The date has almost arrived! In two days I'll be kick-starting my year of re-use. I will blog about some of the things that I do to reuse and changes I make in my daily life to incorporate reusing. I'd love to hear some ways that other people are reusing?
Starting on April 18 (my 28th birthday) I am making a personal commitment to one year of reuse! This includes only purchasing items that are made of reused, reclaimed and/or recycled material (so mostly shopping at thrift stores when I need something). Attempting to reuse everything before throwing it in the garbage. This will hopefully lead to a lifetime of habitual reuse actions reducing my impact on the environment and reducing my overall consumption.
If you ever travel on a Canadian air carrier and spot a flight attendant with "pro-environment" buttons on her suitcase+apron, and that she leaves the aircraft carrying a bag of plastic bottles, and that she "forces" passengers to reuse plastic cups/bottles during a flight and asks people to take off their own plastic waste for recycling.... yep thats me.
I am a visual arts/industrial design student and I also work as a flight attendant for a Canadian Airline. After 3+ years in the industry, I have decided to either make a commitment to change something or quit this environmentally-devastating job.
This would be a cheap marketing ploy on any other website but I honestly believe the underlying motive for my new business is very much in line with changeeverything, and I hope that it inspires others to adopt a broader thinking pattern when it comes to possible changes we can make by better utilizing resources we already have.
Reduce, Reuse... Then Recycle. A friend of mine reminded me this week that there are two other R's other than Recycle. Often times, the majority of us can pat ourselves on the back on how much we recycle our containers and cans, but why not take it a step further?
What kind of city do we want to live in during the garbage strike? What are you going to do? Just ignore the growing smelly pile of bags around your dumpster or refuge bin, as the crows spread junk over your alley?
I want to minimize my consumption of material goods to only the basics of urban life. By doing this, I can reduce my personal footprint on this planet and thus have a positive impact on our environment. I can also save money and donate it to environmental