Projecting Change Film Festival Sparks Positive Growth in Vancouver

Guest Blog written by Meghan Edmondson.

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Tomorrow the Projecting Change Film Festival returns for their 7th year to lead the Vancouver community to positive growth! From April 24 to 27, the unique Docs & Dialogues festival (first of its kind in Vancouver) promises to explore with their community about the important themes of empowerment, environmental and social sustainability, identity and global culture.

One film we are excited for is Watermark, a documentary about the human relationship to water as a resource. The film follows 20 diverse stories from 10 different countries around the world and shows the magnitude of our need and use for water. We’re positive that people’s attitude towards water usage will change, in a good way, after they see this documentary.

Other films that will be playing at the festival include: Continue reading…

Eggs-Ellent Eco-Easter Tips

As Easter fast approaches I can’t help but think, not of all that yummy chocolate, but all the unnecessary packaging that comes along with it, and all the waste going to landfill associated with another seasonal celebration. And this is only the waste that we can physically see.Eggs Easter Poster

Canadians consume an average of 5.5 kg of chocolate per person each year. Doesn’t sound like much but when you learn that it takes a full annual harvest from one cocoa tree to produce one tin of baking cocoa (http://fairtrade.ca/en/products/cocoa), it’s even more reason to appreciate every yummy bite of chocolate and consider your purchasing choices.

Here are a few simple ways (can you think of some others?) to
try to celebrate Easter in a more sustainable style:

   Place Fairtrade chocolate on the top of your shopping list. Not only does it help improve the living standards of cocoa farmers in the developing world, fostering a better future for their families and communities, but in addition, Continue reading…

Debate over Multi Materials BC, Printed Paper and Packaging rages on

No exaggeration – as per our earlier posts on Multi Materials BC – the debate around Printed Paper and Packaging is just getting louder.

You cannot open a local newspaper these days without coming face to face with headlines on the upcoming May legislation around Multi-Materials BC’s (MMBC) stewardship program for Printed Paper and Packaging (PPP).

The debate has been going for over 4 years within the industry, both producers (i.e. Canadian Newspaper Association) and recyclers alike, but it’s nothing like the poker hot polemic currently underway in the newspapers, op ed’s and advertising space, as the May 19 implementation day draws nearer. Continue reading…

Women hitting their own glass ceilings – Hillary Clinton Part 2

Continuing our series on Hillary Rodham Clinton – Keynote at QE Theatres March 5 2014
HilaryClintonPart 2 – Women hitting their own glass ceilings

My March 12 blog post on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inspirational keynote last month, focused on the Economics of Inclusion and the key role women play in increasing GDP performance in economies where women are participating drivers and leaders.

Another key message from Clinton was the ‘internal ceilings,’ the limitations and boundaries that women create for ourselves.

Everyone is familiar with the concept of the ‘glass ceiling’ referring to the externals barriers that women encounter in management, executive and board room circles.

However, in addition to suffering these career stubbing ‘external’ spoilers, it seems women are doing a fine job of holding ourselves back through our own ‘internal ceilings’ and boundaries.

Too often, a woman’s first reaction, when offered a better job or a promotion is to question whether she is capable or qualified enough to fulfill the requirements.

A friend once sabotaged her own success in a promising position, by speaking candidly about her own ‘self -perceived’ weakness in an area of the job that would be a rather minor aspect of her executive position. She did this because Continue reading…

More Condo’s and Coffee Shops creeping east of Main onto Industrial Lands

Every few years, attention and urban-planning talk turns yet again to the industrial lands known as the Southeast False Creek Flats – the area from Main to Clark, between Prior/Venables and 2nd Avenue.

If this weekend’s Globe & Mail is anything to go by, it looks like ‘every few years’ is just about now.

And ‘just about now’ is when local, industrial businesses such as Recycling Alternative and many of our ‘groovy and gritty’ neighbours located in this area, start to get worried about protecting industrial land (or what’s left of it) against the great urban squeeze.

With 4 acres of the Great Northern Way campus being sold for residential development and artist live work space, it looks like we’ll be getting something Vancouver really needs, more condo’s and coffee shops. Continue reading…

Around the World #2

Frozen Recycling – Canada / Australia

As a newbie to this country and therefore Recycling Alternative, the differences between Australia and Canada are very interesting to this little waste enthusiast. The most interesting to me so far (as I am sure there will be more to come) is the curbside recycling collection.

Firstly, the blue box system was originally Picture 006strange to me, especially the separation of the paper into the yellow bag, and those blue boxes. Not strange as it makes complete sense from a recycling perspective keeping the paper clean, more so that the contents of the bags and blue boxes are exposed to the elements (ahem, do I mention the rain?), and those apparent Coyotes and Raccoon’s Continue reading…

The Economics of Inclusion, Good for Everyone, Good for GDP – Hilary Clinton Part 1

Last Wednesday, March 5, Hillary Rodham Clinton presented a keynote address to an enthusiastic full house at the Q.E. Theatre.

 

With International Woman’s Day (March 8) close on the tail of the occasion, many local women entrepreneurs were in the house to be wowed by the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State’s message regarding women, their role and position in the world.

Hillary Clinton highlighted the long and arduous road travelled by women and girls, especially those in developing countries to get to a place called ‘equal’. Moreover, she spoke about the documented and measurable economic benefits reaped in countries and cultures where women are included in, rather than Continue reading…

Board of Trade SOUNDING BOARD – March issue: MMBC guest column

MMBC – it’s all the talk on trash these days!

If you haven’t heard about the new legislation on Printed Paper and Packaging coming into effect this May, trust me, you’ll be getting an earful very soon and from all sides! Municipalities, Metro Vancouver, garbage companies, recycling companies and not least the producers and manufacturers of printed paper and packaging.

The BC Printing and Imaging Association is strongly opposed to how the program has been rolled out, comparing it to a looming ‘Titanic disaster’ that will ‘harm the BC economy and…. job growth’

For the full story on the association’s opposition, check out Marilynn Knoch’s guest column in this month’s Board of Trade Sounding Board.

“Dark star” of recycling expected to feed into proposed Metro Van incinerator

Avid waste reducers and recyclers in the Lower Mainland will want to read this recent article on the continuing incinerator saga!

Helen Spiegelman – well known recycling advocate and former Executive Director at Recycling Council of British Columbia also raises some concerns over Multi Material BC’s ‘Printed Paper and Packaging’ program slated to start in May 2014.

Will materials coming through this latest Printed Paper and Packaging stewardship program be used as fuel for the incinerator?

A must read for those following the trash trail!

 

Mike Chisholm – Feb 27th, 2014

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/dark-star-recycling-expected-feed-proposed-metro-van-incinerator

 

Collaborative Consumption and The Sharing Economy

Earlier in February I was excited to attend a talk at the HiVE by April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer of Collaborative Lab, on “Collaborative Consumption and The Sharing Economy” presented by an amazing collection of local businesses and organizations (Board of Change, VanCity, Modo, the Sharing Project, and CityStudio to name a few…)SHARINGeconomy 3

“Also known as collaborative consumption and the collaborative economy, the Sharing Economy is the bartering, exchanging, sharing, renting, trading, borrowing, lending, leasing and swapping of goods, services, time, capital, experiences and space by individuals, institutions, businesses and communities.”(Vanessa Timmer)  Sharing resources means spending less – time, money, energy, natural resources, etc.

I hadn’t put much thought into the sharing economy before, but as the talk progressed I realized just how large a piece of my life and work were integrated into this new economic model Continue reading…