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Trash Talk: It's Easy to be Green - Book Two

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The collective actions of many people are much more powerful than that of any one high-ranking politician. As the majority, we can force changes by making changes. Simply by living in such a way we can set an example for others to emulate.
If a person can weed through all the bad news that is spewed at us on a daily basis, and go looking for sources that offer proactive, conscious living topics, it can be quite refreshing.
Therefore, we feel honored to share with you some inspiration to help you start right where you are. Wasted energy is as bad as garbage being left in the wrong place - it does no good for your pocket book or the planet. Being 'green' means more than just following the R's of waste management - it also entails the proper and responsible use of resources. From water to electricity this book covers a lot of ground and has you re-thinking your entire way of using the resources around the home and office. You can't afford to not own this book!

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Dave Brummet has lived his life in the interior of beautiful British Columbia, Canada and spends free time exploring the wilderness for inspiration. An avid photographer and history buff he likes to explore the old mines and ghost towns that riddle the backcountry of BC. Whether it is on snowshoes, by mountain bike or on foot with the two dogs they have rescued, he and his wife, Lillian, tend to tread a light path on the earth and leave only footprints and take only pictures when on their many excursions. Writing professionally since 1999 Dave co-authors with Lillian for most of their published work to date. He is in charge of the editing, proofreading, graphic work and cover design as well as the up-keep of their website and creating musical audio ads for Lillians’s radio show. Also a professional drummer/percussionist and educator, Dave has collaborated on various songs that later led to him writing lyrics of his own, some of which are included in the Brummet’s most recent book of poetry, “Rhythm and Rhyme”. Initially it was Dave who first sparked the idea for the Brummet’s to walk this path they tread today – he decided to take a writer’s course to learn what he might be able to do with his short stories that he has compiled over the years. Most of those stories have remained unpublished to this day due to other projects taking precedence, but Dave plans to release some in the near future.

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DEDICATION

This fully revised, 2nd edition of Trash Talk is dedicated to the memory of our parents: Marlene Brummet - her whole life, her whole being was dedicated to caring for her family and no other woman could have done better. To her surviving husband, Frank Brummet - a poet and a re-user in his own right - Dave has fond memories of his father recycling bicycles to make new ones. To Joanne Siewert (Smith) and her husband Al Siewert - the master recyclers of our time who could turn virtually any piece of waste into a useful item.

To Dave’s Uncle, Tony Brummet – a former British Columbia Minister of Environment, who influenced us greatly simply through living his life the way he has.

To Bruce Grattan, Barry Poppenheim, Larry Towne, Karen Visser and Gary Towne - their support has been a great resource of strength for us. To the late Alfred Boenisch and especially to his wife, Hildegard - who helped influence the conscious lifestyle we now lead.

It is our hope that our commitment to help escalate the green and conscious living movement will leave a lasting legacy for our eleven nephews and nieces, (Kado, Seth, Austin, Riker, Alicia, Meighan, Colten, Emily, Mason, Qing Qing and Anthony), numerous cousins and five siblings (Larry, Nick, Terry, Gary and Karen).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Words can’t possibly share how vital a role that the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio interviews we have had with amazing individuals from around the planet and how they continue to inspire us every single day. We would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to send a note of appreciation to all our radio show guests. We learn so much from these proactive and highly educated individuals regarding their fields of specialty. You can see in this new edition that there are quotes taken from some of these interviews that these individuals have offered freely for Trash Talk’s readers.

These interviews are archived and available (for free) at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions

When it comes to networking one cannot find greater support than in the world of writing and in the green and conscious living movement – There are way too many groups, organizations and individuals to name here but we do appreciate the incredible support we have experienced from them all.

Several individuals have stood out as the greatest of friends and support systems for us including Brian McAndrew for his ongoing technical and creative support that helped to make our writing career, website and other technical endeavors possible. Many thanks to vermiculturists, Eva Anthony, Lorraine Roulston and Cathy Nesbitt, for sharing their knowledge of worms. A note of appreciation goes out to Tim Dueck – Solid Waste Program Coordinator for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, who has been very supportive of Trash Talk and provided a wonderful review of the first edition.

