Thursday, November 13, 2008

Day 206 of our Green Year: Making Juice

For the past few days, Layla has been making a lot of pop using the supplies we have bought at the organic store. The pop is turning out really good, and Layla has even started trying out making some fruit pop using some organic apples.

Since we like both pop and fruit, but because organic fruit juice costs quite a bit, we thought of just making our own fruit juice. Hence, we have decided to make our own apple juice today to see how it turns out. It turns out, it is very easy to make apple juice.

To make the apple juice, I just used a two-liter bottle that was at the ranch. After cleaning it out, I juiced five apples and put that juice into the two-liter bottle. Then, i filled the rest of the bottle with water and put in 1.5 tablespoons of organic sugar. After shaking it to mix, I put it in the fridge. Later on, I tried it and it turned out awesome.
The price of the apples and a bit of the sugar is about half the price of the organic juice of the same size where we live.

While organic juice is great, making your own juice is the option we will do ourselves. While the apples need to be transported to us from usually the Okanagan, the carbon footprint is lower than if we buy the organic juice that usually comes from the United States. As well, we are reusing bottles rather than buying new ones like we would at the store. We also only use a small bit of electricity versus the electricity used by the processing facilities that make the organic juice. However, we are going to see if we can find organic apples and fruits from a local supplier so the carbon footprint is lower in terms of travel.

Kudos for Ontario for taking a step back in helping the environment. This is because of Pickup Pal and Ontario's decision to severely limit what the company can do. Pickup Pal operates in 104 countries, helping hundreds of thousands to reduce carbon emissions by helping share rides. However, in Ontario, Trentway Wagar (a bus company) sued Pickup Pal because they said it was an unlicensed transport business that cross municipal boundaries. The bus company won, and Pickup Pal got fined $11,336.07. Now, Pickup Pal is restricted by these options according to
  • You must travel from home to work only – (Not Home to School, or Home to the Hospital or the Airport)
  • You cannot cross municipal boundaries – (Live outside the city and drive in – sorry you cannot share the ride with your neighbour)
  • You must ride with the same driver each day – (Want to mix it up go with one person one day and another person another day – no sorry cannot do that – must be same person each day)
  • You must pay the driver no more frequently than weekly – (Neighbour drives you to work better not pay her right away just in case she drives you later on in the week)