Climate issues

A Clear Choice

“But there’s an even better reason to get fossil fuels out of our lives. It’s about loving deeply. Loving all those suffering people in Houston and Florida, loving our children, loving every being on this planet without a voice.”

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There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the Earth ~ Rumi

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Re-THINK.

Be the Change.
BE Love <3

Save the Earth From Us

“This Planet is dying. The Human race is killing it.”
“So you’ve come here to help us?”
“No. I didn’t.”
“You said you came to save us .. ?”
“I said I came to save the Earth.”
“You came to save the Earth … from us. You .. came to save the Earth from us!”
“We can’t risk the survival of this planet for one species.”
“What are you saying??”
“If the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the Earth survives. There is only a handful of planets in the cosmos capable of supporting complex life .. ”
“You can’t do this!”
“… this one can’t be allowed to perish.”
“We can change! We can still turn things around!”
“We’ve hoped and waited you would change.”
“Please …..”
“It’s reached the tipping point. We have to act.”
“Please … please … ”
“We’ll undo the damage you’ve done and give the Earth a chance to begin again.”
“Please .. please don’t do this …please .. we can change … we can change …”
“The decision is made. The process has begun.”

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It has begun. From Nature herself.  We are killing her, and she is slowly, methodically, relentlessly fighting back, on all levels.

Diseases become more resistant and super diseases emerge. Temperatures change, altering the lands. The poisoned waters and land become part of our bodies. We are sickening from self-abuse of poisoned food and the catastrophic effects of the abuse to Nature.

In a time when our technology should bring us into harmony with the Earth, too many people continue to wage their callous and indifferent war, strewing garbage and devastation behind us.

Every single person can make a difference. There are a million little things that would add up. While many companies ARE exploring and developing better technologies for the Earth, it is the people and communities that must take the fundamental actions.

Start in your home. Look around. The chemical junk in your cabinets.  Aerosols (canned spray for non-stick food, hair spray) can be easily replaced by home-made hair spray (many recipes online, usually involved sugar and water, which is great for the hair) and using a spatula to spread softened coconut oil or any oil in the pan.

Cleaners can easily be replaced with vinegar & water, baking soda (not to be used with vinegar), and liquid castile soaps. EASY!

Grocery shopping: buy bulk, and consider the packaging. Can it be reused? Can you bring your own container to buy from the bulk containers. The junk food is garbage into your body and to the Earth.  Walking into a store is not just about purchasing items …. it is about what you are going to put in the landfills.

Fast foods: Massive amounts of garbage going straight into the land. Massive.  Damaging the human body as well as the Earth.

Food to go: Bring your own containers. Note: Subway has a plastic container for salads … this is soooooo re-usable for so many things, yet it gets thrown away!!!  Why??

Bring your own shopping bags everywhere.

Every time you buy something …. consider this:

What if all your garbage could not leave your property?

And then there is the sheer volume of cruelty to animals involved with just about every aspect of purchasing anything cosmetic or cleaners. Even perfume.

Every single person makes choices.
Start small. Look around. Consider.
Make one change.  Then another.
Our choices DO have outcomes, whether you can see them or not.

Be the Change.
Be Love <3

 

Pinterest

Here are some of the article I’ve saved on Pinterest about Green Living: Click here

There are so many alternatives to the poison chemicals on the shelves. Little thing DO make a difference.

Earth is our home, and too many people are indifferent to protecting it.

Be the Change.
Be Love <3

 

Swifters

Swifters …. a great idea for easy floor clean up. Do you hear the ‘but’ coming??? Here it is … you don’t need to buy the disposable swifter cloths. Use old wash rags and lightly spray them with vinegar/water, and/or add an essential oil, too! The old rags tuck into those grabby little slots just fine.

Re-use and reduce! My passion!

Be the Change and Be LOVE <3

Spray bottles can be cheap, but wasteful because as soon as the sprayer is broken, the entire bottle is thrown away. Yet in our homes, we have the perfect bottles already. Large shampoo bottles (not me!), some oil bottles, various things … and then you buy bulk spray nozzles (I’m getting mine on Ebay). So I re-use bottles I already have and only replace the nozzles. You have to shop around to get the nozzles at a cheaper price than buying the entire bottle, but it is worth it, even if it costs a little more … it is still saving extra plastic garbage.

