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

30 Days, Zer0 Waste, Zer0 Impact

Hey Metro Vancouver!

I'm Alison Richards and for 30 days, starting on April 1st, 2011 I'll be monitoring and documenting my actions and activities while striving to live with the least amount of impact and creating zero waste. This interactive web site is meant to serve as a portal for your participation. Chat with me during my daily 5PM web cast or post your tips and suggestions on the Facebook page. I hope to create a ripple of change through awareness and focusing on making one small change each day.


Day Thirty - April 30th, 2011

Yeah! This is the last day of my public journey of 30 Days with Zero Waste and Zero Impact, but I will continue to make the changes I have implemented and will seek new ways to lower my impact on the earth. I know that sounds corny but it's true. I have only just begun.

Thanks to everyone for such tremendous support and to all the people who participated in the shooting of the documentary this month. We still have a few things to shoot but we're already editing so we can screen at the end of May.

Today I will be attending:

Navigating The Great Turning -
An Un-Conference To Be The Change.

Not sure if I'll have a Live @ 5 webcast today but I'll meet you for a recap later this evening.

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 grey water for the plants. I also took my own container to a take-out place for the first time!
Thanks for the inspiration,
Jennifer Moreau REPORTER


City woman explores
zero-waste lifestyle

By Jennifer Moreau,
Burnaby Now link


This post contains "Adult Themes" - Not suitable for children.

Dear Alison,

I just love this time of year; warm during the day and cool at night. Rainy season hasn't started and the jungle humidity is still a couple of months away. PLUS, people are starting to shed their winter clothes. This reeeaaaallly old guy, he had to be in his eighties, came up out of the subway yesterday, and was wearing a bright pink linen jacket, dark purple linen pants, a white shirt, a poison green tie and had his hair dyed red! FAAAAAABULOUS!

It's also the beginning of the work year, so all the university graduates, so young and full of promise, are filling the trains to capacity. There's nothing sexier than the well-barbered nape of a man's neck, especially if it has jet black hair against creamy skin, rising up out of a snowy white, starched dressed shirt, all wrapped up in a navy blue suit! Mmm, mmm, mmm... I'm probably going to turn into one of those pervy old gits who goes around licking people on public transportation!

This actually happened to a friend of mine when she was standing on the subway. She noticed a young, well dressed, good looking guy checking her out and then went back to her book. When the hottie was exiting the train, he leaned in close to my friend and licked her jaw just below her ear! He turned around on the platform, flashed her a big smile and winked (!) before disappearing into the crowd! Cheeky bugger! Wish something like that would happen to me!!!

Another great thing about this season is that as it gets hotter, people start wearing less and less. Former Prime Minister Koizumi introduced the concept of "cool biz", which encourages men to get away from the formal, de riguer Japanese office uniform of suit and tie. They doff their jackets, and wear a short sleeved dress shirt, with or without a tie. This way, offices can cut back on their air conditioning and the employees are not going to stew alive in their own juices!

Complete non sequitur here, but I think it's a good idea that if
people are wanting to get a pet, go to the shelters first. RECYCLE!
We have three rescue kitties; Sheni is 17 and the sisters, Mushka and Yupi are 11. Don't know why I just thought of that. Maybe because Mushka is sitting right beside my head!

The litter we use for them is amazing and it's made from the leftover scum of the tofu making process! The guy at the pet supply shop was really excited when we switched over and he was all like, "You can even EAT this it's so natural!" Alrighty then...

Years ago, when I lived in London Ontario, friends of mine had five indoor cats. FIVE! The toilet issue could have been a nightmare, but they were very clever and used a children's wading pool and
filled it with wood shavings they got FREE from a lumber company.
Smelled great, it was easy to pick out the poop, and when they needed to get rid of it, they just sprinkled it in the garden or under the hedges. Helped keep weeds away and eventually just composted itself away. LItter to litter, dust to dust...

I think I've jumped the gun a bit with the warm weather attire and am coming down with a spring cold. RATS!

Love and sniffles,


Tokyo Trash Talk
Brent Fialka

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