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I received my bracelet in return for one pound of plastic removed from the ocean. And it’s pretty too. Learn more about the movement, the bracelet, and how you can help at http://www.4ocean.com. They sent me a thank you note, but I say THANK YOU to 4ocean. #4ocean

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pexels-photo-983988.jpegOn Earth Day, my seven year old daughter and I did a roadside clean up in our small town. Looking around, as you drive down the roads of this idyllic place, you wouldn’t guess that there was so much litter hidden under the leaves and grasses. It was surprising to me. Most of the litter was food and drink containers, especially alcoholic beverages. That’s disturbing on two levels. First, clearly there are lots of people drinking while driving, and disposing of the evidence out the windows of their cars. That’s dangerous. Second, some people care very little about themselves, others, and the environment.

Clearly, we need a paradigm shift so that people care. What is the underlying issue that leads people to not care? What do you think? Or is it something else? Is it just too difficult to care? There’s too many other things to think about, to manage, to accomplish, to handle? Either way, we need to make it easier to care — for ourselves, others, and our earth. (more…)

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As we near Earth Day — tomorrow, pexels-photo-704979.jpegApril 22, 2018 — I’m thinking about how I can make a bigger impact than just in my own home. If everyone made the same changes I’ve made, then the world would have much less plastic pollution going forward. But these changes have been really hard, and not everyone has the time, money, energy, or motivation to make the changes. What we need is a paradigm shift, so that reducing use of single-use plastics is easy.

I’m thinking about plastic straws and cutlery. I’d like to help the restaurants in my town not offer plastic straws and cutlery. Or at least only give them if specifically requested. Instead, straws and cutlery made from paper, bamboo or wood would be the norm.

I think it will take: education, product options, and political support. In my small town, there are three cafes, one pizza place, one deli, one sushi restaurant, and two full-service restaurants. That’s only 8 places. I’m putting together a plan. I’ll share it as it develops and keep you posted on how it’s going. Let me know your thoughts!

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Earth Day is just three days away: Sunday, April 22, 2018. This Earth Day is dedicated to reducing plastic litter and pollution. I’ve been taking the less plastic challenge for the last month, trying to not bring any single-use plastic into my house. I haven’t been 100% successful, but I’ve reduced my plastic pollution significantly, and that’s a step in the right direction.

city-sky-boardwalk-urban.jpgAs we approach Earth Day, I am thinking about additional activities that will help reduce plastic litter. One good idea is to participate in a litter clean-up. My town of Washington, CT is having a town-wide roadside clean up. And we (my daughter and I, and some of our friends) are going to participate and pick up litter along our street. We will recycle any recyclable items that we find, and throw away the non-recyclable items. It’s not a perfect solution, but it does help.

Even if your town is not conducting a town-wide roadside clean up, you can still do it. Grab some friends, some gloves, and some bags, and head out to collect the litter you see. You can start with your own street, or the main street in your town or city, or a local park. Call your mayor’s or selectman’s office, or your parks department, and ask them if there is a particular place that needs clean up.

 

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This is what can happen to my daughter’s hair if we don’t brush with detangler every day.

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We have a wet brush and a fancy curve detangler brush, and they work well, but good conditioner and an effective detangler are also essential. And I was running out of it. Or course, nearly all of it comes in plastic. So rather than search and search, I opted to make my own.

Here’s how:

  • One part olive oil
  • One part apple cider vinegar
  • Two parts filtered water
  • 10 drops lavendar essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Pour all ingredients into the plastic bottle I already have for the last bottle of store-bought detangler. Voila! Less expensive and I have all those ingredients at home.

Make less rather than more because it doesn’t have preservatives in it. And always shake before using.

 

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pexels-photo-533360.jpegOne of the side benefits of not buying food items in plastic is healthier food. I can’t buy most pre-made, packaged foods because they are ALL in plastic. No frozen green beans. No crackers. No cereal. So that means I am buying fresh, whole food. Sometimes, this means I am actually saving money. For example, I often buy pre-cut butter nut squash and melons. But they are, of course, wrapped in plastic wrap or in a plastic container. So I had to buy the whole fruit. Same was true for carrots; I bought whole carrots instead of baby carrots in a plastic bag. That’s less expensive anyway, and the food will last longer because it tends to spoil much more quickly after it is cut. So that’s a plus. Whole, healthy foods that actually cost less!

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2018-03-25-09-08-10.jpgSo the first items that I’ve needed to purchase that normally come in plastic packaging are milk, yogurt, doggy waste pick-up bags, and bags for food storage and  Sarah’s lunchbox. Here’s what I found: (more…)

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