Recycling in Winnipeg over the holidays

The City of Winnipeg sent its annual holiday recycling reminder to Winnipeggers this week. If there’s one thing to remember when you’re gift buying this year, it’s that standard wrapping paper isn’t recyclable! I’ve been wrapping in newsprint or recycled papers for years and challenge you to do the same this year!

Here’s all you need to know about recycling in Winnipeg this holiday:

Recycling and garbage collection will be delayed one day during the Christmas and New Year’s weeks. Please put your carts out the day after your regular collection day.

For more information visit winnipeg.ca/collectionday

What can you recycle this holiday season?

Yes

  • cardboard gift boxes
  • greeting cards
  • rigid plastic packaging

No

  • ribbon and wrapping paper
  • foam packaging
  • gift bags and plastic bags
  • Christmas lights/strands

Visit winnipeg.ca/recycling

Got extra stuff over the holidays?

  • Request a special pickup for garbage
  • Take recyclables to a 4R depot or community recycling location

Visit winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste

Let’s Chip In

After the holidays recycle your real Christmas tree at one our Let’s Chip In depots open from December 27, 2017 to January 31, 2018.

Visit winnipeg.ca/letschipin

-Enjoy the ride. Happy holidays! ✌🏻

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Climate change in the Arctic, Sea ice and the polar bears

Step one: follow National Geographic on Instagram.

National Geographic’s Instagram feed hosts some of the most stunning images I’ve ever seen and until 2 days ago I thought it was impossible to not fall in love with every single one.

Paul Nicklen is often the photographer on assignment shooting for NG. He’s a phenomenal photographer, a smart storyteller, and the co-founder of Sea Legacy where he aspires to create healthy and abundant oceans. Two days ago his video of a beautiful, dying polar bear was shared. (Click the image to watch the video.)

SeaLegacy_PolarBear

I was instantly brought to tears. Videos like these, that confirm the life-changing impacts of climate change are so important. What we can understand is as the Earth continues to warm, Arctic species like polar bears, foxes, seals and an unbelievable number of marine animals will all lose their ability to sustain life in the conditions they’re left to live in.

The Arctic is a region like no other in the world and it’s undergoing a rapid change impacting life on land and at sea. The release of greenhouse gasses from the burning of fossil fuels and other sources is causing temperatures in the Arctic to warm at twice the rate of the rest of the world, resulting in lower levels of sea ice, melting permafrost and rising sea levels all over the world. The decrease in volume and extent of Arctic sea ice has serious implications for marine mammals that depend on the ice for their survival, such as ringed seals and polar bears. The burning of fossil fuels is also making Arctic waters more acidic, harming zooplankton species like pterapods—the very base of the Arctic’s rich food chain—as well as corals and shellfish. – World Wildlife Fund

While falling in the happy, bubbly kind of love I feel when I see a bright blue waterfall or a bird soaring through the sky on the IG feed was not my first reaction, I most definitely felt connected to this special bear.

We share this planet with so many wonderful beings. Let’s make our absolute best efforts to keep them around.

– Enjoy the ride.

*Consider a donation to an earth-friendly organization that helps keep our waters, lands, animals, and friends living their best lives. 

No more flyers

Stop the presses – literally.

Today I Googled how to stop getting flyers delivered to my house. My flyers come every Thursday. A package of local news and ads from a plethora of stores I don’t shop at – all wrapped tightly inside a plastic bag!

Why haven’t I done this sooner? Who knows! Enough is enough though, and it’s so easy! Flyer Advantage supplies weekly flyers in Winnipeg. Want it to stop? Call 204-925-3300, ask to have your address removed from the list, and your flyer delivery will stop within a week.

Now, say you’re someone who does shop at all those stores and still wants the heads up on weekly deals. Lucky for you it’s the digital age and there’s a wicked free app called flipp to help you out. If you haven’t heard of it, it sends you all your local weekly flyers, for free, and is available for iOS and android.

All your weekly circulars for free

Say goodbye to your paper circulars! Flipp delivers digital circulars from over 800 local retailers so you can find the best deals in your community every week. Browse through the weekly circulars you love or search for the items you need to get the most savings.

Clear out your mailbox

Want to take things one step further? Stop getting fast food coupons, catalogues, menus, magazines, and realtor notices in your mailbox, by placing a “no Canada Post neighbourhood mail” sticker or paper on/in your mailbox, and Canada Post will make the change.

