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Ready, Set, Recycle! ReycleFest Returns To Trout Lake July 13th

25 Jun


On Saturday, July 13th RecycleFest returns to John Hendry Park. You are invited to bring your unwanted small appliances and power tools on this day. They will be accepting over 400 electronic items for recycling. To see the full list of what you can bring, check out ElectroRecycle.  This 5th annual event will also feature a whole lot of free family fun including outdoor yoga, live music by the Milk Crate Bandits, arts and crafts, food, Hoops with HoopDreamer, sustainable vendors, a repair and lending library. So if you have something to repair, maybe it just needs a simple fix, button or hem stitched. Bring it!  RecycleFest happens 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Stop by and learn more about recycling and sustainable living.

Earth Day Is April 22nd. Will You Make A Change?

17 Apr

EarthDayGrassEarth Day is a global event that happens this Monday, April 22nd.  It is believed that  more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Personally, we think earth needs a little TLC.  If you pay any attention to the news, climate change is happening and living in a coastal community, we will clearly be impacted. So why not doing something to help our environment for Earth Day?  It can be small, it can be big, whatever your time allows. We challenge our readers to take 30 minutes out of their day to do something they haven’t done before that makes a small difference. Think if 100 people that read this post and switched just ONE reusable bag for a plastic bag, that would be 5,200 less plastic bags in our environment in one year’s time! That is nothing to sneeze at.   We’ve compiled a list of simple suggestions that may not seem like a big deal, but making one switch on Earth Day and continuing with it, most certainly DOES make a difference.   Here are a few simple things you can do this Earth Day:

1.       Buy A Reusable Bag and use it! Don’t leave at home or in the trunk of your car.

2.       Buy a Reusable Produce Bag. Pssst Second Nature Home carries them.

3.       Buy A Beeswax Food Wrap & use in place of plastic wrap. Again, Second Nature Home carries them or you can order online from Abegoo in Victoria (Free Shipping in Canada). Just saying.

4.       Organize A Neighbourhood Clean Up.  The City of Vancouver hosts Keep Vancouver Spectacular. It’s easy and it’s free and available year round.

5.       Visit Vancouver’s Zero Waste Centre online or in person to see everything that can be returned there.

6.       Plant Something (A Tree, Pollinator Plant, Wild Flowers). David Suziki breaks down How To Create A Pollinator Garden.

7.       Need some motivation to make a change? Watch and share Greta Thunberg’s TED Talk.  This 16 year from Sweden is our new hero.

8.       Sign up for a car sharing service.

9.        Walk, cycle or transit where you need to go on Earth Day.

10.       If you are looking to get your hands dirty with others, help plant some trees.  River District & Everett Crowley Park Committee will be planting 1,000 native trees into Everett Crowley Park 11 am – 3 pm on April 27th.

Making a change is in your hands.


Craftworks Society Hosting Sale Thursday, August 16th

13 Aug

CraftWorksWelcomeToWe recently stumbled across a non-profit doing great work in your community. The organization is Craftworks which is based in East Vancouver. Craftworks provides industrial sewing and hand-made craft training and income generating opportunities for people with mental illness, addictions, physical disabilities and other barriers to employment. They make a number of items including reusable bags which are made from repurposed street banners which have been donated to them by various municipalities, Business Improvement Associations and other organizations. Their work diverts hundreds of kilos of synthetic, non-biodegradable fabric from the landfill every year.

Craftworks also makes Christmas ornaments which are sold at the annual Circle Craft Fair in downtown Vancouver as well as on their website.  This Thursday, August 16th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm they will be hosting a sale at their space located at 1275 Venables Street, Suite #340 (Clark and Venables).  They will have a supply of bags available. The shopping totes are $20. There will also be a smaller book and/or lunch bag on hand for $18 as well as some backpacks for $26.  Not only do these bags keep fabric out of the landfill, they also help keep single use plastics out of the landfill.  With the work the organization does, we think it’s all around Win Win. We invite you to stop by and check out some of the great things Craftworks is making.

Photo Credit: Craftworks


Be Plastic Wise – Take The Pledge

19 Mar


PlasticeWiseIn case you haven’t heard the news, our oceans are inundated with microplastic. The Vancouver Courier reported recently that Ocean Wise scientists were sounding the alarm … saying that microplastic pollution is threatening ocean life right here in Vancouver”. The Courier’s article goes on to say that “Dr. Peter Ross, vice-president of research at Ocean Wise and a leading microplastic expert, said his team found 1,258 tiny particles of plastic in one cubic metre in a sample of seawater taken from the waters near the Vancouver Convention Centre.”  “To put that in perspective, scientists collecting samples off the coast of Qatar last year found an average of 0.7 particles per cubic metre.

These numbers are alarming and should grab everyone’s attention.  Plastics are making their way into our food supply. As a City situated on the water, we need to do better, MUCH better. What is needed is action, not talk.  Global News quoted Ocean Wise President and CEO John Nightingale “some are estimating that by 2040 or 2050, there will be more pounds of plastic in the ocean than there are pounds of fish.” Honestly, that statement is horrifying to us as it is to many others. So the initiative Plastic Wise has been created to help us create a better environment for all.

