Welcome to another episode of Change The World Wednesday. If this is your first visit, please click HERE for info.
Let's jump right into a new challenge, shall we? Here you go:
This week, eliminate prepared, frozen dinners from your grocery list. Why? Prepared, frozen dinners are energy intensive. They must be prepared (we're talking processed food here), frozen, shipped cold, displayed in a freezer at the store and then, kept frozen in our homes. So this week ... eliminate them.
If you never buy frozen dinners, please write a post about how easy and convenient it is to cook from scratch.
So what do you think ... can you do it?
Last week we began the process of eliminating antibacterial products from our homes. Let's see how our Honor Society did with the challenge:
Two Vegan Boys took the challenge. They make their own laundry soap and buy natural body and dish soaps. Speaking of challenges, be sure to check out TVB for their own, personal challenge (hint: meals from Vegan on the Cheap).
Sam dropped in. He writes a blog about all the different ways to help the environment and says his motto is Reuse and Recycle.
Brian joined in. He reminds us that "if we don't allow our bodies to generated the immunity we need to combat colds and viruses then we will only see stronger strains of the flu and viruses that will cause a great deal of problems." Thanks for that, Brian!
REWinn stopped in and offered these two posts for our previous challenge on reducing the number of showers we take: Shower Power: Why You Should Share and Shower With Your Garden. These two articles, as with most of REWinn's writing, are fun and entertaining. For this week's challenge, REWinn writes a post that isn't entertaining at all ... in fact, he shows us just how dangerous antibacterial products can be. His article called "Debugging The House" is his own, frightening experience and serves as a reminder that while we have fun with these challenges, there's a serious side to them. We're glad you're okay, REWinn!
Argentum Vulgaris accomplished this challenge easily ... he simply doesn't have antibacterial anything in his home. Check out this POST for an update on a previous challenge (hint: kids, passion fruit and pepper juice). Thanks, AV!
Ange came by and says that she doesn't like anything that wipes out every bacteria around. She keeps things clean by simply using "elbow grease". By the way, Ange suggested a marvelous challenge for us so ... stay tuned because next week we're going to give it a try! Thanks, Ange!
Kate subscribes to the "eat dirt" form of parenting (don't you just love that)! Even though she is diligent about not allowing hormone disruptors, like Triclosan, into her home, she reminds us that it shows up in the most unlikely places ... like toothpaste. In her words "... a challenged immune system is a healthy immune system!" Thanks, Kate!
Marcy has given up antibacterial soaps. She had a great point ... "It's the friction of the soap and water that gets rid of the germs and dirt." Thanks, Marcy!
Mrs. Green wrote a wonderful article called "Why you should get rid of Triclosan in your home". I learned something new from that post ... some antibacterial cutting boards are impregnated with Triclosan. Wow - who knew! Mrs. Green also shares a cleanser recipe with us. Thanks, Mrs. Green!
TRusk4u has never used antibacterial products. Yay! She cleans with baking soda, organic hemp peppermint castile soap, Eco-friendly laundry and dish washing soaps, vinegar and lemon juice. And for stubborn water stains in the toilet, she uses a pumice stone. Fabulous!
OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique stopped in. So glad to have you with us, Ollie! Be sure to check out Ollie's blog ... lots of interesting things over there (love the Wordless Wednesday pictures).
Ann linked to our challenge. In this POST, she talked about a very serious matter ... Mining in preserved lands. Be sure to check it out!
And finally, we had a bunch of Twitter members who passed the word about our challenges using the hashtag #CTWW. If you are a Twitter member, be sure to check them out:
I've Stumbled and Tweeted your posts. If you've promoted our challenges in any way, please be sure to let me know so that I can add you to our Honor Society.
That's it for this week!
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!