While we all know the usual steps...recycle, reuse, reduce. But when we hear over and over that there is a shortage of space, too much in the landfill, ocean pollution etc etc. it can become overwhelming to find things that one person can do to help contribute to our city in a meaningful way, and makes it all too easy to just throw up your hands and ignore the whole mess.
So lets start simple! Here are four easy ways that you can reduce waste, improve city vibes, and help to make positive changes!
1. Why not join a team that helps to clean up parks, clear streams, get rid of garbage form our shorelines and reduce the spread of invasive species in our green spaces!
2. Give items new purpose. There are some great volunteer run organizations like Freecycle that operate on a not for profit sharing system to reduce the amount of material that ends up in our landfills. Have something you no longer want? Give it away! Something you need for a project? Ask, and you never know, you might just get it for free!
3. If you have a bit of available air and sunshine in your living situation, consider throwing in a potted plant or two. In addition to converting your carbon dioxide into oxygen, research has shown that plants actually have the ability to remove volatile compounds and pollutants from the air around you (another good reason to support and promote our green spaces around the city!)
4. Consider what food you throw away and why. Its estimated that 40% of the perfectly useable food in Canada is thrown away because it doesn't look perfect. A great demonstration at the Vancouver Art Gallery on May 27th showed how much of our food is wasted, and can still be used at the Feeding the 5000 event (let's give them a round of applause, they actually ended up with enough to feed the 5500!).
Gandhi put it best when he said "Be the change that you wish to see in the world". How you do it is up to you, but hopefully these give a few ideas or a bit of inspiration!