Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

seal cove harbour 300Our choices cast ripples that can impact in unexpected ways.

When I visited the Interface booth at IIDEX, I was struck by their gorgeous "Net Effect" carpet tiles, constructed from reclaimed fishing nets.

Local villagers on a remote Philippine Island clean, sort and sell their discarded nets to Interface’s yarn supplier, Aquafil, a pioneer in nylon 6 recycling. The London Zoological Society organized Net Works  to plan and manage this international partnership. CoMSCA set up community banking to provide savings and loan opportunities to the village members.

interface net effect carpet 300A rare opportunity to link conservation with new income generation has been achieved with this program. This cleans the beaches, earns much-needed income, and results in beautiful carpet!

The common elements of this story immediately reminded me of sea kayaking off Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick. My annual trip with my two sisters took us to the Bay of Fundy on Canada’s east coast.

We explored the quaint 230 year-old fishing village of Seal Cove, where once a booming smoked herring industry thrived.

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puffin profile 300Puffins beckoned us on a day trip to Machias Seal Island for a rare and carefully guarded visit to a colony of Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills, under the expert tour guidance of Sea Watch Tours.

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ross island beach 300We set out on a 4 day kayaking trip with our guide Mark, from Adventure High A secluded beach on Ross Island became our base camp for kayaking and hiking day trips and fabulous meals. Mark had been a 5-star chef in New York, so we ate rather well.paddling grand manan 200

 

 

 

 

beach litter 300One day when Mark left for a couple of hours to pick up more supplies, we busied ourselves by collecting litter on the beach. Renowned for the highest tides in the world (17m or 55 feet), the Bay of Fundy exposes a wide beach of flotsam when the tide goes out. Single socks, lonely shoes, lobster claw elastics, bottles, cans, whatever you can imagine and whatever you can’t, appeared on the beach. Most remarkable was the aqua blue rope from lobster fishing lines. We laid out the collection on several discarded tarps and then wrapped them up neatly for Adventure High to collect by skiff at the end of our trip. In two hours, we had collected a remarkable amount in three bundles, much to Mark’s surprise.

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Granted, our meager efforts were a one-shot improvement, and the litter was destined for local landfill only. What Interface and their partners have created is an ongoing program to close the loop for worldwide benefit. View this inspiring video

30fathom mats 300On a smaller, more local scale, we visited the Grand Manan Farmers Market in North Head. There,we met Claus, the owner of 30Fathom Doormats, who has turned the discarded fishermen’s lines into attractively woven door mats. Each Grand Manan locally woven doormat, 30fathom door mat 150reclaims 25-30 fathoms (150-180 feet) of lobster line, keeping it out of landfill. No worries about a how the mats will stand the weather!

 

Recycling, a bit of ingenuity and the entrepreneurial spirit is creating a ripple effect around the world.

To be inspired by stories and research on innovative recycling for your group, please contact the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-846-3221.

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Great job, powerful message!

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Thanks Deborah! This means a great deal, coming from you, who I consider to be very wise.

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Another great article, with a great message. Thanks!

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Great article, Dayle! You continuously amaze me with your depth of knowledge and creativity in creating these noteworthy articles. Very well written, documented, and illustrated!

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Thanks, Martyn. The big and the small efforts all count.

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Thank you Diane. It gives me great pleasure to link concepts together, and to support it with research and my photos. People can explore the links if they want more background.

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Hi Dayle, thanks for keeping us up to date about your good efforts! It’s also good to see that you gals are still adventuring – and still paddling.
Hugs and warm greetings to all of you!
Lannie

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Hi Lannie, warm greetings back to you, Ralph and Albert. You surely know the delicate balance with your off-grid living, where recycling and reclaiming are part of your everyday lives. http://www.daylelaing.com/blog/news/living-off-grid-with-abund...

Hi Lannie, warm greetings back to you, Ralph and Albert. You surely know the delicate balance with your off-grid living, where recycling and reclaiming are part of your everyday lives. http://www.daylelaing.com/blog/news/living-off-grid-with-abundance.html
We remember our visit with you fondly and do hope we can come back sometime to your lodge on Read Island.
Cheers, Dayle

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Dayle,
Quite simply.....this article is excellent in every respect.

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Thank you, Donna. your comment is very much appreciated.

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