‘No Impact Man’ seeks to make big ‘Jubbling’ impact – BI Review

Bainbridge Island Review – Bainbridge Island WA resident Van Calvez wants to see everyone reduce their trash and he is leading the charge by example.  The photo of Van includes his garbage output for all of 2005; it fits in one zip lock bag.  I could do this too if the zip lock bag was the size of a house but still, I’m Jubbling and my goal is to try and make that house-sized zip lock bag smaller every year. It seems Van feels the same way and reached a point where he couldn’t reach ‘Zero’ waste so he now focuses on helping people make lifestyle changes to reduce the amount they throw out.

We contacted Van and here are his top 5 tips for reducing your trash output:

  1. Compost – eliminates the stink in garbage, makes garbage dry and much less unpleasant.
  2. Recycle More – take a little extra time to spot recyclables in your garbage.
  3. Buy in bulk – avoid disposable, single use containers; switch to reusable containers.
  4. Cook from scratch – focusing on fresh, raw, whole, local foods.
  5. Analyze your garbage – keep an eye on what is going into your trash.

In effect, Van Calvez is more than achieving his goal of ‘Zero Waste’ by helping others reduce theirs. Van also recommended trying to go zero-waste for one week. After separating all of the recyclables and compostables, check what’s left “to see if there is a way to not generate this trash in the first place?.” Van is a proponent of buying in bulk too:

“I encourage people to look for opportunities to reduce their recyclables as well. The difference between reusable containers vs. single use recyclable containers is huge. If a person reuses a container 10 times, the consumption of resources and energy is roughly 1/10th that of a single use container. 100 times = 1/100 the consumption, etc. Every time I reuse something, that means one less thing that needs to be manufactured.”

‘No Impact Man’ – Full BI Review article.


“White Goat, I’d Like You To Meet Solar Bra. Solar Bra, White Goat.”

The White Goat from Oriental Co.

The ‘White Goat’ doesn’t seem real but according to DigInfo, Japan’s Oriental Co. has trumped the marketplace by creating the first in-office recycle solution that turns shredded office documents into toilet paper. Here is how it works:

The shredded paper first goes into a hopper, where it is untangled in small batches, and it’s then dissolved in a pulper. Any foreign matter is removed in a tank, and the pulp consistency is adjusted. Next, the wet paper is thinned out and dried. The dry paper is wound into finished toilet rolls, which emerge from the outlet one at a time. [DigInfo]

Other than the Irritable Bowel Convention circuit, I don’t see Oriental Co.’s White Goat getting much traction in the market. The $106,000 price tag alone will have most businesses crapping their pants and the wasted space and resources to run it may drive away the rest of its market. But is it Jubbling? Watch the video and decide for yourself.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”275″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i51zo3LA70U&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]


The Better World Shopping Guide – Cast Your Vote With The Products You Buy

The Better World Shopping GuideThe Better World Shopping Guide by Ellis Jones is close to “my kind of book.” It’s small, has big graphics and most of all it gets to the point and helps you make your next informed purchase a small act of Jubbling. It’s thanks to 15+ years of research into companies that produce the products that we should buy and goes even further by checking out their parent companies as well. [Read more…]


Cat Jubbling

[youtube width=”250″ height=”202″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ug7WEUxH68[/youtube]Who hasn’t done this before?