Tag Archives: This Green Life

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!

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Ethical treatment of farm animals

12 Aug

The ethical treatment of farm animals has been on my mind a lot lately.  Sheryl Eisenberg of NRDC’s This Green Life has written a great article about what to look for when buying eggs, dairy and meat.  I always try to buy grass-fed beef when we eat red meat (although I just learned today that grass finished is also a good term to look for).

And I look for eggs from chickens that are pasture raised.  The animals deserve a better life and we need to protect them.  Plus it is healthier for us if they live in better conditions and don’t need antibiotics because of bad living conditions.

An idea my husband came up with the other day is to buy only local items one day a week.  We are lucky because our market has a pretty good selection of fruits and vegetables grown in our area.  And we can drink wine from a vineyard nearby or water from our tap.  Best of all, we can watch the stars from our deck that night!

Taking inspiration from the Olympic swimmer, Natalie Coughlin, our next goal is to grow some of our own food!

Please let me know if you try a “buy local” day in your area and how it went!

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