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BC Ferries Composting Kudo

“Earth knows no desolation.
She smells regeneration in the moist breath of decay.”

– George Meredith

On the BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, I greeted this welcome sight with a delighted whoop and whipped out my phone to snap a photo.


Yay BC Ferries!

May you inspire all the other millions of travellers to think about composting.

This is something that my sister Jyoti and sustainability advocate did for Nature’s Path Foods many years ago. Nature’s Path has been named one of the top Green companies in Canada over and over again. When large corporations get behind solid earth-enhancing principles, then real change can occur. I dream of every company composting their paper towels, every company going Carbon Neutral, the Big Oil Companies investing in Sustainable Technology and the end to Canada’s Billion-dollar give-away to big oil.

I envision everyone recycling everything, returning to the Earth that which can be returned. I see more and more folks recycling soft plastics, from Saran Wrap to straws, bags our bread comes it to random bits of soiled plastic.

I dream of every person feeling personally responsible for the actions in the complex, and hefty consumer chain from clothes we wear to the food we buy to the air we breathe.

Style-Diet Shot – Gurdeep

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Back on terra firma, I’m proud to wear my BC Ferries Color Me Cotton top purchased on board.  http://www.cmcclick.com/about The short blue pants made in Barcelona were bought in Barcelona over 10 years ago.  Shoes made and bought in Italy over 6 years ago.  Glasses from an antique shop on Fort St in Victoria.  From the 1960s.

20130725-204044.jpgA frequent traveller on the ferry, I have been delighted with the buyers for the shops on board lately.  Made in Canada creams and cosmetics, great BC books and fantastic clothes made in the USA.  I encountered Cathy, a lovely, friendly and knowledgeable lady on board.  We spoke at length about the provenance of goods for sale at the Passages Gift Shop, as I commended her buyers for their thoughtful choices.  She posed for a photo below – to the right of a new collection of first Nations designs not only designed by also made in Canada.  You need to watch out for the Designed in Canada and made elsewhere, which is a common misleading label.


The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.