Friday, December 26, 2008

Your Comments ...

It's the last Friday of the month ... and that means comments. Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts and ideas this month. And now ... sit back ... relax ... and enjoy:

Brian said...

Wow! That's a ton comments. You do a great job encouraging readers to participate. Keep up the excellent information and messages you provide. This is definitely one special blog.


Ms. B1tch is tired tired tired...(and very hungry said...

Ms. B listened and watched little mini movie below and it made her feel so much better. Ms B was quite the grump for several days! Now, she feels better - but she should have watched video before posting her tirades, yes? Tee.hee.


Kathryn Magendie said...

Hi! Are you ready for the weather coming?

We sure need the rain - but we may get snow, too!

Robot Nine said...

Cool, neat idea, fun to read, comments make the blog more fun. Thanks for the Shrekulation on Robot Nine. This week I have some more posts that might be a bit. shocking, lol!


Angie Ledbetter said...

Your blog is not only earth friendly, it's people friendly. :)

sober white women said...

You are so right. I have never really drove much, but once gas went high I really stopped. Gas comes from oil, and that is something we can never replace.
We should all conserve gas.
Kelli


Angie Ledbetter said...

The roller coaster prices of gas (with no seeming reason) makes it even scarier to buy something big! Have a great December.

IB said...

The price of oil sky-rocketed and July and plummeted back down in September/October. Regardless of the reasons and/or the identity of those pulling the strings, our reaction to the ever-changing oil market tells me we are very vulnerable, indeed, to a commodity that is managed in a seemingly whimsical fashion. Whatever is happening cannot be healthy for us, as a society, and is another good reason to break ourselves of this poisonous addiction. The multiple costs are simply too many and too great in scale to continue our bad habit. Of course, kicking any habit can be hell, but most of the time proves worth the effort.

Thanks for the thought provoking post.

IB

http://idiotsstew.blogspot.com


Joe's Foster Dogs said...

EXCELLENT POST!!!

Thanks for saying what I am thinking!!!

Argentum Vulgaris said...

The secret is, now that you have learned to economise using gas, don't go and forget it. Keep economising for the sake of the planet.

AV

E. Michelle said...

I've heard that the current prediction is we will run out of gas in about 50 years. Personally, I'm looking forward to it. At first I feel the media will really scare everyone into a frenzy. Later on I feel it will be the best thing that ever happened to not only the environment, but also families.

Nice post!


Barry said...

No doubt about it you are absolutely correct.

The price of gas has dropped largely because of decreased demand.

Not only are we reducing our green house gas emissions, but we're saving money too.


SearchingSoul said...

I missed reading your blogs for quite a while. I have a lot of cathing up to do. :-)

I agree with you that although the price of gasoline has gone down, it is still a non-renewable energy and would be gone one day.

Aside from conserving, we need to consider using renewable energy as much as we could.

Thanks for missing my blog. I just posted one yesterday.


John said...

The price of petrol fluctuates like nobody's business, but one thing remains constant... the declining amount.

It's a matter of how fast it finishes, and how much it cost to finish.


Terri Tiffany said...

I'm still conserving despite the lower costs. Still hoping an alternative is soon to be available. Thanks for some good information as always!

Ms. B1tch is tired tired tired...(and very hungry said...

Ms. B is listening and heeding, yes!

(Ms B put your story about coffee in the lap on her blogpost today - tee.hee. she laughed at the stories and wants more!)

Kathryn Magendie said...

I am still conserving! Just as I do other things - like not letting the water run while washing dishes, my hands, face, etc. And by turning off lights, etc!

mlh said...

Oil did skyrocket, which did not help those living in rural areas who need heating oil for the winter and don't have the luxury of gas. It is reminders like these that need to be told. Thanks for sharing!

Joanne said...

It does seem almost a ploy, to placate us into believing gas will stay cheap and it's safe to go out and buy the huge SUVs sitting idle on the lots. The sad thing is, the gas prices might just be the motivation some people need.

foodbankbarbie said...

You left me my very first comment EVER.. so I was excited enough about that.. and then I come to read YOUR blog.. and find this incredible site that is right up my alley! This blog ROCKS! I absolutely love it.. I am so thrilled. YAY FOR YOU!!!! :) And thank you for that wonderful comment.
Shannon

foodbankbarbie said...

