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.
Days, Zer0 Waste, Zer0 Impact
- 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.
have you done lately to live greener?
Marine Park - Spring
Alison Noni Richards (c) 2012
- 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.
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?
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
- 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.
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.
check out my blog for recent articles and a poem I like to think
of as an Ode to Enridge, The
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
where she's been sharing her experiences with over 15,000 tweeters.
decided to create an event in Vancouver to help Alice with her
goal to "To get everyone eligible
to join the bone marrow register"
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
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.
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...
places so much importance on HAIR.
What is the cost? To our health? And our planet?
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.
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.
not how it is for everyone.
recently reminded of how fortunate I am when I read a blog post by
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!
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"
is a warm reddish brown!
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
for more details... Official Press Release on Oct 5th, 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...
Dec 18th, 2008
showing the scars of battle
20 years after the cease-fire.
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!
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.
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.
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.
post some photos once the transformation is complete.
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.
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,
Moreau REPORTER BURNABY NOW
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.
the pledge to walk, bike or carpool. Want
a cleaner conscience? Walking, biking or carpooling on a regular basis can
Transportation is currently the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions
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.