Kimberlee Stirling – August 21, 2014
A visit to the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art in North Vancouver was on my summer to-do list, I wanted to see what happened to the 3000 Coca Cola cans contributed from Recycling Alternative to Gu Xiong’s exhibit.
Gu Xiong is an artist who lives in Vancouver, he was born in China and has lived in Canada 25 years now. His art is created from personal memories and experiences as well as from current issues facing both Canada and China. Continue reading…
Vancity sponsors zero-waste events to keep garbage out of landfills
July 29, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. – A new initiative called Zero Waste Events is aiming to divert up to 94 per cent of summer event waste from local landfills.
The first Zero Waste Event – Car Free Day on Commercial Drive in June – diverted 63 per cent of its waste from the landfill. This saved more than 700 kg of greenhouse gas emissions which is equivalent of keeping two cars off the road for one month.
The Vancouver Food Cart Fest has diverted more than 90 per cent of waste during the first four weekends of the festival, saving 134 large bags of waste from the landfill. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be equal to taking seven cars off the road for a month. Continue reading…
Louise Schwarz and Gerry Martin on CBC’s “On The Coast” talking about the opening of the new greenHUB at 449 Industrial Ave.
Listen at 29:40 for the interview! (and if you’re really keen listen at 1:13:30 for the announcement on the news report).
Here at RA we are mid-way through our busy, sunny and this year very HOT festival season.
We usually mark this halfway point with the arrival of FOLKFest in mid-July, by most Vancouverites, considered the mother of all the city’s outdoor festivals.
So far, this festival season RA has donated and/or provided trashbusting services, signage, bags and recycling stations to:
- Sakura Days – April 5-6
- Youth for Climate Justice Now –Earth Day celebration April 21
- Brittania Stone Soup Festival – May 10-11 Continue reading…
Recycling Alternative sets the foundation for a new centre in the collaborative economy
June 3, 2014 Vancouver, BC On June 1, Recycling Alternative took its place as the founding company of the new GreenHUB, a recycling co-location model that just opened its doors in the False Creek Flats.
Back in 2009, Louise Schwarz and Robert Weatherbe, co-founders of Recycling Alternative, conceived of a collaborative model in which Continue reading…
Guest blog written by the students at Windermere Secondary
On April 21st, 2014, a group of students from Windermere Secondary called Y4CJN (Youth For Climate Justice Now) held their 4th annual youth-led Earth Day Celebration, which was supported by a wide variety of organizations, including Forest Ethics and Wilderness Committee. The goal of this parade and festival was to raise awareness of the change in climate that is happening now and to show that youths can make a difference. This celebration began with a parade that started from the Commercial-Broadway skytrain station and went down to Grandview Park. Many marched up Commercial Drive in costumes, with colourful banners and floats, dances, and chants focusing on the effects of climate change. After the parade, the festival took part at Grandview Park, in which a few hundred people participated in. This family friendly event had a great selection of speakers and musicians such as Buckman Coe, Andrea Reimer, and guest speaker David Suzuki. Information booths from both students and organizations were there as well as face painting and booths to buy plants.
The event had turned out very exciting and successful for yet another year and students of Windermere Secondary couldn’t be more proud of the work they have achieved. To find out more about the event, visit earthdayparade.ca or contact them at [email protected], and look out for this celebration in the following years!
Recycling Alternative would like to thank Y4CJN for contributing to our blogs with their guest blog.
Guest Blog written by Meghan Edmondson.
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…
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.
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…