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April 27, 2012 Leave a comment
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Walking down a sidewalk, you’ll lose count of the pieces of garbage you’ll see strewn about. If there happens to be a ditch lining the sidewalk, well, let’s just say I hope you don’t fall in – you’d drown in a swamp of soft drink cups, grocery bags, cigarette butts and lighters, chocolate bar wrappers, and plastic bottles.
Although littering is incredibly common, seeing someone actually do it right in front of me is painful to watch. Just the other day I was waiting for the bus with an acquaintance who was sipping from a soft drink cup. As the bus pulled up, he set his half finished cup on the sidewalk and hopped on. Speechless, I stared at the cup until I realized I had to get on the bus before the doors shut. I just couldn’t believe that even sensible, intelligent people would litter. I thought about it, and I’ve concluded it’s not because they want to litter, it’s because it just doesn’t cross their mind that they are, to say it politely, “pooping” in their own bed.
Not only does litter look plain old disgusting, it can be dangerous to people, animals, and nature as well. Respect and pride for the city one lives in – as well as for nature and the environment – is a factor in littering as well, but that’s a whole other blog post.
Oftentimes I’ve been a pack mule of sorts for friends, lugging around their garbage or recyclables until I find a proper bin; it would otherwise just end up on the ground. According to curelitter.ca, most litter occurs within 5m of a waste receptacle – apparently ten steps or so is just too far for most people to carry that cigarette butt or foam cup. I think it’s up to the people who take notice (and offense), then, to speak up and let people know what’s what.
I hear the weather’s looking good this weekend; care to join me for a warm spring stroll? I’ll bring the bags and litter grabbers.
April 5, 2012 1 Comment
With Easter fast approaching it’s time to do a little party planning. Then there is the same question with every holiday: how do we make this event more sustainable? I have some great tips on making your Easter a little more garbage free.
One of my personal favourite parts of Easter has to do with chocolates and sweets. As sweet as candy is, most of it comes with a ridiculous amount of garbage! Especially those giant chocolate bunnies wrapped in tons of cardboard.
Another option? Home baked goods!
It’s a little more work but cake and cookies made from scratch have that taste that you can’t deny. You also avoid the nasty PGPR chemicals that chocolate companies are now using instead of actual cocoa butter.
It’s easy to go out and pick up some cardboard easter bunnies and window stickers but you just end up throwing them out at the end of the season. And then buy more next year? Just a little more then wasteful.
Another option? Fresh cut Flowers!
Nothing says spring like flowers. So why not pick up some fresh cut flowers at your local greenhouse? Not only do they look great, they smell amazing and will be a great replacement for any chemical laden air freshener.
Still can’t keep away from those cardboard cut outs? Reuse! Instead of throwing them out make sure to find a safe and dry place to keep them for next year.
Also remember to toss any of your eggs into your Organics bin rather then the garbage. No organics pick up in your area? Consider starting a composte in your backyard, mother earth will appreciate it.
April 2, 2012 Leave a comment
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March 27, 2012 Leave a comment
The other day when I was watching the Garbage! documentary by Andrew Nisker, I opted to multitask and clean my fish tank at the same time.
I’ve been keeping fancy goldfish as a hobby for almost 7 years now and learned a lot about keeping my fish alive. People are often surprised when I tell them my oldest goldfish lived to be 6, but even crazier is the fact that goldfish are actually supposed to live to 10 or older.
My fish tank is a contained 30 gallons with a large filter, some live plants, and an aerator. There are a few parameters that need to be constantly checked: Nitrate, Nitrite, and Ammonia. Now since my tank has been set up for a while there are lots of good bacteria on the filter and in the water that help keep my Nitrites and the Ammonia down. I’ve added plants and promoted growth of algae which feed on Nitrates, yet I still have to change the water every week to lower the Nitrates. Nitrates are constantly being created as food decays and the fish releases waste.
Past the science stuff what I’m getting at is that even though I have cultivated a system and environment, it still needs to be maintained. Say I avoid cleaning the tank for a while and the bio system crashes, the tank could still be crystal clear and yet the goldfish could be suffering from ammonia poisoning, nitrate poisoning, or nitrite poisoning. Since I’m on the outside I’m suddenly wondering why I have a sick/dead fish.
Much like the fish tank, the Earth, as large as it may be, is contained. It’s space and resources are fixed and if we abuse it we upset the balance we hurt ourselves in the process. We are given everything and like the goldfish, we unknowingly destroy our home with our waste, chemicals, and garbage. Unlike my lucky goldfish though, we don’t have someone to clean up after us. When we die from chemical poisoning or pollution we will be the only ones to blame.
It’s difficult to understand the expanse of the Earth and our footprint. I encourage everyone to keep a Goldfish to truly understand the difficulty maintaining, and the delicacy of a contained environment. It’s really eye opening.