Thank you for adding me to your blog roll! I feel famous. This food blog is GREAT. I'm thinking you should start a commune with all these great ideas.. I mean if you win the lottery and can buy 1,000 acres somewhere green.. okay so maybe it's a stretch. But you would be FABULOUS as the leader of a a little city intent on being green.. which people would flock to and then it would grow and then it could take over the entire world. YOU COULD SAVE THE EARTH. Just a thought. Too much coffee. :)
Shannon
http://foodbankbarbie.blogspot.com

sober white women said...

Thank you for the info. One of the things I do is I throw all of my organic waste out by my rose bush. I do not know how to grow roses or what they need to grow, but so far what I am feed them is working! They are huge. Coffee grinds are great for plants.
Kelli

Marcy said...

Great ideas here. I like to shop with a list and feel "out of sorts" when I don't. I hate to waste food and throw things out. Part of it comes from working in the restaurant business and trying to keep food cost down.

I need to compost more but it's hard when you live in an apartment.


Joanne said...

I was glad to see that I do many of these already! We always plant a vegetable garden in the spring, and right through autumn eat all our produce fresh from the garden or from one of several local farmstands. Another benefit is that the flavor just cannot be beat!


Angie Ledbetter said...

I'm the best food recycler I know. NEVER throw food out, but turn it into something else. Big soups, gumbos and pot pies are awesome for cleaning out the fridge of leftovers.

Marcy said...

Thanks for this post. My husband and I were talking about this the other day. He mentioned that prices will go up again in April.


Laura said...

I am so glad Obama won because that is the only way something will hopefully be done about changing the cars we drive, and how we get around. Someone really needs to start the CHANGE. But, thankfully, the Hummer dealership in my town went out of business.

luthien said...

my goodness sf! another brilliant post! how do you get so many wonderful ideas, you are precious! the world needs lots more people like you :)))) love the post! thanks!


Wellness KIDS said...

Great information - I've been trying to waste less food but I had no idea just how bad food waste was! Thanks for enlightening me.

WellnessKids
http://wellnesskids.blogspot.com/


Vivienne said...

great ideas, I hate wasting food so I'm going to print this off and stick it on my fridge at home - so my housemates have a look as well!
Also, should you have bought too much food - freeze it. That way it won't go off in teh fridge just lying around.

shellyfish said...

Food and our relationship with it plays such a huge part in our interaction with the environment. While I didn't go vegan initially because of the obvious huge benefits for the environment, I'l so happy with all the accidental pluses it brings!
And I love A Christmas Carol - especially the George C. Scott rendition. I show it every year to my EFL classes here in France!

PlantBuddy said...

"Planning ahead twice", now that's an original idea! I like it and all it means is pausing to consider before plopping items into your shopping cart. Local tomatoes grown hydroponically are available all winter and they taste almost as good as garden-grown ones.


Douglas said...

My mother used to keep leftovers for three days and then create what she called "slumgullian", it was always interesting.

On the landfill methane; we should be tapping more of it for energy use. There was a story some years ago about a chicken farmer who dug a pits into which he dumped the chicken droppings. Within a short time, he was able to pipe the methane into tanks, converted his farm machines to run on it, and ran his farm with it.

mlh said...

Wonderful information! Hardly any food is thrown out without being converted into different dishes or used for mulch. And don't forget to mention that some fruits, like orange peels, can be dried and placed into bags for the aroma to air out musty smells in rooms.

E. Michelle said...

This is great information! Food waste is a big problem for sure...I feel such guilt when I throw out leftovers.

I like your tip about cutting down the recipe when you're just cooking for 1 or 2 people. That does save a lot of food!

Thanks for this post!


Brian said...

Love the tips, as always. We always overcook and need to cut down on the waste. I hope you don't mind, but I listed your site as one of 18 Great Resources in my latest entry.

http://www.eazycheezy.net/2008/12/18-tools-to-budget-get-organized-set.html

Take Care,
Brian


Barry said...

Some excellent advice. We reuse all the left overs we can (having a dog helps), compost much of the rest or put it out for the City's composting green bin program.

sober white women said...

This bread sounds good. I often make my own bread. I even grind the organic wheat. There is nothing like baking love.
Kelli

Angie Ledbetter said...

