Garbage -- or to use the more politically correct term, waste -- is big business. Really big. It can also be a messy business, particularly when politicians get involved. So no big surprise that the left hand doesn't seem to care what the right hand is doing at Metro Vancouver when it comes to regional waste management.
Issac Newton said that for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. While this may be true for physics, it certainly does not carry over into interpersonal matters. Often the gentlest of gestures, smallest of actions or the quietest of whispered kind words will have an avalanche effect on the lives of others.
Since going green no longer means having to forfeit beautiful packaging to sell a product in a way that is consistent with any brand's image, there is simply no longer any excuse for offering products in unsustainable packaging. In the new age of green packaging, sustainability and brand promise can now go hand in hand and beautiful packaging doesn't have to be ugly for the environment.
So what are the differences between being a collector vs. being a hoarder? Both involve assigning special value to your possessions. Some people jokingly have referred to my kind of collecting as hoarding, as I like to keep things that have sentimental value to me. Kind of like a human pack rat accumulating memories.
The quiet revolution is already well begun in the biofuel industry as it enters it's high-growth stage -- and it is only going to get better from here. Some cities have done the calculations, and surprise! -- it's more cost effective to re-process that oil than to deal with the harm to the environment from toxic used oil. Quite unlike fossil-fuels, which cause a huge net gain to our atmosphere -- the CO2 equation couldn't be better for plant-based diesel.