When someone sees another struggling with debt and overwork good friends want to help! So as a good friend an effort is made to sit with them and ask them how they’re feeling. Friends often have a viewpoint of someone from the outside looking in. So they see many different angles of the subject, therefore, giving good advice.

The conversation is in their best interest but sometimes the person doesn’t see it that way. Instead, they’ll internalize it, consider points made then make an excuse. An excuse that makes it okay to continue living the same way. For instance, I don’t need the same things in life. Life will work itself out. I’m different then everyone else. It’s the way the world works but it’s not how I want to live my life.

The reasons are empowering enough to continue down the same path. The conversation was in their best interest yet it doesn’t matter. The reality of the situation can be so powerful that it makes those suffering feel powerless. Until one day they make a change OR the day comes when life makes a change for them!

It’s a lot harder to endure the latter because they will have no control. This leaves one feeling powerless resulting in more stress leading often into depression. I think good friends hope the result they warn against will not happen. However, the inevitability is left up to the future and no one can predict it.


I want to be a good friend to you. Yes, you! The one that has taken the time to read my blog! I’m very happy you’ve decided to join me and discover more about the environmental movement. It’s sad to see the news stories pop in and out of our daily lives. Remember the wildfires in California? Or the whales that have continually washed ashore along the Coast?

For those living, there are indicators swirling around that tell us we’re going to be in trouble. It’s important middle-class Canadians don’t ignore environmental issues. If we’re not having conversations then the problem is still being ignored. We’ve got our excuses! I believed that because I was doing my part by recycling that it was good enough.

Five years ago while recycling I had no idea the great garbage patch was growing into the 1.6 million square kms it is today. It’s terrible because I didn’t realize that it wasn’t only what I do with garbage that matters! I assumed It was the only way but realize now I didn’t see the bigger picture. I needed a friend to tell me I was wrong.

To solve the problem I should’ve stopped buying over packaged anything! Produce, toys, soap, electronics, office products, and personal health care products. Then one day I had an epiphany! I woke up and realized that it’s not just me. It’s everybody! We’re all running our daily lives in the same way, uneducated, groomed by media and allowing our impulses to rule our consumerism.

So I set out to create this blog to spread the word.  

Climate Change is costly

The biggest issue faced today are the global losses caused by natural disasters. Yes, some say it’s an act of God and there isn’t much we can do about it. However, the United Nations warns that the accumulations of Green House Gases (GHG) have reached levels not seen in three million years. The largest concentration of GHG comes from carbon dioxide which is largely the product of burned fossil fuels.

2018 turned out to be the fourth costliest in thirty years from natural disasters. The average insured losses per year are around 41 billion US. But, this past year turned into a devastating 80 billion dollars in insured losses worldwide. Yet, that’s still not the big picture because almost half the people who were victims of natural disasters didn’t have insurance to protect them. The grand total of all losses occurring from wildfires, hurricanes, floods, typhoons, earthquakes, and tornadoes was 140 billion US dollars.

As a friend, I want to tell you that with good intentions we can reshape our reality. It’s the simplest things we can change like our conversations with the people around us. It helps to reset the brain and allows us to rethink how we live our own lives by just talking.


As a friend, I want to tell you that with good intentions we can reshape our reality. It’s the simplest things we can change like our conversations with the people around us. It helps to reset the brain which allows us to rethink how we live our own lives by just talking. It really helps today there is momentum in social media, news stories, and the “resistance” movement.

We can ease into a conversation armed with information easier now than ever before! What are our dreams? How do we see the future of our children? Talking will keep the issues we face at the forefront of our lives but the solution, however, can only come with action.

Our daily actions take things to a whole new level. I’ve been writing, learning and trying to live consciously since January. It was my new year resolution to take action and begin the journey. However, I’ve found it hard to prepare as a full-time Realtor and Mom.

Yes, in order to use less plastic there has to be a battle plan. My intentions were good, but I was blind! You don’t just wake up one day and say, “today I’m going to shop consciously. To shop consciously there are things to remember.


