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Living on Less

There is no “away”.

When people throw things “away” where do they think the stuff is going? There is no away. It is either going to a landfill to live buried in there forever. Or (worse) to the incinerator.

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

Henry David Thoreau

One thing that scares me is the talk about building an incinerator in the Fraser Valley to burn Greater Vancouver’s waste. Reading an article from the Georgia Straight  about it really woke me up http://www.straight.com/article-300715/vancouver/garbage-incineration-plan-under-fire. Another article worth reading “Two sides of garbage incineration” – 2003 talks about the incineration debate further http://www.csetoronto.org/perryarticlestar.htm. At the time of publication Toronto was shipping its garbage to Michigan.

The thought of incineration is motivation to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot. If they are going to burn my trash it will be the smallest amount possible.

I’m adding this picture just because it made me laugh…and my good friend gave me this pin recently. I have been wearing it. It’s even made out of metal. Maybe it should count for my Project 333 but for now it’s been living on my hoodie. I’m not worrying about it. Normally I wouldn’t wear something like this pin. It makes me laugh though!

Incineration bothers me. They try to make it sound great by using the term “waste to energy”. Makes it sound better, right? I’d rather have clean energy.

So when you see recyclables in the garbage remember that someone wasted their opportunity to make a difference. They are voting for pollution and waste.

What’s your vote for?


“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”

Japanese Proverb

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” – Confucius


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.



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