If there's one thing a woman in Yellowknife learned about trying to live waste-free for a month, it's that it isn't easy.
"I think it would be a bit naive to say that the whole month went great," says Jade Cambron.
For the month of November, Cambron followed a strict regime. She wasn't allowed to produce any garbage or buy anything other than groceries and basic toiletries. She abstained from processed food, learned how to make homemade soap and brought reusable containers everywhere.
Cambron figures she produced less than 300 grams of garbage for the month. Not quite her original goal of zero waste, but better than most Canadians, who produce more garbage per capita than any other country in the developed world.
She started the challenge with her roommates, who fell off the bandwagon part way through the month. It wasn't all smooth sailing for Cambron, either.
"At one point, I was just having a bad day... my impulse was to go buy something," she says. "I wanted that material comfort."