This blog was started, and is intended to illustrate that environmentalism happens through small acts, is not difficult, and that it does not always have to be some big life changing event that forces you to live in the tree tops with no electricity. All that being said, one of my small acts was to start this blog to gain some friends to help me save the world.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Read Me

I have a problem (shocker I know) but I wanted to let you know openly, as I cannot hide it any longer, I hate (yeah I said hate) greenwashing.  Do not get greenwashed (aka suckered) into something, as I recently did.  I had a blonde moment (I can say that b/c I am blonde, and I am am owning it ;) ) in a shop the other day and I bought something I shouldn't because of the pretty label that was calling to me.  Oh and also the fact that it had a very well known ecological nonprofit logo on it.  I thought hey I can bypass reading this label, it has to be safe if the aforementioned (can I say that and be taken seriously if I am not in a court room??) nonprofit is endorsing it.  Well guess who was 100% totally and completely wrong, that's right, this girl.  When I finally do get around to reading the label I find that well known non-profit does NOT endorse anything made by the company, but instead the products parent company just pays royalties to plaster the logo of the nonprofit all over their stuff.  What a crock.  But unfortunately that is the way of things right now, and I was the sucker that fell for it.  Not OK, shame on everyone involved, including me.
The key to a lot of issues, including greenwashing, is education.  Educate yourself and be aware.  Keep researching, figure out what you are OK with and what you are not,  and shop accordingly.  For example I avoid all P&G products (this parent company hides behind a lot of names), I look for cruelty free, I try very hard to stay away from products with palm oil (again this sucker hides under a lot of names and is in a lot of different products, see below*).  We are going to table the palm oil discussion for a different day.  And I try (try being the key word here) to reduce waste by shopping for things with limited packaging.  I am not perfect (case in point this post), I get that, but I there is effort being made.  But the point here is still, READ. Pretty packaging does not mean pretty stuff.  If you love a certain product make sure you are OK with every aspect how it is made and sold and if not then find a better alternative that you are OK with.  And if there is not one, then make it (oh sure Charlotte you say, but I have faith in you I know you can)!
Look no one is perfect but we can be better, not perfect but better, shoppers the more educated we are.  I know everyone is saying it, but buy local whenever you can, and stop buying from those big companies who think we are all dumb enough (gulp) to buy something if it only looks good, or make it yourself.  Look I get there is a flaw with the overall "system" of things.  But you can do something really simple, use your wallet to change the status quo.  Vote against those companies through the use of economics.  They suffer without it, because money talks sister.  So create that change by being educated shoppers ( please note I am aware of some bigger economic and environmental concerns that could be addressed just not trying to put everyone to sleep, including myslef, every time a post is read) force those corporation dummies to make better stuff.  Don't let greenwashing happen to you!

*Side note: these ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil: Cetyl Palmitate, Elaeis Guineensis, Epoxidized Palm Oil (UV cured coatings), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrated Palm Glycerides, Octyl Palmitate, Palm Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Stearine, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmitic Acid, Palmityl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmolein, Saponified Elaeis Guineensis, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Palmate (Please see Philadelphia Zoo for more info).







Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Something

Here is the thing about me, call it a personality flaw or whatever you like, but at times I can be easily overwhelmed.  I want to do so much, and sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day.  Blahblahblah, I know you have heard it all before, and guess what so have I, since I am usually the one saying it.  But when I stop whining, I can create a moment of clarity and realize I am not supposed to do it all, but I DO have to do something.
So the "something" I did the other day was a beach clean up.  I was naive enough to think that this would be easy, since it was a nice beach in a nice area.  Hot damn was I wrong, people can be slobs apparently no matter where you go.
But I will not bore you with how disgusting people can be (sure you know that already), or what I picked up, or the amount of trash we found.  But what I will share is my point, which I am sure you already know by now, but I will say it again to drive it home.  I was doing something, I was not whining about how I should be doing something (which I am quite good at it).  And you know what it, that is all it takes some times to feel less overwhelmed and more motivated to go out and do more.  I am just saying, it is worth a try at the very least.  Don't get me wrong, I know I can always do more, I am not preaching trust me, this really is a small act.  But we all have start somewhere and do something!

The New Thing

So I wanted to share very quickly one of those little secrets that I discovered that actually works.  I read a natural way to hide scratches and blemishes in wood furniture was to add a little coconut oil to the scratch.  Well holy heck it works.  I know coconut oil is all the rage right now, and I must admit I am have jumped on this band wagon.  It is good stuff, and this is just the beginning of all the possible uses. For more ideas check out 101 Uses for Coconut Oil


Sorry

Sorry for my little hiatus.  I am sure there have been a lot of sleepless nights wondering why I have been denying so many of my wonderful writing (gag!).  I have no good excuse why I have been away, and will not even try to make up a bad one to burden you.   But fear not I am hear now.  So as I get myself back into action be prepared to be wowed, well ok lets be real, at least see some new posts.   Be ready...dundundun!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Two Friends

