Thursday, September 15, 2011

Every Day Is Earth Day: Week 14

"It has to do with keeping things in balance.
                               It's like the spirits have made a deal with us. We're on our own.
  The spirits have been good enough to let us live here and use the utilities, and we're saying:
                                                            We know how nice you're being.
                             We appreciate the rain, we appreciate the sun, we appreciate the deer we took.
                                                          Sorry if we messed up anything.
                                          You've gone to a lot of trouble, and we'll try to be good guests."
-Barbara Kingsolver

Amazing Statistic:
Switching to a meatless diet is 50% more effective at cutting carbon dioxide than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.

Green scouring powder:
Lightly sprinkle baking soda onto the surface to be cleaned-
Countertops, Bathtub, Toilet, Sink.
Wipe with a sponge. Rinse well.

Keep items out of landfills by reusing them as much as possible.
Freecycle is an online group where members post items they are looking and items they want to get rid of.
Check it out at

Focus on people and relationships rather than stuff.
Consider who is affected by what you buy and who you buy from.
Support organizations that help people help themselves.

Compost it!
Food scraps and yard trimmings make up 23% of the U.S. waste stream.
Reduce the amount you send to the landfill- and create rich, earthy fertilizer for your garden and yard- by composting. It's easy.
Add fruit, vegetable scraps, and leaves to your compost pile.
Meat, bones, and dairy products need to be thrown in the trash.

Eat grass-fed, rather than grain-fed, beef.
Grass is a cow's normal diet.
Eating grain fattens a cow quickly, and is like feasting on a candy cane diet.
It's bad for hte cow, and not as tasty for you.
Plus, grain as feed has a much higher carbon footprint.

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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