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Tag : Waste reduction (16)

Zero-waste bloggers: a year’s worth of trash fits in a jar

The Guardian / Leilani Clark / 22 April 2016

3500The leaders of this zero-waste lifestyle movement are young millennial women like Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers, Celia Ristow of Litterless, and Kellogg. They all embrace a sleek, modern aesthetic over the crunchy, hippy stereotypes of yore.

Most of these women trace their lightning bolt moment back to Bea Johnson, a charismatic, 42-year-old mother of two from the wealthy enclave of Mill Valley, California. Outspoken, French and with a taste for a stark minimalist aesthetic, Johnson solidified her status as a zero-waste lifestyle guru in 2013 with the publication of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Waste.


More plastic than fish in the sea by 2050: Report

The Guardian / Graeme Wearden / 19 January 2016

Ratio of plastic to fish 2014 - 2050As a record-breaking sailor, Dame Ellen MacArthur has seen more of the world’s oceans than almost anyone else. Now she is warning that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, unless the industry cleans up its act.

According to a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation report launched at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday, new plastics will consume 20% of all oil production within 35 years, up from an estimated 5% today.

Plastics production has increased twentyfold since 1964, reaching 311m tonnes in 2014, the report says. It is expected to double again in the next 20 years and almost quadruple by 2050.


Zero-waste living a success for Victoria family of 4

CBC News / 25 June 2015

leblond-familyFor the past two months, Katelin Leblond has used a roasted red pepper jar as a garbage can for her family of four. It’s part their journey toward a zero-waste lifestyle.

“I tried to find the biggest jar I could find so it was less daunting,” she told All Points West host Robyn Burns.

“Mostly, it’s produce stickers. Ties for produce. There’s Band-Aids in there. Dental floss.”


There really is no such thing as ‘away’

NASA Global Climate Change / Laura Faye Tenenbaum / 30 July 2015

RubbishbinsWe say we throw our trash away. But, where is ‘away’?

Yesterday I was meeting with a few scientists down at the University of California, Irvine. Like any other campus, there were plenty of trash cans. Except they weren’t called trash cans. Some were labeled “recycling” and others were named “landfill.” It struck me how a simple shift in what we name something can make such a difference in how our mind sees it. Trash is a vague concept whereas landfill is a specific location with a concrete meaning and has an extremely different connotation from the word “trash.” If it’s trash, then we can say we’re “throwing it away.” Trash goes to that invisible place called “away.” If it’s landfill, then it goes in the, you know, landfill, the most unglamorous place of all.

Over the weekend a Mylar balloon landed in my yard. It reminded me of the idea of away. People like to release balloons into the sky as a celebration. The balloons are carried “away.” But the balloons don’t really go away. They don’t go anywhere; they stay here on Earth, sometimes in people’s yards, but most often balloons released into the sky end up in the ocean. This is why I’ve always hated balloons. To me, they represent society’s collective decision to not see how much we waste; to pay as little attention as possible to that place we’ve decided to label “away.”

Carbon pollution is one more of our “aways.”


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