Monday, April 22, 2013

HAPPY EARTH DAY! BE THE CHANGE!

 I try to do my part in preserving the Mother Earth by recycling, walking short distances rather than driving, bringing my own shopping bags to the supermarket and saying no to the plastic bags, not buying so many new things, but rather used stuff from flea markets and friends (thanks Saara, Heidi and Cheryle!), support our local farmers markets and even using eco-friendly cat litter Shweat Scoop Wheat Litter (clay-based kitty litter is actually helping to destroy mountains, because it is acquired through strip-mining AND takes several decades to biodegrade). I've also eliminated the use of toxic chemicals in cleaning our house and only use biodegradable, earth- and animal friendly products. This applies to most of my cosmetics as well. 
But the biggest single thing you can do for earth is to go vegan. Eating meat is one of the worst things because it's wasteful, causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the meat industry is one of the largest causes of climate change. Adopting a vegan diet is more important than switching to a "greener" car in the fight against climate change. Nuff said.
Eating meat doesn't just hurt animals—it hurts people too. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals. In fact, it takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it were fed directly to people. The more people who go vegan, the more we can feed the hungry. If you are interested in making a real change and go vegan (or vegetarian at first) check out this "Vegetarian Starter Kit" (in English) or here (in Finnish). I'm also here to answer any questions you may have and help you along the way. Just comment or email me!
Here's few fun upcycling ideas for your Earth Day entertainment (source):

Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls to Organize Cables and Chords

toilet paper rolls used to store cables and wires

 Upcycle Old Light Bulbs Into Candles

old lightbulb turned into candle

Turn Old Picture Frames Into Serving Trays

using picture frame as serving tray

Reuse Ketchup Bottles as a Pancake Squirter

using ketchup bottle as pancake squirter

Use Paperclips to Organize Your Cables

paperclips clipped onto side of table using handles to organize cables

Reuse Old Kleenex Boxes as Bag Dispensers

using empty kleenex box as grocery bag dispenser

Turn an Old Door Into a Frame for a Standing Mirror

old door frame used as standing mirror

Use Mason Jars to Carry Your Salad

using mason jars to transport your salad
Do you part and make one change today to become more eco-friendly! Earth will thank you.
"Only After the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten." Native Wisdom

3 comments:

  1. Oh I really love these ideas! Specially the salad jars. I do eat homemade food everyday at work so this idea is pretty good.

    I try to do all I can for keeping this Earth clean, I feel bad that here in Avignon the recycling doesn't really exist. I would like to havea bio container for organic products, but it's impossible.

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  2. Some of these ideas are awesome! I especially like the salad in a mason jar and sorting wires with binder clips. I draw the line at reusing toilet paper tubes due to the amount of bacteria on them. Also the ketchup bottle probably reeks and tastes of vinegary ketchup :(
    I recycle all our clothes. Good quality kids clothing get sold on Ebay and the proceeds go into the kid's accounts. Other used but still in good shape stuff gets donated to a family in Mexico. T-shirts, pajamas etc. get cut up into rags that we use and wash over and over again. We save a ton on papertowels! Old bras get sent to brarecyclers.com.

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  3. Lovely ideas! I already have salads in mason jars but bag dispenser and tray are something I'm gonna test in practice.

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