We see plastic lying around everywhere every day. Whether it’s floating in the Fraser River, garbage left behind, or dog bags used to clean up dog poop, then just dropped somewhere to be picked up later, but never are. The day before Ocean Wise made this announcement of their new campaign, we drove down our residential street and within 2 blocks saw 4 plastic bottles lying on the side of the road.  These bottles were just a short distance from City of Vancouver storm drains that connect to the Fraser River. The Fraser River as you might imagine contains a host of fish and wildlife.   We have recently been reading about the harmful effects of plastic in all areas of life. Whether it’s storing food, water bottles, plastic bags for shopping, plastic bags for garbage, products you buy with excess packaging. The facts are startling, but we can and should do better MUCH better and cumulatively people can make a difference.   So we have taken the Ocean Wise Pledge and plan to do better. We invite you to do the same.

For us making changes is all about breaking old habits and creating better ones. We suggest tackling one thing.  Some simple things you can do include:

  • Organize or Participate in a Clean Up Whether a Shoreline or Your Block
  • Buy and Use a Refillable Coffee Mug
  • Buy/Use a Refillable Water Bottle
  • Have Your Own Stash Of Reusable Grocery Bags
  • Recycle.Reuse.Refill
  • Buy Bulk
  • Pack Lunch With Reusable Containers
  • Buy Products With Minimal Packaging
  • See A Plastic Bottle Lying About, Pick It Up
  • Buy Refillable Bottles of Household Cleaners
  • Give Up Gum – Did You Know “Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic.”
  • Use a Razor with Replaceable Blades Instead of a Disposable Razor
  • Consider Making Your Own Cleaning Products
  • Use Metal Straws Instead Of Plastic Straws
  • Use Matches Instead of Disposable Plastic Lighters/Invest in a Refillable Metal Lighter
  • Give Up Single Use Plastic Bags

What will you do to use less plastic?  We’ve already tackled a lot of the items on this list, but certainly not all.  Integrating and adopting small changes is the key better habits for your health and that of our environment. To take the pledge, visit Plastic Wise. On this site, you will find some great information about microplastics. Check out Microplastics in 60 Seconds to find out what they are, and all the places they come from. Together we can make a difference.

Photo Credit: Ocean Wise

RecycleFest At Trout Lake July 22, 2017

10 Jul

RecycleFestWe are big fans of recycling. It honestly pains us to throw things away and we endeavor to keep that to a minimum.  Each and every person makes a difference, it may be small, but collectively it’s big. We invite you to check out the upcoming RecycleFest happening Saturday, July 22nd at Trout Lake. The event is hosted by ElectroRecycle which is BC’s small appliance and power tool recycling program. Bring down your broken, old and unwanted small electrical appliances and power tools with the view of keeping these items out of landfills, our water ways, streets and parks.  Along with recycling, there will be a host of family friendly activities including a hot dog BBQ, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, a photo booth, caricaturist and more.  The event runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Heads up for those wishing to clean house, ElectroRecycle program does not accept electronics such as computers, televisions, cellphones or batteries. To learn where those can be recycled, visit ElectroRecycle.ca.



Phresha – On The Prowl Recycling Bike Parts Into Jewellery

26 May

10-phresha-ontheprowl4We have been highlighting makers in this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker being held at the PNE Forum June 6th & 7th.  In and amongst those 100 exhibitors will be Phresha Le VandalÃ.   Phresha we’ve learnt was born with a crayon in her hand. She is a college educated artist with experience in graphic design and advertising, but is deeply influenced by graffiti aesthetics. She won us over right there.  Phresha works in a variety of mediums ranging from conventional mediums like ink and paint to found objects and salvaged scraps in back alleys. At this year’s Mini Maker Faire, she will be featuring her side project and those salvaged items being “On The Prowl”.  Phresha began, as an experiment in sustainability, combining her love for bicycle culture, recycled materials and jewellery design and from that On The Prowl was born.

Phresha started off with making earrings out of bicycle inner tubes. She has expanded to making belts and bracelets out of bike tires. Phresha is a member of Hackspace where she frequently utilizes their laser cutter to design jewellery out of wood, rubber and upcycled leather. She will have many of her one of kind pieces available for display and sale at the upcoming Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.   If you aren’t able to catch her at the show, you can also find her jewellery at Rabbit & Empee at 1044 Commercial Drive, Puff Uptown 3255 Main Street, Puff Eastside, 1204 Commercial Drive,  Floral & Hardy Edible Plants & Gifts 688 East Hastings Street and Sugar Skulls Studio, 68 Water Street in Gastown. Phresha will also be participating in Car Free Day on Commercial Drive and will be located near Venables Street. Of course, so you can see for yourself how creative and resourceful Phresha is, we have hit her up for some photos of her unique one of a kind designs which she states you really need to see in person. So be sure to visit Phresha at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.


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Photo Credit: Phresha Le VandalÃ

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