Monday, May 24, 2010

14 Quick tips and Interesting Facts ...

It's time for some quick tips and interesting facts:
  1. Pour left-over wine into an ice cube tray and store in the freezer. When you next need wine to cook with, grab some "wine-cubes". That way, not a drop of wine is ever wasted.

  2. Bumblebees often nest in compost piles. So, when one is spotted emerging, try not to disturb them ... they pollinate a wide variety of plants, they won't sting unless provoked, and they naturally die off in the fall.

  3. In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.

  4. Even though approximately one-half of beverage containers are recycled annually, Americans trash more than 270 million beer and soft drink bottles every day.

  5. Looking for an environmentally conscious spouse or friend? Try joining local "green" groups to meet people of like mind.

  6. Rather than give cut flowers, give potted plants (organic, of course).

  7. Cleaning your dryer's lint filter can slash its energy usage by as much as 30%.

  8. Every week about 20 species of plants and animals become extinct.

  9. Rain Forests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.

  10. Staying within the speed limit and smoothly accelerating can save up to 25% of a vehicle's typical gasoline use.

  11. Bamboo, which now can be found in many products (even clothing), is a sustainable material which has natural antibacterial and odor prevention properties ... and, because of it's porous texture, can keep one cool on a hot day and warm in the winter.

  12. Open a box/package of bar soap on one end and let it dry out for a few weeks before using it. This removes the excess moisture content from the soap and makes the bar last longer.

  13. Going on vacation? Remember to turn off the water heater ... and save energy!

  14. According to NOAA, an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil (5,000 barrels) a day is still leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (that after the initial "fix").

Do you have any tips and/or facts to share?

As always, I would love to hear from you!


  1. love this post and can't wait to see what others have to say. i keep forgetting about the wine cube thing and i must do that, as some good wine has gone to waste (or been drank too fast so it won't).

    note: throw that dryer lint INTO the compost pile along with dog and people hair from your brushes!

    a few ecogrrl tips off the top of my head?
    - silk makes the most amazing new almond milk. less calories, no cow, works great for baking, and tastes awesome (and i'm a milk lover from way back who hates soy milk)
    - lemon juice in a spray bottle around the outside of all your windows and other areas where ants may get in. nothing else works better at preventing them. make sure to re-spray after it rains.
    - quick way to preserve all that spinach growing in the garden right now? boil it 2 minutes, plunge into ice water for 2 more, squeeze it out, and toss into a freezer bag (make sure to squeeze out the air before sealing). i'm obsessed with spinach lasagna and spanakopita so this is exciting for me to do this year!
    - ladies, lessen up on the makeup or - gasp! - go without. foundation is NOT 'good for your skin' as they like to tell you. embrace what you really look like and your skin will clear up as well (plus less $ on cosmetics that, no matter how hard they try, nearly always have something that is not eco- or animal-friendly)...or hey, think of it like part-time vegetarianism, and try to spend a couple days without makeup on each week. :)

  2. Great tips, EcoGrrl - your last one reminded me of something I saw on the news this week ... almost all cosmetics contain phthalates which are toxic. Phthalates are added to cosmetics to make them flow better (as in foundation spreading evenly on one's skin). They are hormone disruptors and are being linked to male reproductive disorders so ... pregnant women need to be especially mindful of using products which contain them.

  3. I love the idea of giving a potted plant rather than flowers

  4. Rain Forests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.

    I never knew exactly the fingers until now. I grew up in Borneo where once upon a time, we were rich in hard wood. Now they are almost gone through deforestation for these timber logs. Now another evil has emerged, People cutting down the trees to grow oil palm.

    It's like having ESP with you, I just did a post on palm oil, and orangutans,

  5. Thanks for the water heater tip. We're going on a 5-day vacation next month and I would've never thought to shut it off.