Aphria Inc. launched its new social impact platform titled Plant Positivity. The platform will be a new phase of Aphria’s existing Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. It seeks to provide greater access to greenspaces and deliver plant education, plant access, and plant impact. They will be partnering with Evergreen to create six new garden spaces at the national headquarters of Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, ON. There are also plans for a garden in Leamington, ON with a local partner. Their mission is to contribute to healthier communities and research tells us that the more exposure we have to plants and greenspaces, the healthier we are.
With that said, a 2019 survey completed by the Angus Reid Forum, proved that 94 percent of Canadians know that plants and greenspaces are capable of improving overall health, but that they do not spend enough time in these spaces or feel that they do not have access to these spaces in their daily lives. Plant Positivity and Evergreen hope to change that, at least for those who visit Evergreen Brick Works, as a first step towards urban innovation and sustainability. The space will open on July 26th and it invites its diverse visitors to engage, reflect, and socialize in nature.