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An Edmontonian journey to less waste, less impact, less consumption and less clutter.

Becoming Less Bizz McKilligan

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An Edmontonian journey to less waste, less impact, less consumption and less clutter.

    Water

    Water

    Bizz chats with Guiscela about wasting water and the differences she sees with water usage in Canada vs Mexico.

     

    Tips to reduce water usage:

    Turn tap off while brushing teeth
    Turn on only the hot water while waiting to heat and start using as soon as it warms up
    Water lawn before sunrise or after sunset
    Change lawn from grass to garden to grow food, or to something that doesn't require watering
    Shop less and/or shop second-hand (manufacturing requires water, too!)
    Use concentrated cleansers and drink flavours
    Check for leaks and running toilets
    Get/make a rain barrel
    Shower less often/shorter showers/skip the hair every other time
    Low flow toilets and shower heads
    Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks
    Reuse clean wastewater for plants

    Things we talk about:

    Water isn't just used by using water directly, not just the water we see
    Direct uses:
    Drinking
    Cooking
    Water lawn/garden
    Shower/bath


    Indirect uses:
    Agriculture 
    Food
    Raise animals
    Materials for building
    Materials for clothing


    Industrial use
    Make pretty much everything we use
    About 1,800 gallons of water are needed to produce the cotton in a pair jeans
    Processing materials such as paper and steel


    Energy


    During a water shortage, often it's the individuals who are restricted, while large corporations can continue using as much as they want to produce non-essential products.
    Glaciers are receding - this is our water reserve!
    Lakes shrinking
    Oil spills can also affect water availability, and this can happen very quickly



    Donate to support waste reduction at wastefree.ca or on Patreon

    Music by Vita Chino (@vitachino on Instagram, or find them on Spotify)

    • 42 min
    Balance

    Balance

    Bizz and Claire chat about how doing your best doesn't mean doing everything and that creating a balance in your life is the key to sustainability.

     

    Concepts:

    Focusing on one thing at a time
    Doing research before diving in
    Choosing to NOT do/use/have rather than finding an alternative
    Don't need to fit all your waste in a jar to be low waste
    Self care and self compassion
    Just DO. Doing something is better than nothing, even if it's small.
    Try to find the one thing with the biggest impact
    Try to find the simplest thing 
    Take into consideration other people in your life when making changes
    New changes in life can mean going backward a bit
    New job, new baby, new home, etc.



    Specifics:

    Public transportation 
    Using it is the best way to make it better


    Strategically choosing where you live 
    Size
    Location
    Efficiency


    Car share
    Cycling
    Meal planning
    Shopping for food in bulk
    Mending clothes
    Visible mending


    Compost alternatives to green bin for apartment dwellers

    References:

    Spud - spud.ca
    Bulk Barn - bulkbarn.ca
    Communauto - alberta.communauto.com
    Bike Edmonton - bikeedmonton.ca
    Bulldog Razors - bulldogskincare.com

    Donate to support waste reduction at wastefree.ca or on Patreon

    Music by Vita Chino (@vitachino on Instagram, or find them on Spotify)

    • 41 min
    Circular Economy

    Circular Economy

    Bizz and Bri chat about consumerism and the importance of switching to a circular economy system.

     

    Things we talk about:

    Composting toilets
    Glass and aluminum instead of plastic
    Reuse vs recycle
    Clothing fiber content
    Visible mending
    Valuing service, not just "stuff"
    Amazon hurts small businesses and the expertise they offer with their products

    References we make:

    Earth's General Store - earthsgeneralstore.ca
    Compost S'Cool - edmonton.ca
    Blush Lane -blushlane.com 
    Patagonia - patagonia.ca
    Fjallraven - fjallraven.ca
    The Dress Library - dresslibraryrentals.com
    Edmonton Tool Library - edmontontoollibrary.ca
    Indigo Proof - indigoproof.com

    Donate to support waste reduction at wastefree.ca or on Patreon

    Music by Vita Chino (@vitachino on Instagram, or find them on Spotify)

    • 35 min
    Maker Hobbies

    Maker Hobbies

    Bizz chats with Megan about maker hobbies like sewing, crafting, knitting, etc.. With maybe a little tangent on the joys of cat ownership.

     

    Things we talk about:

    Getting creative with what we already have
    Not being afraid to experiment
    Sourcing the best materials available to us
    Using all the little pieces
    Making new things out of old things
    Buying used tools and equipment, especially when just getting started
    Normalizing second hand
    Repairing and dying to lengthen the life of our clothing
    What to do with "unusable" scraps
    "Recyclable" doesn't always mean it's recyclable
    Plastic spools replacing wooden spools

    References we make:

    Natural Earth Paint - naturalearthpaint.ca
    Reuse Centre
    Website - edmonton.ca/reusecentre
    Facebook - facebook.com/edmontonreusecentre


    Bead Sweaters - pinterest.ca
    Yarn Ends Sweaters - ravelry.com/patterns/library/stash-dive-raglan
    Bizz's Scraps Hoodie - instagram.com/p/CTlA0WMMeOq/

    Donate to support waste reduction at wastefree.ca or on Patreon

    Music by Vita Chino (@vitachino on Instagram, or find them on Spotify)

    • 31 min
    All or Nothing

    All or Nothing

    Bizz and Lesley chat about many things, most of which revolve around the balancing act of doing what you can, not burning out, and avoiding the all or nothing mindset.

     

    Things we talk about:

    Avoiding the all or nothing mindset
    Embracing minimalism in order to avoid over-cluttering
    Minimalism
    Experimenting with DIY options
    Certain DIYs have a cost savings, others definitely do not
    Problem with system that making clothes is more expensive
    Mindful creativity
    Everyone make a t-shirt, then think about how much you think it should be worth
    Trading/swapping/barter system
    Giving unwanted items directly to those who could use them rather than relying on thrift stores who throw out or export 80-90% of clothing they take in anyway
    Read more on cbc.ca


    Capsule Wardrobe
    The struggle with finding your "magic bra" or any other unreturnable undergarments
    Gift giving and receiving
    Surviving cycling in the winter
    Visible mending

    References we make:

    Blenderz - blenderzgarmentrecyclers.com
    Girlfriend Collective - girlfriend.com
    Everlane - everlane.com

    Donate to support waste reduction at wastefree.ca or on Patreon

    Music by Vita Chino (@vitachino on Instagram, or find them on Spotify)

    • 43 min
    Get Ruth

    Get Ruth

    Bizz chats with Anka from Get Ruth to discuss more convenient options for becoming less with our periods.

     

    Find Ruth:

    Website - getruth.ca
    Instagram - @getruth.ca
    LinkedIn Co-Founder - Anka Chan
    LinkedIn Co-Founder - Nicole Sanchez

    Donate to support waste reduction at wastefree.ca or on Patreon

    Music by Vita Chino (@vitachino on Instagram, or find them on Spotify)

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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marianne.williams0257 ,

Great podcast on reducing waste

I love this podcast! It is so cool to hear and learn about zero and low waste programs in Edmonton, but also relevant info for anyone interested in sustainability and eco-practices. Highly recommend!

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