So as unbelievable as this is, I have two friends, I know crazy, but sometimes strange phenomena occur that cannot be explained easily.  But these two people do some pretty great things that I would like to share some of their efforts and my appreciation.  So as these people are not shunned by others for befriending me I am going to let them remain nameless (not suspicious at all, but just know I am not creative enough to make this stuff up).  Here goes
Friend one: So friend one I noticed the other day while we were at a park was picking up some trash.  Now you may say why wasn't I doing that, and honestly there is no excuse, I should have.  And most of the time, if I am able, I do.  But anyway the point is that she just seemed to do it very naturally, not calling attention to the act, just doing it.  What a great habit that is.  I knew another wonderful person that did the same thing who is no longer with us which gives the small action even greater meaning to me.  Now this small action will not put Antarctica back together or take the big hole out of the ozone, but you know what, it is way better than doing nothing at all.  And so for that I commend friend one and say thank you.  Makes me feel better to know there are people out there who act rather than not.  (Side note do be careful when picking up litter, do it safely).
Friend two: Now friend two lives far away from me.  He lives in an area of the world where people like to travel to if they are fortunate enough.  And he is lucky enough to say he lives in the awesome country of Zambia.  Where he lives he gets to witness what most people only get to see in zoos.  There are elephants, zebra, and lions (at least what is left of them) hanging around in his backyard.  Maybe not all the time, but it is way better than the squirrels I get to see (no disrespect to squirrels of course).  This friend is thousands of miles away from me, but whenever I have called on him to help me with whatever environmental campaign I may be trying to promote he is there, and he helps.  Not a lot of people do that.  And honestly, even though I do not get to experience elephants in the wild on a daily basis, knowing that he does help to motivate me all the more.  This friend knows that conservation is key to being able to keep those animals in his backyard so he does not have to go pay to see them in a zoo or worse yet read about them after it is too late.  He really does get to experience first hand what we are all working towards saving.  His awareness and dedication about the importance of conservation makes me so thankful to be his friend.
The point that I often try and make with this blog is that these efforts are not wasted, small actions are appreciated and do help.  I know that issues such as the environment can seem overwhelming, but doing nothing is not the answer.  I am truly grateful to all my friends and all those who work to help protect our very fragile environment.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

No really these are honest questions

So I would like to start this post off with yet another disclaimer.  Here it is: this post is nothing but sincere and honest questions that I am struggling to find answers to, any and all help appreciated.  I would also like to add that I am not a conspiracy theorist (or am I???), and I am not trying to get out of doing the dirty work (or am I???), and I am not crazy (or am I???) (please do not answer the last one, I think we all know the answer).
Here goes, (again remember I am truly being honest and sincere) how can it be more environmentally friendly (which is the claim) to pick up dog poop (especially with plastic bags) and create more waste for the landfills?????
Sure I understand the social factors around this issue.  Your neighbors dog who always goes in your yard can be annoying.  And seriously no one wants to step in a pile of pooh.  But I struggle to understand the environmental and health reasons around why we have to pick it, especially since to me it seems to be increasing the use of single use plastics.  I mean lets face it, pooh is one of the few naturally organic things that humans (and all animals) make so why do we have to wrap it up in plastic and send it to the dump (no pun intended). Let the doo do what it is supposed to do.

Lets go ahead and bullets some points and counter points out to discuss.

  • It is said that pet waste (can't do it have to call it pooh) when decomposes adds toxic bacteria to the ground.
  • Counter point: don't all animals poop, including those pesky wild animals?, and who is picking that up.  Isn't it just as toxic and decomposing into the ground???  And what is the sun doing, doesn't it have a natural bleaching affect?  And if we send a bag of poop to the landfill don't the toxic chemicals from the bag filled with poop add more toxic chemicals to the cocktail of human pollution?
  • Once in the ground it is said that pooh then has the potential to pollute humans freshwater supply.
  • Counter point: similar to above, everything poops right?  Fish poop, birds, lizards, etc.  And they all have the potential for being sick and carrying diseases as well, so are the all destroying our water, is that why we are destroying their natural habitats?   Interesting resource (Diseases Transmitted by Animals).  
  • I also saw it mentioned that pet waste is the third largest cause in water pollution.
  • Counter point:  This one seems to easy, since humans have to be number one and two for biggest polluters, just saying.  I think some of the recent oil spills might highlight my point here.
  • Now concentrations of poop, say from farms with larger animals, that are directly sourced into water, that is a no brainer, don't do that. But how does that compare to not picking up dog poop?
  • But a small counter point to consider, isn't a lot of poop, like cow, horse, and elephant a good natural fertilizer.   I know I have seen zoo poo for sale with the sales pitch being that it will make your roses at home grow and grow.  And I know there is work out there to try and capture the methane release from large farms.
  • Discussing the concentration issue leads me to a size issue.  Now no one wants to stand in a mastiff sized pile or in  a chihuahua sized pile, but it needs to be considered, especially when more plastic is entering our landfills due to tiny bits of caca.
  • Counter point: why are we wasting plastic bags on small amounts of poop.  Seems like the plastic has a more long term detrimental effects than the actual poop (regardless of size), which does decompose.
These are just some of the many questions that have crossed my mind at some point or another when considering picking up pet poop.  I am struggling to find answers that really address any of these concerns, and it bugs me.  If it is just a social thing to pick up dog poop at least I understand that.  May not agree, but get it.  I just hate to think of additional human waste (and cost) being added into the copious amounts of trash we already produce.  No we do not want streets line with poop anywhere in there world.  But remember it was the poop that was here before those streets, and for the most part that poop is gone and the roads are still here, which one seems to be the issue?  If anyone out there can answer any of these questions I look forward to hearing from you.  In the meantime if you do have some pooh to pick up do it as environmentally friendly as possible.  Reusable pooper scoopers, news paper, or paper bags.  Just remember it is still going to the massive man made piles of trash called landfills.  And not sure but think that trash may be contributing to some of the worlds pollution and environmental health related issues just a tad more than dog doo.  Some thing to think about at least.

Very interesting

I do not usually post a lot of other articles, but I really thought this was quite interesting and worth sharing.  Enjoy!

 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/07/100716-energy-landfill-biogas-powers-truck-fleet/