Governor’s Island Part II – Glamping

That view.  That unbelievably gorgeous (surreal, incredible) view of Manhattan from your luxury tent on Governor’s Island.  Imagine yourself sitting in a slingback chair on a grassy lawn watching the sun set behind Lady Liberty; snuggling by a bonfire making s’mores; falling asleep knowing the lights of Manhattan are twinkling for you alone. You can pinch … More Governor’s Island Part II – Glamping

Governor’s Island – Part I: Urban Gardening with GrowNYC

Governor’s Island is NYC’s favorite car-free oasis.  Just a 7 minute ferry ride from Manhattan you find yourself on an uninhabited island with million dollar views of the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and Jersey City.  The excitement for our upcoming family glamping adventure on the island (see Part II of this post coming … More Governor’s Island – Part I: Urban Gardening with GrowNYC

Zero-waste? Canada to lead international “plastics charter”

Plastics are polluting our waterways, choking our coral reefs and being eaten by birds and marine animals. The average American takes home 1,500 plastic bags a year, which are used for about 12 minutes.  Most plastic bags are not recycled, and the ones that make it to landfill (vs. the waterways) take 500 years to … More Zero-waste? Canada to lead international “plastics charter”

Shopping locally in October – a reflection

As some of you may know, last month I shopped the neighbourhood and stopped shopping online.  The primary goal was to support neighbourhood businesses, secondly to decrease the amount of packaging we receive, and a lesser goal: to see if the siren call of internet offerings could be ignored. Day 3:  I walked 20 blocks … More Shopping locally in October – a reflection

One step forward, two steps back (and a decision to shop the neighbourhood for one month).

Our quest to reduce garbage and packaging was going so well…the trash can became the recycling bin  and one week’s worth of garbage could fit in a small unlined bin under the sink.  We made produce bags and hankies from old t-shirts that were too far gone for donation, bought compostable toothbrushes and compost like … More One step forward, two steps back (and a decision to shop the neighbourhood for one month).