The Tiffin Project in Vancouver – Exciting News!

As I opened this weeks Straight on the way to work I was thrilled to see that Hunter Moyes has taken on an ambitious project.  Hunter has launched what he is calling the ‘Tiffin Project’, and it is a wonderful idea.

The idea is to promote bringing your own take out container, and in turn you will save a bit of money on your favorite take out.  You can read the article here, and we will try to stay on top of developments from the ‘Tiffin Project’.  Looks like you can get your very own Tiffin at Harvest Union, and I know you can get them from our good friends at ‘The Soap Dispensary’

Bringing your own containers when you take out is a simple and very effective way to cut waste, and certainly cuts back on plastic.  Tiffins, reusable mugs and glasses, and reusable cutlery are all simple steps that reduce waste!

Make your own Toothpaste (Suprisingly Yummy!)

When we started the project there were few things we feared more then the day our toothpaste would run out.  Well, it didn’t take long, and after a bit of tinkering we have come up with a winning toothpaste recipe that is both fairly tasty, and healthy for teeth and gums.  A couple of notes on the toothpaste:

1. Toothpaste is perhaps a misnomer, it is more of a tooth solid, you will need to scoop it out with a spoon (very important – do not use your toothbrush, our friends at the local dentist office said it can lead to nasty bacterial build-up).

2. The toothpaste isn’t foamy like the stuff from the tube, but it leaves your mouth feeling really clean, and the cinnamon gives it a nice taste.

3. We use some essential oils to make your mouth feel fresh.  We sourced out some organic essential oils, but the are not meant for internal use, so as tasty as the toothpaste is, it won’t make for a good snack – please do not eat the toothpaste.

You can find the recipe on our blog here, and check out our video below!  Please let us know how you like it, and feel free to experiment, we would love to hear the flavor combinations you come up with!

This ‘Daily GOOD’ made my day

I love the ‘Daily GOOD’ – a daily email that always makes me smile with great ideas coming in from around the world (you too can sign up here).

This particular GOOD thing really made me smile, its all about edible packaging!  What a wonderful idea.  Imagine if your tomato sauce came in a tomato shaped package that you could eat, and it tastes like tomato, or yogurt in a delicious granola laced casing.

Its all because of WikiCells, an ingenious project by folks at artscience labs.

Now I am no expert, but this seems like a brilliant solution to the packaging issues we face here in North America.  Please read more via the Daily GOOD, or check out the WikiCell Homepage.

Plastic Emergency

I have been meaning to post a blog in this vein for the past week, but I kept dreaming about how it could be more impactful, how I could really make people feel the weight of the problem we are facing… I have lightened up a bit on that and have decided to go with what I first wrote, I’m sorry we have been away for two weeks, many more stories and fun stuff to come but for now: Continue reading