PREFACE

There was a village…in the early 1800’s it was a thriving little mill town …and had a lot of small industries… I think the lunacy and insanity that enveloped the valley was more environmental poisoning from the stuff that they were working on and the stuff in the river and the 40,000-acre drainage basin above it and the 5 villages above it…In the early 1800’s nobody wanted to admit that there was lunacy in their family…they referred to it as people ‘dying in an unusual way’. To make felt they had to use mercurial oxide… They were exposed to mercury through their footwear…I found they also had a velvet shop - and you can’t iron velvet, you have to steam it, so when I researched the colors used back then (I found that) they were filled with arsenic and vermillion…Even wallpaper was poison back then…The term ‘mad as a hatter’ was from hat makers who used felt in their hats and went stark-raving mad… ~ Rosemary Chaulk

-taken from the Oct 30, 2008 Conscious Discussions Radio interview titled: Environment; History & Passion

The Stop Cancer Now organization has found that toxins in the environment are likely the cause of the increase of cancer across globe. With a little research on the Internet one can quickly determine that automobiles, smoke stacks from industry and oil and incineration plants are all considered to be top toxin producers. Organics in the landfill are another top concern, and recycling plays a vital role in the planet’s health as well. According to the Prevent Cancer Now website (http://www.preventcancernow.ca): Incinerators emit hundreds of pollutants, including carcinogens, into our air, land and water every day. Health Canada says the biggest source of dioxins and furans come from the burning of municipal and medical waste.

Constantly bombarded with negative information about the environment, finances and natural resources can leave us feeling powerless. Not everyone can afford to donate cash or time to a cause. We can be overwhelmed by the immense environmental problems our world faces yet each and every one of us can do something to help our world - starting right where we are, right now.

As we mentioned in Book One in this series, Dr. Jane Goodall's E-newsletter (2004) reported that 66% of those polled would do more to conserve energy and protect the environment if they knew it had a measurable impact. Psychologists have long known that simply performing one small step will aid in defining a positive outlook on life and will inspire further participation from the individual. And as we can see from the quote above, mankind has learned a great deal about our impact on the environment and toxic behaviors as a society, and through this understanding our society will evolve.

Here is an interesting excerpt from the Friends of the Earth's Europe branch resources campaigner, Dr Michael Warhurst:

Our research shows that a 70% recycling target would create more than half a million new jobs by 2020, a significant contribution towards the 3 million green jobs that President Barroso has called for by 2020…Europe must stop throwing valuable resources (and the potential jobs that come with them) in holes in the ground or sending them up in smoke in expensive incinerators.

This stresses the importance of how recycling has a direct effect on our local economy through job creation alone. If we could educate more people about this then they might just see a returnable bottle or recyclable can as something valuable and make that extra little step.

A lot of the resistance to recycling can be avoided with numerous tidy collection sites around the home, office, carport and other areas where human traffic might flow. Have the staff, or family members, vote on which charity this month's returnable collections will support. Keep a record of how much 'waste' was collected and celebrate this with occasional announcements. (i.e. Did you realize that this year alone, just from returnable containers, we were able to donate a total of $150 to three different charities, helping families on the run, people in poverty, and abused animals?)

The concept of Zero Waste begins with redesigning our waste collection system in such a way that it encourages participation in the current recycling and returnable programs. Once this is established, collection areas for manufacturer take-back programs, e-waste depots and reuse centers should be put in place. The third step would be looking at every item that is purchased and considering what alternatives can be found that suit your budget. Look for companies that strive to better the planet in some way, seek out suppliers that have in-house recycling programs and take-back programs, and finally; consider how their products are made. It really is as simple as choosing a manufactured product that produces less waste and is recyclable upon end-of-life.

