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Ep. 87 Less Waste & More Earth Love with Launne Kolla

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Raise your hand if you care about our planet! Launne Kolla says she is not perfect, and none of us should expect to be, but trying our best with the knowledge we have can make our earth a little bit greener. Launne graciously does all the hard research for us, to make our gentle footprint a little bit easier to navigate.

Back on episode 64, we met Launne, when we talked all things birding and bird watching. Not only is Launne a Wildlife Biologist for EDI Environmental Dynamics, where she gets to love up on wildlife, she is also on a mission to take care of the earth and teach others how to do the same, with her account Do More Good. Raising two daughters, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, she is also teaching them to love, respect, and nurture the earth!

Episode 64 on Birding:

Garbage Takeaways: 

  • Buy/consume less and use what you have
  • Vote with your dollar – think about what you purchase before you buy it, as in where it was made, who made it, what it is made from, and how long it will last
  • Purchase items with less packaging
  • Corporations need to make a change – support the “good” ones
  • Shop in bulk
  • Bring your own produce bags, or don’t use produce bags

Recycling Takeaways: 

  • Most of the things you throw in your recycling bin cannot get recycled – don’t “wish recycle” – know what can go in there, because wrong items can contaminate the whole bin, or cause harm to the system or workers
  • Generally, plastics with number 1-7 in the middle of recycle symbol can be recycled
  • Generally, they only accept items bigger than a deck of cards
  • Be intentional

Compost Takeaways: 

  • In Calgary, currently, compostable packaging – compostable plates etc., cannot be composted.[In Seattle they can] Check with your city!
  • Check if your city has an app
  • Tips to Compost on your own: Check out Vermicompost – using worms; Mix the browns and the greens – yard waste with food; Sometimes places have a compost drop off, or big gardens or food banks asking for compost
  • App = Share Waste (can find compost in the area) –

In Canada, there is a single use plastic ban starting in 2022, and will be completed by 2025. 

Ep. 31 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for the Planet with Michelle Dias –

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Swaps: 

  • Bring your own coffee mug and water bottle
  • Use bar shampoos and conditions
  • Use safety razor
  • Swap bees wax wraps (or containers), instead of Sarah Wrap
  • Turn off sprinklers when it’s rainy
  • Unplug “ghost power”
  • Delete emails! [1 person sending 65 emails is the same as driving a km in your car]
  • Pick up garbage you see outside
  • Pay for carbon offsets [Carbon Zero, vetted by WestJet, or Less Emissions, used by Air Canada]
  • Shop secondhand
  • Don’t return clothes unless you KNOW they are going back on the shelf
  • Say no to Palm Oil, unless it’s “responsible palm oil”

Follow Launne on IG: @do.more.good
Launching blog soon.  


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