Posts Tagged ‘green lifestyle’

Do You Believe we have a Right to a Healthy Environment?


EcoJustice, is a charitable organizations working to  protect Canadian rights to a healthy environment. Over 100 countries world wide have already recognized their citizens rights, Canada should be next.

 

 

Sweater Day 2014 -for the environment!

This year February 6th  will be  “National Sweater Day”  supported by the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF)

In an effort to demonstrate the power of  individual actions equalling one big statement, dozens of retailers including grocery giant Loblaw have agreed to participate by lowering their stores temperatures by 3 degrees and wearing a sweater instead.

Wearing a sweater is a symbolic way people can participate in the ongoing dialogue about energy conservation and personal consumption.

Office workers, businesses and schools alike are encouraged to  book a call from granny to be reminded about the big event.

By wearing the ugly sweater from the back of your closet you can help too.  There are prizes to be won, so spread the word and  sign up!

Take action, its easy and fun,  and you really can make a difference!

national sweater day

Solar Bottle Light

 

A good use of plastic bottles, using water, bleach and sunlight  people are turning trash into a useful and necessary product – light!

This website gives more details.

350.org

what goes around comes around

Who would have thought there would be a day that promotes buying something used!

Well there is and it is tomorrow.

From the  reyouzd website the reasons for buying used helps the planet in many ways;

IT’S SIMPLE!

    Used goods require
    NO new agricultural or industrial practices
    NO new manufacturing processes,
    NO new packaging and
    NO transglobal transportation to marketplace.

The three R’s of Recycling are REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. The Recycle part is last on the list because it is always greener to reduce the amount we consume and the waste we produce. Reusing is environmentally sustainable and easy.

If you are thinking of making a purchase this weekend try and see if you can buy it second hand. Craigslist is one place I use all the time. Our family has bought numerous items off of CL and continue to use it as an excellent resource for finding many items for a great price!

Smart consumerism dictates that we make purchases with the environment in mind. Buying second hand will help keep valuable items out of the landfill and more money in your pocket. Everyone wins!


sustainable habits

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This clever sticker was made by a UK company called Hu2 designs.

They offer “sustainable habit reminders” Stickers to place around your light switches.

This is a great idea for homes, schools and workplaces.

They are an online store

Hu2 was also nominated by Treehugger for the 2010 “Best of Green” award for Design and Architecture.

They are official members of the WWF UK and all their stickers are PVC free.

Along with the many great wall stickers are some other fun artistic touches you can add to your home

like this. . .

Toilet Monster Hu2 Designs

Toilet Monster Hu2 Designs

A truly green Christmas tree

Many people are turning away from the petroleum based artificial trees that, just a generation ago, seemed like the most environmentally friendly option available.

If you are looking for an Eco Friendly option for a Christmas tree this year I recommend checking out this local company. Evergrow Christmas Tree Company.

Evergrow Christmas Tree Co was started by two UBC forestry grads, and specialise in delivering live trees to people who want a greener option for the holiday season.

I first learned about this option in May when I was volunteering at EPIC, the sustainable living expo held annually in downtown Vancouver.  I was in the “kids zone” as usual, making Christmas decorations with the kids!

Evergrow offers trees for homes, business and events. They even offer cut trees if you desire one bigger then 7 feet. The trees are grown locally and the cut one are collected and converted into biofuel. They will even lend you a tree stand and set it up if you wish. No more needles dropping, worrying about the tree dying up or  what to do with it after the 26th.

If you order online you can save 10%  So shop local, save a tree, and go really  green this Christmas!

evergrow tree at EPIC 2010

evergrow tree at EPIC 2010

Black Friday – Buy nothing day

bnd2010-blackThis Friday, November 26th, the day after American Thanksgiving, is commonly refereed to as Black Friday. In the United States it is the biggest shopping day of the year!  It is also known as BUY NOTHING DAY,  internationally its on November 27th.

The reason for this day is simple, to make people question their consumption.

We live in a time of such abundance never before witnessed in modern history. Our ever increasing appetite for the newest gadget, most convenient meal, and more of everything, has contributed to an ever larger toll on planet earth.

As we approach another holiday season, let us hope that we can share it with people we love. Spend time doing things that bring us joy and marvel at the miracles that are around us everyday.  We live in an enchanting time, if we just take a break from trying to achieve something, get somewhere, or  buy something else,  we can just relax and let it be.

Taken at the Royal City Farmers Market Summer 2010

Taken at the Royal City Farmers Market Summer 2010

Zero Emissions Race – towards a green future-

Zero Emissions Race

Zero Emissions Race

The ZERO emissions race is on!

Teams from Australia, South Korea, Germany and Switzerland have gathered for an eighty day, transcontinental race.  All the vehicles are powered by clean renewable energies, solar and wind being the most popular.

Each participating team will have the equivalent power produced and fed into the grid of their home country.

Louis Palmer, was the first man to circumnavigate the world with solar power in 2008.  This August, five teams will expand beyond this accomplishment with a race towards sustainability.

The Eligibility Criteria of the competing vehicle in the Zero Race are:

  • competitors must be propelled by an electric motor
  • drive at least 250 km distance at an average speed at or above 80 km/h
  • be able to reach a maximum distance of 500 km per day, with a recharge stop of 4 hours during Lunch time
  • carry at least two passengers

You can follow the race on their blog or website

world race

Protecting Biodiversity

In addition to the amazing oppertunity to showcase  alternative energy powered propultion, the race is  set to raise awareness for the United nations International Year of Biodiversity. Each car bears the logo of an endangered species, and  contends the alternative power is a tangible solution to protect the environment.
endangered by climate change

They will be stopping in Vancouver in a few weeks!

The Free Space

In our building we have a “free space”.  The free space is in our shared laundry room. It is just a table in the corner under the bulletin board where people will leave things they no longer use and can be passed on to someone else. We find it to be a fun way to recycle.

Our apartment managers are wonderful and keep it quite organized, they bring the left over donations to a community drop off once a month or so after everyone has had a chance to see if they could use the items first.  I have seen so many items here I could not name them all. Things like clothing of course as it is in the laundry room, books, kitchen appliances, microwaves, VCR’s, CD’s, tapes, video’s, boom boxes, t.v.’s, towels, dishes, glasses, shoes, toys, tricycles, food, just about anything you could imagine has been found there. Including some large items that I am sure would have been ruined in the alley if it had been left out there, futons, chairs, and ottomans.

We have found many useful items there, it’s like ongoing Christmas time!

We have also left many items there for other people as well, including toys and clothes my kids have outgrown, free samples, magazines, books. It feels like a trading post in ways as we have donated things one day, only to find an item that is perfect and just what we were looking for a few days later!

Our building is like many others, we are surrounded by buildings, we are in the most densely populated area of town, and I have often wondered if other people have free spaces in there buildings. A number of people have said they see a lot of good and useful things in there garbage and recycling rooms but I feel like there could be a stigma attached to the garbage room, I am glad our free space is inside the main building and the items are recycled among our neighbors. I hope this idea is not unique to our little building and by my sharing this idea more people can create a free space in their apartments too.

I have heard of a free store and that just takes the idea one step further, but for now the free space is a wonderful treasure my kids and I check regularly, you know what they say, one persons junk is another’s treasure, and it couldn’t be more true!