mom-washing + tar sands + environmental PR bullshit

It’s been ages and ages since I’ve written. No excuse for my absence and blogging complacency other than to admit that I’ve found other people are saying things way better than I can say them these days.  Case in point, this EXCELLENT blog-ticle about mom-washing – marketing not-so-cozy industry as cozy-loving-caring.
#MOMAGANDA


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earth day – happy?

It’s been a crazy while and a winter that never was which may suddenly be making a comeback while tulips pop and cherry blossoms and forsythia bloom.

The earth is a miracle.

And there is only one.

Remember to always respect and love your mother.

zero footprint + cutting emissions + environment

Dear Mother Earth…. I’m going to apologize in advance and promise to do my bestest to be and do better. Just used this zero footprint calculator and discovered I’m a resource hog! Even though my carbon footprint [2.3 earths as they call em’] is less than the average of 3.4 there is still a long way to go. My overall footprint is 5.8 tonnes of CO2 emissions! Which seems like a hugely disgusting number. Tonnes!!! Even if again it’s less than average [7.5]. But the good news is my goal is 1 tonne and I think I can definitely reduce things a little bit around here.
Anyway I thought the tool was cool and they’re trying to get one million young people to give it a spin.

free stuff + charity garage sales + japan fundraising

Spring has sprung. The robins are out. The snowdrops and crocuses (croci?) are popping up. And it’s time to for that annoying and liberating ritual – SPRING CLEANING! Lately I’ve been thinking about the massive amounts of stuff that I have – especially after seeing the incredible devastation in Japan and how it has erased lives. The broken earth, the crazy water and now the radiation everywhere. It’s harrowing and makes me feel sad and powerless.

So in my small way, I got a biggish idea. If you have more than you need, or things you don’t use, why not give them to someone else? According to my friends, I prattle (yes, they actually used this retro-granny word!) about this kind of thing a lot. And to that, I stick my tongue out and raspberry because my idea du jour is this….. collect things you’re not using and….
a. put them in front of your house with a “free” sign.
b. drop them off at the Goodwill or like minded shop.
c. organize a garage or street sale and give the proceeds to Japan relief organizations.
It’ll make you feel lighter, freer and helpful!

pesticides + asbestos + mycotoxins + wellness

Today, I’m excited to have a special guest on the blog. Krista P is 23, lives in Florida and is into yoga, reading, writing, wellness and the environment. She got in touch and passed along this crucial, and yes, slightly scary info about toxins in our worlds. But since knowledge is power, I share her excellent info and links. Props to Kirsta for making sure we’re wary of the effects of these things on our health!
Asbestos
Asbestos is a natural mineral in drywall, tile adhesive, and insulation. When inhaled, asbestos fibers collect in the lungs and cause cancer. Mesothelioma symptoms are latent for 20-50 years, meaning that the cancer is often misdiagnosed. If you are already experiencing mesothelioma symptoms, see a doctor for a cancer screening. To be sure that your home doesn’t contain toxins like asbestos, contact a certified abatement professional.

Pesticides
Large percentages of pesticides are carcinogens. Pesticide residue causes not only cancer, but miscarriages, birth defects, nerve damage, and Parkinson’s disease. To avoid consuming produce contaminated by pesticides, eat organically grown food. Besides containing zero pesticides, organic fruits and veggies are fresher and tastier, often because of the lack of chemicals and preservatives.

Mycotoxins
Mycotoxins (mold) can cause a range of health problems, from small allergic reactions to cancer, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. Mycotoxins can be found in contaminated buildings and may be present even if not easily detected. If your home contains mold, it’s important that you contact a professional rather than cleaning it yourself, as you might worsen your own health.

the story of stuff + over consumption

My new mantra in 2011.
The more you know, the less you need. And facilitating this sometimes scary knowledge is the amazing Annie Leonard and The Story of Stuff, which I linked to eons ago. That said, it’s time to give a shout out to these incredibly informative videos. To make us more aware of how big our footprints on the planet are even when we are conscious and trying to make them smaller. Cuz sometimes less is more.

ethical gifts + sustainable giving + holiday ideas

It’s that time of year again – consumerama-mania. Now I’m not about to say getting gifties isn’t awesome, but getting things you won’t really want or need is so not on. So in an effort to ensure your thoughtfulness is a big hug for the planet, I’ve got some great ideas. Gifts of Hope
Plan Canada and other charities let you buy things like goats, school supplies or even train teachers. What could be nicer than honouring your favourite teacher by helping other people learn. Sure beats getting them more scented candles or picture frames. Bet they already have enough.
Also – Tony from ethical ocean passed on this link which helps you buy green, sustainable products. EthicalOcean And finally, when you are wrapping things up, try newspapers, or use giftbags or even fabric scraps or tea towels that can be reused or recycled. Love people + the planet. Happy ethical holidaze!!!

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