Ep 3: A life with less waste

Ep 3: A life with less waste with Magali Lafleur

In this special episode, Toronto-based Art Director and Zero Waster Magali Lafleur shares a bit of everything from urban frustrations, feminine hygiene, zero waste confessions, to tips on leading a cleaner lifestyle in a congested planet. If you’ve ever considered living your life with less trash, give this a listen! 

About Magali: Two years ago, Magali started her journey to reduce trash in her lifestyle and learned how to be more environmentally wise by a simple Google search. It was a lifestyle change that she became increasingly more passionate about. You can read about her lifestyle of living zero waste on her Instagram blog @findyouralternative

3 Easy steps we’ve picked for living cleaner lifestyles from this episode are:

  1. bring your own container when purchasing meals
  2. get to know your lifestyle and decision-making process so you can anticipate what you’ll need in your day
  3. invest in quality products so you won’t have to buy as much in the long run! 

Questions and comments are welcome at hellodoublecow@gmail.com—see ya on the next one!

Trying your best!

Trying your best to go zero waste but forgot your reusable bags at home when you took a trip to the supermarket?

Did the barista at your local cafe stick a plastic straw into your drink even though you brought your reusable cup?

It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Making these mistakes every once in a while is forgivable. If you believe it’s worth it, keep trying.

Trinity park cleanup

What can a small community do to take action when climate change and government policy is slow to progress?

We can choose to do things that don’t require permission, and something that we can realistically achieve in our own incremental steps.

With that said, Magali Lafleur (blogger from Find Your Alternative) is partnering up with Double Cow to host our own community clean-up at Trinity Bellwoods Park.

It starts with a pickup, and you can tell us you’ll come by responding to our event page here.

Thursday, July 25th at 6:30PM.

Litter is everybody’s problem and this is our chance to make our contribution. See you there.

Recycling is out

Our global recycling crisis is getting out of hand. Unfortunately, nobody wants to accept our recyclables, and it’s proving itself to be increasingly and ironically unsustainable from nation to nation.

In action, recycling is confusing and people don’t get clear information as to which material belongs to which bin.

Luckily we have alternatives, which is to reduce and reuse. Not as fashionable, not as convenient, but it works!

Reducing and reusing requires:

  1. More love to take care of our personal belongings
  2. More consciousness of our own lifestyles

Recycling is a system that makes people feel less guilty when we over-consume. It’s a system that needs drastic improvement, or a complete makeover, but we can’t waste our time and wait for it to happen—we’re too impatient for that.

Join the party!

Big corporate, government, macro action is nothing without personal, local, human demand. However, by the time large organizations start taking action, it might already be too late.

Why wait for larger, slower players to start making their moves in 2030 when you can make your contribution within your next 24 hours?

The advantage we have as singular units of people is that we’re faster and more forgivable. If we make a mistake, it’s way easier for us to right our wrongs as opposed to relying on several tiers of organized hierarchy to make amends.

With that said, we have exciting news: Double Cow and Toronto Zero Waste blog, Find Your Alternative, is pairing up to clean our parks. Starting July 25th with Trinity Bellwoods.

Starting at 6:30PM, we’re going hands-in to collect litter. Join us to make your contribution to the community. See you there!

Here’s why the smaller things matter

Bringing your own coffee cup, refusing a disposable bag, and opting for reusable cutlery (just to name a few things we could actively do) could reduce our personal landfill rates by 40%, 60%, 70%, or even 100% if you’re fully committed.

Nothing that you aren’t able to do right now if you wanted to.

And way faster than any large organization or country can spell out “global ocean plastics crisis”.

Even if some of us can be 30% committed to being more environmentally responsible, that’s more action than if we were to remain complacent.