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DIY Valentine

Happy February everyone! Today’s pRRRdy Talks Trash post is about upcycled Valentine’s day cards, gifts and décor!

Upcycling means to reuse old objects or materials to create new creative products! For example you can upcycle old barn wood to make furniture. However today’s ideas will not be as much work.

DIY Cards

Making cards by hand can make Valentine’s Day that much more meaningful. These ideas are perfect for kids classes or maybe even for coworkers!

DIY Decorations

Try some of these simple DIY decorations ideas to make your home feel like Valentines Day.

DIY Gifts

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Let’s keep rethinking!

We are now almost a month into the New Year! This year is going to fly by and it’s only just beginning.

Today’s blog post is about the movie Story of Stuff. Take 20 minutes of your day to watch this movie about how production and consumption patterns, affect waste generation. This is an American movie, but many of the themes apply to our everyday lives.

Here are some Canadian waste facts to give you a Canadian perspective:

  • An average North American will throw away 600 times his or her weight in garbage, in their lifetime. For example: a 68 kg adult will leave 40,825 kg of trash.
  • Since 1950, Canadians have consumed as much as all the generations before us combined.
  • To create just one kilogram of consumer goods, manufacturers create five kilograms of waste.
  • In North America, we produce enough garbage each day, to fill 70,000 garbage trucks. If you were to line up all these garbage trucks, over a year, they would stretch halfway to the moon.
  • Across Canada it costs over $1.5 billion a year to dispose of garbage.
  • Today, 80% of municipal and industrial solid waste in Canada is disposed of in landfills. The rest is disposed through recycling, resource recovery and incineration.
  • About 1/3 of our waste is paper and paperboard while another is yard and kitchen waste. The rest is glass, metals, plastics, textiles, wood and other materials.
  • Over 20% of the garbage thrown out by the average BC household is packaging.
  • Recycling one tonne of newspaper saves 19 trees, 3 cubic metres of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatt hours of energy, 29,000 litres of water and 30 kgs of air pollution.

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Welcome to our new blog “pRRRdy Talks Trash!” In this blog pRRRdy will be posting all sorts of tips and tricks on recycling and more!

Let’s start the year off right by making New Year’s recycling resolutions! Here are some ways to make 2018 a greener year!

Resolution Ideas

  • Fabric Grocery Bags. You know all those fabric grocery bags you’ve collected over the years, yet always forget to use? Start putting them in your car and make it a habit to start using them when you shop!
  • Meal Planning! This can help you save money as well as reduce food waste. Spend time planning your week of meals, make a list and do one grocery shop for the week. This helps to cut down on buying unnecessary food that may not get eaten! Check out these templates for planning meals and grocery lists, or these apps!
  • Go Digital with bills! This year make the change from mailed statements and bills, to emailed statements and bills. This saves paper and time! Also opt out of receiving mailed catalogs and flyers. This helps the earth and your mail box.
  • Cut down on packaged food. Take some time to make muffins or granola bars for the week’s lunches. Not only is it healthy and saves money, it helps cut down on packaging waste! Here are some ideas for muffins and bars.
  • Bring a reusable mug or cup! Many places actually give a discount for those who bring in a travel mug or reusable cup! Almost all disposable cups are actually covered in plastic therefore they cannot be recycled.

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