sobeys, Costco, and Walmart and found justification of a flourishing industry, bioplastics.

One of a bioplastics we came opposite in a supermarket hunt was compostable plastics. The group found compostable plastics, including bags, cutlery and coffee pods on many store shelves. 

As a cosmetic wickedness problem deepens, seductiveness has grown for alternatives to required plastics, such as bioplastics packaging, an attention that is approaching to grow to $10 billion over a subsequent few years. 

But watch what Marketplace detected about compostable plastics and what’s indeed function when we put them in your immature bin. 

Stick around for a reward underline on this episode. We have an consultant microbiologist prepared to palm out some tips to keep we hygienic a subsequent time we transport on a plane.

Watch this week’s part and locate adult on past episodes of  Marketplace anytime on CBC Gem.

 — Makda

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