The Best Advice Your Dad Ever Gave You

Well, it’s Father’s Day this month and a pretty exciting one too! It got me thinking about the whole “Fatherly Advice” thing, wondering what the best advice I ever got was, wondering what the best advice I might give could be.

I asked a few friends, had a look on the web and, in no particular order; here are some of the top bits of fatherly advice:

  • Every person you meet in life, even the last wretch on the street can teach you something.
  • Sleep on it; never make a life changing decision when you are angry.
  • Hire people smarter than you.
  • If wealth is lost nothing is lost, if health is lost something is lost and if character is lost everything is lost.
  • Buy a plunger before you need a plunger.
  • Never quit your job without another one lined up.
  • If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
  • And for laughs: If you ever plan on committing a robbery make sure it’s enough money that you only have to do it once.
  • If you want something, go out and buy it. If you don’t have any money, then go out an earn it.

Feel free to comment with the best advice your Dad ever gave you!

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Top Ten Reasons you Should Get a Scooter this Summer

Gas prices are going up and with summer approaching they’ll only climb higher. Construction season is making traffic a nightmare and parking is expensive and illusive. At Fresh Start we love our scooter and here are some reasons why.

  1. GAS! The cost of gas is going up and getting worse with summer approaching. Your average scooters uses 90-mpg vs. your average mid-size car at 27-mpg!!
  2. Insurance for a scooter costs between $250-$450/annually. Average cost of insuring a mid-size car is $1,500/annually.
  3. Parking in Metro Vancouver is an absolute nightmare and even if you can find a spot, it’ll probably cost you an arm and a leg.
  4. With the gorgeous summer weather comes the construction crews and subsequent traffic jams. If you’re in your car, you’re stuck in the heat with nothing to do but wait. When you’re on your scooter, you can by-pass all that noise with the wind in your hair (under your helmet of course).
  5. Buying a scooter is significantly more affordable than buying a car and maintenance is also a good deal less expensive.
  6. It increases your cool factor ten fold – people may even think you’re Italian.
  7. It’s environmentally friendly.
  8. Safe drive: As long as you learn to find the sweet spot in your lane you will be just as safe on a scooter as you are in any other vehicle.
  9. At the end of the day driving a scooter is FUN.
  10. Scooters are easy to ride – A lot of people don’t realize that modern scooters are automatic – that’s right – no gears to change. The brakes are hand brakes just like you would find on a bicycle. The throttle is in the right-hand grip – just Twist ‘n Go

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Edible Packaging: If the smoothie didn’t fill you up, the cup will!

I have recently heard of a new trend on the rise – edible packaging! So far in Vancouver, the only place to try it is the White Rabbit candies with their edible rice paper wrapping. But globally, edible packaging is becoming a real thing and being sold at some Whole Foods Stores and smaller businesses.

In the same vain as edible packaging is the new line of biodegradable packaging by Swedish design firm Tomorrow Machines. These containers are designed to decompose at the same rate as the food they hold!

Just think about how much plastic will be kept out of landfills! With edible packaging, these containers can either be eaten or harmlessly melted away on the grass! No chemicals, no harmful dyes – pretty amazing. I can’t wait to see this trend on the rise in Vancouver – sign me up!

Check out this article from The Guardian

A bottle made of wax-coated caramelized sugar, for example, is suitable for olive oil, since the material doesn’t react with the fatty liquids

A bottle made of wax-coated caramelized sugar, for example, is suitable for olive oil, since the material doesn’t react with the fatty liquids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A container made from agar seaweed gel is best for sugary drinks like fruit juices and smoothies.

A container made from agar seaweed gel is best for sugary drinks like fruit juices and smoothies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soft beeswax packaging labeled with soy-ink works for Basmati rice.

Soft beeswax packaging labeled with soy-ink works for Basmati rice.

 

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Refillable: Business is Booming in Vancouver

Reduce, reuse, recycle and REFILL! The refill phenomenon is taking Vancouver, and other major cities, by storm. From cleaning products, to personal care and even beer, shops all over the city are popping up to refill your containers.

The idea of reducing waste by creating refillable packages is not new. Method is a line of personal and household cleaning products sold in various major retail stores. They offer dispensers that are intended to be refilled with Methods refill products, which are sold in larger quantities and in reduced packing. Not everything they sell is refillable and not every store offers it. I know you can get your salon products refilled at some hair salons, but that is more about product type, not recycling. The fact is, until now, refillable was a nice thought, but offered little selection and still required packaging, and shipping to a store near you.

