Happy almost Easter!
Do you guys get a long weekend? Sadly I worked today and am working Monday (and haven’t gotten these days off since I started working for a public accounting firm) so I am a little (completely) jealous of everyone who gets a long weekend. Regardless, I intend to make the most of my days off. I find that my weekends are, more often than not, busy, hectic and packed with activities. I am not the kind of person who can easily sit around and do nothing all day which usually results in me being a little exhausted, but also lets me make the most of my time and cram in as many fun activities as possible
So here is what I got up to last weekend…
As some of you guys know, besides baking, I am passionate about the environment. I completed the Master Composter/Recycler program with the City of Edmonton and was able to learn so much about all the great things that our city does with waste management and its cutting-edge waste management facility. I got a tour of the facility last April.
I also learned how to compost (without it going horribly wrong or becoming smelly) and am currently the proud owner of a vermicompost. Yup, that’s a compost managed by red wriggler worms. I know it sounds weird – I was sceptical at first too – but it is completely odour free and is the perfect soltuion when you want to compost but don’t live in a place where an outdoor compost is feasible.
I think that taking time to consider how you manage household waste is part of living responsibly; it should be given sufficient thought just like thinking about where you buy your produce and how much time you devote to exercise. For me, these things are all part of living life in a responsible, healthy and conscientious way.
If anyone has any questions about composting – either outdoor or vermicomposts, please let me know. I’d be happy to help. And for anyone in the Edmonton area and looking to gain more in depth knowledge on composting, recycling and the Edmonton waste management system, I definitely recommend completing the Master Composter/Recycler program.
Ok, so to share this passion for the environment with others, me and my friend, Sarah, have hosted a few “Trashy Movie” nights. We select an environmentally themed documentary – one that discusses how we can minimize our impact on our surroundings, encourages us to be responsible for our waste, or simply teaches us something new about the space around us. We invite friends, acquantainces and anyone interested, for a few hours of movie watching followed by a discussion. To provide extra incentive for attending, we’ve provided tasty snacks such as:
Prosciutto with fresh figs and honeydew melon
We weren’t sure how our friends would react to these trashy movie nights (a few friends were disappointed we didn’t feature 50 Shades of Grey) but I am really happy to say that they have been a success! So far we have held two movie nights, each with a different group of people and a different movie. We’ve had positive feedback about the movies and discussions. For anyone interested in hosting their own movie night, or just watching a few trashy movies, so far we watched:
The Clean Bin Project follows a Vancouver couple who decide to go completely waste-free for one whole year! I saw this movie for the first time a couple years ago and it was really what got me thinking about the environment and the impact that my own actions can have. Its so easy to get caught up thinking that you’re just one person and your actions have little impact on big scale issues. But I found that this film really pushed you to consider just how much of an impact you really can have and how relatively simple it is to take steps in the right direction – just do one more thing than you are currently doing.
Wasteland tells the story of the artist, Vik Muniz, who travels to the largest landfill in Brazil. He works intimately with those whose only source of income is scavenging this landfill for recyclables. Muniz cooperates with these workers to create unique works of art and portrays their touching stories. The movie is beautifully done and truly heart warming. I’ve already seen it twice and would gladly watch it again. Definitely add this on to your “to watch” list.
Thanks for letting me share my passion for waste reduction with you guys! And for anyone who did not enjoy this post, don’t worry, things will be back to regular scheduled programming next time with a recipe for the delicious fig compote above!