Sustainability

The Problem With Packaging

One night before a work shift I rushed to a grocery store and bought a basket full of assorted snacks and quick meals. One thing I grabbed was this: A typical frozen dinner, Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers. I’m sorry to single you out Healthy Choice as you’re not the only culprit but you make a…

Sustainability

The Oil Sands – Before and After

I really hoped to avoid ever getting too Greenpeace-y environmentalist on this blog. But when I thought about it, simplicity and sustainability go pretty well hand-in-hand, as over-consumption has pushed the carrying capacity of earth to its upper limits. So I figured I could get away with this one, just once. In class the other…

Sustainability

The Story of Easter Island

I want to tell a story about little place in the South Pacific called Easter Island. Many people will recognize the famous stone heads scattered all over its shores, but I bet some aren’t aware that the island used to be home to a relatively ‘advanced’ society. Polynesian explorers landed there in about 500 AD…

Sustainability

A Story About Water

“Sustainability is the art of living well within ecological limits.” More and more people are becoming aware of their daily footprint on this planet. But how often do we think about our water footprint? We’re pretty lucky here, especially in Canada, to have access to a relative abundance of fresh water. However, as more and more…

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