Paisan, love love love that Italian light cakey bread! It's great when it starts to get a little tough to slice, butter and broil for breakfast. Yum!


foodbankbarbie said...

I was wondering.
I've decided to make fun flyers to pass out at work... to customers, so they can donate/recycle food and plastic grocery bags, etc., and to stick in the food boxes of my families.
If this makes you feel funky, I WILL NOT BE OFFENDED.
I was wondering if you care if I put some things from your blog in them.. some of your tips, etc. I can send you what I want to use first so you can okay it, and of course I'll say I got it from you.
I just thought of this like 30 minutes ago, the flyer, so it's still in the planning stages.. I just wanted to check.
Let me know! :)
Shannon


shellyfish said...

I was just thinking that I haven't made a Panettonne! This recipe sounds great - thanks for sharing.
Feel free to link for your gift list - I think that book is a wonderful idea for little ones and it's so wonderful because you can use your fabric scraps to make it!

Small Footprints said...

To foodbankbarbie and ... everyone:

I love passing on the "green" word so ... if you want to use the ideas you see here ... please do! Together ... we can change the world!! :)

To shellyfish ... thanks for giving us the OK to link to your site ... Monday's post promises to be terrific.

Small Footprints

Joanne said...

I think what I love best about this recipe is that you knead tons of love into the bread!! We have a theory in my house, when making food, Christmas food in particular. The right music must be playing on the stereo as we prepare the food (Frank Sinatra Christmas Carols with the lasagna!) to give it an extra special flavor. Music is one of our ingredients :)

Mike Avenue said...

hmmmm... can't wait to try it!

Hope you can add to these posts the ingredients that is available on asian stores.

Thanks!


LittleJ said...

I have never had any luck with baking bread, you wouldn't have any suggestions for a very VERY easy loaf to start with, would you?


Ms. B1tch is tired tired tired...(and very hungry said...

Ms. B is hungry! Ms B wants some of that RIGHT NOW! ohhhhhhh....


luthien said...

hey sf :)
i just wanna pass you a link... probably interest you :)

http://www.rubysupcycledesigns.blogspot.com/

btw... the bread looks gooood!


kat boop magendie said...

I do want some of that - I bet it makes fabulous french toast...now I want french toast.

I linked you to the msn blog!

Small Footprints said...

To Mike Avenue: Good idea ... I'll post some recipes which use ingredients you can get (I love Asian food).

To LittleJ: I have a good Whole Wheat Bread recipe that's pretty easy. If you send your email address to me, I'll send it to you (it's a little long to type in the comments). Write to me at:
reducefootprints@gmail.com

To Luthien: Thanks for the link ... I'm off to check it out now!

Take care, everyone!

Small Footprints

kat magendie said...

Hey, thanks for posting this (and the small press info on my site) - I'll be sure to post these links soon to my msn site *smiling*

sober white women said...

I am going to have to stop by there. Thank you so much for sharing all of these ideas. I have two teen age daughters and this year they are getting stainless steel water bottles in thier stockings.
Kelli

Roxy said...

WOW these are really great ideas!!
I am going to add your blog to mine. Very nice blog - but you knew that.

Stop by mine when you have a minute.

www.realestatenews-roxy.blogspot.com

Roxy

Wellness KIDS said...

Thanks for the great shout out! I had fun working on this with you.

Alison
http://wellnesskids.blogspot.com


Joanne said...

I like the garden kit, to cultivate a lifelong love of gardening, starting when they're young. That's a wonderful idea.


LittleJ said...

I second your nomination of Macbooks as one heckuva gift, my school is Apple-crazy and everyone has one :D

John said...

Looks and sounds sooooooo yummy :)

John said...

Hmmm, my family and friends don't call me garbage bin for nothing... hahaha... I normally end up finishing all the leftovers, which is why I normally don't order much food for myself!

Thanks for sharing about this food wastage and decomposing problem. Never knew that.

NicoMc "the Illustrator" said...

That's a great Christmas Gift Guide. I love Apple computers.

Mike Avenue said...

Great ideas indeed!
Thank you for posting these tips.


Mike Avenue said...

