Weekend Round Up - May 30, 2022
Books As Usual
Okay, can we talk about Daisy Jones and The Six? I was not prepared. NOT PREPARED. I have not shed a tear since reading Where The Crawdads Sing. 100/10.
The Eight Master Lesson's of Nature was returned automatically on Libby so I'm waiting my turn for it to come back.
Three Day Road is really good. I'm 30% of my way through and I'm enjoying it so far. Usually I listen to books, but Three Day Road is on my Kindle. It's been nice and hard to slow down and sit and read.
Some of the items we talked about on Instagram were:
candy wrapper (Wunderbar)
garbage omlette (and food scraps)
sweet potatoes and soaking them
can of tuna
'compostable' dog poop bags
pizza boxes - clean = paper recycling, soiled =compost.
candy wrapper (Wunderbar) = garbage
garbage omelette (and food scraps) - I stirred up some eggs with food in the fridge that needed to be eaten. Then I took the onion, garlic, and leftover chives and put them into my broth bucket which I keep in my freezer. The avocado skin and eggs shells went into the compost and the avocado seed went into a glass of water to start its journey to becoming an avocado plant. There are many uses for eggshells! I haven't tried any, but there are lots of ways to divert these from the compost bin.
sweet potatoes and soaking them - I cut up a sweet potato to make sweet potato fries. Nothing special there, but I soak the cut up parts in water for 45 minutes before putting them in the air fryer. It makes the fries more crispy. I poured the water from the tap into the bowl, soaked the cut up sweet potato, then used the water to water some plants. I didn't make sense to me to pour the water from the well, use it for 45 minutes, then pour it down the drain into the tank. Diverting it saves the space in the septic tank and gives the plants perfectly good water. win.
can of tuna - blue bag recycling
meal planning - something we find helpful in reducing food waste is meal planning. We have a look through the fridge, pantry, and freezer to see what needs to be eaten. Then we write down daily meals and snacks. This helps prevent food from being ignored and spoiling, and it reduces the number of times 'we have nothing to eat' is said.
extension cords - if nonfunctioning they are garbage. If they are in working order consider gifting them through a Buy Nothing Group. Buy Nothing groups (usually on Facebook) are focused on creating a circular gifting economy. Everything is free, think of: gifting items, knowledge, lending items, and creating community. What a great way to meet your neighbours and divert items from the landfill. You never know what someone could find useful!
'compostable' dog poop bags - 'compostable' dog poop bags do not belong in the green cart (or on the side of the path, road, or hung in a fence). I can think of three reasons why: are they compostable in our compost system?, pathogens, bags. Our compost system has a timeline in which items need to turnover (compost), do 'compostable' bags compost with that timeline and in our compost system's conditions? Dog poop has pathogens. Just like tissues with bodily fluids belong in the garbage, dog poop also can't go into the green big for organic collection. The compost system doesn't not kill the pathogens. And, plastic-y 'compostable' bags are not permitted in green bins in HRM. When the organic waste is dumped at the compost facility, it goes onto a conveyor belt. At the top are claws. Bags that resemble plastic bags get caught in the machinery. Paper compost bags are okay. So, 'compostable' dog poop bags (and dog poop) are garbage.
coffee can - blue bag recycling, but also consider gifting it through a Buy Nothing Group. I've done this myself and people found other uses for the cans!
coffee pods - even if they say compostable, they are garbage.
Divert NS, Wastecheck, and Halifax Recycles are where most of this information is from. They are amazing local resources. Please always be sure to check with your local facilities to ensure items are being disposed of properly.
9 Years Ago
9 years ago I graduated from Dalhousie with a Bachelor of Science - Environment, Sustainability and Society and Environmental Science. It was through this program that I realized waste was my passion.
I grew up outside. We camped all over Nova Scotia, I played outside until the street lights came on, only came in the woof down food and run back outside. As I got older I began SCUBA diving with my Dad and gained an appreciation for nature on land and underwater. Spending that much time in nature also allowed me to see the impact humans were having; the litter. I wondered why the litter was there? What factors led to improper waste disposal? What diversion rates are we seeing?
At Dal, I was able to take part in waste audits, observing people dispose of waste, looking at waste bin placements. At the Seaport Farmers' Market I was also able to dabble in the waste. I was able to take part in more waste audits, create signage, and hold conversations about waste - waste wasn't my role but it was my passion. I've been fortunate to have been surrounded by people who foster passions.
In turn that's how Hive to Home came to life. Four years ago I saw how much plastic there was in my fridge and knew that I knew better.
Perfectly Imperfect Wraps - these are wraps that were miscut but still very functional. The price is discounted, but the quality is not. The shop is periodically updated with them so keep an eye out. They're usually offered first on Instagram - follow Hive to Home to stay up to date.
Open City - Hive to Home was invited to a popup at RStudios in Halifax on May 28, 2022 and it was great! It was so nice to chat with people again!