Resources

We’re always on the lookout for new resources. Do you have some to recommend? Email us.

Bottled WATER FACTS Compiled for Point Roberts:

Think about how you too can stop drinking bottled water and reduce the amount of plastic waste.

New finds:

CBC Radio: The Current
Little by Little: Saying goodbye to single use plastics
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-30-2019-1.5154620/little-by-little-how-this-woman-is-saying-goodbye-to-single-use-plastics-1.5154625

Tiny Trash Can
Blog of someone who is successfully reducing their garbage
https://tinytrashcan.com/

Dirty Business
What really happens to your recycling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRQLilXLAIU

Changing Consumer Habits
People who have stopped buying new clothes because in the UK alone: “Each week we buy 38 million items and 11 million items go to landfill”

See why buying second hand is a huge gesture of activism and a necessary choice for those who “do not believe in damaging the environment and perpetuating this consumption and waste”.
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/feb/19/dont-feed-monster-the-people-who-have-stopped-buying-new-clothes

Worth A Look:

Communities around Washington – including Seattle – are aiming to divert waste through increased recycling and composting. Why? Simply put, garbage is more expensive than recycling and landfills are a cost centre. Garbage is not the best use of community resources.

It’s not just about the environment, it’s about the economics. It’s more efficient to reduce garbage: when we produce less garbage, it costs less – it’s the right thing to do for the planet and the environment AND for your pocket book.

There are some great articles on reducing garbage and how to change habits to increase recycling. We will add to this section with articles we find – or ones you send us.

Sustainable Business
“We live in a part of the country that places a high value on this [reducing garbage]. And our awareness level is much higher than other parts of the nation.”

  • Hoby Douglass, Vice-President of Sustainable Development, General Biodiesel

This Washington based documentary includes a series of interviews with Seattle business owners, garbage operators, resource providers, large venue, city and university employees. They consider reducing garbage a way to increase productivity, to have a good company image, increase brand value and save money. They outline great suggestions for reducing garbage at work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ95arxbz24ent

The Story of Waste Management in the UK

This is an amazing historical look at waste and recycling in the UK from the war years to the present day. The historical perspective adds real credibility and interest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C6v_X_FtWI

Canadians are getting serious about making less garbage

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canadians-plastics-consumer-crackdown-1.4823766

Reducing Food Waste

https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/canadians-get-creative-in-solving-food-waste-problem-1.4804364

https://www.pritikin.com/food-waste-resources

Earth 911

https://earth911.com/

How San Francisco is Becoming a Zero Waste City

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg3OA1s8-SI

Vancouver Zero Waste Challenge

http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/zero-waste-challenge/Pages/default.aspx

https://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/zero-waste.aspx

https://www.rcbc.ca/resources/zero-waste

You can live without producing trash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF72px2R3Hg

Cheap & Easy Tips for Reducing Waste

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9ojpJBSTw8

CBC Kids – What should be recycled?

https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-should-go-in-the-garbage-and-what-should-get-recycled/

Email us your suggested reading links.