Believe it or not, the average Canadian throws out 81 pounds of textiles annually! North Americans together manage to send 10 million tonnes of clothing to the landfill every year — most of which could be reused or recycled, according to statistics compiled by Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

But things are changing!

Second-hand luxury fashions are not only going mainstream, the acceptance of pre-owned goods is becoming more widely accepted around the world. Not surprisingly, the younger generations are leading the charge with more conserving habits. They are doing it 2.5x faster than any other age group.

Last year, my annual ritual to decorate a Christmas tree with ceramic bird ornaments took a different twist. I decided to recycle my tree outdoors and string it with homemade, edible decorations to provide healthy winter food for my feathered friends.

The idea of giving the Christmas tree back to Mother Nature just seemed to make sense as my back yard is always a hive of activity for birds and other wildlife. In winter, woodpeckers, blue jays, cardinals and black-capped chickadees are constant visitors.

Forty-eight years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

Earth Day has now become the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. This year, Earth Day is April 22, 2018 and will focus on rallying the world to end plastic pollution. The growth of plastics is growing exponentially and is so grave a situation today that it threatens the survival of our planet. Plastics are poisoning and injuring marine life, disrupting human hormones, littering our beaches and landscapes and clogging our waste streams and landfills.