Alison Richards completed the challenge to live zero waste and zero impact for 30 days. Despite the fact that several people suggested she cut corners (cheat)... she took it very seriously and actually got a little carried away at times.

30 Days, Zer0 Waste, Zer0 Impact

November 28th, 2013



UPDATE - Go Green this winter. When you take a shower or bath this winter, save the water in the tub to heat up your bathroom. Why let heat go down the drain? Pull the plug once it cools or to conserve even more. Scoop the water from the tub to flush your toilet or use it to water your plants or garden.

What have you done lately to live greener?

Marla Cox-Williams I love that idea. Also don't wet toothbrush before putting toothpaste on and don't let water run as you brush!!!


Hi Alison,
Since I wrote the story on you, I’ve been trying to cut down on packaging and bags. I’ve convinced some of my coworkers to switch from Styrofoam plates in the newsroom to ceramic plates. And, I got a worm composting kit for my balcony, turned my heat down and put on sweaters instead, and used some of my gray water for the plants. I also took my own container to a take-out place for the first time!
Thanks for the inspiration,


City woman explores
zero-waste lifestyle

By Jennifer Moreau,
Burnaby Now link

I spent 30 days in April living as close to Zero Waste and Zero Impact as possible. The video archives at below and links to each day of the Challenge. Initiated by a desire to create awareness and action toward becoming the Greenest City in the World.

Tokyo Trash Talk

Insider view of post quake Japan from cousin Brent. Touching, hilarious and darn right practical. Be sure to check the archives below for interesting tips and perspectives from Brent in Tokyo.

Brent Fialka

**Complete archives of the original program for 30 days in April 2011 are available at the bottom of this site**

May 21st, 2012

Robert Burnaby Park

UPDATE - Go Green this summer. Plant a garden. Take an environmentally friendly holiday. Buy local. Prepare your home for winter. See how many ways you can make simple changes in your daily activities to be less wasteful and have a most positive impact on your surroundings. Watch the Live @ 5 video archives for helpful tips and tricks on being zero waste. Be sure to add your comments and share your ideas too. Challenge yourself to try something new. I've taken another step towards being more responsible to mother earth... Meatless Mondays. While I've made great strides toward being more food sustainable... I do enjoy a nice juicy steak now and again. I have changed my eating habits and now think of meat as 'flavoring' for dishes. I'll abstain entirely on Mondays.

What have you done lately to live greener?

April 1st, 2012

Barnet Park
Barnet Marine Park - Spring
Alison Noni Richards (c) 2012

UPDATE - It's been a year since my 30 day zero waste zero impact challenge. I've changed a lot in that time. There wasn't a specific turning point, but... once you have information and knowledge about the state of our environment, you don't really have a chance but to adapt.

Advertising offends me now. I've lost the ability to tolerate the bulls**t. Drug companies controlling the medical industry, oil empires padding pockets to 'skirt' laws and bypass procedure, Mega Corps annialating indie mom and pop businesses... Buy, buy, buy!!! Why, so we can Die, die, die?

I'm still living the 30 day challenge and plan to continue permanently. It's easy, it's effective and it's the only choice we have for survival. Please visit the links below to review articles and video updates for each day from last April. Tips, tricks and suggestions to live Green!

January 31st, 2012

Hair Donation to Locks of Love

UPDATE - First off, I want to reasure everyone that I did in fact cut off my hair. I've gotten so many queries about the hair donation that it took me a while to realize that people didn't believe I would actually part with my long locks. Well, they're gone! Here's a link to my new look.

Secondly, I'm gearing up for a second run on 30 Zero Zero. I learned a lot the last go round and think that I can simplify the program making it even easier for everyone to reduce their impact. The feedback I've gotten over the past several months has been fabulous. My main intent was to make people aware, aware of their habits and the impact they had on the world.
If you have any suggestions for content, topics you want me to explore or questions you want answers to, post them to the Facebook page and I'll incorporate them.

Finally, check out my blog for recent articles and a poem I like to think of as an Ode to Enridge, The Pipeline


October 3rd, 2011

Alice Pyne

This is Alice. She's an incredible young lady. Her blog Alice's Bucket List is both insightful and courageous and has increased awareness worldwide for Bone Marrow Registries. Follow her on Twitter @Alice_Pyne where she's been sharing her experiences with over 15,000 tweeters.

I decided to create an event in Vancouver to help Alice with her goal to "To get everyone eligible to join the bone marrow register"

WIGGING OUTis November 11th, 2011

Ideal donors are ethnically diverse, healthy males between 17 and 39. One Match is holding a donor registry drive at UBC on Oct. 26th, 2011. I challenge all residents of Metro Van to spread the word those who can, sign up. It's a priceless gift that can save a life. Full details here

September 26th, 2011

Save the date! November 11th (11/11/11)

Announcing WIGGING OUT!

