Monthly Archives: May 2009

Day 335: Conferencing and Farming

rcbcWahoo!  We made it through our presentation at the RCBC conference!  (and I didn’t throw up.)

I’m actually starting to think I’m passed the puking-before-public speaking stage of my life.

Anyway, after much frantic rehearsing on the 2 hour car ride to Whistler and much sweating at the back of the room waiting for our turn, Grant and I finally got our 20 minutes in the spotlight. Continue reading

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Day 334: Serious Thoughts About Residuals

This week we interviewed City Councilor Marvin Hunt for our documentary.  He sits on council in Surrey, but is also Chair of the Metro Vancouver Waste Management Committee.

The idea was that we could get a regional perspective on this whole “zero waste” thing that the metro area is flogging while trying to balance the activism undercurrent our film is seeming to lean towards.  (Actually, I think the film might be leaning towards an activism-comedy if that is at all possible, but that’s another story.) Continue reading

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Day 331: Waste Watch Wednesday-Garbage Warrior

I watched this film quite awhile ago, but I think of it often.  Michael Reynolds is architect who creates homes out of reused tires and plastic bottles.  These amazing “earth ships” in the desert are completely off the grid, require no air conditioning or central heating, and possess a distinctly zero-waste vibe.

The film documents Reynold’s struggles to get his innovative building methods through the American court system of building codes and follows him overseas where countries suffering tsunami damage embrace his technologies.

I can’t imagine houses like these popping up in Vancouver any time soon, but if Michael has his way you just might see these sustainable community clusters spotting the American countryside.

www.garbagewarrior.com

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Day 329: Farmers Markets, Saltspring, and General Busyness

I have been neglecting the Clean Bin Blog the past couple weeks, but lots of exciting things have been happening.

I met two inspiring entrepreneurs -one who helps you cut down on packaging waste, and one who reuses wasted packaging into functional products.  I’ll profile them here soon.

We were feverishly working on an extended trailer of the film that we can show at this week’s ECOnomics conference (we figure the more film we show, the less we have to talk).

But most importantly, Vancouver is now two weeks into summer farmers market season which means that finding zero waste food just got a whole lot easier.  Continue reading

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Day 324: Waste Watch Wednesday-Landfill Blues

I was at a meeting yesterday when someone mentioned a song that their municipality had used to educate kids about recycling.  Ever excited about finding a new song (and video) about waste, I looked it up.

J.P.Taylor actually has a wack of environmental and educational kids’ CD’s (plus $3 from every album of his latest release goes to an environmental charity).

Anyway, this particular song, called “Landfill Blues” is pretty darned catchy.  Thank goodness I had that meeting yesterday or I wouldn’t have had a video to share with ya’ll.

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Day 321: Clean Bin Meets the Green Team

J and R at EPICWhile at EPIC, Rhyannon and I met a couple ladies from the Green Team, a volunteer initiative sponsored by Metrotown (a shopping mall) and the Vancouver Sun.

They were at the Metro Vancouver talk about zero waste and recycling, so they got to listen to our little spiel about about the Clean Bin Project as well.

Afterward, they asked if they could write about our project in an advertorial for the Vancouver Sun.  So anyway, that’s how we ended up in Wednesday’s newspaper and on the Green Team blog.

Click here to see the full article.

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Day 317: Waste Watch Wednesday-Bag the Bag

Simple message, but a good one.

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