Earth Day – Every Day

I think it’s great that we take one day a year to celebrate Earth Day, but I think we can all do better than that and do our part Every Day!!! There is so much more that every single one of us can do on a daily basis to make things better on our beautiful planet. This includes the obvious such as “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. Today, I would like to share my thoughts on this very important topic.

Unfortunately the obvious 3 R’s are not enough and this being proven a little more every day. There are other key things that we can each put into practice which are really not that difficult to achieve, considering the impact they have.

The first thing I would like to mention is part of the “reduce” but it involves choices that are not made by everyone and it involves reducing our carbon footprint. My suggestion is to carpool wherever and whenever possible – this just takes a bit of networking and planning. Another option is to walk more and/or ride a bicycle (we could all use more time outside, more exercise, and some fresh air). Another thing is to grow our own food. There is no doubt it is a healthier choice for our body and soul, it eliminates plastic and packaging and also less pesticides. And since we are what we eat, it would be a good thing to care about what we put in your body! Now I do believe there is some limits here depending on where people live, but here is a case of “thinking inside the box” because it is easy to create a garden in even the most restricted spaces by using boxes or pots, and even a herb garden on a window sill brings down our packaging (which means less plastic) and has many health benefits – fresh herbs are filled with nutrients!

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Another one of my favourite ways to do my part is to not support “fast fashion” or disposable items. This means thinking about where we put our money. And it’s really no that hard to do. Here are some questions you can ask yourself: Do these items define who you are? (NO). Do you really need them? (NO). Fast fashion equals slave labour, pollution, and a ton of waste that ends up in landfills. It also mans cheap goods that break down in the laundry and barely last one season. The alternative is to buy quality clothing that is well-made, and to choose timeless pieces that never go out of style, that you can store appropriately for each season to enjoy for decades to come. Another option is to buy recycled and upcycled clothes.

And now for a biggie and a no-brainer: disposable items! This includes getting a new TV every couple years or just having to have the latest smart phone! When appliances are concerned, buying a cheap version means they will break down as soon as the warranty wears out instead of lasting for years like they could. Other habits to watch for include buying new and unnecessary house items for one season which are mostly made of plastic, as well as such items as swiffer mops, coffee pods, disposable diapers and cloths, unrecycled toilet paper and paper towels, non-biodegradable soaps and detergents, and any of the things that give us a quick fix of instant gratification that will just end up tossed in some landfill, and that we never needed in the first place, or for which sustainable, and environmentally-friendly alternatives exist.

These are just a few thoughts that I think everyone of us can put more in to practice, and this goes for me too. Let’s all work together to help create the Earth we want for the future. I believe if we all do just a little more than the obvious, and make a conscious decision to think before we buy, as well enlist the help of our friends and family to make this choice together and keep each other in check, these few simple changes can make a big difference. Of course there are many other ways but for now I will leave this for the curious mind…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – It Is Easy Being Green

It Is Easy Being Green

Green is the colour of harmony

Green is a way of life

Green can mean money

Green can be something you smoke

Green can also be used as medication

Green makes you think fresh

Green can also mean you feel sick

Green makes you think of recycling

Green is the colour of light that means you can go

Green is my favourite colour….

a poem by Laura Balducci

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Weekly photo Challenge – Repurpose

The lifestyle of anyone living on Cortes Island, on the beautiful BC Coast, could best be described as rural.; it is also very remote. It takes 2 ferries to reach the first urban centre where one can do any city stuff!!! This means that many of us become savvy on how to Repurpose items that have outgrown their use and which hopefully make their way to our recycling centre. Such items can be found as boats with holes in them, old rusted bathtubs that needed replacing, and so on. So I have made the habit of going down to the centre once a week to see what we can find to create more garden beds – since we are big on growing as much food as we can and because the land on which we live is riddled with sand deposits (since our property is nestled between a sandy lake shore and sandy ocean trails) it is difficult to make your normal run-of-the-mill raised gardens and we have to get creative!

Those pieces also make for some interesting conversation pieces, as we Repurpose as many items as possible by giving them a rebirth as one of the features in what we call our Art Yard!!!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Fun

Everyone finds their Fun in different ways. Life would be boring if we all liked and did the same things. I love to recycle found items and create  canvases, multimedia art pieces; sometimes, I even use what already exists. This past weekend, I was invited to help throw out a neighbour’s burn pile. I started rubbing my hands together in anticipated glee right away as I knew it was going to be a gold mine!!! Stay tuned because I am going to get my juices flowing on some of these newly-found items. (This is really FUN to me.)

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