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 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

Books, recycling contaminant

Books; recycling contaminant

Books can change your life

I have always loved books. My mom had to drive out of our little town to buy me cases of used books.  Later I moved to Montreal. Oh dear Montreal with amazing second hand book stores, many libraries and a GIANT library. I was in heaven.

I got a job at l’Echange on Mont-Royal street. L’Echange was and still is a great used books and CD’s store. Famous singers, actors and writers were customers but my favorite regulars were the passionate ones.They were sharing their highlights, their new treasures and they influenced my life. My roommates were librarians, all the walls were covered with books. I remember the lovely smell and my dad’s face every July 1st (Quebec’s unofficial national moving day). The good old days!

Books not recyclable? Indeed! Keep on Reading!