green-ness


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When shopping we avoid:

  • sodium laureth sulfate
  • parabens
  • petrolatum
  • aluminum (deodorants)
  • corn syrup of any kind
  • artificial flavors and sweetener
  • gelatin
  • rennet 
  • any animal products
  • meat stocks
  • ASPERTAME/ splenda
  • prepackaged things that are a waste and strain on the environment
  • plastic containers (toxins & leaching–we actually converted to ALL glass containers now)
  • things that have a FOREVER shelf life and some preservatives
  • things you cook by microwaving
  • limiting soy intake for estrogen purposes
  • high sodium
  • high fat
  • high calories
  • high sugars
  • we try to avoid non organic products
  • things we don’t have in our cupboards/can’t say/ never heard of
  • and so much more….

ALSO: as stated in “In Defense of Food” —shop the perimeters of the store!! Refrigerated and fresh foods! 

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here is a list of known human carcinogens  and possible cancer causing agents…

www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/…

Crispy Kale with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

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First you start with an entire bunch of kale and only a tablespoon of olive oil. As for the salt, you can use garlic salt or a little sea salt.

You could also choose to adorn your Kale with:

  • red chile flakes
  • sesame seeds
  • shaving of parmesan
  • ground black pepper
  • garlic salt

Crispy Kale with Olive Oil and Sea Salt
from Jacques Pepin’s TV Show “More Fast Food My Way”.

Serves 3-4 as a snack or side dish.

1 bunch kale
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt or garlic salt to taste

pre-heat oven to 250F.

Wash and pull kale leaves off their stems. Wash leaves and spin dry or blot with towel as much a possible–any moisture will keep kale from getting crispy.

Then toss the Kale with olive oil and salt (sea or garlic). The kale will shrink when it cooks; go a little easy on the salt.

Now spread the Kale into one layer, some overlap is okay) on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet (with sides to hold cooling rack in place)

Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy. Some pieces on the edges may get crispy before those in the middle–just pull them off the sheets and put the pan back in the oven for a few minutes to finish.

Serve immediately.

Stored kale will lose its crispy texture.

Today my husband and I walked around our street and collected 6 bags of trash in honor of Earth Day!! There were many many different things from lottery tickets, beer bottles, coffee cups, plastic bags, fast food wrappers and cups, styrofoam, broken glass, packaged food/candy wrappers, and so much more… but the biggest problem….CIGARETTE BUTTS!!  Now I don’t like smoking already, not only does itlook VERY unattractive, make your skin, teeth and hair yellow and dried out, give you bad breath, is bad for the environment, bad for human health and the health of those around you (children in smoker families and second-hand victims), but bad for the earth and wildlife as well!!! 

Smokers don’t realize their impact of flicking their cigarette butts out the window (especially for people who CARE ABOUT THE EARTH that have to clean them up)…

Check out this article:

 

Facts

“[Cigarette butts] also present a threat to wildlife. Cigarette filters have been found in the stomachs of fish, birds, whales and other marine creatures who mistake them for food … Composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, cigarette butts can persist in the environment as long as other forms of plastic.”
Clean Virginia Waterways

 


Photo Courtesy Clean Virginia Waterways
There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding cigarette butt litter. The biggest myth is that cigarette filters are biodegradable. In fact, cigarette butts are not biodegradable in the sense that most people think of the word. The acetate (plastic) filters can take many years to decompose. Smokers may not realize that their actions have such a lasting, negative impact on the environment.

This myth has been perpetuated not just by the wishful thinking of many smokers, but also by the cigarette companies, who have taken great pains to keep their customers in the dark on this issue. It is very common for highly littered items such as soda cans, snack wrappers, and fast food containers to have a simple “Please Don’t Litter” message. You won’t find such a message on cigarette packs. Although our contacts in the industry are at a loss as to why they can’t take this simple step, our best guess is that they would prefer to leave their customers blissfully ignorant. Maybe they think that people will smoke fewer cigarettes if they have to be responsible for disposing of them. We think they ought to give their customers the benefit of the doubt. Smoking and littering do not have to be synonymous, as many smokers have proven by example.

What happens after that butt gets casually flicked onto the street, nature trail, or beach? Typically wind and rain carry the cigarette into the water supply, where the toxic chemicals the cigarette filter was designed to trap leak out into aquatic ecosystems, threatening the quality of the water and many aquatic lifeforms. Cigarette butts may seem small, but with several trillion butts littered every year, the toxic chemicals add up!

The best way to educate the public about this serious environmental problem is to start with people you know. If someone you know litters their cigarettes, just point them to this site. Tell them if they visit the site, you won’t bug them again, but don’t let them remain blissfully ignorant! If you really feel uncomfortable addressing the issue head on, check out our anonymous e-mail page, which sends a friendly notice about the importance of proper cigarette butt disposal. Talking over the problem in person is more effective, but an anonymous communication is much better than none at all.

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So Green your earth, educate those you care about, and get out there and make a difference! 

REMEMBER… EVERYDAY IS EARTH DAY!

HAPPY EARTH DAY 2009…

 

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In Honor of Earth Day 2009

Brian and I invite you all to join us in maintaining our beautiful earth God has given us! 

We are going to go around our street and the surrounding streets with cloth, reusable gloves and clean up garbage to keep the earth beautiful for this generation and future generations to come!

Please, if you can, spend this week cleaning up, meditate on what you can do to be more eco-friendly, and hopefully it will have an impact on you so that every time you take a walk or every time you see a piece of trash you will take the 1.85 seconds it takes to pick up a piece of trash and…

MAKE EVERYDAY EARTH DAY!

