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The True Cost of the Fast Fashion Industry

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a podcast that interviewed Andrew Morgan, the director of a documentary called “The True Cost.” The Rich Roll Podcast focuses on spotlighting individuals that promote nutrition and wellness for listeners to implement in their daily activities. Not long ago, he hosted Andrew Morgan and shared a conversation that discussed the human rights and environmental implications of fast fashion – the untold story about fashion. How and when did clothing become an essentially disposable product? What is really going on? Those are questions discussed in the podcast and directly addressed in the documentary. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the garment industry is having on the...

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A very zero waste party: ideas for your next celebration!

We’re all familiar with this setting: a birthday party with matching plastic plates, plastic cutlery, a plastic tablecloth, piles of shredded wrapping paper, and a stack of toys that aren’t needed or particularly wanted, either. I know I definitely had at least one of these parties as a kid and went to dozens of others. All of these elements make cleaning up easy, no doubt, but could there be a better way to celebrate?

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An Interview with Roots on the Roof: Challenging the status quo of our food systems

The rooftop of the AMS Nest at the University of British Columbia (photo from @UBC) If you’ve ever been curious about where our team works, here’s a fun fact for you: My Green Space is currently operating out of an accelerator program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Beyond the incredible community at e@UBC and, in particular, the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub, our team is surrounded by other on-campus and student initiatives that align with our values in many different ways. However, with over 52,000 students at the Point Grey campus alone, we are learning about new clubs and projects on a weekly basis, or so it seems. At the start of this summer, we discovered an organization...

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Make your own natural body products!

At My Green Space, we strive to eat fruits and vegetables free of pesticides and other chemicals. This is evident in the soil content of our garden boxes, how we get rid of pests and diseases, and in the hands-on approach we take to gardening. When it comes to what goes on our skin and bodies, why should this rule of knowing what’s in our products change? In a growing movement towards DIY and homemade cosmetics, many bloggers have put together tutorials on different products you can make yourself, at a low cost, knowing exactly what ingredients are being used. Below, we’ve compiled a few different ways to make everyday body products. Image from Lisa Zambuto Toothpaste:On her blog, zero...

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Where to buy bulk foods in Vancouver

Here’s a topic we’ve visited before: the idea of food waste. Food waste can take all shapes and sizes, but has one thing in common- it can be eliminated. One way to watch our waste is by purchasing items in bulk, rather than in packages. Not only are we able to dictate the quantity that we want (a pinch of spice, for example) but buying in bulk also provides us the opportunity to reuse or recycle food bags and jars rather than bringing more plastic waste into our homes. Image from FrenchyFancy This happened to me recently: I was on UBC campus at Grocery Checkout, a new shop in The Nest that sells fresh produce, healthy snacks, gourmet yogurts, and snacks in...

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