Archive for October, 2010

Plastic Free Penticton

http://plasticfreepenticton.wordpress.com/

Local (ish) blog fighting the good fight. Thanks Alexandra for passing this on to me.

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The Clean Bin Project screens w/ Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver announces a screening of The Clean Bin Project documentary film!

When: Friday, November 5, 7 p.m. Filmmaker Q&A to follow

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodwards, 149 W Hastings, Vancouver

The Clean Bin Project is a feature documentary film about a regular couple and their quest to answer the question “is it possible to live completely waste free?”

Partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least landfill garbage in an entire year. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the sobering problem waste in North American society. Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their seemingly minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our throw-away society. Featuring interviews with renowned artist Chris Jordan and marine pollution expert Captain Charles Moore, The Clean Bin Project presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, humour, and inspiration for individual action.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.

You can bring your batteries, used CDs/DVDs, clean plastic bags, washed #3, #6, #7 and unnumbered plastics, Styrofoam, and small personal electronics like cell phones and music players.

We are aiming for a Zero Waste event!


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Neighbour Goods

Ever need a drill, a ladder or a backpack to go to Europe?

Let me introduce “http://neighborgoods.net/

So far, they’re only available in the USA, but the idea is sound. So much stuff we buy, use once, that our neighbours bought ages ago for the same single purpose. PLUS you surely have something in your house you bought before they did that you could lend them.

I love it. Crowd Sourcing used to it’s full potential.

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50 Ways to Recycle your used plastic shopping bags

Corrine asked me to link to her bl0g article and I’ve obliged because there’s some good ideas on this site about how to recycle and reuse your old shopping bags.

http://www.webdesignschoolsguide.com/library/50-ways-to-reuse-your-grocery-bags.html

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Sharks: Predators in Peril

On the front page of the Vancouver Sun this morning was part 1 of a very interesting investigation into sharks. Today was about the decline worldwide and locally.

The Sun says, “A new research paper reveals there are 28 species of sharks in Canada’s oceans – more than half of them found off the B.C. coast – ranging from the common dogfish to exotics such as great whites, and hammerheads. Of those 28 species, 12 are rated as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list and another seven as near threatened.”

The Sun continues to postulate on why the ocean’s shark population is in decline, “The Major driving factor is Asian demand for pricey shark-fin soup – strictly a status symbol, the fins providing no flavour. Between 26 million and 73 million sharks are estimated to be traded annually for their fins, an unsustainable harvest by any measure.”

There’s a website tied to the story www.vancouversun.com/sharks which is REALLY interesting including a link to a Google map of where the sharks live and links to external sites with more information.

One of the most informative news articles I’ve read in some time.

SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS:  Reporter Larry Pynn dives with sharks at the Vancouver Aquarium  earlier this month.

Photograph by Wayne Leidenfrost – Vancouver Sun

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Upcycling UK and Terracycle

http://www.wornagain.co.uk/

What once was, is now again!!

Also check out http://www.terracycle.ca/ where they turn “garbage” into all sorts of new, cool things. A really GREAT website.

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Greenmuze: USA’s largest green wall

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