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In anticipation of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year, make some eco-friendly changes to your daily life with these easy tips (If you have some of your tips, do share!).

Don’t pour FOG down your kitchen sink . FOG (Fats, Oils, Grease) from cooking don’t belong in your kitchen sink because of the problems it causes by blocking sewer pipes. When the sewer pipes are blocked, it causes sewage to overflow, which harms the environment. To prevent this, pour FOG into sealed cans instead and throw it in the trash. Excess grease from pots and pans should be wiped off with a paper towel.

Reusable shopping totes. These totes were previously frowned upon because they were ugly and uncool to carry around. But now retail stores and major department stores are making their own reusable totes that are too fabulous to ignore. When you go shopping with these fab bags, big name supermarkets even give you cash back for each shopping bag you reuse or recycle.

Love free stuff? Then throw a party! I threw an eco-swap party not too long ago where I requested that guests bring unwanted items to my party to swap, which were in good and excellent condition. The most swapped items were books, accessories, photo frames and albums and kitchen ware. We had tried to get rid of our items using a show and tell format. I stood there like a promoter explaining the history of my item and the numerous ways the item could be used.  At the end of the party,  unswapped items were donated to  a Salvation Army drop off center.

During a day in the kitchen, gallons of water and food will be wasted, chemicals will be sprayed and disposables will be used. Follow this tips to become more eco-savy and saver-savy.

  • Chemicals should be kept at a minimum. We have become a germ obsessed society as we are addicted to bleach, ammonia and other toxic cleansing solutions in order to keep our kitchen clean. I guess we have forgotten that human civilization has been able to survive without the help of Clorox. And that by killing all the germs, we maybe doing more harm than good. It might be advised to those who are sensitive to chemicals or have a condition such as asthma, use alternative natural cleaning supplies. My favorite cleaning product is Method because of their all-natural  products. Because they are friendly to my lungs, I recommend the all-purpose spray for the counters, outside of refrigerator,  stove top and inside the trash can. The sprays come in different scents including lavender, grapefruit, cucumber and sea minerals.
  • Run the dishwasher with a full house not an empty one. Running a full load will save energy and cut down on wasteful washes. Make your load more eco-friendly by using a biodegradable dishwasher liquid.
  • Missing a fork? Instead of spending some money to buy an expensive new  flatware set, purchase a more affordable set at your local thrift store.
  • Use cloth napkins or forgo the paper ones. I would rather forgo the paper napkins because of the cleaning involved with cloth.
  • Oven cleaner sprays not needed! Sprinkle some baking soda into your oven and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Before you throw out these veggies, cook them in soup. Tops of celery, onion skins, and stalks of herbs can be added to water to make broth.
  • Compost is not a landfill’s best friend. Compost is simply decomposed organic material made from plant material or animal matter which ends up as rich and fertile soil. Potential compost belongs in a garden and not in a landfill.

Further reading:

http://www.ecogreenarticles.com/top-environmental-issues-that-concern-a-chef/

http://www.methodhome.com

http://www.rd.com/advice-and-know-how/extraordinary-uses-for-baking-soda/article23745.html

http://www.composting101.com

Our society has become addicted to disposable products, especially in the work place. The convenience of disposable are hurting us in the long run. It hurts  not only our landfills, but in our wallets too. Natural resources such as water and petroleum have a limited supply, so we must learn to conserve as much as possible.  Change  your bad manners by starting with these few tips:

  • Flatware is used at home, so why not at work too? Plastic utensils are disposable and convenient, but are not biodegradable. By bringing that fork  along with a mug and plate,  Mother Earth will be very happy.
  • Those damn soup cans with the special microwavable plastic lid. Sure this innovative  soup can is convenient but, so is a can with the  easy to open lid. So purchase a the can without the fluff  and use a bowl. And don’t forget to recycle the can.
  • Small garbage bins at work do not need pretty bags. What a waste of money to buy bags that will be thrown out anyway. Save some cash by using  shopping bags instead.
  • Water cooler cost money but filtering water is so much cheaper. Companies and homes could save lots of money but investing in a water filtration system. If you use Brita filter pitcher at home, recycle your filter at Whole Foods. The filters are then used by company Preserve to make products such as cutting boards, toothbrushes and bowls.
  • Bring a box of snacks and not a bag of it. The box is a better idea especially if you eat a particular snack often Plus you can save money, bring it home and recycle the box. Eco-licious!
  • Coffee grounds are reusable. Instead of throwing them away, use them as an organic fertilizer in your garden. The grounds can also be used to remove food odors from your hands.

Further reading:

http://www.preserveproducts.com/recycling/gimme5locations.html

http://www.recyclinggarbage.net/Aluminum_Recycling.html

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/community-news/recycle-used-coffee-grounds-55010401

Attention Earthlings: Earth Day is on April 22, 2010.

Some will debate that global warming is having a serious effect on our Earth, while others deny its existence.  This article is not about to debate this issue because playing the blame game won’t get us anywhere.

I will not just stand along the sidelines and do nothing as we hurt our planet with our wasteful modern ways. My plan is to educate my fellow readers, because I have always believed that education is the key element to solving problems. So I will provide you with information on recycling, cost saving tips and ways to reduce waste. During my senior year of high school, I took an Environmental Science (ecology) class, which changed my life forever.

I did not want to wait till April to celebrate Earth month because every day on this planet should be a celebration. Please drop by as much as you can and leave comments and YOUR tips on how we can save our planet. My thoughts and suggestions might be hard for some to swallow, but I believe in tough love. We need to change our ways now, so that we can treat Mother Earth better now.

We need to curb our waste – big time! I won’t go into statistics about how much garbage is created by a person each day or each year. Plain and simple… A LOT! There is just too much need to stop  producing so much garbage and because landfills are hard to come by, landfill leaks can contaminate our groundwater and because we are using precious natural resources which can be used elsewhere. Make a commitment to:

  • Be familiar with your town’s recycling laws. If you don’t know what they are… ASK! Ask your local sanitation department, a neighbor or your town’s website. Be mindful that there are some plastics that your town might not handle.  If not, reuse the product. Some yogurt cups are not recyclable but they are perfect containers for art projects. Art school and artists might take your hard to recycle plastics.
  • Buy refillable products! Refillable products are usually cheaper and bigger than the original packaging, which reduces waste. A lot of water is also used in the plastic making and paper packaging process. If  the product does not have a refillable,  do something! Change your product to a more eco-friendly one or call the company to request a more eco-friendly option.
  • Stop trying to build a library of DVD’s! There is no longer any reason to be afraid that you won’t be able to get a copy of “Titanic”. Stop it.  With today’s instant viewing movies with Netflix, DVD’s pickup with Redbox and even your local library, we can save money and natural resources. Did you know that plastics are used in making DVD’s. To reduce our need, donate it to your local library, thrift store or even to organizations which send the DVD’s overseas to our troops. By lowering our demand for DVD’s, the demand for manufacturing of the DVD’s will decrease in the long run.

Links to get you started:

http://www.amvets.org/taskforcedvd

http://ecoble.com/2009/04/27/extraordinary-reuse-projects-10-amazing-ways-to-recycle-plastic-bottles/

http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/245/1/DVD-and-CD-Recycling.html