These are all wonderful ideas indeed!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Little indoor herb kits are great for young chefs and farmers too. :) I always liked giving coupon books (handmade) with extra goodies in them like "Stay up 30 minutes past bedtime," "Ride bikes with Mom," etc. made from recycled paper, of course.


yolanda said...

small footprints,

this is on an unrelated topic, but i thought you would be interested in it. there has recently been a recall of ALL irish pork products because extremely high levels of dioxin were found in the meat. if you are interested in knowing more, one of my friends has written about it at length on http://moxyfilms.blogspot.com/

peace and love,
yolanda

shellyfish said...

This is such a rich post! So full of great links & ideas - I have always been a MAC girl, I love that they score higher environmentally.
Thanks for the shout out, too. :)


PlantBuddy said...

Thank you Wellness Kids and Small Footprints for all these wonderful green gift suggestions and ideas and all the helpful links. People (parents and grandparents, etc.) just have to get in the green minded groove. Check where that toy was made and what's it made of before you plunk down your cash at the register. Buyer Beware! The kids are depending on YOU. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Angie Ledbetter said...

This frugal gal (it's in my Italian blood) uses a lot of these already. Thanks for more great suggestions.

Joanne said...

Some of these ideas are so pretty, too. Using scarves & dishtowels to wrap, or finding sprigs of berries outside for bows. Love it. Our family has used the Christmas card/gift tag idea for years now. They make festive tags!

Jane! said...

Finally my box collection is validated!
Be careful with the popcorn - the oil can make spots on things. I learned that the hard way.
Good ideas!


yolanda said...

another good wrapping paper is pages from a magazine! they can also make funky envelopes :-D

yolanda


Barry said...

We use bags, instead of wrapping paper. They are much easier to reuse.

Although my wife does have a pet peeve and that is people who insist on sticking name tags to the bags that can't be reused without ripping the paper.

It is just as easy to tie the tag to the bag handle freeing up the bag for unlimited future use.

Great blog as always.


sober white women said...

I love your idea for packing. I wrote about this a while back, but now I have more idea's. This year you will see a ton of brown under our tree. I did not wrap hardly anything.
I say hardly, because I have a handi cap son who still loves to tear open the paper, but I did buy the paper at a yard sale.
I love your blog.
Kelli


Wellness KIDS said...

Great ideas as always. I saw a great gift wrap idea on the Today Show the other day. They used a Baggu reusable shopping tote to wrap gifts. The colors are so cute. They just put the gift in the bag and tied the handles at the top and it looked like a festive bow.


Argentum Vulgaris said...

I had paper at home that had seen up to 5 Christmases... My ex couldn't understand it (but then she is Brazilian) they don't think of these things.

AV
http://netherregionoftheearthii.blogspot.com/
http://tomusarcanum.blogspot.com/

Annabelle said...

I like the new eco-friendly furniture at officedesigns.com for the "Greener" office. They have an entire gallery that tells you all the info about the stuff. All the fashion and quality with none of the damage to the ozone :)

John said...

Great greener packaging ideas! I'll start to apply that not just for Christmas, but for my work as well, since I do need to send out things from time to time.

Have a nice Thursday, Small Footprints!

molly said...

I'm an ardent reader of The Guardian, and every holiday season they spend a couple of weeks adding in artist or celeb designed wrapping paper, which you can collect over a few weeks. I've got loads of wrapping paper now. Another cool thing about The Guardian, if it's not the holiday giving season, is every day they dedicate their entire centre spread to one or several photos, and while some photos contain subjects you wouldn't want to put presents in (like the week of the Mumbai incedent... that's not good wrapping paper material), sometimes it's just neat or beautiful photos and that works well as wrapping paper too!


shellyfish said...

Old maps and the comics pages from old newspapers are our stand-bys, but this year, we're also using sheets of scrap paper that have been decorated by our 3-year-old. It's such a wasteful time of year, every little bit helps!

Crafty Ladies said...

Thank you so much for the wrapping suggestions! There are some great ideas on your list that I had not thought of before. Have a wonderful Green Holiday!

IB said...

Hello Small Footprints,

This is scary information! I appreciate the effort you went to in researching this post. I'm letting my friends around the office know about it and your righteous blog.

IB

http//idiotsstew.blogspot.com


sober white women said...

O.K. my 16 year old just got frossed out!
I think it is great that you are putting all this info out there.
I agree if you can't understand what you are reading then don't buy it.
Kelli

Angie Ledbetter said...

Good grief! Who knew? Thanks for the information.

