Waste not, want not

“Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, then he gets discouraged.  That’s not the place to become discouraged.”

In November, Sakshi and I saw The Clean Bin Project, a documentary by a Vancouver couple who go one full year without creating any garbage that would end up in a landfill.  I can’t recommend it highly enough – it balances a serious message of environmental concern with humourous, realistic stories of “ordinary joes” trying live comfortably while producing no garbage (or as close to nothing as possible).

Sakshi and I changed our lifestyle to consume less garbage – but is it possible to travel this way too?  There’s limits on what we can carry, most places don’t recycle (did you know Vancouver is the only Canadian airport that recycles in-flight garbage?) and we can’t rely on safe water to wash reusable plates, cutlery or water bottles, so it’s far easier to just buy new things at each destination and leave them behind when we go. This is the exact opposite of the “reduce consumption, reduce waste” message of the Clean Bin Project!

We resolve to do what we can, and we’re totally open to any suggestions.  In the meantime, we highly recommend that you order the film from Jen and Grant, or bug your local library to buy a copy.

PS: With all the flights we’re taking, we will also keep tabs on our energy consumption – this handy tool will calculate our carbon footprint for New Zealand and Australia, and help us make a legitimate offset credit when we’re done.

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