One of those things is don’t use plastic bags. Always remember to bring cloth bags! This is tough since they’re continuously moving. Shopping involves knowing where your cloth bags are at all times! Spontaneously picking up an onion after work can end up becoming a shopping trip with half a dozen things by the end. If the bags are not in your hand chances are they’re in two places either the trunk of the car or at home.

Secondly, buy Bulk. The idea of going to the store to pick up a prepackaged item is causing climate change. Those days are over. If we care. To be a conscious shopper we’ve got to bring our own glass jars. Mason jars work perfectly and they look great in the cupboard too. Go with the wide mouth jar or bring a funnel so you don’t make a big mess while you pour the contents. Ask the ladies or gents in the deli section or checkout to give you the tare weight of your jar before filling it. Mark what the tare weight of each jar is on the bottom and you’re ready to go!

Finally, when you buy items that you continuously use go with ingredients that are found locally. It not only stimulates the local economy but also reduces the carbon footprint of the item. Your shopping habits can be the life or death of a good local supplier. It’s important to do your homework and discover new products to buy in the community. Farmers markets, Google, Facebook, and Varagesale are good resources for online



Today our town held a great shoreline cleanup! Originally postponed by high winds we finally held it on a calm and sunny morning.

A junk collection company who I hadn’t heard of previously was on demand to collect litter from multiple locations.

They handed out gloves, extended picker claws, along with burlap sacks, which will be reused next year. Furthermore, Starbucks and a local grocer pitched in with free coffee and muffins!!

The junk company went from location to location and delivered the trash to the designated drop off in a park next to the Ocean. Where they sorted the trash so they could easily recycle. Likewise, the City picked up this trash that had been collected by the over forty volunteers.

This is the way a well-run Shoreline Cleanup should operate! Personally, I found it frustrating to get a four-year-old battling a cold to be punctual. No one was cooperating! Neither my son or husband wanted to go.

I pushed through it and won! Nothing a little Advil and time out couldn’t help! Once we arrived my son did great! He and I found ourselves on a little adventure weaving in and out of driftwood.

The plastic was mostly small, bits and pieces, lighters, bottle caps, cigarette butts, and rope. There also may have been a few used condoms.


As much as I love to hate McDonald’s restaurants I have to admit it’s not going away any time soon! Every day McDonald’s serves 2.5 million people in 1400 locations across Canada! Since we live in a fast-paced world it’s sometimes hard to find time to prepare a meal. So, we reward instant gratification with repeat business. It is what it is!
One fast food invention boosted sales and made instant gratification a reality. So, unless something changes the drive-thru will forever contribute to single-use trash. I love the drive-thru and use it multiple times a day. Who doesn’t love crispy french fries, custom made coffee beverages and swirl cones? Invented over seventy years ago we gravitated to eating in the comfort of our own car!
A relationship between the drive-thru has grown with the production of plastic. After seven decades. scientists have crunched the numbers. They’ve learned the world has so far produced a total of 9.2 billion tonnes of plastic. We’re in an environmental limbo. The world suffers from too much garbage and our appetite for convenience!
We’ve built up massive institutions that rely on single-use containers and packaging. So, it’s not surprising that these food giants are slow to change. They’re wasting material by throwing it in the garbage. Switching packaging from recyclable containers to non-recyclable. It’s a huge problem that one company has begun to solve.

I decided to write after discovering Mcdonald’s restaurants are using post-consumer packaging. In a perfect world, a circular economy would manage our resource consumption. Yet, I realize now that recycling is falling apart across Canada!


There is so much trash that selling recyclables is becoming unfeasible. The mixed paper has decreased in the price of 110% and plastic bags are down 53% since 2017. China has banned foreign recyclables. So now we can only sell the highest quality recycling material to foreign governments.

Sorting recyclables and resorting again is costly. The costs of labor and the commodity crash have cost Canadian Taxpayers money. So much, in fact, the Ontario government must either raise taxes or cut social programs. For this reason, we can’t rely on foreign countries to take our recyclable materials.

