Friday, May 20, 2011

Don't call it a comeback,.

I've been considering coming back here to write. While I'm still an environmentalist, the grindstone of writing about it was a tough one. Plus, there are so many people out there who write on the subject so much more eloquently than I.

However, as I was in the store today picking up some supplies for my house, I wandered the aisles and saw new packaging from Seventh Generation and it got me thinking. I was so excited to see this stuff, but why in the world haven't I been covering it?

With all of the talk about GMO's, new organic laws, etc., that I've covered, why in the heck haven't I been talking about it.

Good question.

Part of it was the grindstone. I just didn't feel as if I could keep up with the rest of the world and how well they were blogging "green".

So, is this a comeback? I don't know...but I'm thinking it's time to dip my toe back in the pool, just to test the temperature.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wasteful Food Packaging - The Most Wasteful Packaging For Food

My neighbor is polluting my house!

My neighbor, bless their heart, is polluting my house and it pisses me off. They have a newborn, so instead of smoking inside (which they did during entire pregnancy), they are now smoking outside.

Good for them!

Except they smoke like a chimney. They smoke so much that they are filling my house up with it! We have our doors and windows open to enjoy our spring weather and really clean out the indoor pollutants that have built up over the winter.

While I open up during the winter, I can't air my home out as well as I would like because it's just too cold.

I first turned on my local jazz station really loud and they used to go inside. But, I don't think it's working as well. Slamming the door to my deck was effective a few times. I don't want to be an ass, but have considered going outside and yelling "if you are going to kill yourself, that's fine, but kill me in the process".

Now, before people get their panties in a wad, I am an ex-smoker. So I can complain. I quit cold 11 years ago and if I can, anyone can.

What would you do?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lessons from My Grandma

When I think about where my environmentalist roots started, I look to my maternal grandmother. She grew up on a farm, during the Great Depression. To say that she is frugal is an understatement.

So, what am I thinking about today? The economy. It's been interesting to watch and observe over the last decade. Mass consumerism, bad loans, living beyond our means, etc., has gotten us to where we are today.

Unemployment as of February 2010 is holding steady at 9.7% and things aren't looking to get any better anytime soon. I keep hoping that things will improve, but I live with an economist and he keeps my head on straight.

So, Grandma has always taught "Reduce your consumption, reuse everything until it falls apart, and if you can't use it for thing, use it for something else." That's the recycling part.

She also taught me if you can save a nickel, save a nickel. It's the voice in my head that drives me financially. I am the one that will wait to purchase, researching the best price, and waiting until it goes on sale or clearance so that I can get the best possible deal at the right time.

Honestly, that voice can be a pain in the ass, but it also does something else. It keeps me from consuming mindlessly. Consumption does not bring us happiness. It only brings a brief amount of pleasure...fleeting seconds, until the next great thing crosses our paths.

That's how I am being greener and more economically conservative. Mindful consumption. Less in, even less out.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Jamie Oliver Meets Some First Graders Who Don't Know Fruits and Vegetables : TreeHugger

I had to share. What has the world come to that children don't know what fruits and vegetables are?

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Extinction Species - Recently Extinct Animals List - Pictures of Lost Species

We lose beautiful creatures like this so quickly and they can never be replaced. What is it going to take?

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