Last weekend I had a double dose of culture. First I went to the Eastside Culture Crawl, an annual event here in Vancouver where artists open the doors to their homes and studios and let you tromp about and admire their artwork. Then I went to the One of a Kind art show, a huge indoor original art fair. I saw literally hundreds of artists (and yes, I managed to restrain myself and not buy anything).
Being of the ever vigilant waste-free mindset, a couple of artists caught my eye. Continue reading
Almost Mrs Average over at The Rubbish Diet is featuring us on her blog today, so click here to read our story about how we came to do the Clean Bin Project in the first place. And don’t forget to take part in International Buy Nothing Day on Nov 29 (tomorrow), or, if you’re in North America and need to stand out from the rest of the world, do North American Buy Nothing Day on Nov 28 (today)!
We’re famous! Ok, maybe not really, but a couple weeks ago we got interviewed by BCIT Magazine, a student news program here in Vancouver. Rhyannon was at physio, but Grant and I got our 2 minutes of fame:
It’s funny, when I talk to adults about the Clean Bin Project, I sometimes sound quite righteous and almost snobby, but when I talk to kids, I get a little embarrassed.
By kids, I mean teenagers. And the most judgemental of those: 13 year olds. Most years I coach a high school sports team which, this year, gave me access to 14 adolescent minds with which to test the “ultimate coolness” of the Clean Bin Project.
I started off by casually talking about recycling. (They were on board). I mentioned I take all my waste home with me. (A few weird looks). I say I haven’t taken my garbage out in 4 months. (Stares of disbelief). Someone asks about feminine hygiene, and it’s all over. Continue reading
So, we aren’t buying stuff, and that includes household goods. Like light bulbs for instance.
Did we stock up? No.
Are we going to give in and buy some? No.
Is it silly to not buy these modern essentials and then make up for it later by buying a bunch of them to replace the ones that died during the year? Probably.
First off, I thought it wouldn’t be a problem because these new energy efficient light bulbs are supposed to last 7 years or so. Figuring we’ve only lived here for 5, I calculate that we have about two more years worth of bulb left in those guys. I say this in jest of course because I can tell you that more than one of my $7 energy efficient bulbs have died before their time. Continue reading
So I haven’t told everyone in my life about the Clean Bin Project. But the problem with that is, when an opportunity for gift giving comes around, they don’t know “the rules“, and we end up with more garbage.
This week I was generously given a lovely bouquet of roses which, by the way, I very much appreciate. And I should say that I in no way want to undermine the sentiment of gift giving, especially of flowers. After all, they are biodegradable aren’t they? Ah ha, but I forgot about the packaging. Continue reading
“No straw please.”
Although I always try to say it, sometimes I forget. Or they can’t hear me. Or they forget. Or they don’t care. Or whatever. Regardless, I have quite a collection of drinking straws in my “un-numbered plastics” bin.
I had been intending to recycle them at the end of the year, but lately another option has caught my crafty eye. Lampshades. Check out how to make this cool one from Addicted to Decorating here. But don’t buy your straws like they suggest, reuse them.
If you don’t fancy yourself a craftsperson, you can still recycle your drinking straws at any place that takes mixed plastics. If you live in the lowermainland, we go to the Pacific Mobile Depot (North Van or Vancouver Island) or Happy Stan’s.
Speaking of which, I learned a new term today care of Happy Stan’s. They write a “tip of the month” on their website, and this month’s is right up our alley:
Precycling is the step before recycling. This is the process of making a conscious choice to purchase or use products and services which will have a less harmful effect on the Environment.
That is EXACTLY what we are trying to do. Yay for new vocabulary.