There are plenty of reasons why we shouldn’t rely on other countries. There is a lack of International Government transparency and often poor labor standards. So, the actions of foreign governments have created a volatile market place. This is volatility is causing mass confusion in who is warehousing these materials.

Recycling is big business! There are opportunities for those entrepreneurial spirits. In the USA, estimates show recycling accounts for almost 100 billion dollars in economic activity. So far we can’t rely on the Canadian government to control the supply of garbage. But it is so important to create a circle of sustainability. It’s time for some cunning entrepreneur to take over.

As John E Rockefeller bought his first oil refinery. It was the start of a pioneering monopoly which controlled the oil industry. The oil was plentiful, prices were cheap and so he sought out refineries. He bought them all to control the price of the commodity. This oil revolution spawned the oil empire we know today.

Each country has the responsibility to manage its own trash regardless of the cost!


The restaurant industry gives us food on a plate used by thousands of different people. We walk in, sit down, eat and leave. The plate is rinsed, washed, dried and repeat! However, the fast food joints don’t operate the same way. When we sit down to eat a meal they provide us with the same single-use packaging as the drive-thru. That’s got to change!
Furthermore, children drive profits so I understand why fast food chains are enticing kids. However, the plastic toys have got to go. The toys are not only plastic, but they package the toys in little plastic bags too! It’s always one new toy fad to the next. These toys are good for the first ten minutes, then they lose interest. Eventually, as the kids get older the toy becomes landfill waste. Corporations like McDonald’s should stop selling these types of toys or switch to a friendlier alternative.

There are countless petitions that are being signed every day to ban plastic straws. So Mcdonald’s introduced paper straws across 1361 locations. It’s great to see the company try. But, there’s been a backlash from customers since these straws dissolve and collapse. Paper is not the only alternative but most likely the cheapest one!


McDonald’s are the largest Restaurant chain in the world! By 2025 their goal is to switch 100% of their packaging from virgin material to recycled, renewable certified materials. They’ve pledged to recycle packaging, creating a recycling infrastructure in the restaurant.

In 2018 they joined an alliance between Closed Loop Partners and Starbucks. The goal is to create a 100% recyclable or compostable disposable cup. They held the Next Generation Cup Challenge, which promised twelve cup solutions.

Canadians and food companies hold a dirty little secret. We generate more trash per capita than any other country in the developed world. By 2025 the World Bank estimates the world will produce 6 million tons of waste a day.

The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the Oceans than fish! Fast food giants such as McDonald’s are starting to use packaging that will biodegrade. The restaurant is starting to change their ways. They’re beginning to lead by example, but there is still room for improvement!

Jakes Traveling Pants



Rachel's phone 2019 4367To be honest it’s difficult to travel with a four-year-old and be environmentally friendly at the same time. It’s not surprising how the waste naturally accumulates with stickers, bottles of juice, and fast food containers. My car becomes an environmental disaster in no time! Upon a quick clean-up, I found a ray of hope. This one large company is beginning to change their ways… Mcdonald’s has begun to make their happy meal boxes from 100% post-consumer materials! I had no idea! This struck a curious chord in me. So, I’ve decided to investigate the matter! Therefore, the scoop in the world of post-consumer packaging is coming soon!


Climbing a mountain seems like madness and once you’ve reached the top of the summit all that’s heard is silence. The metaphor of climbing a mountain is often described when achieving personal goals.  But those who climb mountains are often faced with peril, not beauty. Why do people search out and conquer such extreme goals? Yet when they’re faced with changing simple daily habits find it so hard to commit to them? Dreams and desire are mountains of the mind that drive us to be.

After all, once you reach the highest goal than life will be complete and there will be no more reason to seek out more. No, not really and countless people that have reached their set goals will tell you this idea is misleading. Most that achieve their dreams and ultimate desire find they quickly become bored.

Moreover, the time is here where our fascination and obsession is wearing out our planet. Our need for this planet is far and wide and demand will rise in the future. Finally, Scientists are telling us temperatures and sea levels are rising. Consequently, World Leaders in different countries are rising to the challenge and have declared climate change an emergency. So what can one do to make a difference?


