Friends of ours started a waste free project a couple years ago. They have since made a documentary of their efforts to produce no garbage in Vancouver, BC, and are currently (summer 2010) cycling across the country screening the film. Talk about inspiration!
We decided their goal was achievable, and that significant components of it were achievable without giant additional efforts. We were already composting and recycling our hard plastics, glass, aluminum & e-waste, but decided to step up our waste-reduction efforts and begin eliminating soft plastics, take out containers, single-use items, and using reusable produce bags. We also tried to reduce “external waste” like transport and manufacturing waste, by choosing more local, organic, and environmentally sustainable products. That was in Vancouver, where resources for eco-lifestyles are plentiful, ample, ubiquitous, and EASY(er). To paraphrase Dorothy: “Gee, Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kitsilano anymore.”
So… this is the story of our waste-free journey in Iqaluit, a young, growing city on Baffin Island, just south of the Arctic Circle, roughly 3000km from Vancouver. Hopefully, it becomes a resource for others thinking of making the move up here, or wanting to find ways to produce less waste while living here.