We took another trip to Las Vegas this past week. I will be posting some of the fun things that I did and tried through the next week. Today I wanted to share the airport discoveries. Over the years it has been airports that continue to teach me about new environmentally friendly inventions such as dual flush toilets in the Portland, Oregon airport and Dyson Airblade hand dryer at another.
The Bellingham, Washington airport has been under renovations. I was thrilled when I went to fill up my water bottle before our flight to find something special. This water fountain has a water bottle filling station built right in!On further inspection I found that it keeps track of the amount of disposable plastic bottles it has helped eliminate. So far the count is at 42,642. I can`t wait until my next visit to see how much the number has increased.Then after a mostly uneventful flight (briefly screaming scared woman who couldn`t handle some turbulence) we landed at McCarran. I was so pleased to see these new signs. The airport sports new recycling bins throughout. Vancouver International Airport recycled 38% of their terminal waste in 2009. This included compostables, grease and of course normal stuff like paper and bottles. Airports can make a big difference in their environmental impact along with their passengers.
On our flight to Las Vegas I asked for coffee. It came in a paper cup which I saved to recycle at home. I didn`t think to ask for cream so that was my entire waste during the flight. On the flight home I was given a little snack bag which I did not eat plus a napkin. Again I asked for coffee but this time the attendant asked if I wanted cream. Without thinking too hard I said yes. It came in little containers that stated it needed no refrigeration – yuck – and a plastic stir stick. I have saved all my waste from that and will do my best to recycle most of it. It is really hard to refuse things. As this is all part of my journey I accept my not so perfect moments. With failure comes learning and growing.
Please let me know if you have seen any cool zero waste initiatives lately.
Have a great day,
Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. -Edwin Way Teale