  1. Save electricity by unplugging your devices
  2. Plant wildflowers
  3. Buy post-consumer paper
  4. Plant a vegetable garden and donate the vegetables to the food bank
  5. Turn off the lights at night before you go to bed
  6. Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth, washing vegetables or cleaning
  7. Take public transport instead of driving
  8. When your out buying groceries do not use plastic bags and choose items with no plastic packaging
  9. Hold the door open for a stranger
  10. Write a letter to your local MLA and ask them to ban plastic bags
  11. Sign up to and support petitions that help to end climate change and plastic.
  12. Buy an electric car
  13. Attend an event that supports earth-friendly ways like a farmers market
  14. Read a book to a childlike Justine Mckeen’s Bottle Throttle
  15. Spend more time outside
  16. sit down with your family and calculate your carbon footprint try reducing it by twenty percent
  17. Volunteer your time
  18. Buy soap bars without packaging. These are often made by local soap makers
  19. Skip eating beef and opt for something different
  20. Pick up trash at the park or the beach
  21. Be a part of or organize a market for local consumers
  22. Reuse take out containers
  23. Turn old books into planters, use the paper for art projects don’t just give them away
  24. Talk to a friend or family member about rising temperatures, sea levels and the garbage piling up on land and in the oceans.
  25. Buy Organic
  26. Let a child write a letter to a company asking them to change corporate policy
  27. Stop supporting companies that don’t take their environmental impact seriously
  28. Eat fruits and vegetables grown locally
  29. Make your own bread. It reduces the need to buy bread in plastic bags
  30. Post on social media your good deed
  31. Share posts related to helping the environment, comment and like.
  32. Make homemade soup and freeze leftovers to reduce reliance on aluminum
  33. Plant a fruit tree
  34. Invest in solar panels
  35. Bring your own cup to Starbucks or other retailers
  36. Say no to straws
  37. Buy Bamboo products


If we practice these new habits we will find fulfillment. Fulfillment in the sense where we practice good deeds while keeping money in our pockets. Like a mountain climber, we have to remain present. Every decision must be done consciously with the knowledge that if we don’t change now life will be very different for our children.

The truth is continual corporate profits are not sustainable. These changes will affect the economy however in the long term it will be better off. It’s not natural to have continual growth without consequences. Consequently, with any goal, we have to face our fear, nausea, vertigo, and death of something. Therefore, it’s time we support those invested in our community and companies defined by their environmental policies. It doesn’t have to be all that bad if we start now. We still have time and the luxury to decide what is right for us. What is right for our planet.

The Fate Of The Environment Rests With Karma

Bad Karma. The belief that people should suffer from a poor situation, illness, or death. If one endures problems in life it’s so because of their wrongdoings in a previous life. Therefore, if they wait better karma will bless them in the afterlife. If that’s the case, then Canadians must have great karma! After all, we take for granted a basic convenience. A convenience that is a necessity. Every day we enjoy a private bathroom with plumbing to do our business. While millions and millions of people don’t get the opportunity to use a plumbed bathroom any day.

Before the invention of the underground sewer pipes, city dwellers dumped their poop. There was no sewage infrastructure under city streets until the end of the Industrial Revolution. In the past, they’d use street channels that oozed toxic waste, making it hard to breath clean air. Today Canadians now have a complex sanitation system which serves communities across Canada. Installing underground sewers have grown civilizations around the world. They’ve grown more intelligent, lifespans have increased and prosperity has risen.


But the developing countries still struggle with this same problem. In fact, close to one billion people are defecating in the streets, groves, and fields! India suffers the most. As six hundred million people live in areas with toxic sewage running through the streets. I saw a photo of a water canal in India and the plastic was pouring past villagers. They haphazardly tried to extract a few bottles here and there. The problems have now compounded and trash has further exasperated an already difficult situation.
Consequently, their fate is with filthy, dilapidated cities, noxious odors, garbage, and widespread disease. The developing world still struggles to get basic infrastructure in place. But is it money that can stitch humanity together? Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to solve India’s sanitation problems. He has given the country until October 2, 2019, Gandhi’s 150th Birthday to clean up!