These new refill stores are offering an incredible selection of personal and household products, too many to list. Often made locally and/or in Canada, the products are generally cleaner, greener and safer. By requiring you to bring your own bottles, they are dramatically reducing the plastic waste that ends up in landfills or floating at sea.

While soap and shampoo refills are awesome, I have to say that the increased availability of Growlers is my favourite refill trend. What’s a growler? It’s a large bottle, similar to a milk jug, that’s made of glass and made to keep your fresh beer in your fridge for a few days. There are so many local breweries in Vancouver that offer these and who doesn’t want a fresh pitcher or Mocha Porter in the fridge?

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Zero Waste Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up and with it comes the opportunity to celebrate your mother! She may have gone crazy sometimes, given up hobbies, even careers to raise you, but now you are a thoughtful, caring and environmental grown up, so her efforts were not in vain.

I know I wasn’t the only one who grew up listening to their mom constantly remind them not to be wasteful. Demands such as “don’t waste your food”, “close the front door”, “take the toaster to the repair shop” and even, “Don’t waste your breath” were frequent. It seems mother’s are natural conservationists. Considering my career choice and environmental leanings, I am going to go ahead and say mom had an impact.

So this year, what about celebrating your mom and her words of wisdom and natural environmental leanings by having a zero waste Mother’s Day!

If you really want to impress Mom call Fresh Start and book the Mother’s Day Ultimate Clean and Tidy! Fresh Start and Out of Chaos are teaming up to bring you the gift that is both zero waste AND sure to thrill!

Appointments can be booked between now and Sunday May 10th, 2015. For a little more information about Linda and Thomas, please read on!

Out of Chaos Professional Organizing Solutions

Need to reclaim that extra bedroom? Don’t know where to begin digging out?  Call in the professional organizers at Out of Chaos.  They will sort you out and clear your stuff so that you can enjoy your space again.

Check out their great reviews on Yelp

 Fresh Start Recycling and Disposal

Have you got clutter you don’t know what to do with? It’d be simple if it was all just trash, but it’s not! Fresh Start’s approach is simple: we show up on time, sort thoroughly, recycle conscientiously, and haul efficiently. We’re dedicated junk haulers who use our talent for cleaning up big messes to create opportunities for growth in our community – particularly Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES)!

Hear what out clients love about Fresh Start

 

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Give Mom What She’s Been Asking for Your Whole Life: Clean Up Your Room!

If you’re looking for a great gift for Mother’s Day, look no further! Linda Chu from Out of Chaos Professional Organizing Solutions and Thomas Goodall from Fresh Start Recycling and Disposal have come together to help you step up your gift giving this year!

Whether you just want someone to clean out your old room so Mom can have the craft room of her dreams, or you want to help Mom get the attic organized and cleared out – the Mother’s Day Clean and Tidy package has what you are looking for.

The Mother’s Day Package includes a visit from Linda Chu during which she will help you (and Mom) vision, clean and organize the space. Once Linda has worked her magic, Thomas and the crew from Fresh Start will come and haul all the clutter away to be donated, recycled and disposed of. On top of that, they can also recommend a good photographer who can photograph the results so Mom can post that extra space on AirBNB, or just brag to her friends!

Please call for a Mother’s Day Clean and Tidy Quote. Appointments can be booked between now and Sunday May 10th, 2015. For a little more information about Linda and Thomas, please read on!

Out of Chaos Professional Organizing Solutions

Need to reclaim that extra bedroom? Don’t know where to begin digging out?  Call in the professional organizers at Out of Chaos.  They will sort you out and clear your stuff so that you can enjoy your space again.

Check out their great reviews on Yelp
604-813-8189

Fresh Start Recycling and Disposal

Have you got clutter you don’t know what to do with? It’d be simple if it was all just trash, but it’s not! Fresh Start’s approach is simple: we show up on time, sort thoroughly, recycle conscientiously, and haul efficiently. We’re dedicated junk haulers who use our talent for cleaning up big messes to create opportunities for growth in our community – particularly Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES)!

Hear what out clients love about Fresh Start
604-637-6400

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Cool Green Technology

Check out these top 15 strange (often very strange) green technology ideas. There is some cool stuff happening out there. So much of it seems to be about changing the way we see and do our everyday things… The Green Warrior shower curtain that grows spikes when you surpass your water limit! Now THAT is some encouragement to turn off the tap! The blood lamp that requires a drop of blood to activate the light would make me think twice about wasting electricity.

Then there are the outright paradigm shifting ideas like the Lilypads, self-sufficient floating cities that would each accommodate up to 50,000 people, 3D Food Printers and Lab Meat – check it out.

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