A Man Wears His Trash

Avoid plastic, fill your glass or metal bottles with water or other liquid

Avoid plastic, fill your glass or metal bottles with water or other liquid.

Bring you own bag

Bring you own bag

Enjoy this video, as an individual makes a statement on our consumerism. Each American(USA) consumes 4 1/2 pounds of trash a day.  As I shop at grocery stores and Menards, I am overwhelmed by the amount of packaging and waste that goes into our purchases.

What can you do to reduce that 4 1/2 pounds a day?   I have just returned from a bus zero waste food coop shopping trip, filling my own bottles, and using only packaging that can be composted(paper not plastic).  I work everyday to be a climatarian. You don’t need to be as extreme as I am, just become aware! How can we consume less?

Use reusable cotton sacks or paper bags

Use reusable cotton sacks or paper bags

Please recycle plastic bags at grocery stores!

Please recycle plastic bags at grocery stores!

 

Backyard Compost Collection

Backyard Compost Collection

 

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Do You Care About Clean Water, Clean Air?

What can you do?

What can you do?

The environment is where we all meet; where we have a mutual interest; it is the one thing we share.” Lady Bird Johnson

One presidential candidate has promised that he will eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if he wins, which means we can kiss the best, most important parts of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act goodbye, along with almost every other federal clean air and water safeguard.

And if you want even more evidence that this candidates extremism will mean havoc for our nation and our planet, look no further than his stance on the climate crisis: he has called it a hoax created “by and for the Chinese.” Read the entire article here.

And a voter’s guide to candidates.

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Good-bye Triclosan, Almost!

Protect Lakes and Streams

Protect Lakes and Streams

Twenty-five years ago I thought antibacterial soap was a good thing.  We have learned it is harmful to people and water creatures. When we wash our hands these chemicals end up in our waterways. Researchers have found that use of triclosan could create a resistance to antibiotics creating superbugs. Also, triclosan could be harmful to fish and aquatic life causing an imbalance in their hormones. Like many chemicals we put in our waterways, triclosan is something we all should avoid. Luckily, Minnesota banned the use of triclosan in soaps several years ago, but I am still seeing it in hand wash when I travel around the country.  I was thrilled to hear the FDA had banned it from products because there is no evidence it is better than soap without antibiotics.  As with many things, the original information was wrong.  NPR had an informative story on superbugs, and the United Nation’s concern about them, read it here. And the Star Tribune has an informative post on triclosan.

What is triclosan and why should you care? It is an antibacterial used in hand wash, cleaning products, soaps, lotions and some other products.  For sometime it has been recommended not to purchase products using triclosan because it can lead to antibiotic resistance and hormone imbalance, and it is harmful to fish. Unfortunately, triclosan has been allowed to remain in Colgate Toothpaste. I recommend not using Colgate products. See the story below.

What if you have a product with triclosan? The Minnesota Pollution Control told me to throw it in the garbage. DO NOT PUT DOWN THE DRAIN or toilet.

Don’t Purchase Products with Triclosan

 

 

 

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International Day of Peace

Hope

Hope

September 21, International Day of Peace

A Day for the Earth to Observe Peace Together!

HOPE       LOVE      PEACE    GRATITUDE

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Be Thankful we live where we live, and do something positive for the world today!

Read about the International Day of Peace here.

Make the World A Better Place

Make the World A Better Place

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

 

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186 MPH Winds Hit Taiwan

Taiwan

Taiwan

Celebrating migrating butterflies

Celebrating migrating butterflies

Taiwan has been struck by three typhoons in the past month. A few weeks ago Taiwan was pummeled by Typhoon Meranti with winds of 186 MPH. In July  they were struck by Typhoon Nepartak. As the earth warms, most of this warming is in the oceans causing instability. Global warming is making typhoons worse.

Earlier this year I was able to travel around the island of Taiwan with my husband. The people we met were so gracious and happy, and the food fabulous. This rugged mountainous country is beautiful.

Many Motor Scooters

Many Motor Scooters

Because of storms hitting the east side of the island, the Pacific Ocean side, most of the people live on the west side of the island. Map of Taiwan here. My thoughts and best wishes go out to the charming people and marvelous landscapes of Taiwan. I wish Taiwan a quick recovery, and I recommend Taiwan as an interesting place to travel.

Hello to the United States

Hello to the United States

Temples on every street

Temples on every street

A mountainous island

A mountainous tropical island

These two explained the life-cycle of the purple butterfly in English

These two explained the life-cycle of the purple butterfly in English

Butterflies migrate from the southern part of Taiwan over the mountains to northern Taiwan. This was a butterfly festival celebrating migration.

 

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Be Positive Today!

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. and the world will live as one.” John Lennon

The sun is shining and the temperature is comfortable. Couldn’t be a better day to think positive, enjoy, and feel like you accomplished something! Today is Positive Thinking Day. A day to smile and show gratitude

I hope you have a positive day, and I’m going to add one thing to think about in your day:

Show some empathy:

Thought for the day!

Thought for the day!

 

 

 

 

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Plant For Clean Water

I am at the Minnesota State Fair talking to individuals about rain gardens and native deep-rooted plants. Native plants help absorb pollutants, keep rain water in our yards, save on watering, and are loved by bees, butterflies and birds.

Plant deep-rooted plants for pollinators and clean water.

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Deep rooted plants absorb run-off

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