Year: 2019

Buttercream Clothing: Ethically Made in Canada

An originally Calgary based business, Buttercream Clothing uses local seamstresses to create their light and comfortable clothing. All the clothing can be ordered online and ships right to your door. Orders over $200.00 will be eligible for free shipping. The clothes are for everyday wear in a variety of sizes (xs to 3x). Most of the clothing is for women, although there is a small selection of 3 men’s long sleeve and t-shirts collection. Available clothing options include: Accessories – hair scrunchies Tops – long sleeve, t-shirts Bottoms – tights, skirts Dresses Rompers Outerwear Shop local and support ethical wages for the women who create your clothes! According to the Buttercream Clothing website they employ over 25 women including seamstresses and virtual assistants. Buttercream clothing: buttercreamclothing.com

How Do I Use a Lime Bike?

The Lime bikes in #yyc have taken off! I must say I’ve walked by the bikes and have wondered…how do I ride one? It’s embrassing to sit there by the bike and fiddle and try to figure it all out. Here is a quick guide on the how to’s in order to get you started…embarasement free. Step 1: Download the Free App & Add Your Subscription The Lime – Your Ride Anytime App is the electric bike and scooter phone app. You can download it on Google Play or Apple App Store. To set up the app add your phone number, allow the app to access your camera (to scan the barcode on the bike) and enable location services (to find the bike). Once you have the app set up you will need to add payment via the Wallet tab. This is a subscription service and you can read the Lime terms of agreement here. Lime has a information page set up to explain how to use the Lime bikes in Calgary. This includes rules …

This week in the News September 2 – September 9, 2019

You may have noticed I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus with this website for the past few months. I was spending time on my other business livitnutrion.com. Now this business is up and running (yey!) I have more time to dedicate to my passion, this site and connecting with other #yyc environmental activists. I’m happy to be back connecting with all of you! Summary: Amazon fires bring world leaders together to address the current crisis, growing your own trees can help to reverse our climate crisis, if we reduce food waste we can have a major impact and solar panels have the potential to help crops thrive. Amazon leaders sign rainforest preservation pact amid wildfire crisis source DW – we are in some really troubled times for our planet right now. With the Amazon fires raging and clearing acres and acres of valuable trees the toted “lungs of the earth” are rapidly being destroyed. This is devastating. Grow your own forest: how to plant trees to help save the planet – source the …

This week in the news March 4-11th, 2019

This week in summary: dairy co-operative making big changes but is it enough, earthquake felt in AB near RMH why, why, why?, pathogens could be transported across the earth via plastic trash, track your town/cities light pollution on a new interactive map. BBC Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms“This will require “radical changes” over the coming decades, including developing new technologies, the dairy co-operative, Arla Foods, said. It admitted the target was “ambitious”, but said it was achievable. However, the Vegan Society said there was no way to make dairy a climate-friendly product.” Global News Calgary 4.3 magnitude earthquake shakes central Alberta near Rocky Mountain House “Information posted by Natural Resources Canada states the earthquake happened around 4 a.m. 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House, at a depth of 10 kilometres. “It was a shallow event. It was felt by local residents,” said Dr. Honn Kao, a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada. “According to our recordings, we do not expect any particular damage. The Guardian Pathogens hitchhiking on …

Are plant- based proteins actually more sustainable?

Canada’s new Food Guide and guidelines were released on January 22nd, 2019 and there were some pretty big shifts in recommendations compared to the 2007 guide. The revisions of the food guide have been underway for quite some time so there was a lot of excitement from industry, health professionals and the public to see the revised version including this #yyc blogger! One of the main changes is that the new food guide promotes plant based proteins. The food guide now has a “recommended proteins” category instead of Meat and Alternatives. There is also no longer a “milk products” category and milk as well as milk alternatives (like soy) have been included in the protein food group. In the guide the protein foods listed include “lentils, legumes, lean meats, fish, nuts, nut butters, eggs, unsweetened milk, yogurt, cheese, tofu and fortified soy beverages.” It’s also interesting to note this does not include other beverages like almond, rice or coconut beverage. These drinks are quite low in protein in comparison to soy or cow’s milk. Can …

This week in the News Feb 18 – 25th, 2019

This week in review: Antibiotics are swimming in our oceans & the concentration is getting higher and higher each year, dying bumblebees in Poland & dwindling biodiversity, the best climate friendly foods, Science News: Pharmaceutical residues in fresh water pose a growing environmental risk. Radboud University Nijmegen . Antibiotics are increasing in concentration in our water supply & killing good bacteria. The Guardian: We’ve had an apocalyptic warning: now will we care about biodiversity? Martha Gill The report finds that 20% of the Earth’s vegetated surface has become less productive, and what is growing on it is one notch away from being wiped out. BBC News: Apples or raspberries? The best climate-friendly foods. Food production is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming, according to a University of Oxford study. CBC: Feds to conduct environmental assessment of Boat Harbour cleanup. Ottawa decides possible adverse environmental effects must be reviewed.