Bone Marrow Registry Awareness and Fundraiser for final interviews and post production for the 30 Zero Zero documentary. A portion of all proceeds with also go to local Children's Cancer Charities.

Millions and billions of dollars are washed down the drain each year and all for the price of beauty. Shampoos, conditioners, dyes, straighteners, correctors, relaxers, gels, glossers, fixers...

Society places so much importance on HAIR. What is the cost? To our health? And our planet?

While I was learning to adjust my lifestyle habits during my 30 day zero waste challenge, I became acutely aware of how much we are polluting our water with senseless chemicals and additives. I had a lot of hair drama while I was experimenting with different soaps, bars and cleansers not to mention all natural conditioners.

My hair was either slick with oil or frizz. Maintaining that perfect balance, one so easily achieved with mountains of toxic product, is tricky and I'm actually looking forward to the simplicity of having my hair shaved off. Imagine how gorgeous and healthy and thick it will be once it grows back in. My hair grows really fast so that shouldn't be too long.

But that's not how it is for everyone.

I was recently reminded of how fortunate I am when I read a blog post by Alice Pyne.

I'm 15 and I have terminal cancer. I've created a bucket list because there are so many things I still want to do in my life ... some are possible, some will remain a dream. My blog is to document this precious time with my family and friends, doing the things I want to do. You only have one life ... live it!

~ Alice Pyne

Excerpt from Sept 15th. 2011:
"I'm getting a real hair wig! I had a really nice time and I picked a nice long style in quite a warm reddish brown. I can't wait for it to come cos then I get to go back and they will cut and style it on my head"

Well Alice...

My hair is a warm reddish brown!

I know you already have a wig (excited to see your new style) but, there is surely some other kid that likes warm reddish brown. I'll be cutting mine off and streaming live to the web on November 11th, 2011 at approximately 11:11pm.

Noni xox

Stay tuned for more details... Official Press Release on Oct 5th, 2011

September 21th, 2011

Today is World Peace Day so I've been reflecting on all the places I've visited where war has raged. Pakistan, London, Thailand, New York City... I have been blessed with the priviledge to travel and experience many cultures. Each place I have visited, I have shared stories and learned about my neighbours near and far.

Pretty much every square inch of the globe has witnessed conflict with mankind at some point or another in history. Today many wars continue to take the lives of innocent men, women and children. The effects of war take generations to heal... sometimes the scars never fade. Poverty, hunger and homelessness are common companions to the devastation of war.

Besides being at war with each other, we are at war with mother earth. We slaughter our wildlife, overfish our oceans and rape minerals and resources from our earth. In 2009 I rode a bus for 6 hours along the coast in Malaysia and all I saw was palm trees. I thought "What weird geography... all the trees are the same... identical palms was all you could see for miles in each direction. That's no forest! That's DEVASTATION!

Take action today by Watching video on Global Truce and/or Stopping Destruction by Palm Oil

August 17th, 2011

July 31st, 2011

Received a nice note today...

Alison Richards,
Congratulations on the completion of your 30 Zero Zero project and documentary. Overall I was very impressed by the way you presented recycling for the purpose of reducing and eliminating household waste with simple manageable daily tasks. As an environmentally conscience person at heart I have always found recycling for complete reduction something I 'should' do however sometimes the effort seemed to be another daunting chore to add to my already overwhelming schedule. Since following your 30 day commitment and viewing your documentary I have found ways to successfully reduce my own household waste on a daily basis with the simplicity you demonstrated. Thank you.

July 13th, 2011

I've been busy revamping my friends house this past week. I'm house sitting for the summer and took the opportunity to help out by doing some cleaning, painting and restoration. They had some paint leftover from basement renovations so I had it re-tinted and used only what materials I could find around the home.

Besides tending the garden and critters; I'm resurfacing a table, several shelves and salvaging old boards to build more. It's been fun seeing the home transform from cluttered dingy to airy fresh. I paid careful attention to keep a masculine feel and chose a deep moss for my accent color. Having a new living space doesn't mean having to spend a bunch of money on brand new STUFF. With a few coats of paint, some elbow grease and an imagination... the sky is the limit.

I'll post some photos once the transformation is complete.

New daily action...

** A Gentle Living Room Breeze **
Today, if you don't have one already, lets get a ceiling fan installed in your living room or wherever you and your family hang out the most. A ceiling fan will take abut 2-4 hours to install and will allow you to dial that AC back 6 degrees while still staying comfortable.


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Zero Impact Team - Zero Heroes Role Call

Take the pledge to walk, bike or carpool.
Want a cleaner conscience? Walking, biking or carpooling on a regular basis can help.
Transportation is currently the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada,
and nasty emissions like carbon dioxide are the cause of ocean acidification and climate change.
By reducing the emissions you spew into the atmosphere from driving your car,
many key species in oceans ecosystems – like shellfish and coral – will be very happy creatures.

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