Week 7 – Recycle!

Okay. I’ll start off with some scary facts: An average plastic bottle can take around 450 years to decompose while a plastic bag or other plastic item can take up to 1000 years. Aluminum cans can take 80-200 years to decompose. Glass, while being wonderful and easy to recycle, will never ever decompose. Here are some more items:  Cigarette Butts – 10-12 years;Monofilament Fishing Line – 600 years;Rubber-Boot Sole – 50-80 years;Foamed Plastic Cups – 50 years;Leather shoes – 25-40 years;Milk Cartons – 5 years;Plywood – 1-3 years;Painted board – 13 years;Cotton Glove – 3 months;Cardboard – 2 months; Nylon Read more…

Week 6 – Eat Dinner at Home

Now that you’ve got lunch under control, it’s time to talk about what’s for dinner. And more importantly, where you’re eating it. Here are some statistics to show the current norm in North America: A survey in 2010 showed that 23% of Canadians ate out once a week and 17.3 % ate out once every 1.5 to 2 weeks. 1 out of 15 Canadians ate out EVERY day!! According to one site, Americans spend more on dining out than groceries for first time ever, with Millennials leading the charge. In another survey, the eating-out national average in the US was Read more…

Week 5 – Find an Alternative to Plastic Bags.

I am being completely honest when I tell you that this is one my favourite ways to be green. I don’t know why. It’s the eco-nerd in me. I started out moving towards tupperware containers to store food at home and then fell in love with mason jars and reusing jars from our usual groceries. One of the first times that it really hit home for me was watching people use individual plastic bags for all their different produce. I mean, really? But I realized that I was the minority just putting all my fruits and veggies straight in the Read more…

Week 4 – Make Your Lunch.

Yup – this week is a throwback to grade school. Remember when lunchtime rolled around and you opened up your lunch bag rather than drove to the local fast food restaurant? It seems like everyone I know goes out for lunch every day if they are at work (or school!) and it is such. a. waste.  Financial impact: it drains your bank account. Here are two bloggers that broke down the cost of buying your lunch at a restaurant every day versus bringing a lunch from home: Buying Your Lunch Is A Terrible Idea. The End. No More Debates What Read more…

Week 3 – Stop Littering. Period.

Littering is one of those things that might not seem like a huge problem from an individual perspective but when you multiply it by a growing population around the globe, it turns into a billion dollar catastrophe. Here are some littering facts that might blow you away: according to one resource, 9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year and $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter. $11.5 BILLION! All because we are too lazy to find a garbage bin or, better yet, stop using disposable items.  The same source says that the most Read more…

Week 2 – Drink Tap Water

There’s been no shortage of reasons why people should turn on their taps rather than drink bottled water but that doesn’t seem to have changed enough minds out there. I have friends who ONLY drink bottled water because they don’t think tap water is safe. That strikes me as absolutely ridiculous, but I won’t preach to them – I will to you though 😉 Here’s some absolutely astounding bottled water facts from BantheBottle.net Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. Read more…

Week 1 – Learn About The Problems We Face

They say that learning is half the battle and that saying rings true when exploring how our actions affect the planet. Environmental struggles like climate change and peak oil can seem huge and disconnected from changes we can make in our day-to-day activities. I like the term “being green” because it’s a light-hearted and positive way to talk about some really, really serious problems that we are facing as a human race. Sometimes it can get downright frustrating when you start looking at the big picture. I’ve found that small scale positive actions are one way to fight the bigger Read more…