Re: Looking for desktop mini bins
2006-09-26 14:47:24 UTC
As a user, I wouldn't want a garbage can on my desk, either. I suppose one would ideally have a compost bin in the office for the apple cores and such, but in reality, users would have to deal with this detritus on the desk. Even if there was no smell, the idea of garbage may not be very pleasant.
Zanna in Winnipeg
Appropriate Disposal and Recycling an Issue
2006-06-21 12:46:03 UTC
I have been following the emails about CFL bulbs, and thought that, with the mercury, disposal could be a question. But that brings to mind issues related to disposal of other products that should not enter the landfill stream. Here in Winnipeg there are a couple times throughout the year that special provisions are made to facilitate disposal of things such as chemicals, paint, whatever, but, as a consumer, I have found that I have not received a consistent message about what to do with batteries, obselete computer parts, cell phones or other items when they finally must be discarded. I am curious as to what other areas have done to inform people about appropriate disposal, and what they have done to facilitate this disposal. Of course, consumers have a responsibility to make the phone call which would provide answers to these questions, but even providing that phone number could be useful. I would wonder if consumer uptake could be reduced if people who would be responsible about recycling feel that an item may cause more work.
Small Scale Solar Panelling
2006-06-15 17:06:38 UTC
One more comment today:
I am wondering if anyone has information on the use of solar panels as an adjunct to regular energy systems in houses. I have a home based office, and in the winter I like to turn down the heat in the house and run a small heater right in my office area, since that is where I am spending my time. I have researched, without success, the possibility of using a small commercially available solar panel to power my little heater (or to otherwise heat by sunlight!). I am wondering if anyone has developed some way of doing this. Also, does anyone have information about the impact of shingle colour choice on energy conservation? A couple of years ago I had to have the roof done, and, while I chose what appeared to be the same colour of shingles as had been, my house never warms up anymore, not even in the middle of summer. I am wondering if there is any product I can put on the shingles which might improve their heat capture. Of course, in the summer it is good, but not so much in the winter.
Zanna in Winnipeg
Re: plastic bags
2006-06-15 16:45:58 UTC
In the early 90s everyone here was carrying reusable cloth bags, but they have really gone by the wayside. I wonder why? Is there some cachet to having plastic bags from certain stores? Do they get dirty and people don't want to wash them? Did they all get torn and unusable? Are they just not available anymore - the market for those who would use them became saturated, so manufacturers or local sewers could not make any more money and had to find other products, so supply is extinguished? I would very much like to know what happened. I heard a documentary on South Africa which described local craftspeople using the plastic bags for all sorts of projects, which I found interesting. They cut them into strips and crochet them into hats and all sorts of things. If anyone on the list is from regions where they are less prevalent and can speak to this I would be very interested to hear your insights. If the problem is that people don't want to have to wash a bag, wouldn't it be interesting to take this crochetting idea and make netted shopping bags with the bags, so that they can then be recycled, but they would have had some additional use in the meantime. They could be quite pretty with different colours of bags (of the same type of plastic) woven in.
Just a thought!
Zanna in Winnipeg
2006-06-15 16:25:28 UTC
What a great word to identify what is a constant problem. I find that when people start to think about "going green" or fair trade or other issues that they seem to get into a maze of considerations. I encourage people to not be "too pure" - there is a place where a product is good enough for what is available at a given time, and we can hope that the strengthening of a market for green products will lead to improvements over time.
-- Zanna Joyce in Winnipeg
Re: Long Emergency --highlighting back the "reuse" part of the triangle.
2006-05-31 12:03:45 UTC
We have allowed ourselves to be convinced that washing something reusable is not good enough - one needs new paper for wiping up a spill, individually pre-packaged food and beverages to carry along or to consume at home, disposable diapers all the time for the baby, etc. In not using these things, you are putting yourself and others at risk the marketers, and the medical industry fear mongers, would tell us. Each of these in some way requires petroleum, in addition to the pressures they place on landfills, thereby increasing pressures on energy resources. They also bring extraneous chemicals into our lives, the effects of which we know little about. This is of course a multi-layered issue primarily centred around the issue of relative wealth and the desire to gain status - washing a container is a bit like taking the bus. If you haven't decided for yourself that it is a virtuous activity but you must do it for economic reasons, you may secretly envy those who have all the bits of their lunches in separate, bright, shiny little packages. From a country point of view, the more people who can afford to have the latter lunches, the more prosperous, perhaps, the people of the country may feel. The "re-use" part of the three "r's" would save both money and resources. The only program I have been aware of to encourage re-use is "litterless lunch" idea directed at children. Are there others that people are aware of?
Effectiveness of prompts' at promoting sustainable behaviors?
2005-11-08 13:30:23 UTC
Speaking as a consumer, one of the more challenging day to day situations to deal with is the "can this be recycled" question (our program has limits on certain plastics and such). There is always the risk, at least in my mind, that a wrong decision on my part could have impact on the acceptability of a whole load of materials. I will be interested to learn more about your research as I believe a clear, simple sticker or magnet that could be attached to the wall, recycling bin or other surface would be very useful for these and other purposes. Not a scientific response, but definitely a plea for simplifying this weekly conundrum. I wonder how just an admonition to do something (such s "Remember to RECYCLE" in large letters or whatever) would be very useful, if the actual steps to get there are not clear or available. Sort of the concept of the "teachable moment" of childrearing.
Marketing Successful Attitudinal Change Programs
2005-10-17 15:03:39 UTC
I am wondering if anyone has statistics on how often someone has to see a social marketing message before it sinks in. I have heard that commercial messages must be heard or observed anywhere from 6 - 10 times, but I am wondering if subjects related to attitude or behaviour are more or less easily retained. Thanks for any suggestions of materials, or shared experiences.
The Enterprise of Art, Winnipeg
New Topic - Connecting with "Simple Living" Movement
2005-10-12 14:27:38 UTC
I have been working with a client group who are interested in the concept of simple living, spiritual awareness, and what not. This movement is all about not taking more from the earth than you need, and about slowing down the somewhat frenetic pace of our lives so that we are focussing on the things that really matter to us. Has anyone taken their environmental work out to connect with groups promoting simple living? What were the crossovers? Do you have resources? What were the contradictions, if any?
Zanna Joyce Winnipeg