MaryC said...

My Goodness! Are we all going to have to stop bathing? How can these companies get by with this stuff? It just amazes me how dangerous our world is now.
One thing about the chlorine in your water, get a whole house water filter or at least an attachment for your shower or bath faucet. Chlorine fumes are very dangerous. We tested our tap water and it had more chlorine in it than our swimming pool.

Joanne said...

I just checked our antibacterial soap - there it is, triclosan! Time to go shopping.

Leon Basin said...

I liked this article.


Everyday Housewife said...

Uh..oh.. looks like I have to go shopping for new products. Going to throw out that bar of antibacterial soap. Thanks for the info!


luthien said...

good grief... what will become of us? toxins even in baby products??? this is not good at all...


SearchingSoul said...

Oh My God! I am having my bath after blogging...and I'm scared to use my toiletries. For sure those harmful chemicals are in my soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, lotion and facial cremes. But on the other hand, I will also die a thousand deaths if I am deprived with my daily rituals in the bathroom. LOL!

Thank you for going out of your way in researching for all these information. You have made a lot of difference in this harmful world.


John said...

Hi Small Footprints,

If you don't mind, I would like to research on these "toxic" ingredients, because the accuracy of these information could be biased, coming from the website of a consumer product (PureZing).

I'll put the results in my next blog post. Have a great weekend!

John


Argentum Vulgaris said...

No wonder all my hair fell out and I've only got half my teeth. Never going to shower again!

Great post SF, informative and surprising as always.

AV


foodbankbarbie said...

I have this ugly big bar of olive oil soap that I use in the shower.. it turns yellow..let's just say it doesn't look too appealing. But it's all natural. My family complains that they even have to look at it. Won't they get a nice surprise when they get home today and find I have thrown out all of that other crap and they have to use it! They'll get used to it. I'm going to try THAT attitude..'Well it's what you're going to use.. or else you won't be using soap.' :) Man made pruducts have screwed our world up. But.. I guess MAN has screwed our world up.

Small Footprints said...

To John ... and everyone:

Yes, yes ... I encourage you to "check the facts". And if you find information which is contrary to what is posted here, please let me know. I view this blog as a place where we can share information and learn ... with the goal being that we lead healthier, greener lives.

Small Footprints

Brian said...

Wow, you're so smart on the topics you cover and this blog has leaped forward into captivating everyone who reads your work. It's evident by watching your followers continually increase. As I mentioned before, this is the "Go-To Site for Going Green"

Keep up all your great work!

Inge' said...

I recently found this website. I haven't delved into it very deeply but it looks worthwhile if you want to take a look: http://www.greenpeople.org/ They have a listing for all sorts of green products. After reading this post, i found a listing of companies that sell natural soaps. Just passing it along.

Stormy said...

Just love your blog! Glad you are following mine as well. I'm pretty new to this, but so far it's fun and I can see that it could be addicting. I love what you write about and look forward to when I have time to read all your older posts!


E. Michelle said...

This is scary stuff, but good to know... I've even seen calcium supplements with SLS in them! Yuck!

Anonymous said...

Those are all such awesome ideas! And there were so many too. There really has to be something there for everyone!

One thing I'd add to the thought that you might not need boxes is that for babies you're probably better off without them anyway. Whenever I've given young babies gifts, they have a little bit easier time opening them when the wrapping isn't absolutely perfect.

Just a thought. (And thanks again!)

-courtney (from Green Living Forum)

PlantBuddy said...

Yes, I've heard about this before. I guess we should buy our soaps, etc. from the health food stores.
Antibacterial soaps are not recommended even for dishwashing liquids because germs can develop a resistance to it.

Thanks for dropping by on weekend and comments. About your question on Poinsettia. I just buy a new one each year. You need special conditions to get the leaves to turn red for you.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Love the clothes-sharing and also the donating. Lots of opportunities where I live for donations. Our church also sponsors a "Giving Tree" each Advent for the needy, which is really nice. Our schools do a lot of used uniform sales too. For cutting food waste, you can always swap leftovers with friends & neighbors. :)


foodbankbarbie said...

Awesome ideas as usual!! I WILL *pass it on*! :)
Shannon

Everyday Housewife said...