He’s dedicated 20 billion dollars to build latrines and develop awareness campaigns. Each household received $190 to construct a pit latrine. But those that built the latrines haven’t constructed them properly. They’re built in flood zones and areas where they’ve contaminated groundwater. Plus, some built them in rocky conditions preventing proper drainage. Sometimes a pit isn’t installed at all! They’re using them for bathing or washing clothes.
The Indian community finds change difficult… They also lack the education to craft a well-built pit latrine. In the past millions of people suffered from chronic intestinal infections. Widespread feces have trillions of viruses, fecal bacteria, and parasites. This caused Diarrhea which killed 700,000 children in 2011. The kids missed out on a total of 250 million school days in one year!!  The world bank states India loses 166 billion dollars per year from illness. This still goes on today… and the foreseeable future.
For this reason, women are advocating for proper working toilets. Humility, embarrassment, and harassment comes to relieving themselves. Many women including, pregnant ones will hold themselves all day until night falls. Darkness gives them privacy and reduces the potential of a sexual assault. Waiting to relieve themselves causes them more health risks. Risks including urinary tract infections and low birth weights of newborn babies. In fact, they’ve told the men if they can’t provide a toilet than they’ll refuse the marriage!


Modi understands change is in the best interest of national development! But, Pit Latrines are not a permanent solution. Only a proper sewer system throughout their communities will solve the sanitation issues. The infrastructure of a city is the heartland for prosperity in a Nation. The poor from rural communities flock to cities to find work. Developing cities such as Noida have risen to become India’s economic capital.
The city’s prosperity has also given rise to challenging the poor sanitation issue in India. They’re currently working to provide a proper sewage infrastructure for everyone. Once it’s complete they’ll become the first zero discharge city! There sewage treatment plant separates the solids, liquids and gaseous waste. They have proposed to treat liquid waste and convert it into field irrigation. Moreover, their solid waste will become manure and they’ll convert the gas waste into electricity.
Foresight, proper leadership and the Civil/Environmental Engineers contribute the most to public health. The engineering discipline designs, constructs, and maintains the physical and natural built environment. These engineers started out as stone masons, artisans, and carpenters. But now, the field is specialized. These professionals learn about physics, geology, geography, material science, and hydrology. Their knowledge can drive the change needed to make a cleaner, safer home.


Right now more than 35 percent or 2.5 billion people of the world’s population lack access to a sanitary environment. The engineers must build cities the right way. Leadership must make this their primary mandate in order to change the world. This act will help us solve climate change and poor sanitation at the same time. The science of Civil engineering propels developing civilizations into a developed state sooner. It is not karma that has cast two billion people to drink contaminated water. At the end of the day, human behavior drives national problems or causes solutions. NAMASTE

The War On Trash: Philippines VS Canada

The world’s recycling statistics show recycling is not effective enough. So, let’s dive into the trash management system that exists today. Recycling household trash makes us feel like we’re doing the environment justice! Besides, we’re told it’s helpful to do what we can to sort our trash.

It reduces the strain on the environment making it vital for the government to sell raw material. Moreover, the recycling program`s purpose is to keep the invasion of material out of landfills… Or does it?

Even though, Canadians recyclers are contributing to a solution. According to National Geographic, we also produce twice as much garbage then Japan. Plus, ten times more than half a dozen countries in Africa! Yet, garbage swamps the lives of the poorest people around the world! In fact, it’s because only nine percent of garbage is recycled! It shows that as a global community we are not doing enough to do justice to the environment!


Here at home, the Canadian recycling system sorts trash at recycling process centers. Next, they turn the manufactured material into pulp, pellets, melt it or press it into sheets.

Then, re-manufacturing plants or end markets take these items. End markets like the Philippines and China receive shipments for re-manufacturing post-consumer waste. The system works to reduce the squeeze on the natural environment.

