Monthly Archives: April 2009

Day 291: I Can’t Stand Being Hairy

razor2That’s it. I’m done with being hairy.

90 days ago, in the name of rationing my few remaining razors until the sun came out, I stopped shaving my legs. But now, after truly giving it a shot, I can honestly say to those hairy legged ones out there “I don’t know who ya’ll do it”. Continue reading



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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


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

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


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