My Green City Life


Testing for Helix
January 7, 2010, 4:51 pm
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December 2, 2009, 5:26 pm
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Happy Car Free Day!
September 22, 2008, 8:30 am
Filed under: on the town

Today is Car Free Day! Are there Car Free activities going on where you live? Here in Montreal, part of downtown will be blocked off to cars for part of the day. The area is bounded by but doesn’t include some major streets, and the hours are after morning rush hour and before afternoon rush hour, so the street closure is perhaps more symbolic than trying to affect real change. However, having lived most of my life in a city with public transportation that can be described as poor at best, I still appreciate the gesture.



Yes poo
September 2, 2008, 4:36 pm
Filed under: in the bathroom

My shampoo boycott has come to an end… or at least had a hiccup. I decided this weekend that I just couldn’t stand the constantly dirty head feeling anymore, so the shampoo made an appearance in the shower. I don’t think this has to be the end of my No Poo experiment, though, and I definitely learned about my hair and its behavior when unshampooed over the last six or so weeks. Shampoo is not the only way to wash your hair. I recommend experimenting with alternatives or at least decreasing your use of shampoo. Your head doesn’t need to be covered in thick bubbles to get clean!



Gettin’ there
August 27, 2008, 3:07 pm
Filed under: local news, your outdoor space

I just found out that next week marks the start of Montreal’s weekly green waste pick-up program. Now Montrealers will be able to put their yard waste out at the curb for composting, just like recycling and trash pick-up. Unfortunately, this doesn’t affect me since I don’t have a yard and therefore don’t generate yard waste. At first I got really excited, thinking this was all organic waste, but no, just grass clippings, leaves, and the like. I hope this will expand to include kitchen scraps too.



Food Box Haul
August 25, 2008, 10:54 am
Filed under: in the kitchen

Last week we got our second Good Food Box. What a haul! I love it! If you’re in Montreal or somewhere else with a Good Food Box program, I totally recommend it. Here’s what we got this time around:

  • 1 lb red grapes
  • 4 pears
  • big head of broccoli
  • 2 green peppers
  • big bunch of celery
  • 3 big cucumbers
  • 6 ears of corn
  • head of iceberg lettuce
  • 1 leek
  • 1.5 lbs tomatoes
  • 2 lbs yellow onions

Everything is from Quebec except the grapes and pears which are from the US. Not bad for $10. It’s certainly better than I could have done with $10 at the grocery store or the farmers’ market. Yumyum!



No poo!
August 17, 2008, 9:44 am
Filed under: in the bathroom

It’s the great no poo experiment! The “poo” in this case is shampoo, not poop. Going “no poo” means washing your hair without shampoo. For me, the ultimate goal is to get my scalp to regulate its oil output such that I can simply rinse my hair with water in the shower and not look like a greaseball. I’ve been transitioning to this rinse-only method by using baking soda and apple cider vinegar. The first week I washed my hair with a solution of three teaspoons of baking soda to about a cup of water. Then I rinsed with the same ratio of apple cider vinegar to water. (There was a complete water rinse between each solution — no volcanoes on my head!) Each week I reduced the baking soda/vinegar by one teaspoon.

I’ve now finished my fourth week of no poo-ing. It was my first full week of just rinsing with water. I’m not sure I’m happy with the results yet. The first two weeks, my hair seemed just like normal. Once I hit the one teaspoon week, I started feeling greasier even just out of the shower. Maybe I need to give my head a bit longer to adjust. Maybe I just need to get used to not being as super squeaky clean as I used to be with all the harsh chemicals in shampoo that were stripping my hair of all traces of oil. My hair doesn’t look bad, mind you. I just feel a bit greasy.

I will post another no poo update in a few weeks. If you are interested in going no poo, give it a search. There’s lots of info out there about why and how to do it. Personally, I’m doing it to be rid of chemical-laden shampoo and packaging. Also, it’s an experiment, and I like experiments. I think it will be cool if my head can learn to regulate its oil production without outside influence; in theory, it should. We’ll see if that amount of natural oil production is something I like or not. If not, I may consider going back to the baking soda/vinegar treatment, which seemed to work very well for me. Or I may make some shampoo soap bars. I have made them in the past, and they dried my hair out. However, plain baking soda did that too, but the vinegar rinse softened my hair back out, so maybe that is something to try.