INTRODUCTION

Trash Talk began in October of 1999 as a series of articles developed to aid in the Zero Waste Initiative. By educating through better resource management these articles focused on ways the average family can make small alterations in their lives to affect positive changes for the earth. Well received by publications across the globe, the Trash Talk column inspired us to create the first edition of this book – which is still available in paperback and hardcover formats. The resounding success of the e-book industry and incredible responses from readers has led us to create this - the second edition as a series, of two e-books.

Book One lists items commonly found in the waste or recycling bin in alphabetical order, showing how to view the 'waste' as a resource that creates jobs and benefits the community in a variety of ways, while saving you time and money.

Book Two (this is the book you are viewing on your device or computer right now) is split into three parts: Living Consciously – Gardening – Energy & Water. It goes beyond recycling and reusing and looks at reducing and other green activities that individuals can easily employ at home, in their office or condo.

The majority of the ideas presented in this 2-part eBook series have been put to use in our own home or in the homes of our families, friends, and neighbors. The ideas are relatively simple and do not require any unusual tools or skills.

Readers will also notice that we have created a new appendix listing more than 200 environmental resources under helpful subheadings, along with their website links or contact information.

PART 1 – LIVING CONSCIOUSLY

CELEBRATIONS

I’m 64 years old and I meet a lot of people who say, ‘I can’t change, I’ve always done this…’ and I think of myself as a perfect example and say, Of course you can change! As long as you are alive, you can make choices and decisions based on what you think is right… I get to be out there and show people that you can be 60, 70, 80, or 90 and still change and grow…The first step for greening any event is the 3- R’s, which sounds so basic…Think about how you can reduce – maybe the party can be done with less food, less packaging…And Reuse. How can we do this and make it fun? ~ Lynn Colwell

-This quote was taken from the Oct 15, 2009 Conscious Discussions Talk Radio titled: Greening Holidays & Events

North American trash increases by 25% during the holidays, which equates to a minimum of 25 million extra tons of garbage going to the landfill. Christmas is not the only gift-giving celebration but it is responsible for more waste and consumption than any other holiday. Halloween and Easter closely follow the Christmas holidays as being the next largest contributors to the waste stream.

The principals and craft ideas that follow can be applied to any holiday, event, or gift-giving day that you might encounter. Classrooms and youth groups, craft groups, church groups and seniors groups have enjoyed gathering together to make these interesting ideas we’ve listed here for you.

It is easy to create ornaments, gift tags, boxes or gift bags, magnets or puzzles. Creating packages of these (such as a set of 12 ornaments) and donating them to places like support centers for women, the homeless and financially challenged, senior centers and other organizations is a wonderful way to teach youth about the value of the individual giving back to the community in small ways.

Wrapping Paper Alternatives

Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries are just a few of the occasions we celebrate with all sorts of surprises in beautifully wrapped packages. When we recognize the incredible waste that has accumulated at the end of the holidays, the urgency to do something about it becomes apparent. While most wrapping paper is recyclable, few consumers realize that the shiny paper often contains foil and is not recyclable. We recommend that consumers avoid this type of wrapping all together.

However, we found a great way to reuse it by making Christmas tree ornaments. Of course any wrapping paper will do here, but the shiny paper just shimmers and glows on a lit Xmas tree. Tiny blocks of wood or blocks of Styrofoam, or hand-made cardboard boxes can be wrapped in used wrapping paper. Those tiny raisin boxes and matchboxes are also quite handy for this project. Your gift-box ornaments can then be decorated with a little ribbon and, using glue, secure on a little wire hanger (available at most craft stores) to hang on the tree branches. Alternatively, glue a loop of ribbon to hang the ornament.

-Tip: often scraps of ribbon and decorative items can be found at floral outlets for free.

Save some money this year by getting creative with recycled wrapping paper, by considering things like old maps, sheet music, posters, children’s drawings, art, comic strips, and bits of ribbon and bows. Fabric scraps also make wonderful wrapping for gifts (or any of these craft projects in this section). We’ve used colorful squares of fabric to cover the lids of preserves, tying them on with a little ribbon. Try keeping a shoebox or two in the closet to store these items in until you need them.

