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

Let’s Figure Plastic Recycling in Nelson

Oh, dear plastic!

A few years ago, I remember watching videos about ocean plastic pollution on social media. I was shocked. I was so sad and felt sorry for my daughter. While shopping at the grocery store, I couldn’t help looking around at all the packaging, the plastic, the single-use products. It was a depressing time. I also felt kind of disappointed about my lifestyle; being aware of the problem but not changing much of my buying habits.

Well, guilt doesn’t help much, does it?

Somehow, something has to shake our conditioned habits. These videos finally did that for me. I know, businesses and industry must change as well. Yes, absolutely! But it should not be stopping you from taking action right now. We are all in this together, cliche maybe, but so true. We need to be inspired and empowered to change. With this post, my wish is to inspire you to recycle better but don’t get me wrong, recycling is NOT the first thing to do! I truly want to inspire you to change your habits too. It is so much BETTER than recycling and with some good tips, it can be easier.

The best garbage item is the one that doesn’t exist.

In the world, less than 20% of packaging gets recycled. In the near future, Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will be transitioning their recycling depots to a program that will collect more materials including many more types of plastic wrap.  That’s good news because it means less garbage, but always keep in mind that the BEST PRACTICE is to REDUCE the amount of plastic coming into your home to begin with. Continue reading “Let’s Figure Plastic Recycling in Nelson”