Good afternoon plastic people! At Omachron Plastics Inc. we do our best to be responsible and ecologically conscious producers of plastic, and are always looking for ways to contribute to the reduction of plastic waste. We came across an incredible festival happening this weekend.
You know how Greece is basically the most beautiful country around? Ok, ok, ONE of the most beautiful countries around – we’re all beautiful on the inside. We just discovered another reason to pine away for a vacation to those hillside villages with the multicolored roofs and ocean views. They’re hosting a Zero Waste festival from September 26th to the 29th. We just checked flight prices and could get there for a mere 2k today. But it’s a workday here at Omachron Plastics Inc. and we love what we do too much to take the day off.
The Bageion Hotel in downtown Athens is hosting the event and they have put together an amazing affair. There will be multiple floors of live bands, DJ’s, a Zero Waste market, food vendors, drinks, workshops, art installations, performances, and videos. The best part? It’s free! Way to make this an affordable event for everyone and push the ever important topic of reducing our footprint in our own communities! Check out the full event schedule here, but get your google translate ready (we even set it to Greek for you).
The vendors sound incredible – reusable glasses, straws, bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo (in bulk and in refillable packaging), face care products, kitchenware, toiletries, handmade jewelry, handbags, key chains and so much more.
If you attended one of these events you might find Plasti-Block™ as a vendor. Why you ask? In the coming weeks you will see our 100% recycled plastic blocks up for sale. Can we tell you how our 100% recycled blocks differ from other recycled plastics? Typically it is only PETE, HDPE, PVC, LDPE, PP, and PS that can be recycled. Our parent company, Omachron Technologies, has developed a recycling system that allows for every single type of plastic to be turned back into a reusable product! This is a breakthrough in recycling technology that will absolutely change the world of plastics and the ever daunting problem of waste in our oceans and on our land. For a little insight take a look at this video explaining how we have accomplished this. In the meantime our HDPE, ABS and Delrin blocks are still selling fast. Keep an eye out for announcements on when our recycled blocks will be released.
As incredible as flying out to Greece for this event would be, there are many countries, states, provinces and cities that host these events. Calgary hosted one this past July and invited sustainable living experts and waste free businesses to come speak about tips and tactics that we can all use to join the movement. Vancouver is hosting a Zero Waste conference October 30-31. Do you think they planned that to coincide with Halloween on purpose? All the scary topics. Ontario has one coming up just about the same time, hosted in the provinces capital Toronto – though you might know it as The Six. Ever wonder why it’s called The Six? Here’s a little link for you. Take a look around the web and we are sure that you will find an event coming to a neighborhood near you in the future. Canada even has a dedicated Waste Reduction Week.
A study published in 2014 states that Canadians produce more garbage per capita than any other country. That was a big shock to us! We’re known as the nicest people on earth, right? Apparently not so eco-friendly though. The report stated that each citizen generates 2.7 kilograms of garbage a day or 5.95 pounds if that’s easier for you to grasp. We are just ahead of our American neighbors who are producing 2 kilograms or 4.4 pounds. What on earth are we doing to make that statistic accurate?
Have you ever wondered how you can reduce your footprint? Participating in one of these events is a great idea, but there are thousands of resources online that could help guide you to a Zero Waste, or reduced waste lifestyle. A few of our favorites are Trash is for Tossers, Going Zero Waste, Mother Earth Living, and Zero Waste Home.
If we didn’t convince you to go to Athens this evening to join in the festival, have we at least encouraged you to get into the Zero Waste Movement? Let us know what you’re doing to help out Mother Earth!