For all the details, visit Canada Post’s website.

Take the plunge!

Enjoy the ride.

Plastic bottles are the worst

I recently completed a 30-day challenge at my favourite yoga studio and as I walked in to every class, I was blown away by the number of people walking in alongside me with plastic water bottles. 

When you buy a plastic bottle, you’re contributing directly to one of the biggest problems our environment faces – supply and demand of plastics. Where there is demand for a product, that product will exist. When the product is made out of plastic, it’s harmful to us and our environment, so says Environment and Climate Change Canada.  

Action is really important, and here’s something you can change today : make the decision to ditch plastic. Then tell your friends to do the same. 

Stainless steel is an easy way to go! No leeching, no waste, and this style of reusable container is so popular now, you can find them just about anywhere. I have two! 
-Enjoy the ride. 

Sustainability month

October is sustainability month, and what better time to inject some energy back into this blog!

One of the most amazing things I’ve learned as I’ve grown older is the many ways I can take care of my environment. Over the last couple years I have met some very exciting people, have been exposed to new ideas, and have been introduced to new concepts in terms of sustainability and taking care of my planet.

I’ve made it a part of my personal mission to make sure I’m doing my part and hope to educate those around me so they know they can do the same.

As I’ve done before, I’d like to take as much inspiration as I can from our local scene here in Winnipeg, but will also borrow from some better known, pretty inspirational people, too. I hope you’ll follow along and see how easy it is to make a change in your space to better our environment.

Climate change is real. Global warming is real. Your ability to make a difference is real.

– Enjoy the ride.

Flick Off

My family has been recycling and composting for as long as I can remember. Respect for the earth feels like it was never a new concept for me, but something I’d always had.

I can remember the very first time I heard about Flick Off. I was watching MuchMusic – one of the campaign’s sponsors – and the call to action was clear. The TV was not meant to be left on for background noise and the lights in your home were not meant to be left on when no one was in the room. They wanted us to use less energy. They wanted me to Flick Off. And I did! I made a conscious effort to make sure my family was responsible for helping our earth. I printed stickers and put them on the light switches in my home and I made sure no TV, radio, or computer was left on if it wasn’t in use.

Climate change is a scary thing I don’t believe we know enough about. There have been a number of efforts given by people and organizations across the globe to preserve our climate and help our environment but this one really stuck with me.

The campaign has been in a strange state of “hibernation” – as they’re calling it – for a couple of years now, but the original idea was very compelling to me. I appreciated that Canadians wanted to make a difference and I appreciated how simple the idea was. It was clear the campaign was targeting young Canadians at the time. The attitude behind the name of the campaign, the promotion on a popular music video station – they knew where their audiences were. Did it work? I was 19 years old and I was pretty easily motivated. They made it easy for me to understand what they wanted from me and the benefit to me was that I was helping the environment.

Another thing I liked about this campaign was the concept and the attitude translated into other parts of my life.
Flick off.
Flick off the negativity.
Flick off the current state of the environment, your life, or your career.
Flick off the things that aren’t working for you right now.
Flick off the things you can’t control.

I embraced the attitude of this campaign as a whole. It helped me see how easy it was for me to make a difference – not only with the environment, but also in my life’s path.

-Enjoy the ride.

Try an eco-friendly ice melter for your driveway

A huge pet peeve of mine is trying to walk up or down an icy, rut-filled driveway. The amount of snow we Winnipeggers have seen this winter is more than the last few years, but this does not mean we should just leave it to sit there.

The weather over the last couple weeks has been very inconsistent. The warm sun melts the snow into slush and water, only to have the chilly wind freeze it into rough, bumpy ice.

I’ve fallen down driveways a number of times this winter – mine included! My driveway is a long and narrow slope that becomes a not-so-fun slide when covered with this much ice.

The solution? Shovel your driveway? Too late for that.At this point, the build-up of ice might be too much for a shovel or ice pick to handle. That’s where enviro-friendly ice melting products come into play. Here are some tips on things you should be looking for in ice melting products:
• all natural
• eco-friendly
• biodegradable
• water-soluable
• salt-free
• non-toxic
• provides instant traction
• less run-off than rock salt

Another benefit to eco-friendly ice melters is they’re usually safe for children and pets!

Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, and Rona carry a variety of eco-friendly ice melter brands.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for warmer temperatures and let’s keep those driveways safe!

-Enjoy the ride.