Happy Earth Day! Slimmer Waste Re-Emerge

After a quiet inward winter followed by a COVID-19 spring adjustment, Slimmer Waste is re-emerging and nothing better to do it on the beautiful Earth Day.

Like many of you, Life did change a lot since mid-March going from figuring out the new normal for a while to keeping eyes wide open about the Earth and going back to slowing everything down. It is now time to reconnect.

Less garbage in Nelson these days

Hmmm, well not easy right now. I thought about it a lot lately.

Shopping is a lot different with social distancing, many stores closed, no bulk, no reusable cup and bags, and so on.  I figure it’s now time to focus on the 5-R’s with new eyes.

1-Refuse: refuse to give up hope. Refuse to stress out. Time to be really creative (especially with a 6yrs old in the house full time while working from home).

2- Reduce: reduce all my travel, my big projects, my goals. Time to chill out and enjoy what is.  Time to enjoy the weather, the lake, the forest, the connections with friends and family, and simple meals.

3-Reuse: oh yeah! Reuse is amazing right now in the house. As we are spending lots of time inside, almost everything has the potential to be reused and not just from the recycling bin to make craft projects. Reuse smaller clothing and transform in a doll blanket, reuse a large sheet to create a hammock with the kitchen table (so cool). Not only reuse but USE any little thing we have in the house, those books to observe animal tracks and birds, all the music instruments, all the seeds in the garden, all the unusual spaces, all the games and puzzles, all the food in the cupboards. We all have so much!

4-Recycle: Recycle my thoughts about was is true, what can I do, what should I let go, and actually do those little things and let go of all those little things. How come letting go is so hard at first? What a relief to let go. Recycle my goals. How to become a normal, not a super mom, worker, blogger while attending to her needs in those days to get more alone time. Recycling my thoughts is a pure gift right now and it’s working!

5-Rot: Compost is so amazing. I see the forest differently now. I see the beautiful way the nature compost and regrow. It takes a long process and a long time with certain conditions. How can I apply this to myself? I let the winter (perfect time for me) to compost my rhythm, the story I think I have, what is good, what is not for the planet, and let it sit a long time until I felt the growth of a little something and then today, I celebrate and RE-EMERGE! Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day Gifts

Uplifting FREE documentary

REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet. (Official Full Documentary)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcZd2tfi2vg&fbclid=IwAR3uu0BEn0UAJFjxvpA4KVsmZ8Pq8s8fNdMKqUn9WQQQJ-p3l-R15fsKV7k

Zero Waste: An Inspiring Journey

How it all started

If you ask my family and friends back East to describe me when I was younger in one word, they would say green, Lyne the green girl. 

In 1995, I studied ecological waste management. I worked for a Montreal Ecosociety and my job was to help businesses on Mont-Royal street reduce their waste. I was mostly introducing recycling as it was a new concept for everyone. If you ask my family and friend at that time they would say: green with a grunt, as they were resisting recycling.

Many years later, I saw a video of a mother holding a glass jar, claiming this was the family garbage for one year. Uh…I was completely puzzled. How could this even BE possible? The woman didn’t inspire me that day but a zero waste seed stayed in me. It was now me, the green girl, resisting a new concept.

Later, I saw many disturbing videos about tons of plastic floating in the ocean, animals dying, filled with or caught up in plastic, beaches covered in plastic. I cried. I felt how big the problem was. I HAD to have less plastic in my family life. I decided to start the zero waste journey along with creating this blog. This is where the fun began!

WHAT IS ZERO WASTE?

Zero Waste is rethinking the way we do things. Yep! That’s it! Continue reading “Zero Waste: An Inspiring Journey”

Inspiring Nelson family Q&A with Claudia and Steve

Q: What did inspire you to go on the zero waste journey?
A: Bea Johnson – Zero Waste Home, Bob Greenfield – Adventurer, Environmental Activist, ecological footprint and future generations, eating better and healthier and saving money.

Q: What do you do to reduce your waste?
A: We try as much as possible to consume only what we really need. Buying bulk. Making our own food like bread, granola, goodies, and salad dressing. We buy second hand and we try to reuse to limits the packaging. We buy local. We do fewer trips to the transfer station which reduce the carbon footprint. We make home-brewed beer and wine (Art of brewing) to reduce glass usage. We compost and garden. We do canning and fruit picking. We
plan a weekly menu.

Q: What are your challenges? Continue reading “Inspiring Nelson family Q&A with Claudia and Steve”

Inspiring Jérôme Q&A session

Q: What did inspire you to reduce your waste?
A: Seeing my amount of garbage and videos on the web about plastic in the ocean.
Q: What do you do to reduce your waste? Continue reading “Inspiring Jérôme Q&A session”

Zero Waste talk in Nelson

Come and get inspire to the Green Home and Energy Show, Oct. 2 at the Prestige.

Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave Program and the West Kootenay EcoSociety present the 7th annual trade show event.

The theme of this year’s show is zero waste, Slimmer Waste will be there hoping to inspire many to transition to a less garbage journey.

Full schedule