2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #24

We made it! Christmas Eve is here! My final tip is my favourite one. It’s to start a compost system of some kind. This is always a psychologically daunting task for folks, with questions like What if I fail? But I don’t know how to do it? What if it smells? I’m not a goodContinue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #24”

2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #23

The big day is almost here! With it often comes an influx of electronics and fun tech – depending on the tech, this can also include a LOT of batteries. Here are some quick tips for reducing your e-waste: Have a dedicated dead battery container. Reuse a plastic container (i.e. yogurt, sour cream, peanut butterContinue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #23”

2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #22

My hope is that most folks take their bottles and cans to the bottle depot, rather than putting them straight into the garbage or recycling bags. Yes, you can put them in your recycling bags in the City of Edmonton, but you’ll see why I don’t suggest to do that in a moment. However, IContinue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #22”

2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #21

One of the sneaky things about garbage is that once it’s in a bin, it’s out of sight, out of mind (at least until it starts to smell funky). A great way to examine how much waste and what kind of waste you’re making is to do a home waste audit with your family/roommates. It’sContinue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #21”

2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #20

Having worked in customer service for over a decade, I have seen the look of panic in the eyes of someone who has either forgotten about buying a gift or procrastinated until the very last second (looking at you: middle-aged men who came to the Citadel on Christmas Eve to buy gift certificates!). If youContinue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #20”

2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #19

One of my childhood memories of Christmas Day is opening up presents in the morning and my Dad cleaning up the wrapping paper as soon as possible so that our living room could retain some sense of normalcy, rather than a wrapping paper war zone. If you have children or a large family at home,Continue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #19”

2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #18

The holiday season is often full of food… a lot of food… While it can be incredible to have a table full of delicious seasonal foods in front of you to enjoy with family, it can become overwhelming to deal with the leftovers. Soon before or after your big meal(s) of the season, make aContinue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #18”

2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #17

Welp, I’m three days behind. Let’s pretend these next few posts actually came out on time, shall we? Real Christmas trees are so delightful, they smell nice, give that extra ‘authenticity’ to holiday decor, and bring the magic of the season indoors. However, they can become a pain days or weeks after the holiday, andContinue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #17”

2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #16

The past four years or so I have been a jam machine. I find it very meditative to go through the process of removing pits, cooking the jam and putting it into jars. My favourite thing about jam is that it has the potential to ‘rescue’ food that would otherwise go to waste. My parentsContinue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #16”

2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #15

My favourite of the three R’s is reduce. It’s the first and most important step to making an impact regarding your consumption and waste. Let’s consider products for the home and body. We are frequently sold products that have very singular purposes through advertisement and what is new and trendy on the store shelf. ForContinue reading “2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #15”

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