Be the Change!🌎
And, of course, BE Love ♥

Is there really anyone who doesn’t take a vitamin or herbal supplement of some kind? Millions do. And the bottles end up, after ONE TIME usage, in the landfill. Millions and millions.

They are useful bottles for so many little things.

Gardeners who harvest their own seeds can certainly store them in these little vessels.

Used kitchen oil can go in them so that the oil is not going down your drain.

A container to soak your little paintbrushes.

The clear ones can hold craft items such as pony beads.

The not-clear ones can have their bottom side cut off, then tip it over and drop in the bobbin (lands in the ‘lid’) and top it with the thread. Then you don’t have to hunt down your colors for sewing as they are already together.

The potentials are only limited by the imagination and creativity.

Reduce and Reuse. This is our Home!

Be the Change.
Be Love <3

Yoga. Mind, body, soul. And then it became a ‘fashion’, and a fashion statement. Cute clothes, snuggy comfortable clothes, sexy clothes.

And now it would seem that our trendy and comfortable yoga clothing is devastating the oceans. Of course, this includes gym clothes, and many other types. But yoga …. for yoga clothes to be doing this ….

(on another topic, I learned about the mats a while back, and will not purchase anymore.)

I do not purchase new clothing. I only wear used (underwear being the exception!).

And now I look at my drawer of yoga pants and consider the irony.

There is so much we take for granted, and even more things that we never question.

We, the consumers, can change the tide of ‘junk’ clothing flooding the market. If enough of us care ….

Love~Kindness~Compassion ♥
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There are many articles about this. I’ve just chosen this one as one source.

KEY LARGO, Fla. — Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that’s increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a two-year study of microscopic plastics in the waters from south Texas to the Florida Keys.

The project , led by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will rely partly on volunteers in coastal cleanup events. It also will expand a year’s worth of data collected around Florida that predominantly found microfibers — shreds of plastic even smaller than microbeads flowing down bathroom sinks and shower drains.

Yoga pants, fleece jackets, sweat-wicking athletic wear and other garments made from synthetic materials shed microscopic plastic fibers — called ‘‘microfibers’’ — when laundered. Wastewater systems flush the microfibers into natural waterways, eventually reaching the sea.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2017/03/15/your-yoga-pants-are-probably-poisoning-your-seafood/xkRbphXiQmSG6w0bUL4YVP/story.html

Plastic water bottles. Most are ‘one time usage’. Most think that just putting them into the recycle system solves the problem. It does not.

But it is the CREATION of the plastic water bottle that is the root of the issue. All those cases of plastic encased drinks,whether water or juice or soda …. it supports a practice that is contributing to the devastation of our Planet.

Each person has the power to stand against this. The less that is purchased, the less demand, the less profitable it is to the giant oil and gas companies.

This is our HOME. The only one we have.

Be the Change.
Be Love ♥

“Plastic production tends to be really wasteful. A huge portion of the plastics industry is packaging—material that is immediately thrown away. In 2010 alone, over 1.5 million tons of plastic bottles ended up in the trash, and under a third of plastic bottles are recycled. Moreover, many of the bottles that are thrown away end up in the ocean. A 2015 study estimated that nearly 200 coastal countries generated over 600 billion pounds of plastic waste in 2010 — and between 11 and 27 billion pounds of this ended up in the oceans. We’ll continue to see increasingly littered oceans if the plastics bonanza continues.”

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/live-healthy/how-fracking-industry-profits-bottled-water

Eliminate the chemicals in your home …

Take a look under your sinks and in any cabinets you keep cleaners and personal hygiene stuff. Everything is labeled with hazard warnings. Poison.

You do not need 409 or bathroom foam for your tubs and toilets or abrasive nasties for your glass stove top or aerosol furniture spray.

You only need these:
Baking soda (I get it in bulk from Costco)
Vinegar (case from Costco)
Castile liquid soap (this comes in Lemon, Lavender, and other nice essential oil scents)
Organic Coconut oil
Olive Oil
Bobs Red Mill Potato starch

Some hardy spray bottles and a couple containers to dilute the castile soap. I reused a squirt-able organic mustard container. When-ever possible, reuse reuse reuse!

Baking soda for lightly abrasive cleaning (do NOT mix with vinegar .. it neutralizes the cleaning).
Vinegar diluted with water for disinfectant.

For toilets, undiluted Castile soap. Swish it around, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Flush. Do again. If there are hardwater stains, use a pumice stone. Be sure to keep it wet. Yes, wear gloves! 😉

For showers, bath, sinks … use baking soda, and/or vinegar (after), and/or Castile. Any will work.

