Green Ideas: Rocky Mountain Flatbread Diners Share Ideas to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
April 2010 – At Rocky Mountain Flatbread we have been collecting ideas from our diners of how to reduce our carbon footprint while living and working in Vancouver. It turned out to be a very resourceful activity and gave me many inspirational ideas on further simple actions I can personally take with my family as well as in our restaurant and I am hoping it may give others inspirational ideas too.
Join one billion people in 190 countries in taking further actions in your daily life to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and in the future. Happy Earth Day Everyone!
Here is the list of diners’ ideas to inspire you:
Ideas for the House
- You can recycle all plastics at multiple locations on the 3rd Saturday of the month. www.pacificmobiledepot.com
- For the average four bedroom family home, if you use a low flow shower head you can pay back the investment for the shower head in as little as 2 months from the savings on water and electricity.
- Switch from GOOGLE to BLACKLE (a black screen uses less energy.) blackle.com is powered by Google.
- Reuse old envelopes for sorting and filing documents at home.
- When shaving, turn off the water. Put enough water in the basin first to clean the razor.
- Give clothing, household items no longer used to the Salvation Army on 4th and Cypress.
- Install programmable thermostats in your home. Cutting power, bills and consumption by 55%.
- Use cloth diapers, wash yourself and line dry. (when it’s not raining.)Plastic diapers take 1000 years to biodegrade in our land fills!
- Have “no tech” or “low tech” days when you use no car, no phone and no computer.
- Do all sunbathing at Wreck Beach – less laundry!
- Hug a tree daily!!
- Use face clothes instead of wipes for children’s meal messes.
- Hang your laundry to dry! Dryers use far too much energy.
- Unplugging all appliances when you go to bed and leave condo. You can save up to 10% on your energy bill.
- Reuse your water bottles/ drink bottles.
Ideas for Shopping
- Stop buying stuff.
- Walk to Rocky Mountain Flatbread for local organic delicious dinner. Eat local!
- Buy as local as possible – especially food.
- Buy organic food only and support local farmers.
- Use less plastic made products.
- Be conscious of packaging your food from the grocery store comes in. Use cloth produce bags.
- Use handmade fabric grocery bags that are washable, so you can reuse over and over and over.
Ideas for the Garden
- Get a worm composter for your home apartment and or workplace.For info: visit City Farmer, 2150 Maple.
- Fertilize your garden with crushed egg shells and coffee grinds.
- Grow your own veggies!
- For folks with no space but a balcony, start a wormery! Simple plastic storage box from Canadian Tire – order worms on-line and off you go.
- Put tea leaves on your plants – particularly Rooibos on indoor plants.
- Rain water collection for watering plants. (www.watertiger.net)
- Join a CSA (Community supported agriculture): You will get the best, local produce; support organic food (which is 80% of carbon footprint of food) and save money!
- Use garden stalks for mulch under your raspberries.
Ideas for Work
- Stagger work schedules so that there’s time to walk kids to school most days.
- Take a Staycation every year. Keep the money within the province. Save on air miles and diesel fumes.
- Walk from the West End to Rocky Mountain Flatbread on 1st Avenue for the best pizza!
- Stop idling.
- Take public transit
- Close major streets downtown to cars on weekends – Robson and Georgia – have people take transit or a bike.
- Commute via bicycle! Celebrate living in a city where it’s warm enough to bike year around!
- Live where you work and play so you can just walk and or take public transit.
- Carpool to work.