October 17-23, 2016
Tip of the Day Series
DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE
Minimalism is in - Clutter is out! Rethink the idea that more stuff mean more happiness. Beyond environmental reasons, going minimal can create a beautiful, organized and stress-free home. Not sure what a minimalist lifestyle might look like? Check out these resources!
Marie Kondo's Bestselling "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up"
EF Schumacher's classic "Small is Beautiful"
RCBC's "Going Minimal" and "Green Quotes" Pinterest boards
“Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” - William Morris
"...the aim ought to be to obtain the maximum amount of well being with the minimum amount of consumption."
“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”
GET CREATIVE @HOME
Use up household chemicals for their intended purposes whenever possible to reduce waste.
Learn how to sew, mend, & fix broken items to extend the life of your stuff. Repair Matters Workshop
Call 604-RECYCLE or 1-800-667-4321 to see if there is a local recycling option.
Donate items you don't use while they're still in good condition to maximize a second life.
Take up making your own cleaners, soaps & clothes. RCBC's Make Your Own Green Cleaner Infographic
Want to get started on going zero waste but not sure where to start? Here are some areas around the house to focus on:
Remember the 3R's In Order of Importance!
Canadians go through 2.86 billion plastic bags annually, or around 200 per person/year. (Surfrider Foundation, 2015) Fortunately, a lot of packaging can be avoided by these tips: - Plan ahead to avoid impulse shopping & unnecessary purchases. - Bring reusable bags or existing bags you have around the house. - Buy bulk to avoid packaging and save money. - Choose products that last. - Choose products that have recyclable packaging.
SHOP SMART, PLAN AHEAD
REDUCE: RCBC Business Profile on Vancouver's Zero Waste Market - rcbc.ca/events/waste-reduction-week/businesses
REUSE: Buy Me Once: Highlighting Products that Last a Lifetime - www.buymeonce.com
RECYCLE: Multi Material BC's List of Accepted Recyclable Packaging - recyclinginbc.ca/program/can-recycled/
For more info, check out these resources:
TAKE THE DAILY CHALLENGE!
Team Take Out..
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is all about rethinking waste in all facets of daily living to create solutions to the environmental challenges we face.
Ask Yourself - Are you on....
Every choice matters - Share your waste reduction acts with us on Twitter @RecyclingBC #WRW2016!
Continue the conversation on waste reduction and zero waste with your friends, family, and community beyond #WRW2016!
SPREAD THE WORD ON WASTE REDUCTION
READ CASE STUDIES LOCAL & ABROAD
"I tried living zero-waste and plastic-free for two weeks" - Lessons
How the Japanese Town Kamikatsu Produces No Trash
Canadian Municipalities That Proclaimed WRW#2016
WATCH OR HOST GREEN DOCUMENTARIES
Trash Me: One man wears all the garbage he makes in a month.
Midway a Message from the Gyre: Plastic pollution in the Pacific
Just Eat It: A couple tackles the issue of food waste
Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping - a look at the impact of cargo shipping.
CHECK OUT STORIES ON GOING ZERO WASTE
Going Zero Waste - a blog on living a waste-free lifestyle
Stay Connected! For more waste reduction and recycling tips, Visit www.rcbc.ca Or Call the Recycling Hotline Lower Mainland 604-732-9253 Toll-free in BC at 1-800-667-4321
RCBC's "Upcycling" and "Recycling Made Easy" Pinterest Boards
Zero Waste Scotland: Inspiring change for a resource economy