Weekly Link Roundup - November 7, 2016

Did you all remember to set your clocks back this weekend? It’s so much harder to forget now that we’ve all got phones that automatically update themselves.

Boy, could I tell you funny stories about the times when we had to adjust our clocks ourselves and forgot. Back when we had to walk 100 miles to school in the snow, over mountains and valleys, and well, you get the idea. I’m sure you’d much rather get to this week’s link love though, so let’s get to it and save the trip down memory lane for another time.

  • We Can Recycle Everything We Use…So Why Don’t We?
    • Readers of this blog know that you can recycle just about anything now, including cigarette butts and toothbrushes. Even so, Canadians’ recycled and composted waste only makes up for 24% of their total waste.
  • Zabbaleen: Trash Town
    • Meet Zabbaleen, the town in Egypt that lives on rubbish. They make a living out of recycling the city of Cairo’s waste. “They see their work as socially important and pride themselves in providing for their families.”
  • What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?
    • Did you know that there’s a floating landfill in the Pacific Ocean, made up mostly of plastic? It’s often said to be “as big as Texas” although a recent aerial survey suggests its heart may be as big as 1 million square km, with the outer edges spanning a whopping 3.5 million square km! We think it’s safe to say that we’ve just used our last plastic bottles.
  • Bureo – Recycled Fishnet Skateboards for Cleaner Oceans
    • Fishermen dump about 600,000 tons of gear into oceans each year, a lot of which is made up of nylon nets. The surfers behind the company Bureo decided to do something about it and have recycled over 80,000 kg of materials to make–wait for it–skateboards! Totally awesome. We want to buy one yesterday because it’s so cool. Don’t you?
  • Zero Waste Market
    • We recently mentioned in another link roundup that Bulk Barn is testing a program that allows customers to bring in their own containers to purchase goods in an effort to reduce the waste produced from plastic bags. The Zero Waste pop-up market in Vancouver was way ahead of them. They were Canada’s first zero waste market and have been offering 100% package-free goods since 2015. They’re currently looking for a permanent home this fall, but in the meantime, Vancouver residents can visit their website to find out when and where they’ll be next.

And that’s a wrap for another week. Thanks for reading!

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