Everyday Is Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!                  618482main_earth1600_800-600

The weather is close to perfect, and it is a fabulous time of the year.  Get outside and enjoy our magnificent planet.

Our earth’s water, air, birds, bees and butterflies need better care, and extreme weather has become the norm.  I wish our earth was healthier, and hopefully on this special day we can make a new commitment to do more to help her.

Six easy things you can do to love our earth:

1. Everyday appreciate our beautiful earth.

2. Recycle, recycle, and recycle some more, and remember to recycle those plastic bags–Many stores collect them.  We should recycle 74 % of our trash according to the EPA.

3. Ask when you purchase plants if they have been treated with neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, acetamiprid, dinotefuran) and never apply these chemicals to your yard. Some bird seed is also treated with these poisons-ASK and read labels!

4. Add native trees and plants to your landscape.  http://findnativeplants.com/

5. Purchase quality products, and products that can be reused.  Also, look for products made from recycled materials.  If the entire world lived like the average American, we’d need 5 planets to provide enough resources.

6. Leave your car at home one day a week, and turn off lights when not in use.


30 Days of Earth Day


The following letter was printed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on April 3,

Our planet, Literally Trashed

One of the revelations to come out of the Flight 370 tragedy is the sorry condition of our oceans. One headline noted that the search for the plane was hindered by a “sea of garbage.” On a recent trip to Ohio from our Burnsville home, I was shocked to see the garbage littering the highways after the winter thaw. I saw a car bumper, a vacuum cleaner, tires, mattresses and thousands of plastic bags. Yes, global warming is a threat to this planet and the solutions are complex, but the solution to the trashing of our planet is relatively simple. We need to take responsibility for the waste that we generate. A good start would be the end of plastic-bag use on the part of our retailers. Target, Wal-Mart and others: Spend the extra 3 cents a bag and help in the cleaning up of our planet.

Don Lohrey, Burnsville

My letter in response: Printed on April 4,

To the editor:

I too have been on a road trip through the middle of our country and the plastic bags littering the landscape is disheartening(In response to Our planet, literally trashed 4/2) Personal responsibility is needed to get those plastic bags and all trash recycled. Also, businesses need offer recycling opportunities for individuals away from home.  Hennepin County offers grants to businesses to improve their recycling.  Look on their website.

For the next 30 days I challenge each of you to “Thirty Days of Earth Day.” Please pick up one piece of trash or more for the next 30 days.  Yes, each one of us can make a difference.


For 30 Days of Earth Day, pick up one piece of trash or more everyday for 30 days      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pick-up-One-Piece-of-Trash-a-Day/267910856667805 

Recycling, a Win-Win for Everyone

Our new one-sort barrel arrived this week.

New recycle barrel
New recycle barrel

I like what the City of Minneapolis sent to homeowners in trying to increase the amount individuals recycle:

*Recycling is one of the easiest ways to protect the environment.

*Recycling saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

*Recycling conserves vital natural resources such as trees and water.

*Recycling collection and recycled products manufacturing in Minnesota provide 53,000 jobs and $6.4 billion gross economic activity annually.


Forum on how to maximize the use of our new one-sort containers: Saturday, June 22,
9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Lynnhurst Community Center in Minneapolis

SW Minneapolis: Helping businesses to Recycle MORE!

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Message in a Bottle

The Recycling Association of Minnesota  (RAM) has a program called “Message in a Bottle.”  RAM will place a recycle barrel at your business and schedule vocational centers to pick up the recyclables.

Are you a business in Southwest Minneapolis?    I would like to help you apply for a customer recycling barrel to capture your customer’s bottles and cans that are now thrown into the trash.  These barrels would be placed near your trash containers.  Please contact me at health4earth@gmail.com and I will start the application process.  Limited barrels are currently available so get back to me as soon as possible.

There is no cost to participating businesses, and it should save you money by reducing your trash!

Recycle It, Don't Trash It! Screen
Recycle It, Don’t Trash It! Screen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)