Sharon welcomed the listeners and talked about the importance of water in life and life in water. She said that it is imperative for everyone to realize the importance of water, to drink plenty of water and to carry water with them if they are unsure of a water source. Dehydration, or lack of water, is out of control in our world and causes or contributes to ailments from allergies to obesity.
Guest: Lillian Brummet
Lillian Brummet (Grand Forks, BC), Co-Authors of Trash Talk. "An Inspirational Guide to Waste Management"
Lillian Brummet is co-author, with her husband David, of the book "Trash Talk," considered the definitive guide to recycling. The Brummets have been married for 20 years and writing since 1999. They also host a radio show and have three published books.
The "Four R's of Waste Management" are Refuse, Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.
Their books focus on reuse, which any individual can do (it is empowering and enabling), to leave a positive legacy with everyday action.
Waste is a resource and can be a valuable commodity (as opposed to garbage).
Everyone should participate in local recycling programs.
Batteries contain many components, some valuable. There is enough energy in one tin can to power a light build for four hours.
Paper. ¼ of their book is devoted to this. Junk mail is out of control and there are now many non-paper alternatives to standard mail. Empty cereal boxes make excellent decorative organizers.
Office. One-sided paper use is very wasteful. Documents should be double-sided when possible. Old documents printed on one side could be reused on the back as scrap paper. Many companies are now issuing double-sided statements and bills. This saves tons of paper annually.
Zip-Lock bags can also be reused. Invert and wash them.
Eyeglasses are very reusable and can be donated even if broken. Likewise shoes.
Towels should be used longer between washings and air drying should be considered.
Plastics are very recyclable. #2, 4 and 5 are the best. The cost of plastic rises every year. Plastic recycling has drawn great customer response and is very green.
Water. Doesn't need to be turned on full blast and you don't always need hot water.
Categories: Ecology and the environment; 2009