Spray down counters with diluted vinegar. Clean appliances the same way.

To make furniture spray, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup vinegar, 2TB olive oil, lemon essential oil (or lemongrass, or orange, etc).  Shake gently before spraying. Easy!

To remove labels –
This is a little more involved. It depends on the label. Some labels can be soaked off in a container of water. Some labels require a heat gun (use with care!) to remove. This can only be used with very sturdy plastic and glass. The final aspect is the coconut oil and baking soda. In a small bowl, put in a tablespoon or so of baking soda. Add in coconut oil, just enough to make a paste. Use a butterknife to spread the paste on the glue. Let it sit for 24 hours. Then use the flat part of the knife to scrape off the excess into a … you got it … saved pill jar that is ideal for excess oils before it gets tossed out (obviously there is a lid). Then use an old cloth and scrub away the paste. It make take some doing, but it is good exercise for your arms. Voila!

Carpet freshener … sprinkle baking soda, smear it in with your hands or feet. Let it sit, then vacuum.

Room freshener ….. NEVER NEVER NEVER use store bought junk. POISON ALERT! And none of that plug in stuff, either. Get yourself a nice dark spray bottle. Fill with water, and add your favorite ORGANIC essential oils. I like Cinnamon, Cloves, Lavender, Lemongrass, Dill, Basil, Orange .. all sorts of choices.

I also spray Cedarwood onto my pillows. It discourages little mites (microscopic!). And it helps promote sleep. On my wood stove, in the pot of water that is always there, I drop in Cinnamon. Yummy!

Buy eco-friendly or organic laundry detergent.
Do NOT USE DRYER SHEETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Static problem? Easy. Take about 4 feet of aluminum foil, roll into a loose ball, toss in. It takes the static. You can also toss in a muslin bag of lavender flowers. Or if you have some extra money, go to Etsy and buy some Wool Dryer Balls. They work for static, too.

The only thing that continues to stump me is the dishwasher. We’ve tried many variations, but still can’t quite get a good combo.  So I don’t stress too much over that, since we are super eco everywhere else.

Mouthwash … yeah, that is a ‘chemical’. Bleh.
I make a mixture of dried rose petals, dried rosemary, dried sage, dried calendula (all or one of those will work great!) and make a ‘tea’. (do not boil the water … take the water off just before it boils). I make it in a canning jar and refrigerate. It will last a week or so. Schwish it around in your mouth and SWALLOW. Yup. Swallow.

Toothpaste … another chemical. Yuk!
Toothpowder — I use a 2 oz container (you can use any size) and fill 2/3 with baking soda. About a tsp of cinnamon, about 1/2 tsp clove. Use a bamboo stick to stir (or anything else that is handy!). Close the lid and finish by shaking it. Then, without getting your bamboo toothbrush wet, dip it into the powder. I just get the top half, really. Then brush. Your saliva will make it wet. After brushing … swallow it! Baking soda settles the stomach, and cinnamon and cloves are good for you! (Note on Cinnamon .. buy Ceylon Cinnamon, NOT the regular store kind).  You should be able to swallow what you put in your mouth!

Toothpaste — make the toothpowder (but a less) and add in the coconut oil.  Swallow!  

And finally …… deoderant.  A very serious poison.  In a reused spice jar with small holes as the filter, mix fairly equal parts of potato starch and baking soda. Many people us corn starch, but that is GMO and harmful to your body and the Earth.  Make friends with your underarm. Get used to touching it. Sprinkle the mixture on your fingers and apply. It does make white powder, but I keep a dry washcloth available to catch and wipe the excess. I apply this several times a day and it works great!  You can do another part with a bottle of essential oil mixed a tsp of aloe vera gel (be sure to shake gently), water, and a TBL of witch hazel. This gives a ‘scent’. It seems messy at first, but it becomes routine. Note: under the arm is the gateway to your lymph system, and very vulnerable to poison.

Easy and cheaper alternatives …. and healthier.

… with love <3

Ants

Ants. Every year, ants. This year I prepared and got ready for any onslaught, but removed any possible food temptations at their usual entrance.

Clever little things. They totally took me by surprise by a new entrance. Which was completely food-free, so why there??

Ahh, the battle begins! Vinegar. Baking soda. Baby powder. Eventually it works. But it takes time and diligence!

I’m patient!

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