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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Look What I Found!!!

Keeping your eyes open always pays off in many ways!
A few days ago I saw a post on Craigslist about a kitchen set that someone was giving away.
It stated in the post that it was self-made because the parent didn't like the "plastic junk" that was available in stores - I think that is what caught my eye.

Anyway, I responded and we got the kitchen set. It is really self-made, from kitchen cabinets and some other gear, and even though it's about 20 years old, it's still in great shape.

It's my "kid dream kitchen"! Made of re-purposed materials that otherwise would have ended up in the landfill (who wants old kitchen cabinets?), really creative and yes, it contains no plastic other than maybe in the acrylic oven door. We all love it and I just had to share this with everyone.
Happy Hunting :-)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Back to the Basics

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I can't believe how much I have neglected my blog in the past few months.
Sorry and thanks for checking in anyways!

I thought it's a good opportunity to go back to the basics and write about simple things what we all can do to fight global warming. Sometimes we all need a good reminder, don't we? :-)

So here we go:

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle - and in that order. First of, we don't need as much stuff as we are made believe. Or if you are a consumer, buy used. Garage sale season has just started - Yay! 
  • Donate stuff you don't need or want anymore, hand it down, sell it - whatever. Just keep it out of the landfill.
  • Buy bulk and minimally packed goods whenever you can. Every little bit helps. And yes, recycle.
  • Avoid disposables! Reusable containers instead of ziplock bags, cloth napkins instead of paper, reusable water bottle instead of plastic, etc. etc. You get the idea.

  • Use cold or warm water for washing your clothes, not hot. It minimizes the used energy by a lot.

  • Low-flow installments in showers and fixtures/toilets reduce the amount of water used drastically.
  • If you have a dishwasher, run it only when full (with eco-friendly detergent!) and do not use the heat to dry option.
  • Turn out the lights when you leave the room. Turn off appliances when not in use. It's that simple.
  • If you are in the business of getting new or replacing your old appliances, get the ones that are energy-efficient.
  • Get out of your car and on your bike, or feet! That's the best you can do for yourself and the environment. If you have to use a motorized transportation method, carpool and/or use public transportation as much as possible.
  • Eat less meat and animal products, it's good for you and the Earth.
  • Increase awareness among friends and family and share how you do that :-)
Happy May!