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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 Twenty Eight - April 28th, 2011

I'm headed to the Burnaby's Recycling and Yard Waste Depot today. Seems that the two main reasons people don't recycle is because they don't know how to and they don't care. Hoepfully I'll be able to answer the first and provoke change in the second. It can be confusing but with a complete tour of the facilities and process it should make more sense.

I bought my ticket for Navigating The Great Turning - An Un-Conference To Be The Change. What a perfect way to end my 30 day journey!? Okay, lots to do so better get cracking for the last 3 days.

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City woman explores
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By Jennifer Moreau,
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Madness, daaaaaarling!

You have simply GOT to proofread what I send you and fix the spelling mistakes, as I certainly don't reread what I've written! Yesterday I wrote "heard" instead of "herd"! GAAAWWD! {I never edit!}

On the way home from uni today with my colleague/friend, Blake, we started talking about how we both hate the North American lawn. We feel that they should be OUTLAWED and replaced with huge clumps of flowers, (yes, he's a member of my choir!), shrubberies, or let them go wild! Leave a border of grass around the edge, buy a few packets of mixed seeds and plant yourself a mini-meadow in the middle designed to attract birds, or butterflies! Think of all the time you'd save not having to mow the lawn every 5 days. Time and gas and money! No more chemicals being dumped onto the ground to keep your grass green. No more water being wasted to keep it alive! No more noise on the weekends and exhaust fumes from the mower. Birds and butterflies instead! BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES, PEOPLE!!!

Most Japanese homes in the city don't have the space for a garden, let alone a lawn, so most people resort to container gardening. Shun and I have a fifty square meter roof garden (on the fifth floor) which is absolutely FULL of fabulous flowers and plants! Everything is in pots, and, yes, in the summer watering is time- consuming because the wind up that high, and the heat can really dry things out, but it's worth it. We have blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mini peaches, two kinds of Japanese berries which I have no idea what they are, strawberries, mulberries and dozens of other flowering or leafy plants. Two kinds of maples, several kinds of ivy and ferns, schefflera, Japanese yew, three kinds of bamboo, privet (self seeded from bird poop!), orchids, cymbidium ( a member of the orchid family), hibiscus, camellias, herbs, roses, jasmine, wisteria, hosta, morning glories, a willow tree, bougainvillea, Rose of Sharon, aspidistra, spider plants EVERYWHERE, clematis, poppies (self-seeded), geraniums and on and on and on ad infinitum!
(Almost..) In the next few weeks, we'll start buying the annuals to add colour and pizzazz!

A lot of neighbourhood parks have flowers planted in them by the people that live nearby. The pocket park behind our building is absolutely gorgeous this year! I don't know who organized it (probably one of the old bossy-boots grannies), but they've outdone themselves. Get together with your neighbours, pitch in a few dollars and beautify your 'hood!

If you're totally spastic and unable to keep even weeds alive, then go to a good nursery, tell them what you want to do with your yard, and fill it with low maintenance, hard-to-murder perennials which they'll help you choose. They'll come back every year and you don't have to do a thing! Plant a shrubbery or put in a large rock garden. Rocks are fairly easy to look after and pretty tricky to kill. Plant a couple of fruit trees. Put in a traditional Japanese garden! VOILA!

The wind tonight is unreal, almost gale force, and I can hear things blowing over on the roof! Crap! It's also making the windows bang and rattle which is unsettling for our poor, neurotic little greyhound because they make the same sounds as they do in an earthquake. He was here all by himself on March 11th, along with the three cats, but cats are cool and they didn't freak, and, you know, he still doesn't want to come back into the building after walkies even after all these weeks! The wisteria has just started blooming and I'm afraid to think what it will look like tomorrow what with this tempest!

Anyway, my dear, time to tidy up a bit before Shunbug gets home.
Looks like the storm has blown through here!!!

Kiss, kiss!

Tokyo Trash Talk
Brent Fialka


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