Friday, August 14, 2009

A bit of this and that ...

Here are a few quick tips and interesting facts:

  • Rather than buy a new vase for your beautiful summer flowers, try using an old glass or bottle.

  • Farmer's markets not only offer local, seasonal and often organic food ... there isn't any packaging involved.

  • On average, we use a plastic bag for 12 minutes ... that same plastic bag persists in a landfill for approximately 1,000 years ~ Body+Soul magazine, September 2009 issue.

  • A push mower emits 0% pollution ... and it's great exercise.

  • Thinking of purchasing a new oven? Opt for an energy efficient convection oven. It uses 20% less energy than conventional ovens.

  • Did you know that wooden chopsticks cost China about 25 million trees a year to make?

  • Use tap water instead of bottled water.

  • Did you know that you could reduce your chemical exposure by approximately 80% by choosing organic produce?

  • The perimeter of a store typically has the healthiest items (for both us and the environment).

  • For grass stains on clothing, use hydrogen peroxide ... the key to this working is speed ... don't let the stain set.

  • Use the appropriate burner on your stove. A 6 inch pot over an 8 inch burner will waste over 40 percent of the heat generated.

  • Send e-greeting cards ... save money, a stamp, paper and the earth.

  • Save trees ... read the daily newspaper online rather than having it delivered.

  • A vacation is a state of mind, not a reservation ... so try a "staycation".

  • And finally, if you're still looking for a natural cleaner for this week's challenge, try this:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

As always ... I would love to hear from you!


  1. I never thought about that - the chopsticks! wow! --!

    I need to look at this video - I was cleaning house yesterday and I know all the things i use can't be good...

    Oh! Tomorrow night is my Malaprops book signing - I'm nervous! Looking so forward to meeting you - and "oneart" *smiling*

  2. when I visited Singapore, I cringe when I see disposable wooden chopsticks. And the amount of styroform boxes for takeaway food.

  3. I have been shopping the perimeter of the store for a long time. All the chips and donuts are in the middle. Somehow Reese Cups end up in my cart though!

  4. I love your suggestion of "staycation" LOL! Very cost effective indeed.

  5. I didn't know about the store perimeter. Interesting. Hey, guess what. I just got informed that the gang at BlogAsheville is putting my blog on their site so I will be linked up there as well and I will be a contributing blogger too. I see your blog is linked in there.(with a slight misspelling - ReduceFootprings) Hell, I just started blogging a couple months ago so I am playing catch up. More exposure for us. TTYL.

  6. This is a great list. Some were reminders and some were new things I didn't know. Always love that I learn new ways to be good to the earth from this blog. Thanks!

  7. I love trivia!!! Especially green trivia!

    Thank you for posting it! :-)