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Is Carbon Capturing Really a Solution?

Posted by gerry @ 1:17 pm on October 30, 2008

Underground storage of carbon dioxide has been proposed as a solution to climate change.  At the moment, Canada is home to one of the world’s largest carbon storage projects, in Weyburn, Sask.  However, around the world, the private sector and governments are not spending sufficient time and resources required to develop technology for capturing and disposing of carbon emissions.

To me, the capture of carbon seems to be a short-term fix, and not a long term solution.  As with any waste material, there is only a finite amount you can bury before underground until capacity is reached.  As well, there are unresolved issues about the liability involved for breaching stored carbon.  In my opinion, carbon capture is akin to shoving all your debris in your coat closet before company comes over; at some point, your guests may accidently open the closet…

Stainless Steel Water Bottles Are Healthy and Green Replacements for Bottled Water

Posted by gerry @ 8:49 am on October 21, 2008

Choosing tap water over bottled water is quickly catching on, especially for those who are health-conscious.  In most of North America, tap water is tested to ensure that it’s free of bacteria.  On the other hand, there are no regulations that oversee the testing of bottled water. 

Secondly, the plastic in bottles will decompose (with UV exposure) and leech into the water with time.  In 2001, a study at the University of Idaho reported that carcinogenic levels of a chemical known as DEHA may leech from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles when they are reused or heated.  For me, this is a major concern. 

I just got my first Kleen Kanteen water bottle, and I love it.  I can fill it at home and at work, and the stainless steel keeps the water colder than plastic can.  With this purchase, I’m helping the environment, and my own health, at the same time!

Packing a Lunch is Healthy, Affordable, and Green

Posted by gerry @ 8:44 am on October 14, 2008

Eating out for lunch everyday can add up in terms of cost, waste, and your waistline.

If you eat out for lunch every weekday, you are likely spending approximately $10 each time.  That costs you $50 a week and $2,600 per year.   If you were to spend that same amount on groceries and home-cooked meals, you would have surplus left over!  Instead of spending $50 for 5 lunches, $50 dollar gets me an entire week -7 days- of groceries, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You are, after all, what you eat.  Preparing your own lunches also reduces the fat, sugar, salt, and preservatives which you ingest.  When you prepare your own lunch, you know exactly what goes into it.

Finally, packing a lunch helps the environment because it reduces waste.  Purchase a cloth lunch-bag or a metal lunchbox to carry your lunch in.  A thermos or water bottle can be used to hold your liquids.  And food can be packed in re-useable containers.  It is entirely possible to pack a zero-waste lunch!

GardenSuperMart is Now a Carbon Free Organization

Posted by gerry @ 7:37 am on October 8, 2008

GardenSuperMart has joined 650 other organizations in becoming a CarbonFund.Org partner!  We have offset our carbon emissions and our now officially carbon-neutral.

As per CarbonFund’s website, Carbon offsets allow companies to take action on global warming now. Offsetting our carbon footprint supports greenhouse gas reduction projects and hastens the transition to a clean energy future.

Carbon offsets can be more efficient than other measures an individual can take to fight global warming, while reducing the same or more carbon dioxide emissions. After all, it is more cost effective to build a 100 MW wind farm in Texas than a 5 kW windmill in your own back yard.

We encourage all companies to join us in achieving carbon neutrality: reduce carbon emissions when possible, and offset carbon emissions when it’s not.

Recycling at The Office

Posted by gerry @ 12:42 pm on October 7, 2008

Recycling is everyone's business.

"Recycling is everyone's business."

I’m pleased to announce that we now have:

  1. A recycling “blue” bin at EVERY office area in our business complex,
  2. A contractor which transports our recyclables to the recycling depot, and
  3. A janitorial staff which empties our recycling bins into the main recycling receptacle for the contractor to pick up!

Quite frankly, I used to bring all my recyclables home because our business complex didn’t recycle. Unfortunately, businesses, unlike homes, are not covered by city recycling initiatives. Hence, businesses have to make their own recycling arrangements.

The issue with most businesses is that recycling adds extra overhead costs. Blue recycling bins need to be purchased and a private contractor needs to be hired to transport the recyclables to the main recycling center.

However, recycling is everyone’s business. This just goes to show that if enough people care, you can affect change in your office!

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