I remember reading an article on car sharing. How I wish it would work here. I regret that car pooling hardly works here despite the encouragement of the government. The car sharing in Stehekin would only work if you have honest people. Here, i think the car would be driven away if the keys were left in the lock!


sober white women said...

I buy 99% of my stuff used. I just like it better. I think it is a great way to recycle.
I reuse old toothbrushes to scrub the toilet with and then I pitch them.
OH! I have a ton of old baby bib's..the kind with no plastic... anyway I use them to wash dishes. They work great.
Kelli

Julieanne Paige said...

Hi

Great tips! I especially like the shower tip ;) I'll call my friends today and see if they're interested.

Joking aside though there are so many little things we can do and thankfully people like yourself help more people to become aware of what they can do.

Great blog!

Julieanne


Vivienne said...

Great ideas, sorry I haven't commented for a while. Got another one, not sure how easy it is on your side of hte world though. Over here the shops like Strabucks, Pret-a-manger, etc. (supposedly fresh food) throw out their food at the end of the day as it goes by it's "use by" date and they will not be held responsible if anything happens. So it all goes in the BIN!! So what I've been doing (I do have friends that work at tehse shops though) is ask them to bring me the leftover food and we give it to homeless people or they do it themselves. Not bad eh?

Anyway, I have tagged you...nto sure how you feel about hetse type of games but I will bear it in mind for next time :)

Game - pros and cons about yourself?
I keep seeing meme's (don't know what that is so I've just called it game on my blog) on other people's blogs. You tag each other and it's so much fun. So I'm going to try one out myself! Hopefully it'll work! So here goes.

Tell me three good things about yourself and three bad things about yourself. Post it on your own blog and tag people. So this way I will get to know your good and bad traits! :)

Good:
1 - I'm a great listener.
2 - I'm quite funny.
3 - I don't judge people.

Bad:
1 - Bad temper (at times).
2 - I don't like people touching my things....
3 - I am easy to tease.

I am tagging the following people:

Hektiklyfe - http://thesilentpodium.blogspot.com/

Moments Define Life - http://kitesmoments.blogspot.com/

Danny (with a Y can I just add :) - http://boxofpapers.blogspot.com/

Notes of the Everyday Housewife - http://housewifenotes.blogspot.com/

Reduce Footprints - http://reducefootprints.blogspot.com/

Now, any others I haven't tagged is because I'm not quite sure whether you'd like this game in general (as I've never seen meme's on your blogs) or where I'm sure you'd hate it - like AV :)


Argentum Vulgaris said...

SF, When I was a kid, clothes always got handed down. First me, then my brother, but my sister hated the idea... then off to cousins and the like.

Electric toothbrushes, really, what a waste of time, energy and resources. I gotta say that anybody who uses an electric toothbrush has got more money than sense.

Showering with a friend, now that I agree with, practice it often. ;-)

Not only did I donate to goodwill stores, I used to shop there too. Some good stuff there, and cheap.

At the office we share scissors and staplers and stuff, the boss is too stingy...

AV
http://netherregionoftheearthii.blogspot.com/
http://tomusarcanum.blogspot.com/


Terri Tiffany said...

You really wrote a good article here along with some pictures! Nice! I like the donating part--we do that with everything! Some good ideas again!


Inge' said...

I reuse my old towels. When they are too thin to dry with, I use them to dry off my dogs. Once they are past this use, I cut them up and use as rags.

Old cotton socks are good for dusting with. They slip on your hands and last a long time.

I am constantly donating clothes. I donate baby items that I come across to my local Crisis Pregnancy Center and everything else to the Vietnam Vets.

Ms. B1tch is tired tired tired...(and very hungry said...

Ms. B is calling out then: who will shower with Ms B! ha.ha. Tee.hee. -- maybe Ms B's roommate...huhmmm.

kat magendie said...

Love these!

Oh, how about all this rain we so needed! My creek is singing and singing!


Wonder if we'll have a white christmas, though?

Brian said...

Wow, this is an awesome article! Gotta give it a stumble & digg.

Inge' said...

Sf,
Thanks for this article. My mom and I are currently discussing which soaps to use in regards to my grandmother. The previous posts you have made concerning soaps have been very informative and helpful to us making a sound decision.

Keep up the good work!


Matt Clapp said...

