Monthly Archives: April 2009

Day 289: Waste Watch Wednesday – Josh Rachlis

While perusing Green as a Thistle a couple days ago, I came across this enviro-gem of a video.

Seems that Josh Rachlis from Toronto, who is a rabid environmentalist, has been pining after Laurie David, the producer of An Inconvenient Truth, for quite some time. Back in 2007 when he heard she was getting divorced from Larry David (of of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame), he grabbed his chance and made a video of himself proposing to her.

Now, two years later, Josh is still on his mission, and has returned with a snazzy, and environmentally minded video. Check out the size of that ring he’s offering her.

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Day 288: Easter Consumption

eggs

photos credit: Darrell Fraser

Ah Easter.  If there ever was a Western holiday more dominated by plastic encased chocolate, I have yet to hear of it.

My childhood memories of Easter are of pastel colored plastic eggs, fuzzy paraphernalia (inevitably in the shape of bunnies and chicks), chocolate, and also, strangely, underwear (my parents had a practical side and took the opportunity every spring to rejuvenate our collection of skivvies, slipping them into our baskets beside the requisite candy), but that’s another story. Continue reading

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Day 286: White Pants Show Down

not-buying-itGrant is losing the consumer competition. He can site “work exemption” all he wants, but we all know that buying clothing is a definite no no.

Maybe we need a little background first.  Before we started the Clean Bin Project, I actually read a book by Judith Levine called Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping which was, predictably, about a similar project where by she and her husband didn’t buy “stuff” for a year.

I distinctly remember feeling ripped off when I read that they were buying materials for their home renovation, and even more perturbed when Judith went out and bought (horrors) a pair of pants! That’s an immediate fail in my books, and we vowed to be pretty stringent in our own take on the game. Continue reading

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Day 282: Zero Waste Public Consultations

zerowastechallengeMetro Vancouver announced ages ago that it is setting a goal of  Zero Waste for the region.  Goal being the operative word here.  No one expects us to actually produce zero waste, but, as Grant, Rhyannon, and I are discovering, it’s possible to come pretty damn close. Continue reading

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Day 282: Waste Watch Wednesday – Recipes for Disaster

recipes3I’m giving you fair warning here, so if you’re in the Vancouver region,  make time to check out Recipes for Disaster showing next Thursday.

This project obviously hits a chord with us because:  a) it’s a year long project based on arbitrary, but environmentally oriented rules, and b) they filmed it themselves

It’s a film about an Anglo-Finnish family trying to live without oil based products for a year.  Just think about that for a minute.  That obviously means no gasoline, but it also means no plastic!  I haven’t seen the feature length version yet, but apparently this little project produces quite the strain on the family dynamics.

‘This is a film about climate change. About catastrophe. And it’s funny, painfully funny. We love to blame the corporations and industries for what’s going wrong with the planet, but we are mistaken. It’s us, baby. You and me. We’re the real bad guys.’
– John Webster, Filmmaker

http://recipesfordisaster.info/

Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 7:00pm
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver [View Map]
Admission: $10

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Day 279: Rubbish Art

noblewebster_trash-shadowA popular idea is that we can reuse our waste in some sort of arts and crafts project, thereby “saving” it from the landfill.  While I realize that this type of thinking is only prolonging the inevitable, I do think that the process of making art from trash can say some pretty interesting things about our culture (and can be beautiful to boot).

I’m not talking about gluing Popsicle sticks onto cardboard here; I’m talking serious art.  Like that by Tim Noble and Sue Webster (yes, I had never heard of these people either, until I read about them over at the Everyday Trash blog.  But one look at their work and you’ll see why I was compelled to share it.)

This piece was created from 6 months worth of the artists’ garbage.  I’m not an art critic, so I’m not going to attempt to articulate how this relates to zero waste, but it does make me think about consumption (and why the heck did they throw out that perfectly good roll of toilet paper there in the front?).

In any case, anyone who can make a pile of garbage look like anything but is pretty cool in my books.  Click here for more pics.

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Day 275: Waste Watch Wednesday – Projecting Change

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Projecting Change Film Festival here in Vancouver.  It’s all about “promoting Green and Sustainable Living through the use of entertaining & educational film” (which is obviously right up our alley).  It runs from April 2-5 and will be screening a bunch of films featured with relevant speakers like (get ready for a name drop) David Suzuki.  For those of you who liked Addicted to Plastic, which I featured last week, now is your chance to see it on the big screen. Continue reading

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