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Sep 3, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

Making Peace with Invasives

Weeds and invasive species. Are they friend or foe? We look at these sometimes maligned plants from a few angles in this episode. Aryuvedic practitioner, Todd Coldecott, chimes on their role in rebalancing both the planet and our wellness. Founder of No Spray Powell River, Lisa-Marie Bhattacharya, shares how pest management practices affect biodiversity, and finally Karen Skadesheim, talks about using so-called invasives as materials for basketry and other creative endeavors.

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Let's Talk Trash - Love in the Dumps

Aug 4, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

If you have not seen the original Powell River production from the late 1990's titled, Love in the Dumps, check it out! (YouTube.com; "Love in the Dumps - a documentary?") Written and starred in by our very own CaroleAnn Leishman, it's 27 years old but the content can't be more relevant.  Let's Talk Trash team member Tai Uhlmann interviews CaroleAnn and the discussion that ensues is though provoking to say the least.

In this episode, Tai also provides an update to all that has happened and is happening at the Resource Recovery Centre.

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Bottled Water or Tap?

Jun 26, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

The story of bottled water is nuanced. Backed by the reality that we need clean drinking water to survive, and then infused with marketing campaigns that played on fears of water born pathogens and the wonders of trace mineral content. 

What is the full story of bottled water? And with 1 in 7 people having no access to clean drinking water, can we thrive without it?


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Waste Reduction during COVID & Homemade Beauty Recipes

May 1, 2020 by CJMP

This episode follows the silver linings during COVID. Green gardening tips using materials from your recycling bin, tips on waste reduction through home composting ideas, and recipes for homemade shampoo and face masks (not the kind with elastic bands!).

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Mushroom vs Plastic: Who'd Win?

Mar 25, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

Would you live in a house made from mushrooms? Would you wear a suit embroidered with fungal spores to help decompose your corpse? Fungus has always been among us and now we are more actively seeking a symbiotic relationship.  This episode explores the role of mushrooms in reducing the waste we produce, as well as cleaning up the waste we inevitably do create.

Cognitive Scientist & Mycologist, Theo Rosenfeld also shares how mushrooms can be key to physical and mental wellness during times of personal and even global crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mushroom vs Plastic: Who Wins?

Mar 25, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

Would you live in a house made from mushrooms? Would you wear a suit embroidered with fungal spores to help decompose your corpse? Fungus has always been among us and now we are more actively seeking a symbiotic relationship.  This episode explores the role of mushrooms in reducing the waste we produce, as well as cleaning up the waste we inevitably do create.

Cognitive Scientist & Mycologist, Theo Rosenfeld also shares how mushrooms can be key to physical and mental wellness during times of personal and even global crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Let's Talk Trash

Mar 2, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

On our show this month, we’re going to take a look into some of the most productive characters that are a part of nature’s cleanup crew. To us, it’s garbage. To them, it’s dinner. There are some busy scavengers who live among us — crafty critters who share our cities and recycle the mountains of food waste our messy society leaves behind. Through the help of thoughtful and passionate scientists who have come to understand and love these creatures, we will uncover in our show today just what makes these scavengers tick. Debunking some myths along the way, we learn what adaptations they have evolved for this “messy” job, what benefits they can provide us, and how us humans can work with them so they can do their job even better.

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Let's Talk Trash - Kissing Fast Fashion Goodbye

Feb 6, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

Happy 2020!  To start the year off we reflect on the past month of December in terms of consumerism.  Are those gifts still giving?  We also take a more detailed look into what exactly is in to-go packaging....are you sure you want to be eating out of that packaging?  Tune in and be inspired to add a few more things onto your new years' resolution list!

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Plastic Everywhere

Dec 22, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

This episode reviews our plastic themed shows from 2019, where we delved into the subject from many angles. From interviewing experts in the field of microplastic research to oyster farmers out in Okeover Inlet cleaning up industrial marine debris, we got a bird's eye view of how our over consumption and mismanagement of this resource has plasticized our ecosystem and is even moving into animals and humans.

 

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Food Waste meets Food Security

Nov 3, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

Can we rescue wasted food? This show addresses how one small community on the coast of BC is attempting to divert food waste to local charities.

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S A N D through the hOUR G L A S S

Sep 30, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

S A N D is the most consumed resource on the planet after water and air, and we are gobbling it up fast, mostly in the form of aggregate for our concrete jungles.

We'll also dive into the G L A S S vs plastic bottle debate.  Which is better?  And why are only some kinds of glass accepted at recycling depots?

With sand in rapid depletion, we'll brainstorm ways we might dovetail our use of glass with our need for sand in construction.

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Drain Strain (Waste Veggie Oil, Garburators, and Sewage Sludge)

Aug 30, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

All about the strain we put on our drain...and the planet, when we flush, pour, rinse or otherwise release items down our drains. We look into garburators - the pros and cons, waste veggie oil conversion into fuel, and talk biosolids (aka sewage sludge) with a UBC post-grad (Robin Harder). How do we manage this resource when it's contaminated with heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and microplastics?

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Microplastics - Latest Research

Jul 29, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

In this episode, we go further into the topic of Microplastics and look at a recent study that was published out of the University of Victoria. The lead researcher on the project, Garth Covernton, brought forth an estimate of just how much microplastic we are consuming on an annual basis. Tune in to find out more!

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It's Let's Talk Trash's 100th show!

Jul 1, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

Tune in and celebrate our 100th episode with us!  We have a slew of special guests in the studio with us joining in on the party.  There's some reminiscing, some laughs, a glimpse into a new interactive art project that's going to be at the Library this September as well as a teaser into a longer conversation we'll have next month on new science coming out about microplastics.  We'll play the interview that we didn't have time for next month!

 

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Loving up the Oceans

May 30, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

In this month’s show we’re exploring our relationship with the ocean.  We all know we’re doing a solid job of polluting it but there are also stellar people out there loving it up.  

We’ll take a peek into the growing cruiseline industry, investigating its attempts at sustainable management of these floating hotels. 

We’ll also get an update of how our community is cleaning up its harbours and beaches.  So far this year there have been four shoreline clean ups that have brought groups of caring volunteers together.  We'll hear from clean up coordinators about the ins and outs of these amazing events.

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