Sierra Club Blog Posts

This page shows a collection of all of Sierra Club Canada's blog posts, shown in chronological order. To view the full post, click on its title.

Canada's 1st Bottled Water Free Day

Today marks Canada's first Bottled Water Free Day

Why would you pay for a plastic bottle of (now contaminated) water, when you can turn on the tap and it's there, for fraction of the price, and is tested more often? AND it's local water, not water trucked in from somewhere else in the country, or, goodness forbid, the globe!

Why is bottled water so bad? Well, Derek sums it up very well in an amusing way, and I totally agree. ... Read more »

Hygiene & Hair washing (and daily water use tally)

Day 10 already!

Just for those who may be curious, I am still maintaining a healthy level of personal hygiene. I'm not covering it up with perfume or anything. haha

I also haven't been running marathons, though. I've thought about jogging since it's getting nice out. I should do that and bathe afterwards and see if the same amount of water still does a good enough job...

... Read more »

Interview with Water Canada magazine

Last week I got an email from Kerry Freek, editor of Water Canada magazine. We set up a call, and she asked me a bunch of questions about how things have been going so far.

Check it out here. She also talked to my pal Alina, who is blogging about her progress here, and also here, with Kevin Freedman, creator of this lovely challenge, now in its second year! :)... Read more »

Women & Water (in light of International Women's Day)

As many of you are likely aware, March 8th is International Women's Day. (*Apologies for the late post, I'm having some serious internet problems at home!)

How does this relate to water? In a number of ways:

- Women require more water daily than men, and pregnant and nursing women require even more water (according to the World Health Organization)... Read more »

Mopping without water (at all!)

Mopping without water? Easy and effective.

This might sound crazy but it's actually really straightforward, and my kitchen floor is squeaky clean right now.

I use a microfibre mop cloth, which is great for a number of reasons. Mainly, it picks up and stores dirt naturally without spreading it all over your floor. Also, because it's a thin piece of cloth, you're mopping your floor with a damp textured cloth instead of a giant sponge in a bucket of water that will become dirty and potentially make a mess by getting too much water on the floor, you could spill it, etc.... Read more »

Wrapping up week one

The past couple of days have been a whirlwind, really. Between analyzing and responding to the Speech from the Throne and the 2010 Federal Budget, and personal activities in the evening (like open mics and dance lessons), I haven't found the time to keep up on my blogging! Sincere apologies. (But you didn't miss anything too exciting, I promise.)... Read more »

Dishes Pt. 2 : Recycling dish water (Day 3)

So doing dishes last night took quite some time (30-45 minutes), but only about 1.685 L of water or so, so that's not bad considering the amount (and the quality) of dishes I did.

Overall, I used 10.514 L of water yesterday, even with the dishes! --AND the best part is that I got to recycle 1.89 L of that into my toilet tank to offset when I flush. Recycling water? Yes. Totally. It's called soft path. I'm going to be talking about it a lot this month.

 ... Read more »

Doing dishes on a water budget.

Day 2.

So far, so good. In fact, I'm surprised at how little water I've used so far! Yesterday totalled a whopping 10.11 L for the entire day. --That being said, I did eat lunch at a restaurant and dinner at a friend's house, so I guess I 'outsourced' the water used to wash those dishes (though I did avoid bringing home styrofoam, which Ottawa isn't yet recycling).

I also drank a 355mL gingerale that I didn't factor in.

Moving forward, I think I'm going to avoid bottled or canned beverages for the rest of the month, and also avoid eating at restaurants as much as possible.... Read more »

Last night I took my last shower...

-- For the month of March, that is! 
You see, I've decided that, if I'm going to talk about water efficiency and conservation, I should walk the talk and, you know, challenge myself every once and a while. 
The average Canadian uses a whopping 329 Litres of water per day --to use a tangible comparison, this is the equivalent of 658 water bottles (though bottled water is, or course, terrible for the environment). We are, next to Americans, the worst water wasters in the world. Europeans use an average of 150 Litres per capita per day (Lpcd), and we're over double that! 
 ... Read more »

Letters to Ottawa

I recently wrote two letters (which can be found below) to Ottawa City Council over two separate, but related issues in regard to urban sprawl and a proposed road that will adversely affect the future of a local endangered population of Blanding's Turtle.

Sierra Club Canada is a grassroots organization.  We have representation throughout Canada and part of the reason for our existence is to help out local communities.  Our current efforts around the Blanding's Turtle are not unique.  As an example, in Comox Valley, British Columbia we are currently in court to prevent a gas station from being built on a watershed.... Read more »


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