As summer comes to a close, many of us will linger in the memories of family vacations, festivals, and being outside under the warmth of the sun.  For many families and communities, especially in our Province, the summer of 2023 will be remembered as a time of upheaval and constant fire readiness and watch. Our hearts go out to those returning to their lives and rebuilding their communities after suffering from a wildfire season that we have never experienced. 

Reusable coffee cup

In 2022, 1.3 billion single use items were disposed of in Metro Vancouver*. That is more than 400 items per person per year**! Single use or "on the go" items come with too high an environmental price tag. Many single use items are not easily recycled, and some, such as foam containers, often end up in the landfill. In addition, many plastics can take centuries to decompose and can injure wildlife. Reducing single-use items helps protect our environment. 

Celebrating August Pride Parade

In Vancouver B.C., the Pride festival is celebrated from July 28th to August 6th. The culmination of this celebration is one of the most iconic events for Pride; The Pride Parade held on Sunday August 6, 2023.

In part one of Shred Sheds, we learned that a Share Shed can help communities reduce and reuse unwanted items through a local share program, similar to a lending library. 

If managed properly, a Share Sheds can provide an excellent opportunity for a community to benefit from an eco-friendly trading post.

A successful model for a Share Shed requires a few key components; committed volunteers or assigned staff members, well-defined operating hours and guidelines and the importance of location.