Archive for November, 2009

An even-better Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

I must admit: this is my favorite holiday of the year. How can you go wrong with good food, friends and family? It’s nearly impossible, but by making it eco-friendly you can rid yourself of any doubt. So here are some quick tips for an even-better Thanksgiving:

  • Buy local. Not only are you supporting local farmers but the food always tastes so much better! (and better for you)
  • Bring everyone together. Family, friends, the neighbors. The more the merrier.
  • Go organic. Buy organic fruits, vegetables and grains. All are grown without chemicals and pesticides. Take it one step further with organic meat, made without antibiotics or artificial hormones.
  • Don’t go overboard. Yes, food is awesome but please only make as much as you can eat. Don’t let any food go to waste.
  • Tradition. That’s what this holiday is truly about. So take some time to relax and socialize. Stick with those family traditions and keep them going.

In a couple of weeks when I head home to spend time with my family, there’s one thing that’s for sure—I’ll be encouraging them to participate in an eco-friendly Thanksgiving.

Sammy, Blog Maven

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Retread

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Recycling is really nothing new. I am hoping that most people are now seeing the impact of our living habits on the environment. And just in case you haven’t, here are some cold hard facts:

  • To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour.
  • Americans use over 67,000,000 tons of paper each year, or 600 pounds per person.
  • Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas.
And now for the many benefits of recycling:
  • Recycling protects and expands U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness.
  • Recycling reduces the need for landfilling and incineration.
  • Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.

These are taken from the EPA website; visit them for more info.

Sammy, Blog Maven