Monthly Archives: December 2009

Garbage Bag Tree

To get you in the jolly old “garbage awareness” mood this Christmas, I’m sharing this video of Metro Vancouver’s garbage bag Christmas tree.  It’s made from the same amount of garbage bags that the average person generates each year.

The looks on people’s faces as they walk by it are priceless.

I hope this video reminds us all to cut down of excessive packaging and over all “stuff” this holiday season.  Click here for some ideas on how to do it.


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Getting Smooth the Vintage Way

So it finally happened.  Grant got fed up with cycling through his collection of dull and duller disposable razors.  He recently bit the bullet and purchased a safety razor.

Full credit here – he went one step further and bought a  safety razor from ebay.  He also heeded the advice of our lovely readers and took his time learning to use short strokes instead of those wide sweeping  jaw line passes you see in the Gillette commercials.

The end result was, I must say, Continue reading


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“We are trashing the planet, we are trashing each other, and we’re not even having fun”

So says Annie Leonard.  By now I’m sure you have all seen the Story of Stuff.  Needless to say, it was one of many great educational resources that we tapped into a couple years ago, and it was one of the motivators for the Clean Bin Project.

Well, if you need any more motivation, I recently came across this film of Annie speaking live at the Bioneers Conference.

She manages to be both critical and positive at the same time, raising serious issues like over-consumption, and drawing laughs when  describing how she can’t look at an everyday products without seeing its consumer lifecycle of flash through her mind.  Once you start thinking about garbage, it seems that there’s no turning it off. . .

To watch parts 2 and 3 of this talk, click here and here.

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Sweet Smelling and Soda Based

I feel like I write an awful lot about our household’s world of hygiene; however, in the world of zero waste, it seems to come up a lot.  So here goes.

image credit: Fake Plastic Fish

I ran out of antiperspirant.  Yes, it’s astonishing, but I really have been using the same one for over a year now (I only put it on when I need it which is definitely not every day).

Anyway, after reading about Beth’s baking soda method, I thought I’d give it a go.  After all, who doesn’t want to start their day with a pretty little powder puff beneath the arms? Continue reading


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