Environmental Awareness

3 Oct

Several things have been running through my mind lately — from lessening my daughter’s exposure to environmental toxins to wasting less food.

When I pack my daughter’s school lunch, I use the same reusable containers everyday to cut down on waste.  And I found other great tips on lunch boxes from NRDC’s This Green Life.

I give leftover food to our dogs instead of throwing it away (except for dangerous foods for them like grapes, chocolate and avocado).

Today’s breakfast is chicken, salmon and cobb salad and for dinner they get broccoli, carrots and noodles. It is estimated that 40% of the food we produce in America goes uneaten.   That is a lot of waste.

We have also been eating more locally-grown, organic foods from our farmer’s market or local supermarket. That way we lower our carbon footprint and reduce our exposure to pesticides.

To avoid exposure to BPA, I rarely buy food in cans.  And there are other easy ways to lessen BPA exposure.

I have also been supporting a local, small business, Redbread,  who makes their own breads and jams (and the most delicious cookies!). Follow them on Instagram — @redbread.  Or on their twitter feed.

And now to end with a feeling of hope that came over me today just from reading two tweets!

One from Ian Somerhalder that simply said:

“In Wholes Foods’ parking lot- EVERY SINGLE PERSON has their own recyclable bags to shop with-it’s happening.We’re finally getting it;)”

And the other from 350.org that said: “Grassroots pressure is making it much harder for Enbridge to get away with pushing tar sands on Michigan.”

As Ian said, we’re finally getting it.  We are rising up and doing what needs to be done to help our planet. This gives me hope!


10 Responses to “Environmental Awareness”

  1. healthygirlandthecity October 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    those redbread cookies look amazing… kudos to you for cutting down on waste and supporting local businesses – i’m trying to do the same 🙂

    • farmstandla October 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      that is great! I like the name of your blog. I will go check it out.

    • farmstandla October 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      I am now following your blog. looks great. so funny, a friend of mine just signed up for the IIN course in Los Angeles. She is 2 weeks in.

  2. Lopez, Linda October 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Nice liz!

  3. Katherine Brody October 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Nice work,Liz. You’ve inspired me to spend a little extra time today shopping for locally
    produced foods. And This time I’ll remember my cloth bags in the car-San Francisco
    just passed a law that all businesses must charge .10 cents per paper bag. We are definitely getting it!!!!!

    • farmstandla October 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      that is great. yes, we have to keep doing our small part. and continue to improve!

  4. Annmarie Dalton October 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Great tips. My farmer grandparents always fed their dogs with the leftovers from our meals – they didn’t waste ANYTHING! You might want to check out this great product for kids lunches – reusable fabric place mats that hold a matching napkin with a pocket for utensils all together in a neat little roll: http://www.scrappynaps.com

    • farmstandla October 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      Thanks Annmarie. I want that placemat for Charlotte!

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