Hello Asparagus readers,
This month, we’ve got water on the mind. Did you know it takes 2,700 litres of water to produce a single cotton shirt? Or that one out of five Canadian households drinks primarily bottled water?
That last statistic has our columnist Sara Bynoe, a.k.a. the Environmentalist from Hell, fuming. Even though many people believe it has health benefits, bottled water is typically no healthier than tap water and often comes loaded with microplastics, as Sara explains in her latest column: “If you live in a community with clean drinking water, but opt to purchase bottled water instead, I think your choice is wasteful, shameful, and tells me that you are a garbage person.”
To be sure, there are times when avoiding bottled water can be pretty challenging — like while travelling in a place where tap water is unsafe to drink. With this in mind, travel writer Breanna Wilson explores a solution: water bottles with built-in purification systems that enable you to drink water from almost anywhere.
Finally, in our inaugural print issue’s cover story (now online for our digital readers), journalist Shreya Kalra dives into the environmental footprint of the textile industry, including its seemingly unquenchable appetite for water and other resources.
If you aren’t all caught up, here are some more of our latest articles:
- A reading list from Black Sheep Parent Brianna Sharpe with five books to inspire earth-loving kids;
- A moving essay on how Indigenous land defenders in northern BC aren’t just fighting against pipelines, but for a way of life;
- A deep dive into how North Vancouver’s mountain bikers came to build some of North America’s best and most sustainable trails;
- And the low-down on why line drying bed sheets is better for you and the environment.
If you like what you’re reading, please consider making a donation or subscribing to our print magazine. We’d also be chuffed if you’d tell your friends and encourage them to sign up for our Mailchimp newsletter. We’re getting started on our second issue and could use all the readers and support we can get.
Not only that, but new newsletter subscribers and the people who referred them will be automatically entered in our August giveaway! This month’s winner will receive: a limited-edition tote from Vancouver Farmers Markets, a print subscription to Asparagus, some sustainable Gus swag, a sample of eco-friendly laundry detergent from Eucalan, and an organic lip balm from Lunapads. (Apologies international Gus fans, but for now our giveaways are restricted to folks in Canada and the US.)
Other ways to enter:
- Post a photo of Issue #1 on social media, tag us, and use the hashtag #gogusgo, OR
- Post a photo of something sustainable you’ve seen on your summer travels, tag us and use the hashtag #gusonthego, OR
- If you haven’t got your copy of Issue #1 yet, come connect with us and enter in person at Vancouver’s Vines Art Festival on Thursday, August 15 (that’s tomorrow!) at Creekside, and Saturday, August 17 at Trout Lake.
A winner will be drawn on August 31st.
Deputy Editor, Asparagus Magazine