Saving wrapping paper and ribbons from gifts you receive and reusing them for next year’s gifts is easier said than done. In the excitement of opening a present, it is not on everyone’s mind to do it gingerly. However, if every Canadian wrapped only 3 gifts in re-used paper or reusable gift boxes and bags, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 hockey rinks.

- Note: To learn about creating a wrapping kit, see the section in Trash Talk Book One in the chapter titled 'Paper Tubes'.

Reusable baskets, plastic containers and metal cans, may all be used for packaging a gift. But why not make the wrapping a part of the gift? New dishcloths, scarves and towels are just a few ideas to use as unique and useful wrapping.

You can avoid the unwrapping stage altogether by using the wide array of decorative gift bags available in a variety of sizes and shapes. These are usually sturdy enough to reuse as many as a dozen or more times. Although there is an initial investment these bags do reduce both waste and consumerism while encouraging reuse. We once received such a beautifully designed bag that we could not bear to store it away. Instead, it was hung for years in the back room to collect paper recycling.

Another great way to reuse wrapping paper is to create reusable gift bags. Using a breakfast cereal or dry pasta box as a template, wrap paper around it as you would a package, leaving the top open. For a strong top edge, fold the top over about an inch and glue in place. Punch two holes at the top of the sides for the string handles. Be sure to leave the box in so that you have a stronger bag. This craft reuse idea can apply to any paperboard box.

Speaking of paperboard boxes, cereal and cracker boxes, pasta boxes and the like (products like these are referred to as paperboard) are fantastic for creating gift boxes. Simply use the material to create a box according

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  • (5/5)
    Trash Talk takes us through the 4 Rs of sustaining our planet - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. It starts off by sharing some facts, such as the mere act of recycling can reduce the waste you personally contribute to landfills by up to 30%. Then we're given helpful and often fun ways we can cut down on our waste and reuse or recycle those things we're tempted to toss in the trash.The issues covered here are things everyone should be thinking about. We only have this one planet, and we're all borrowing it from our children. It's about time we started taking better care of their legacy.
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    People are constantly bombarded with negative information about the environment and our resources. Feeling powerless because we cannot afford to donate cash or time to a cause, we begin to feel overwhelmed by the immense environmental problems our world faces. In Trash Talk, we focus on changing people's mindset to a more open, hopeful and proactive one. Not by finger-pointing at corporations and governments, but by starting in our own homes, at our own desks.Trash Talk began as a series of articles that focused on ways the average person can make small changes to do their part for the Earth. We compiled all the articles and other information that we could not fit in the limited space of our bi-weekly column into this book. Trash Talk embarks on frugal and conscious living techniques for the individual. We focus on the reuse of "waste" materials and reducing the consumption of resources. Trash talk is written to empower people to feel more positive about their worth as individuals in a hectic, expensive, environmentally stressed world. We show how to make a real and visible difference, while saving money at the same time. Trash Talk could be an excellent resource in the classroom for recycling, environmental and gardening programs. Educators/caregivers can use the book to teach gardening skills (seed saving, composting, tree planting) and Vermiculture (worm composting) - the students can build their own worm bin and learn from the "worm farm". (Did you know that compost worms (red wigglers) can produce 2,000-9,000 babies annually?) Craft websites are listed for artistic projects using "waste" items. The book could be used as a tool for probing young minds to come up with original reuse ideas or environmental activities that the group can participate in. 140 resources listed at the back of the book will lead educators and individuals to new information and ideas. Trash Talk is at the Grade 10 level of reading, however, in the hands of a teacher the concepts and projects can easily be implemented as early as Grade 4. Trash Talk has been globally received and locally embraced. Eagle bulletin (South Africa), Conservation and Recycling Journal (Netherlands), Scrap Magazine (UK), Natural Life Magazine (Canada) and Alternatives Magazine (USA) - are some examples of this global support.