reusable vs. disposable

So, I have not used a paper cup in at least two weeks. I have been using a reusable water bottle and a reusable coffee mug for all my drinks while out. It has been SO easy. I didn't think it was going to be so easy. but it was. YAY :). Not to mention it's actually cheaper!  

If you look at the celebrities in these photos, its kinda pathetic right?  Like why is drinking out of these paper cups (not necessarily Star-bucks...any coffe cups.) so 'trendy'?  what is so 'trendy' about it? is it the status you gain? by being able to walk around proudly with your five dollar coffee?  In downtown Toronto, everyone you see on the streets are walking around with coffee cups held out in front of them, leading them to there destination. Zombies. 

I used to buy an average of two paper-cup drinks a day, so, tea etc. Thats 14 cups a week. Thats 730 cups a YEAR. All from just little old me. just me. Imagine, adding up everybody else's on top of mine. 

And somehow, we just throw these cups away in the garbage without thinking about it, as if it just disappears (WOW, magic!). When really it doesn't.  

If everyone just tried switching to reusable instead of disposable... imagine how much less cups would be thrown into landfills each year? 

P.S Don't give in to the 'recycled/green/post-consumer fiber' jargon you see written on some coffee cups claiming that they are environmentally friendly or recycled. Because what most people don't know is that canada actually does not have enough paper supplies or the industry to recycle our own waste, we must export, import and transport... creating an ongoing cycle of wasteful behaviors impacting the environment. Because, if your coffee cup is being flown over from across the world on a gas guzzling jet... who cares if its recycled? isn't that worse?



rainy day rant.

Dear Citizens of Toronto,

     Hello there, my name is Amanda. I would just like to speak out on something that has grown to concern me greatly. I was just interested to know why you all insist on carrying your umbrella's in the fashion in which you do. I am not sure if anyone has brought this to your attention before, but I find you very violent and inconsiderate. Yesterday I almost got my left and right eye (on multiple occasions) jabbed out by the cheap and dangerous metal spokes protruding from your umbrellas. In the case in which this would have happened and if I had not defended myself with the best of my self-defense ability... I would have been blinded. Not to mention decapitated. I am urging more of you to start wearing rain jackets with hoods. This would allow you to see where your going and to NOT severely injure civilians as you briskly walk to wherever you do so need. If you do not stop these violent acts in which I am forced to face every time it rains... I WILL be forced to take further action. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you take my requests into serious consideration (mostly for your own health benefits).


p.s  be sure to pause the music in the ipod nano mixpod on the left-hand sidebar if it's making the reading difficult.



city at night

Well, i just got into town about an hour ago
took a look around, see which way the wind blow
where the little girls in their hollywood bungalows
are you a lucky little lady in the city of light
or just another lost angel in the city of night?

 photo by me


just being...

Sometimes... what you REALLY need is some fruity girly drinks, some good friends and munchies. Your bound to laugh your face off and forget about the stupid STUPID boys & all the homework that have been making you miserable. 


green bean.

I used to be very environmentally aware and conscious of my impact on the earth. I sort of let go of those cares a little bit when school and work and MY life became more important then recycling, composting and unplugging. But I am in a sustainability class this semester and I have really had a change of heart as to what is important. In the class we are basically a group of little activists at our school, doing hands on designing of all things green at school (water bottle program, organic food program, electronics recycling etc.) promoting and creating an outlet so that the students become more aware of how easy the school makes it to be green. I also had to make a list of things that i would do to be more green. ( it has to be not going to put impossible standards on myself).

1. Become a weekday vegetarian*  (first week a success!) 
 It explains all the benefits, and everything you will be doing to help the environment, world hunger, and the treatment of animals.

2. Walk as much as possible. (easy peasy- I already do.)

3. No more plastic. (water bottles, grocery/produce bags, individually wrapped convenience food etc.)
this is very difficult unless you have a reusable water canteen and a reusable coffee mug.... proud to say I have used both all week!

4. Eating more organic and locally grown food. It's expensive, hard to find and sometimes there are fakes!! did you know that the average american dinner has travelled at least 1,400 miles? (thats a lot of unnecessary transportation, and 'middlemen'). Pesticides are killing countless species of plants and wildlife.

5. Unplug. turning off all lights when not in use, and unplugging appliances that are not on. 

6. Recycle & Compost. Make serious use of the green bin and the recycling bin. (easyyyyy)

:) happy earthing, fellow beans. 

P.S go listen to some of The Black Keys. They are GOOD. Really good.

what is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try.  Just one more time." - Thomas a. Edison

(photo of me taken by me a long time ago)


beach day

frozen yogurt, beautiful weather... sucking up the last of summer :)


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