For December 2021
Tis the Season for spending, shopping, seasonal decorations, snacks, and other supplies.
Before you buy, consider the following ideas.
Create a list and a budget and stick to it.
Make items, upcycle or give consumables with a purpose.
When decorating, try to incorporate items from nature - pine, pinecones, berries and other items that can be composted.
Don't overdue on the snacks and dinners. If you have leftovers, plan ahead on how you can resuse them and not create food waste.
I bring you more tidings of Good Eco News
The most northern First Nation in Ontario, Canada, wanted to save their arctic home in Fort Severn by reducing their consumption of diesel fuel for electricity for their community. Since the First Nation is directly affected by our rapidly changing climate, Chief Paul Burke says they wanted to do their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
That's why they recently finished installing a 300 kilowatt solar power station that not only gives power to the 550 people who live in the community, but also generates income and has created jobs.
Chief Burke points out that if they can make solar power work in the farthest community north in Ontario, we can make it work anywhere in the world.
And the Chief isn't done yet. Since cloud patterns in the Arctic zone are just as unpredictable as they are in the temperate zone, the community is also looking to install wind power! https://earthfriendlytips.com
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Earth Friendly Tips for an Eco Holiday Season:
May Your Christmas be Merry and Green!
For November 2021
Be Thankful – Good Eco News!
Going Plastic Free Is Getting Easier!
If you are recycling plastics, good for you! However, there are now even better choice is to eliminate plastic from our homes. Are you aware there are several products on the market the reduce waste, are better for the environment and save the planet?
Laundry: EarthBreeze and Tru detergents are use earth friendly ingredients. The packaging uses 100% biodegradable cardboard and ink, so you can compost it! The detergent is on sheets, like dryer sheets. Vegan, cruelty free and money back guarantee! Earth Breeze will donate to Trees for the Future trees to plant
Shampoo: Bars (no plastic!) - there are several on the market but one of the best is Ethnique; cruelty free, vegan,palm oIl free, minimal & biodegradable packaging- a climate neutral company and 20% of their profits go to charity
Dishwasher: Cleancult Dishwasher Tablets and Dropps Dishwasher Detergent tablets are shipped in paper mailers, 100% biodegradable, non toxic ingredients. The are wrapped in a water soluble film.
Companies Doing Good!
Ocean Clean up: Just completed, the largest ocean cleanup in history in the pacific Great Garbage Patch. Some of the plastics are being recycled into resale sunglasses! To read more go to their website https://theoceancleanup.com/ oceancleanup.com
Goats Munch Invasive Species: NYC Parks hosted their second annual "Running of the Goats" which is an event where animals are brought in to remove invasive species by grazing. Organizations that took part in the event have been focusing on the removal of invasive species like porcelain berry, English ivy, mugwort, multiflora rose and poison ivy. We know what you're thinking, "Isn't eating poison ivy bad for the goats?!". Nope! Goats are actually immune to the allergens in poison ivy. Their passion for eating and speedy grazing pace makes goats super invasive species removers!
Trees Planted: 1.2 Million Trees Planted in California for forest fire restoration in 2021https://onetreeplanted.org/blogs/stories/good-news Nov-2021
Source material from <https://onetreeplanted.org/blogs/stories/good-news-july-2021>
For October 2021
The Scary Truth about Disposable Masks
When single-use masks are not disposed of properly, they pose an environmental risk, said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, director of research for OceansAsia. Single-use face masks — both the disposable kind the general public wears and medical-grade surgical masks — are often made with polypropylene plastic. When that plastic breaks up into smaller pieces, it can take as long as 450 years to decompose, Phelps Bondaroff said. And while reusable cloth face masks are a more eco-friendly option, disposable masks are both an acceptable face covering, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and CDC-recommended for double masking.
It’s crucial to learn how to properly discard face masks in order to ensure they don’t end up in oceans, lakes and rivers, said Erin Simon, head of plastic waste and business at the World Wildlife Fund. The goal is not to change the disposable mask space as it is a key part of medical safety protocols, Simon highlighted, noting environmental experts more specifically advocate for the proper management of disposable face masks after they’re used.
Phelps Bondaroff said the best way to mitigate the impacts of (and help prevent) face mask pollution is disposing of them correctly and ensuring they do not enter the Earth’s ecosystem. He said it’s important to throw away face masks in garbage cans that have a lid and a garbage bag that will be tied together when it’s removed to keep them from falling out or blowing away.While some suggest cutting strings to protect wildlife, it is better to be sure it gets into covered trash where it can’t blow away, get into sewers or other waste streams.
The face masks listed below meet the CDC’s guidance in regards to reusable face coverings and are made with the environment in mind, according to the brands behind them.
TenTree The Protect Mask (made from cotton, hemp with a pocket filter) https://www.tentree.com/
United by Blue Salvaged Hemp Face Mask (fabric blend of hemp, cotton, recycled polyester, and rayon fabric) https://unitedbyblue.com/
Avocado Organic Face Mask (two layers of cotton) https://www.avocadogreenmattress.com/
Rothy’s The Masks (rPet thread made from recycled plastic water bottles & microfiber) https://rothys.com/
Vida 3_play Face Mask (allows you to return for recycle) https://ecomask.co
Source material from NBCnews select How to reduce face mask pollution, according to experts – April 21, 2021
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