Thursday, November 17, 2011

Every Day Is Earth Day: Week 16

"On Spaceship Earth there are no passengers;
Everybody is a member of the crew.
We have moved into an age in which everybody's activities affect everybody else."
-Marshall McLuhan

Be wary of foam products.
Those made in the U.S. prior to 2004, as well as imported foam products (couches, upholstered chairs, mattresses and pads, futons, pillows, children's car seats, carpet padding), may contain toxic flame retardants.
Either encase them completely, or get rid of them.

Fact:  If you don't wear synthetic fabrics, you won't need harsh synthetic detergents.
Plant-based detergents and soaps clean natural fabrics just fine, often in cold water.

Mildew Removal:
Mix distilled white vinegar with water, or sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge to clean affected areas.
Proper ventilation and dehumidifiers can reduce or eliminate the growth of mildew and mold.

Be ready when the soil is ready.
Sharpen your hoe, pruning shears, and clippers.
If you have a compost pile, turn it every couple of days and water it if it doesn't get moist from the rain.

Wean your lawn and garden off drugs in the form of industrial fertilizers and pesticides that can be harmful to humans, animals, and the earth.
Both Canada and Connecticut have enacted laws that just say no to weed 'n feed- Roundup, Sevin, and dozens of similar products.
All 266 Canadian Home Depot stores have removed synthetic pesticides from their shelves.

Differentiate between wants and needs.
When you stop to think about it, you have precious few needs.
Buy only what you need.
Occasionally you can buy what you want as long as you shop smart and can afford it.

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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