Yesterday, as most of you know, there was an article in the Globe and Mail about this project. Thank you to everyone involved in the article and to those who read it and responded to my blog! Of course I told all my friends and family that we would be in the Globe and Mail on Saturday, but I didn’t realise it was specifically the Toronto edition, so a bunch of people in
Edmonton and Regina bought papers to see the article and it wasn’t there. Sorry guys. I suggest that rather than just plopping the papers into the recycling bin that you all get together (in your respective cities) and do some paper machier. Perhaps you could make a funky looking container to keep things you will reuse, or a cookie jar or something. At first I thought you could make a trash can, but that’s a bad idea unless the goal is to keep it empty, which seems a little redundant.
Last night I went to a coming back/leaving again party for a friend and got into a huge discussion about nuclear power. A very nice and vehement engineer was trying to convince me that it is really the best environmentally friendly solution. One of the arguments was that in the space it would take to house windmills to make wind power for one city, you could bury all the nuclear waste to make power for at least one country. I’m not an engineer, but something tells me having windmills in my backyard is preferable to nuclear waste, which every time I think about brings the phrase” bad, scary, bad, no, no, no!” screaming through my brain.
I’m trying to get the Toronto resources and web resources pages done, so it will be easier for all of you who would like to join in the no garbage effort. In the meantime you can wade through the mixture of information, venting and anticdotes that is my old blog (http://people.tribe.net/sarah-cynthia-silvia-stout). I’m still trying to get people to join us in trying not to make garbage for a certain amount of time. Our goal is one month with ZERO, but if you want to do a week, or a month with only making one bag, that’s cool. The article gave us lots of publicity, but it’s not easy to get people to join. “Hey there, wanna sacrifice a lot of time, totally change your life style, go without some of your favourite things, and look like a lunatic? It will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Come on, all the cool kids are doing it (that’s not exactly a lie, if you just imagine that only Kyle and are ALL the cool kids)” But really, every little bit counts and the more of us who do it, the more impact it will make. That’s it, pledge drive over.
If you do want to start with us on the 17th, you should eat up any packaged food you have now so you don’t have the containers later. Also if you think you will need something that you absolutely can’t get package-free and can’t live without, buy it now-yes it does seem kind of sneaky, but what can you do. We are doing it too- we need recharchable AAA batteries which we can’t get without plastic. Grass Roots has bulk AA’s but not others. Also, I’m going to stock up on my facial cleanser, as it has a tiny little piece of plastic on the nozzle. Oh and vitamins too, because of the seal (not the kind that lives in water and says “ort ort”). Oh garbage, why are you everywhere?! I wish I could find a better way. Any suggestions (other than eating meat to get my vitamin B12 and washing my face with my own urine-sorry, but I just can’t go that far)?