The World on Wednesday…Buzzwords and 1 x 1

Green         Fair Trade         Organic             ….Or is it?

One thing we now have to be careful of is greenwashing.  Due to the amazing consumption/consumerist machine we feed and depend upon, we have created a monster.  Companies see the $$$ in being “green” and will tell you anything to get your dollar.  Sometimes the company is making great strides in the development of green technology, in creating grants & funding research, in development of new packaging…etc.  And sometimes not.

We have a larger and larger responsibility to check into the accountability of these claims.  For example (hypothetical):  “Lead-free” is not a reason to believe a type of paint is safer and less environmentally damaging since paint is not to contain lead in the first place.  It takes time and effort to read between the spin.  So, how can it be easier?

I try and research (via the web) a brand name before I purchase it.  Here’s how it works for me– I will be thinking of my grocery list and a brand will come to mind.  I think, why do I buy this brand?  What are the ingredients?  What type of packaging is used?  Then I GOOGLE  *  .  Many times researching the company’s website helps me to decide if, when I finally make it to the store, I want to keep that brand or try a new one.  I find that research before I go is better for me since I am an “in and out” shopper, I detest taking forever in the grocery.  BONUS: sometimes they have coupons and giveaways!

So, you can use the few minutes you have riding in a car, waiting for sports practice to end, waiting for choir, standing in line, resting before bed…..to research your favorites one product at a time.

Here’s the tricky part— a LEVEL 3 type Green ……. it matters what the company does with its money too.  Do they support farmers? 2% or 22%? Do they invest in Fair Trade systems? Do they have their organic materials sewn in sweatshops? Do you care?  How much?  Your dollar is like a vote.  With it you are telling the company you like what they do, how they package, and what they make.

For now, if you are new to this way of thinking, take it slow.  1 x 1  : 1 product 1 of the times you are waiting each day.

Let me know how it goes!  What did you learn? What method works for you?

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Meat and the Environment

Eat for the Earth.

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, if every American substituted one meal of chicken with vegetarian food, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off U.S. roads.

 Meat and the Environment:

  • 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock–more than from transportation
  • 70 percent of previously forested land in the Amazon was cleared to pasture cattle.
  • The world’s largest source of water pollution is the livestock sector.
  • Livestock are responsible for a third of the nitrogen and phosphorus in U.S. freshwater  resources.
  • Livestock account for about 20 percent of land animals, and the 30 percent of Earth’s land they occupy was once inhabited by wildlife.

(from U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization)

Tips & Tricks: some uses of White Vinegar…

NON TOXIC CLEANING: some uses of White Vinegar…

  • White Vinegar in the rinse cycle of the dishwasher helps remove spots on glasses
  • White Vinegar and water (3:1 or so) mixed in spray bottle as a surface cleaner– counter tops, in & out of refrigerator, stove top, microwave, sink, toilet, some floors
  • White Vinegar spray onto bathroom surfaces, leave 30 min. and wipe, pour 1/4-1/2 cup into toilet bowl leave 15 min. or overnight , follow with BAKING SODA as a scrub
  • White Vinegar spray into toilet each evening to deter build up and kill germs– also spray into shower as an after shower spray
  • White Vinegar sprayed onto fruits & vegetables followed by HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, rinse & wipe with a towel

~God’s Handiwork~

Focus:  The Kakapo of New Zealand

This wonderful creature is on the verge of extinction.  It’s nicknamed “New Zealand’s night parrot”.  It is nocturnal and can live up to 90years! They are built for hiking and climbing (without natural predators, they became flightless over thousands of years) …and apparently can growl like a dog!

I love it!  This is truly one creative version of ~God’s Handiwork~

Unfortunately, with the colonization and introduction of predators like cats & dogs, the population plummeted.

Since 2006, a Kakapo Recovery Program has been taking action to save these unique and special birds.  The numbers went from 50 Kakapo in 1995 to 120! Thanks to the recovery program, the Kakapo will delight future generations.

Here’s their link for more information: Kakapo Recovery Program

I encourage you to research these birds, they are wonderfully hilarious~ Thanks God 🙂

The World on Wednesday…Throw it Away- “AWAY” is where?

Ecotoxicology

Simply edited: …is the study of the effects of toxic chemicals on biological organisms

Perhaps you have read stories about the rise of hermaphroditic frogs & fish?  Well, it may be our own fault~ the pharmaceuticals we ingest nationally and those we inject into our livestock, (etc.) are not broken down completely when disposed of (usually in waste water)…. and though some do not disrupt systems of organisms individually, the cocktail of chemicals together creates disaster.  The good thing is, this has lead to the increased demand for “green pharmacy” (drugs that can breakdown safely in nature).

What do you think about Ecotoxicology?