Reduce Consumption and Waste

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Earth Day Zero waste tips from http://earth911.com  Take a zero-waste pledge.

Challenge yourself to focus on the first of the 3 R’s and REDUCE your consumption
• To better visualize your efforts, use a glass jar or bowl to collect your waste for the day
• Use cloth produce bags for buying in bulk
• Visit a local farmer’s market for fresh produce, meats and cheeses.
• Bring lunch in a glass container or jar.
• Carry washable utensils and a cloth napkin in your lunch bag or purse.
• Take this day to de-junk your mailbox by removing yourself from mailing lists of unwanted promotions and catalogs. Earth 911

This is a good list, but to be really zero waste you need to compost food

Refilling a bottle of olive oil.
Refilling a bottle of olive oil.

scraps, and reuse and refill jars

Take a zero-waste pledge:

http://earth911.com/earth-day-pledge-2016/

The amazing Johnson family and zero waste: http://earth911.com/home-garden/7-steps-zero-waste-lifestyle/

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“I have my own bag, thank you!”

No bag please!

Please recycle plastic bags at grocery stores!
Please recycle plastic bags at grocery stores!

An important thing you could do for the earth this week is recycle those plastic bags and plastic wrap, but DO NOT place them in your regular recycling! They need to be recycled at the stores that issued them.

Landfills are full of plastic bags.  The best thing is not to take a plastic bag at all, but sometimes they are hard to avoid.  Most groceries and big box stores now have places to recycle bags.  Ask if you don’t see plastic bag recycling.

Read about landfills full of plastic here.

“No bag, I have my own!”

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Get in the habit of bringing your own bags shopping.
Get in the habit of bringing your own shopping bags.

 

Everyday, Earth Day

The earth is what we all have in common”  Wendell Berry

Yesterday, we saw the first Compton Tortoiseshell of the season
Yesterday, we saw the first Compton Tortoiseshell of the season

Happy Earth Day, hope you can get outside and enjoy the marvelous spring changes!  Go for a walk.

From http://www.startribune.com

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, was a day set aside to think about creating lifestyles to reduce waste and destruction of our environment.

One of the main messages many of us heard that day was that human life can continue on Earth only if people cooperate with nature. Strides have been made over the past 46 years in cleaning up many rivers and lakes, recycling, protecting natural ecosystems, becoming more aware of hazardous materials, and the list goes on. But we have a long way to go if we are to live in a sustainable way in harmony with nature.

There are things to do and things not to do when it comes to being a good steward of our planet, but one of the best may be to take pleasure in the true beauty of the Earth’s ecosystems and its creatures. Too, take time to learn about some of the plants and animals that share the Earth with us. It’s just about impossible to destroy something you understand and love.

Throughout the year, and especially April 22, with the wonders of spring all around us, we should make a point to get out and observe. Every forest, wetland and prairie remnant is full of spring signs — evidence that our Earth is designed as a place for life, no matter what foolish acts people may commit.                                       Jim Gilbert   http://www.startribune.com/appreciating-earth-s-beauty-is-one-way-to-steward/376565231/

http://www.startribune.com/today-s-earth-day-but-people-should-care-about-the-planet-every-day/376648961/  Dennis Anderson

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Celebrating Earth Month – It takes a Village

Happy Earth Day, and remember to take care of our earth everyday.

Solutions by Rachelle

Earth MonthEarth Month Clean up – sponsored by Viridian

“The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth.” –  Marlee Matlin

This is Earth month, and tomorrow will be Earth day. While I love the fact that many people gather together to clean parks, and celebrate the earth, what I find sad is that we only focus on this once a year, while we should be focusing on this all year. What is equally sad is that we have to focus on this, and spend our days cleaning out plastic bags from ponds, picking up cigarette butts from parks and racking out trash off our street corners. Our children can teach us a lot about taking care of our earth. Bring your own bags to the supermarket. Recycle, reuse, conserve. Reduce energy consumption.

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Please share with me how you are making a difference this Earth Month.

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Jeff Bridges On Single-Use Plastic

Is this the way we want our lakes, streams and oceans to look?
Is this the way we want our lakes, streams and oceans to look?

Jeff Bridges has taken on plastic waste and has an excellent video and list of ways to reduce your plastic pollution.  See his video here.

Here are 10 easy ways to reduce your plastic footprint:

Bring your own shopping bag to the grocery store

Stop buying bottled water – Use a reusable bottle instead

Say no to straws

Stop using disposable razors – Buy one with a replaceable cartridge

Ditch the plastic baggies – Wax paper and mason jars work wonders in the kitchen

Avoid using plastic utensils – Bring your own fork when you eat out

Choose glass over plastic

Buy the powdered version – Liquid versions of soaps and detergents tend to come in plastic bottles, powdered products come in cardboard boxes

Cut out the BPA – If a plastic bottle has a 3,7 or PC sign, it contains the most toxic types of plastic

Follow #RefusePlastic on social media for more ideas and to join the conversation

http://www.startribune.com/is-plastic-permanent-well-it-s-our-legacy-at-least/375907301/

This is an argument against Jeff Bridges video.  Fish, birds, other wildlife, our oceans and all of us are being harmed by plastic.  The below argument is very weak:

http://www.startribune.com/politifact-is-plastic-permanent-no-it-goes-away-sooner-or-later/375907261/

Never use baggies again:

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http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/  Plastic is a substance the earth cannot digest!

Love Our Earth

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts” — Rachel Carson

This land is your land, this land is my land! In honor of Earth Day this Friday, April 22, wpid-wp-1423799335727.jpegmake a resolution to do one thing new for our earth. Pledge to use your reusable water bottle, use reusable shopping bags, turn off lights and electronics, plant native plants and milkweed, and walk more and drive less. It makes a big difference if everyone does just a small part!

Get outside and Enjoy!