Great site. I'm from Fort Collins in Colorado which is a very green community and I'll have to show this blog to my friends! Just an example of what the town's like, the brewery New Belgium(which I love to death) and they are all about being green. They've gotten a lot of national attention for it, it's awesome there and they're really making a difference. Here's a link to what they're doing to be green:
http://www.newbelgium.com/sustainability2.php

Keep up the great work and I'll definitely be checking back!

Thomas said...

Even though I was at a healthy weight, earlier this year, I found out I had high cholesterol. The doctor said I needed to avoid transfats as much as possible and carefully read all food labels. Over several months, following his advice, I was able to get my numbers down. Thanks for reminding us that hydrogenated oils are bad news.

Jane! said...

I'm very afraid to go home and look at my most very favorite anti-bac handsoap. The toothpaste thing - yikes!


Brian said...

Trans Fat is a killer period. If you have heart disease of even cholesterol problems you really need to avoid this. If you are healthy and want to stay that way you need to avoid this fat.

Nice post.


yolanda said...

thanks for this :-) have you ever considered teaching? you have a great way of explaining things.

yolanda


sober white women said...

go stop by blog. I left you something today!
Thanks for the info. My husband had a heart attack a few years ago. Some from the food he ate and some from gulf war syndrom, but now I read everything.

Kelli


Joanne said...

Great information here, and advice that bears repeating, to always read labels. Our health is definitely worth the few minutes it takes to do this.

Marcy said...

Great list. We try to donate used items as much as possible, especially clothing. The school my husband attends has a place where you can donate used furniture for future students who come over here from overseas.

Marcy said...

Reading labels is very important, I agree. We should get back to eating "real" food. I'll be teaching my kids how to cook and grow their food. I think this is something that every child should know.

Melissa said...

just wanted to stop by to say thanks for commenting on my blog!:)


Wellness KIDS said...

Great article! We check labels on everything we buy and avoid trans-fats. As you pointed out, you can't just trust the nutrition facts that state "zero grams of trans fats" We have to be diligent about checking the ingredients for hydrogenated oils. There are actually several cities including New York, Boston and Philadelphia that have banned trans-fats in restaurants. California is the first State to ban trans-fats in restaurants. Their ban takes effect in 2010. I hope Hawaii follows suit soon. Thanks for putting this out there!

IB said...

Once again an interesting and informative post. I feel smarter after every visit I make to your blog. Thanks!

IB

sober white women said...

I have heard about this before but never really heard this much. Thanks for the information.
Last year for my daughters prom, I went outside and cut a rose bud, found some ribbon and boom. It saved me a ton of money and it left no footprint.
Kelli


MaryC said...

Add to this information that the workers on these flower farms are paid pennies a day...outrageous!

Thanks for all your great information.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Another reason to love the lovely little Christmas cacti!


Thomas said...

I hate buying roses even for my beloved because you get them and then they die a few days later. I say let the roses stay where they can get sustenance and live out their days in peace away from those who would mean to make money off of them.

Barry said...

We grow flowers in our own backyard, free from chemicals and when we want flowers to dress up our home, my wife will simply cut a few and put them in a vase with room temperature water.

I agree with Thomas about roses, but an occasional pruning can encourage more bulbs and cut bulbs can add a very attractive accent to a room or a dinner table.


Stormy said...

Oh my... This really makes me worry about my mother. Se was a florist for many years. She is retired now and enjoying a life of a social butterfly. But to think of all those chemicals she came in contact with. And I spent much time in the shop as a child. It's a family owned place (my great grandpa, my grandma, now my uncle) and I wonder if my uncle has ever though of this. He's in a small rather poor town, so there is very very little interest there for organic, especially when it comes to optional items. Lucky for me, I have not been one to buy many flowers. I love them but rarely purchase. When my mom wants to make an arrangement for the holidays, she usually cuts some pine branches and uses them in an arrangement and anything else she can find that suits the holiday spirit [bushes with berries, pinecones, just stay away from vines with berries(poison ivy! Yikes!)] and then she uses recycled silk flowers if something else is needed.

Thanks for this info, keep up the great blogging!


ANDY & MEL LOWE said...

excellent post ,i would much rather see flowers growing wild and stopped buying flowers many years ago

andy

Kathryn Magendie said...

I love using wild flowers around the mountain - I do have to be careful as there are some ancient species that are going 'extinct" or whatever flowers do that I forgot the name.

