GU XIONG EXHIBIT – AUGUST 2014

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.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

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…

Festival Season in Mid-Flight!

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…

Youth For Climate Justice Now

Guest blog written by the students at Windermere Secondary

2014 Earth Day Y4CJN Photo 5  2014 Earth Day Y4CJN Photo 3

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.

2014 Earth Day Y4CJN Photo 2 2014 Earth Day Y4CJN Photo 1

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…