Day 6 – Is it possible to be fashionable without being wasteful?

Posted on April 6, 2011

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I may run into some trouble today.

I hate shopping and avoid it unless absolutely necessary. Today I’ve scheduled to visit second-hand stores to supplement and refresh last years spring and summer wardrobe. The idea is to reuse and re-purpose clothes and limit excess purchasing. That’s easy with prices so high and pockets so empty.

My friend gave me this advice on shopping at Value Village “The trick is to wear a bathing suit into the store so you can try things on without having to go into the changing rooms.”

Not sure if I’m up for that but… I will make sure my shoes are slip-ons and I’ll wear a tank top for trying shirts, blouses and jackets.

I don’t want to repeat myself since I posted a personal blog earlier this evening; so here it is:

I’ve been a bit out of touch lately for many reasons, but mostly because I’ve been working on an environmental documentary. It’s more than just a film, it’s an entirely unique adventure designed to create awareness and set a pattern of change rippling across Metro Vancouver.

After writing a blog entry for a business group, QR Meet Up, I was approached by a representative of the regions Zero Waste Challenge and asked if I would consider promoting the project to my group. I went to the Metro Vancouver web site and poured through massive amounts of information learning all that I could about the initiative to cut our regions waste by the year 2020. I knew before I reached the bottom the executive summary that all 2.4 million residents had to commit to the program or it would fail.

I decided to create an interactive Transmedia project that could…

Educate, Entertain, and Inspire Change.

30 Zer0 Zer0 was born.

Since April 1st and for 30 days I will attempt to live with the least amount of waste and impact on the planet. I’m on Day 5 and so far its been surprisingly easy. The trick is to not buy anything. We consumer, therefore we waste. If we slow down on our consumption, the direct impact will be decreased. Flush the toilet less, buy only the amount of perishable food that you are certain to eat, avoid frivolous and excess packaging, buy in bulk or direct, turn off the tap while brushing, plant a veggie patch, ride your bike or walk to close destinations, take a public transit when possible… The list goes on. All the remedies to cure mother nature are simple and logical but unless everyone participates the exercise is futile.

Each day I broadcast live to the web and share my experiences and insights into the research my team and I have done on various topics. It’s been an incredible learning experience for me so far and a humbling one. I had no idea that my daily actions had such significant effect on the rest of the world.

With the recent Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan I was reminded how fragile our world is and how quickly it could be destroyed. My cousin lives in Tokyo and he has agreed to share his experiences there as they relate to everyday life in Japan and how he has been affected by the recent devastation to his country. He’ll be featured several times a week in a column on our home page.

To find out more about what I have in the compost, hopefully you get the relationship… stewing and cooking to make fertile soil…

Tune in daily at 5pm for Live @ 5

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