Resources

Looking for inspiration?

We’re on the lookout for new resources and articles on what’s happening on sustainability, recycling and waste reduction. 

Have you read something you recommend? Email us.

BEING GREEN IN THE GARDEN

#SocialDistancing means Gardening and Composting. We’re on the search for gardening techniques that involve composting, using cardboard and other recyclables to build up your soil. Send us your links:

A used sent us these two great resources:

Composting: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/composting-and-landscaping-at-home/

Vertical Gardens: http://emeraldtownhomes.blogspot.com/2020/01/how-to-create-vertical-garden.html

We love this lesson in no-dig lasagna gardening (using cardboard layers to build new garden beds):

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-make-a-lasagna-garden-2539877

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCyum7tPMP0

Our new finds:

Check out these clothing brands that are working on sustainable practices:
https://www.cbc.ca/life/style/5-stylish-canadian-yoga-wear-brands-committing-to-more-sustainable-practices-1.5230319

Did you know that you can recycle your cell phone?
https://www.recyclemycell.ca/

How to recycle the unrecyclable
Some tips on recycling things you didn’t think you could recycle
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/recycling-unrecyclable-terracycle-1.4614971

Making sure your recyclables are actually being recycled
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/recycling-contamination-1.4606893

Plastic Waste: The Super Market Challenge
CBC episode of Marketplace dedicated to the issue of plastic waste in supermarkets
https://gem.cbc.ca/media/marketplace/season-46/episode-11/38e815a-010346ecfc5

Ted Talk on Ocean Plastic
The Surprising Solution to Ocean Plastic with David Katz (Vancouver)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT4Qbp89nIQ

ReImagining Plastic: Turning Waste into Products
The innovations in this story from the show “earthwise” are amazing. Honestly, I will never look at bubble gum the same way again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7fsE_1ZQDY

THE CASE FOR DONATING & BUYING USED

Changing Consumer Habits
People are stopping 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

#IGiveASh!rt Campaign
Point Roberts hosted a clothing drive to keep clothing out of landfills. This is a great article on why this is important.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/campaign-to-divert-clothing-from-landfills-1.4124594

LOCAL RESOURCES

Plastic Free Salish Sea
Plastic Free Salish Sea is an initiative in Washington’s San Juan Islands dedicated to reducing waste and keeping our environment plastic free. It’s great to see our neighbours to the south showing amazing leadership.
https://vimeo.com/304725709
https://www.plasticfreesalishsea.org/
https://www.sjcmrc.org/projects/plastic-free-salish-sea/

Metro Vancouver’s new Think Thrice campaign
Metro Vancouver is committed to reducing clothing waste. A great resource!
www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/reduction-reuse/clothing-waste/think-thrice
www.clothesarentgarbage.ca

BC is a recycling success story
This is a great article because as our closest neighbour, we can capitalize on this expertise.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-reycling-explainer-1.5089661

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

Mattress Recycling

Did you know that your old mattress can be recycled?
Here are some resources that our new friends at Tuck in Seattle sent us:

Ideas for reducing your Christmas waste

Reduce your wrap: https://ecocult.com/15-eco-friendly-gift-wrap-ideas-that-look-chic-not-cheap/

Go Zero Waste at Christmas: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/how-to-go-zero-waste-british-columbia-1.5401096

Metro Vancouver has a reduce waste, create memories campaign that is really cool: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/reduction-reuse/create-memories

The Economic Benefits of Reducing Waste:

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.

Investors Are Looking to Reduce Single Use Plastic
This article is super interesting because it shows market pressure for change.
https://www.benefitscanada.com/news/canadian-investors-want-less-single-use-plastic-in-their-portfolios-survey-138121
 
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

INSPIRATION FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES

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

How San Francisco is Becoming a Zero Waste City

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

Newfoundland Students take on recycling
Amazing story of how kids are motivated to reduce garbage and tackle recycling in their school
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/corner-brook-intermediate-kids-start-recycling-porgram-1.5199718

Lunenburg takes on reducing plastics one business at at time
Great model for small communities
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/lunenburg-plastic-land-and-sea-1.4890639

More France’s Plastic Revolution
A look into the problem of plastics in France from the show “earthwise”. France banned the grocery stores from selling plastic bags in 2015. They will be the first country to ban single use plastic cups and cutlery in 2020.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bzh5tbTTdc

Reusable Packaging & Refills

We love this article on where you can go to refill your creams and cleaners. This is fabulous!
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/refills-beauty-cleaning-1.5344042

The Milk Man is coming back!
Soon the reusable packaging the way it used to be done will be coming to big urban centres with Loop Packaging. As soon as this comes to the Pacific North West, we’ll let you know!
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/loop-reusable-packaging-1.5004525

IDEAS FOR REDUCING WASTE:

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

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