Green Tip Tuesday blog: It’s Earth Week—be apart of it!
Today is a special Green tip Tuesday blog because we’re in what you call #EarthWeek, a full week dedicated to environmental awareness leading up to one of our favorite days a year—Earth Day (Sunday April 22, 2012)!
Now I wish that Earth Week/ Earth Day was every week and everyday and it is for some, but we need more people making conscious earth friendly decisions because——-ah….idk our earth depends on it? No pressure. So today I’m going to forward on a message that I read from the Huff Post: Green it’s a tip for everyday this week (including yesterday so just do it next Monday!)
These are small ways to start you on your Green journey. My advice is don’t just do it this week. Try it every week and share this blog and/or tips with your friends and family. I can give you the spill….we only have one earth blah blah blah…but uh it’s true. Take care of it because we may not get a second chance.
Monday: Meatless Monday. Reduce your carbon footprint by cutting down or eliminating your meat consumption for a day.
Tuesday: Power Down. Fix your computer settings, unplug energy sapping devices, install smart strips to eliminate vampire power.
Wednesday: Reusable Bottles & Mugs. Eliminate the use of all paper coffee cups and plastic water bottles.
Thursday: Cut Paper Waste. Reduce your use of paper, adjust your printer settings, cancel junk mail subscriptions.
Friday: (Reusable) Bag Lunch. Bring your own lunch in reusable containers or bring the containers to your favorite take-out restaurant and pass on the plastic utensils, excess paper napkins and bags.
Saturday: Second-Hand Clothes And Products. Instead of purchasing new items, reuse and upcycle old items.
Sunday: Waste Less Water. Take shorter showers, turn the faucet off while brushing teeth, do only full loads of dishes and laundry.
Green Thanksgiving Tips
In the spirt of Thanksgiving, today’s Green Tip Tuesday will help you focus on “greening” your holiday every step of the way!
First thing first—-Think organic and BUY LOCAL! I can’t express that more. We all know the holidays are hectic but take a moment to think about where your food is coming from, what’s in it, and who you’re helping—-or NOT helping! When you buy local, you know you’re eating fresh and keeping the money in the local ecomony. Farmers markets and other small local markets have great prices and amazing deals on vegetables and other goodies. Oh and emember just because something isn’t in pristine condition and may have a minor flaw doesn’t make it inedible!
Don’t waste! 28 billion pounds of edible food is wasted every year, this year plan ahead and practice portion control. Try not to let your eyes be bigger than your stomach. Eat a little…wait..and eat again, just don’t waste! Also, if you have a ton of leftovers that you don’t plan to use, donate them your local shelter or food bank!
Have fun together—instead settling in front of the TV, play board games with your family or a round of football in the yard. Take advantage of the time with family and friends while decreasing your energy usage..it’s a win win.
Setting the table can be a little challenging when you have a ton of people over for the holidays. So most of us think paper plates!—-Well this year, don’t. Think biodegradable and compostable plates and utensils. This way you can get another use or two out them and if they must go to the trash or recycling then the earth will take care of them for you :)
And last but never least always remember to RECYCLE!!!!!! Plastics, cans, paper—-all of it! You’ll soon realize you have a lot less trash than you think!
Live Green and be Sexy this Holiday season!
The Swipes Team wishes you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Peace, Lovin, Swipes!
It’s a little gross but more power! I’m all about less waste…sounds like a plan to me!
Today’s poopy diaper, tomorrow’s recycled roof shingle
Recycling company Knowaste plans to open 5 factories in the U.K. that will transform used diapers, incontinence and feminine hygiene products into green home building materials such as shingles and siding.
The difference between Biodegradable and Compostable
Now-a-days…we live in, what I call, “The Green Age.” More and more people are jumping on the “green” wagon and are trying to do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. These new green-newbie’s are transitioning and unless you’re a “green-a-holic”, you may not be familiar with a lot of the “green”-words. Here at Swipes Lovin Wipes, we stand by our claims, two terms of which cause a little confusion at times! So today we’re going to break down the difference between—Biodegradable and Compostable.
Let’s start off with a pretty common word…Biodegradable. Some of us learned that word in High School…well at least that’s the first time I remember hearing it. My definition of “biodegradable” was anything that is natural enough to easily degrade and become one with the earth again (without causing any issues). I’m sure I’m close but let’s look at the actual definition. According to dictionary.com, Biodegradable means:
Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria.
Many items are biodegradable but that doesn’t make it good for the environment. Biodegradation can happen over a period of days or hundreds of years—and that makes the difference between what is “good” or “bad” for the environment. The more natural the item is the faster it will biodegrade. Essentially biodegradable products should break down into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass in a reasonable amount of time. For example an apple core will never biodegrade in a landfill but take 2 weeks in a backyard compost, a matter of days in a industrial composter, and 8 weeks in a ocean. Regular plastic cups will never biodegrade in a landfill, there’s an unknown amount of time on how long it would take in backyard compost or in an industrial composter. But we do know, plastic is very hard to breakdown, so much so, that once it’s in the ocean it goes through photodegradation (breaking down plastic into smaller pieces) and turns into a trash island for about 450 years! Now that’s a big difference!
Compostable products are just like biodegradable products but better! When broken down, rich nutrients are released into the soil called humus, making Compostable products some of the best for the environment. The usual breakdown time for a compostable product is one to four months. These products should be able to become usable compost in a timely manner through an appropriate composting program or facility, or in a home compost pile or device. This compost can then be used for gardening and planting! No harsh chemicals or pesticides to worry about!
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Until next time…Peace, Lovin, Swipes!