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Airport recycling and zero waste initiatives.

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


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


6 thoughts on “Airport recycling and zero waste initiatives.

  1. OMG! This is excellent! The water bottle filler that tells you how many plastic bottles it has eliminated!! I do the SAME THING with everything when I eat out. I hang onto it to take home and try to figure out how to reuse/recycle. Don’t beat yourself up, Stephanie! You did great. Coffee without cream…..I can’t do that either. What are you supposed to do? Carry cream around with you all the time? Actually….if it was the powdered cream…..that’s not that bad of an idea. ha! 😀

    Posted by Jennifer Ward-Pelar | March 5, 2012, 9:08 pm
  2. I am actually really impressed when I hear about passionate people like you. I think when it comes to living and consuming we all need to put our green glasses on and think about the individual products and look to see if we need them and how they are packaged. We need to all look through our “green glasses”! Way to go Stephanie!!!
    Elizabeth Cross – Principal of Fiammetta Consulting – www. fiammettaconsulting.com

    Posted by Elizabeth Cross | June 22, 2012, 9:57 am

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