“Little Things”

What are some little things we can all do to reduce our environmental footprint? Andrew’s community hour group brainstormed a list of “little things” and built a PowerPoint. View the slideshow here or read the text version below 🙂

Reusable Bags, Utensils, and Tupperware

Earthsider is a company that provides products which are made from recycled materials, are biodegradable or which help help reduce the usage of single-use plastics, like Zero Waste Wax Food Wraps, Zero Waste Reusable Produce Bags, etc.

Fun fact– they also donate a portion of their profits to causes that help clean the environment!

Guppyfriend Washing Bag is the world’s first microfilter washing bag. LANGBRETT, a group of nature lovers and surfers, started a non profit initiative- STOP! Micro Waste which works towards creating awareness about microplastic pollution and reducing the usage of single-use plastics. The profit from the sale of these microfilter washing bags go to the initiative to educate students, adults and businesses about the problem.

Making Fashion Circular: Re-Designing Jeans

Learn about the origin and meaning of “circular fashion”: https://www.greenstrategy.se/circular-fashion-definition/

Check out this blog post on how redesigning jeans could change the way we think about the fashion industry: https://medium.com/circulatenews/how-redesigning-jeans-could-change-the-way-we-think-about-the-fashion-industry-46371680d2e5

Carpooling and Transportation

  • Using UberPool helps match people riding in the same direction as you so you can share a ride, saving you money and reducing your footprint from driving
  • If you have a car, get into the habit of asking friends to carpool with you. Your friends will save on gas money and less cars would be used, meaning less CO2 being emitted
  • There are some cheaper options than bikes if you want a faster option than walking in the summer, such as skateboards and longboards
  • Try downloading the City of Edmonton transit app to know if you can take a bus instead of driving somewhere in the city
  • We use cars a lot more often when it gets colder outside. Try bundling up and walking to nearby places that you would in spring and summer instead of driving

DIY Composting

  1. Select your bin (preferably used)
  2. Drill holes in the bottom of your bin, for aeration purposes
  3. Create your base using shredded newspaper or dry leaves, fill to  ⅛ or ¼ of the bin
  4. Add dirt until the bin is ½ full
  5. Toss in your food scraps
  6. Stir your compost
  7. Moisten
  8. Drill more holes in the top of your bin
  9. Find a spot for your compost bin
  10. Collect your compostables!

Source: https://www.younghouselove.com/younghouselovedotcompost/

Buying in Bulk

PROS:

  • Decrease product packaging
  • Cut down on transportation 

BUT BEWARE:

  • Food can easily go to waste if one over buys

Shopping Less: Minimalism

  • Invest in high-quality items that last longer
  • Unsubscribe from store emails to avoid impulse shopping and reduce temptations 
  • Avoid malls and shopping centres 
  • Research your options beforehand
  • Wait 24 hours or longer before purchasing if you can 
  • Plan a no spending day/week/month
  • Assess your intentions behind wanting to buy something new 
  • Make a list and stick to it 
  • Pay with cash
  • Try to buy experiences more often than things

Algae Plastic

  • Grown locally – made from algae, mycelium, potato starch, and cocoa bean shells
  • Processed locally – algae is cultivated, dried, and processed into a material that can be used for 3D printing
  • 3D printed locally – can be made into almost anything
  • Sold locally – leading towards a greener future

Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/90154210/the-creators-of-this-algae-plastic-want-to-start-a-maker-revolution

Edmonton Environmental Creation Groups

Waste Free Edmonton provides its residents an opportunity to contribute to their environment by helping reduce the usage of single use plastics.

Mushroom Burial Suit

TedTalk on the mushroom burial suit:  https://www.ted.com/talks/jae_rhim_lee?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

  • Cons of being buried: body injected with toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and methanol, which leach into the earth 
  • Cons of cremation: releases soot, carbon monoxide, trace metals into the air 
    • Funeral Consumers Alliance estimates 240 tons of CO2 released due to cremation = 41, 040 cars!
  • Mushroom burial suit uses the Infinity Mushroom 
    • Step 1: Jae Rim Lee collected hair, skin, nails to feed the edible mushrooms
    • Step 2: picked the best feeders to be the infinity mushrooms
    • Step 3: integration into the suit (crocheted netting embedded with mushroom spores)
    • Benefits? mushrooms eat away our body and the toxins we produce!
    • First user: 63-year old Dennis White

Purchasing the Right Light Bulb

CFL bulbs can last more than five times longer and use much less electricity than regular incandescent light bulbs. Plus, they are brighter, which means you might able to get away with using less lamps in your home!


20/01/20
By Andrew Wu, Keira Ostrosser, Vanessa Vuong, Akanksha Yeola, Jeffrey Kenny, Florence Liu

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