(and isn't it the COOLEST thing - I have a publisher ..yeehaw! - I read your response and just laughed - grinned - then laughed - then danced, then .....YEEHAW!)


Chevon said...

I appreciate you linking to First Global Xpress. We also have a blog so feel free to join the conversation about how to reduce your carbon footprint by leaving a comment over at ShipGreener.com

X's and O's to all this holiday,

Chevon

John said...

While the attention is on trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils, which ARE bad, let's not forget saturated fats, which many forget to reduce or eliminate from their diets. So beware of those TRANS FAT FREE or PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OIL FREE products that may be loaded with saturated fats.

Thanks for posting this to create the awareness on cardiovascular health.

John said...

Are organic flowers more expensive than non-organic ones?

John said...

The Chinese celebrate this day, known as the Dōngzhì Festival, by eating tāng yuán" small rounded balls of glutinous rice flour, normally dipped with coarse sugar for consumption :)

It is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians. It is a time for the family to get together.

Jen D. said...

Great ideas! I am using Whole Foods reusable shopping bags as gift bags this year--they have a smaller size that is perfect for most of the gifts I am giving, and are just 79 cents each (compared to regular holiday gift bags, which can cost 2-3 times as much!) Plus, my family will each get a little extra gift that they can use again and again.

sober white women said...

I sure hope my days are getting longer! I hate winter. LOL
It has been cold here for southern California, and we have used our more this year then in the past year's, but it is not set that high. We just add extra blankets to our beds.
Also, everyone need's to remember that even while it is cold outside, we need to let some fresh air in the house. Germ's breed in stagnent ( did I spell that right) air.
Thanks for all the good tips!
Kelli

Angie Ledbetter said...

Great time for fireplaces too.

Brian said...

Letting the sun shine in is simple, but great advice along with all the other tips. Great stuff as always.

Brian
http://www.eazycheezy.net/


SweetPeaSurry said...

Excellent ... a kindred spirit. I loved your winter heating tips, and employ most of them myself. :)


Barry said...

I just brought a new blanket for the livingroom. We now have blankets for every chair and sofa in the room.


Thomas said...

I get cold easily, so like to take a bath or two in the evening. They keep me nice and warm for a couple hours afterward.

Darrel said...

This doesn't even look like a blog....it looks like a regular website. I read in another blog that if you had enough knowledge/information you could do this. Well, I guess they were right!
I'm new to this and would appreciate any advice you would want to give
darrel
www.hopefordepression.blogspot.com


Joanne said...

Making your home delightful ... Tis the season! Stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy!


foodbankbarbie said...

Funny.. right now the temp. on my 1 of 2 space heaters says 55 degrees.(Which sounds really cold untill you walk outside and realize just how warm it is) Wearing extra clothes, leaving the shades open, etc. is a way of life around here!! I've lived like this for 10 years, and yet you STILL gave me more ideas. We might just be warm for Christmas yet!! Yee-haw!! Thanks again!! Merry Christmas!!

astrogalaxy said...

Here's wishing you Merry Christmas and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Cheers!

luthien said...

hey sf :)))
thank you for the wishes :)))

i would also like to wish you a blessed christmas and a smashing new year :) may 2009 bring you and your loved ones lots of joy, abundance and fulfillment :)))


sober white women said...

I love it! My mom is visiting and she is not an eco person and it is driving me up a wall.
However to my husbands credit all of my gifts have just been put in a recycled box taped shut and he just wrote my name on the box.
I love him for that because my husband is not a eco as I am! LOL
Kelli


ANDY & MEL LOWE said...

and a merry highland xmas to you and yours

andy & mel

Everyday Housewife said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2009.
Looking out for more 'green' blogs from you in the coming year.


Angie Ledbetter said...

...and a very green New Year!

John said...

Merry Christmas Small Footprints :)

Keep up the great posts and enjoy the holidays!


luthien said...

hey sf :)
i have passed on the christmas spirit award to you :) you can see it in my blog :))


astrogalaxy said...

Oh wow, I enjoy this video and some images are flashing over and over in my mind. Thanks!
Merry Green Christmas!

Argentum Vulgaris said...

sf, it's Boxing day, means squat here in Brazil... Back to work.

It means that I survived yet another Xmas... LOL

AV
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