We are Jen, Grant and Rhyannon! The Clean Bin Project started in Vancouver, BC.
I’m Jen, and I do the blog. (I also do more than my share of organizing recycling bins and washing out the few used plastic bags we still have.)
Grant was the one who actually sat up in bed one night and said “hey, let’s stop buying stuff for a year”. He’s also the one who said “hey, you should write a blog about it”. He and I made an award winning feature documentary of our project that has screened across Canada and is now playing at film festivals. We we still live together, in Vancouver, BC, continuing our zero waste lifestyle.
Rhyannon was our roommate when we did the project, and we managed to pressure her into participating in our environmental antics. Just kidding, she loves it. She now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, but she visits all the time.
But who are we really? When I read other peoples’ blogs, I always wonder what they do for a living. How the heck do they have time to sort recycling and write lengthy installments daily – they must be journalists or independently wealthy, unemployed insomniacs or something. Au contrare. Rhyannon was a social worker during the project (she is now studying Law), Jen works for a green building non-profit, and Grant is a music producer and filmmaker. See, we’re just regular working professionals like yourself; don’t you feel satisfied now that you know?
During the project, we each had a separate garbage bin. In the end, we were each responsible for our own trash, but the group mentality kept us honest. We shared recycling bins, otherwise it could gotten out of control with bins around here (we already have about 10 different options going on).
The Clean Bin Project is more than just a personal challenge. We want to challenge others out there to become aware of how much waste they generate too. We love it when people say “I was recycling my shampoo bottle the other day, so I thought of you” (that is an actual quote). There are many many people out there trying to reduce waste, and only if we share our stories can we make any difference.