The truth is ninety-one percent of trash is not recycled. So, billions of tonnes of Global garbage is either incinerated or left in landfills. The incineration and gas released from landfills yield more Green House Gas.(GHG). Which further stimulates the world’s Green House Effect.

If fresh water evaporates from global warming we will wither and die. Yet, in the meantime, we’re arguing over trash mismanagement. This noticeable trend should be good enough reason to change our spending habits.  Yet, it hasn’t. So the potential of trash wars is a dilemma that we face today and in the future!


Hence, there’s a standoff between the Philippines and Canada today. The partnership between these two countries has soured. Why would Canada a developed country try to take advantage of them?

Comparatively, Canadians hold a reputation and an International image of peace and prosperity. Our land mass is almost 10,000,000 square kilometers. We have much more space than those in the Philippines. After all, they’re a developing country with a land mass of just 300,000 sq. kilometers.

Canada has 34,000,000 people with an annual GDP of forty thousand (American) dollars per capita. Even though, the Philipino’s have over 96,000,000 people in their population. The annual GDP is just over four thousand dollars per capita. Consequently, they struggle to keep their population above the standard threshold of human development.

In 2013 a Canadian company shipped one hundred containers of “recycling” overseas. Thus, upon arrival, the Filipino Port Authority deemed the shipment unfit to process. They asked the Canadian government to return our containers back to Canada. Regardless, the Canadian government told the authorities no and asked them to dispose of it.


Six years later the trash still remains at the Port. Filipinos have rallied and their government threatens war! The Canadian supply chain sent unfit products and the Filipinos don’t want to be their junkyard. Therefore, we should set an example for the rest of the world. It’s our responsibility to control the distribution and take back the trash!

Suddenly, it’s not getting any easier. Canada finds it harder to source end markets because now China has banned our products. China told the World Health Organization they will no longer accept foreign recyclables.

There`s too much product and now they want the highest quality material. Thus, Canadian recycling processors now struggle to cope with the volume of trash. There is more supply than demand. Therefore, the recycling program of British Columbia states it will restrict materials in our blue bins.


For this reason, we’re losing the battle and more must be done through new technological advancements. After all, Corporations need packaging to sell their products. We would rather die than see the world not able to produce household products. Consequently, without packaging the economy would falter.

Fortunately, there are two Zennials making a difference in the war on trash! They’ve developed a process to produces a post-consumer product with dirty plastic. This company is called Biocollection Inc. and is ready to take on the challenge of the future. Together both Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao have come up with a solution!

The Founder Miranda Wang is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She believes there is a lack of waste management. For this reason, garbage is ending up in our Rivers and Oceans.

The Co-founder Jeanny Yao gained a degree in Environmental science from the University of Toronto. Their business plan is to change the way we deal with our contaminated trash in a more circular sense.
So, they’ve moved away from the approach of breaking down plastics, washing then melting it. Instead, they take the molecules and break them down into a complex method.

The chemical method cuts the polyethylene (plastic) chemical chain into small pieces. These small chemical pieces transform into precursors of higher value materials. Materials found in such things as car parts, electronics, and textiles!
This technology offers a solution for the other ninety-one percent of contaminated waste. In the world of chemicals, it makes sense that we have to use chemicals to fight chemicals. In conclusion, this innovation also has the ability to replace fossil fuels. It will use plastic waste for an industry’s energy needs.


Consumers have the responsibility to make conscious decisions when they’re purchasing items. Make different choice such as buy glass containers instead of plastic. Avoid anything wrapped in plastic, and reuse whenever possible.
The waste management system of British Columbia states its goal is zero-waste. But, what it does is turn the manufactured material into pulp, pellets or sheets. Thus, reducing the pressure of mining, deforestation, and chemical manufacturing in the environment.
The population is rising and there will forever be a need for natural resources. Therefore, continuing to recycle helps manufacturers source post-consumer material. It’s also important to change our buying habits each day by not spending money on over-packaging. Make conscious choices, lobby for change with petitions and join shoreline cleanups. Don’t let trash define us as a Nation!!