This Week in the News: Feb 4 – 11, 2019

Weekly Summary: World leaders are trying again, a how to guide to buying sustainable clothing, Chinook salmon are in trouble, Hawaii is leading the world in zero waste policy creation, Alberta is making some big renewable energy moves. The Economic Times: Challenges due to climate change to be discussed at World Government Summit in Dubai. Aiming to identify solutions the summit participants will be international organizations, senior government officials and media personalities from around the world. INDEPENDENT Your Ultimate Guide to Buying Ethical and Sustainable Fashion. In a cultural climate where no one would be seen dead without a reusable water bottle and veganism is the mot du jour, it’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable for many of us to buy into brands that fall so short of our values – and fast fashion is one of the worst offenders. The Guardian We’re sounding the alarm’: half of Canada’s Chinook salmon endangered. Half of Canada’s chinook salmon are endangered, with nearly all other populations in precarious decline, according to a new report, confirming fears that prospects for …

Reusable Produce & Bulk Bags – Credobags

Produce Bags Product description: These bags are 100% regular cotton or certified organic cotton mesh, washable and very durable. You can reuse these bags at the grocery store or farmers’ market to replace plastic single use bags. Reduce your carbon footprint by choosing an option that is sustainable- reusable and recyclable. Pros: 100% Regular Cotton or Certified Organic Cotton Mesh (Natural),, Washable, mesh design allow cashiers to easily identify contents of bag, convenient drawstring closure. Rating: 5/5 Bulk Bags Product description: These bags are a practical storage solution for bulk purchases such as rice, dried beans, nuts, coffee, pasta and grains. There are smaller size for herbs or loose teas. The larger size for lettuces, potatoes celery etc. and keep them in the refrigerator or dry storage to prolong freshness. Pros: Reusable option when shopping for bulk items, washable, 3 sizes (small-medium-large), convenient drawstring, Hemp/Organic Cotton blend or 100% Organic Cotton Rating: 5/5 Local stores in Calgary to purchase: Apothecary Inglewood

This week in the News Jan 29-Feb 2, 2019

Weekly Summary: tacking food waste, technology to pull water out of the air, is the extreme temps due to climate change, US government shutdown reminds us of the importance of park staff. The Guardian The Real Junk Food Project turns supermarket waste into tasty meals. London cafes bring people together while tackling the UK’s food waste problem. CNN Business Drinkable water is scarce. These companies are pulling it out of the air. In the mountains outside Scottsdale, Arizona, the four people and two dogs living at Cody Friesen’s house get all the water they need for drinking and cooking from two big panels mounted on the roof. The Times of India US shivers as extreme cold invades, but is this climate change? Experts say it could be, but whether global warming plays a role in this particular extreme weather phenomenon is apparently still up for debate. Phys.Org Parks rush to clean up toppled trees, trash after shutdown. The US government shutdown was a good reminder at how critical staff are in the role of maintaining, preserving, …

This week in the news Jan 22 – 28, 2019

Weekly summary: 1.5 degrees warmer and chaos on the Earth, Earth’s atmosphere and oceans are changing the way heat moves, CO2 may rise more than expected, carbon tax is explained by a rebuttal to a ludicrous statement New Scientist Earth in 2050: This is what a world warmed by 1.5°C looks like. From wild weather to huge ecosystem shifts, dramatic effects from global warming are already baked in – but by acting now we can prevent the worst Science Daily Climate change reshaping how heat moves around globe. The Earth’s atmosphere and oceans play important roles in moving heat from one part of the world to another, and new research is illuminating how those patterns are changing in the face of climate change . The Times of India Faster CO2 rise expected this year: study. The forecast by researchers is based on a combination of factors including rising anthropocentric emissions and a relative reduction in the uptake of CO2 by ecosystems. Global News Calgary Brooks-Medicine Hat UCP candidate who claimed church facing $50K in carbon …