 

Blue Earth – World’s First Solar-Powered Touch Screen Cell Phone

 

 

Posted Feb 20th 2009 2:58PM

 

Blue EarthMichael Fowlkes – AOL Shopping

For most of us, cell phones have become a way of life. More and more people are dropping their home lines altogether and going purely with cell phones, but the massive amounts of cell phones floating around raises some serious environmental problems. Samsung is looking to change things up a bit with its newest cell phone concept, the solar powered “Blue Earth”.

Samsung started displaying its touch screen Blue Earth phone earlier this week at a trade show in Barcelona, Spain, and it is capturing the attention of cell phone lovers and environmentalists alike. According to the company, the phone will be able to generate enough power on its own to make a call anytime, so you will never have to worry about running frantically around looking for a place to get a quick charge.

While Samsung’s Blue Earth is the first solar powered cell phone to hit the market, the eco-friendly attributes do not stop there.

For many environmentalists, two of the worst words in our vocabulary are “water bottles“. It is amazing the damage that discarded water bottles are having on our environment and our landfills, and this environmental concern has not gone unnoticed by Samsung. Blue Earth phones will be manufactured using recycled water bottles to make the phone’s outer casing. In addition to using recycled water bottles, the phones will also be shipped to you in recycled packages.

While many of us can’t get enough of our cell phones, we spend little time thinking about all the harmful substances that companies are using to manufacture these phones. With the Blue Earth, Samsung is looking to change that, and these phones will be manufactured without Brominated Flame Retardant, Beryllium and Phthalate.

Blue EarthThe Blue Earth also offers users an “Eco Mode,” allowing a more energy-efficient way to control display brightness, backlight duration, and bluetooth options.

Also built into this new phone will be “Eco Walk” which will use a pedometer to count how many steps you take when you talk, and show you how many trees you have saved by walking instead of driving to your destination.

While the Blue Earth phone has solar panels covering the back of the case, it still needs 14 hours of sunlight to get a full charge, so practically speaking, you will probably still need to plug this phone into a charger now and then. Realizing this, Samsung has even made this a more eco-friendly experience than typical, by giving the Blue Earth phone a 5 star energy efficient charger that operates on less than 0.03 watts.

All in all, this phone offers a lot, and other major cell phone manufacturers are sure to follow the lead that has been set by Samsung. Blue Earth phones are not currently available on the market but you can expect to see some hitting stores later this year.

You can visit Samsung’s website to see a video they have posted discussing the Blue Earth and its eco-impact. In addition, Chinese mobile manufacturer ZTE plans to sell its Coral-200, a solar powered phone for $40.

WHAT?!?!?

Here is an article about US toy manufacturers being regulated by the “green movement”, sorta. 

25 things vanishing in America, part 2: **Known** toxins in children’s products

Buh-bye, Dora the Explorer and your fairy princess castle. So long, Skarloey the train. Catch you later, phthalates in baby bottles. There’s a new sheriff in town. Make that the CPSIA-riff.  

As retail stores and toy manufacturers everywhere pick up their XRF guns and get to work testing for lead in every. single. last. product, and baby bottles and sports bottles are pulled off the shelves thanks to plastics, Americans are finally coming to terms with the toxins federal agencies have long hemmed and hawed over. Today is a new day, and in this day, lead is not just a no-no, but is carefully screened in every product sold.

As of February 10th of this year, penalties go into effect for any retailer or manufacturer knowingly selling toys or any other children’s products (including clothing, books and bikes) containing levels of lead or phthalates above government standards — 600 ppm total for lead and 0.1% of total for phthalates . These cannot be sold, either new or by resale shops, thrift stores, or even garage sales. However, testing requirements and certification for most retailers won’t be enforced until January 2010 (leaving the Consumer Protection Safety Commission and its enormous new act, not to mention the retailers who are subject to its requirements, in a strange limbo).

Criminal and civil penalties can be applied for any retailers knowingly selling toxic toys or other children’s items, and manufacturers of new products are required to provide strict certification of their products’ safety, however, so parents have already begun to feel more secure about buying toy castles, trains and baby bottles. It’s a strange new world, with far less brightly-colored paint and Nalgene bottles for your children; and much though the government has stumbled through it, parents are happy to see these toxins vanishing in America.

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Ok, so they KNEW about this!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! They knew they were surpassing the level of toxins…AND IT WAS OKAY?! So now the government steps in and says, ‘okay guys, you and I both know this is bad for the kids…we have let you put known toxins in children’s toys for long enough now..”   WHAT?!??! 
Oh good (sarcasm), well at least everyone who has purchased any plastic toys in the past for their children can safely feel that they are now “KNOWN-TOXIN” free..just pretend you didn’t know about the ones that they have been in there all along, the toxins they knew about but wanted to make money on so they put them in your children’s toys anway for them to chew on, play with, and use on a daily basis, but now it’s okay, they are doing that anymore…your children are safe (or are they?) 
I just want to say a big Thank you plastics, the US government, and all toy manufactureers everywhere to make my decision even clearer!!!!

GO WOODEN

(no batteries, plastics, or toxins included!!!) 

earth-hug-kidIt’s a beautiful day…don’t let it get away!!

Let the day inspire you!

My recent inspiration: writing my book!

EaRtH dAy ApRiL 22nd!!  yOuR mOtHeR!!

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