Sunday, April 26, 2009
Here's the 411 on emergency planning for your family: Outfit your home with battery-free eco safety gear and chill a little knowing you're prepped. 10-4?
- Eighty-sixing batteries. Noxious metals in tossed batteries (only a fraction get recycled) can leach through landfill liners into groundwater - these gadgets don't need batteries.
- Counting on renewable energy. Hand-cranked flashlights, radios, and water filters are your best bet in an emergency. Some run on solar power too for extended use.
- Figuring in kids. These tools are lightweight, uncomplicated, and easily operated by smaller hands.
- EyeMax LED Radio - solar- and hand-crank-powered AM/FM radio; 1 minute of cranking = 60 minutes radio time; plus built-in LED flashlight; runs for 25 hours fully charged ($54).
- Berkey Water Bottle - BPA-free water bottle with built-in filter gets rid of sediment, chems, and dangerous bacteria from available water sources ($28).
- Dynamo Illuminator Flashlight - windup flashlight with three LED bulbs; 1 minute of cranking = 60 minutes of bright light ($13).
- American Red Cross Safety Tube - small, simple emergency kit to stash anywhere (car, bag, etc.); contains dust mask, light stick, pealess whistle (no little ball inside), and water packet ($5).
- Ready Kids - Homeland Security Department's emergency readiness site for kids, includes work sheets for gathering emergency supplies and developing an emergency plan.
Kids love to be involved in all things BIG, so why not recruit them to help the planet!? Start young and you can help to create an human being that will make environmentally correct decisions as second nature-- or hopefully first nature!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
-Alan Greene MD
Gdiapers take about a week to get used to if you ever used regular diapers before. I started using them as soon as my second son was born. I had a starter kit just waiting for him to be born! At first I used the gdiapers only during the day because I was so used to the disposables I was able to use them with my eyes closed.... I soon switched over to full time use when my guilt started up, "take one more second and you will help the planet!" I can now do a gdiaper change with one hand, eyes closed, and a toddler screaming in my ear!!
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Eighty percent of the diaperings in this nation are done with disposables. That comes to 18 BILLION diapers a year. Each one has an outer layer of waterproof polypropylene and an inner layer of fluff made from wood pulp plus super-slurper sodium polyacrylate that can hold a hundred times its weight in water.
Those 18 billion diapers add up to 82,000 tons of plastic a year and 1.3 million tons of wood pulp -- 250,000 trees. After a few hours of active service these materials are trucked away, primarily to landfills, where they sit, neatly wrapped packages of excrement, entombed undegraded for several hundred years.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I have publicized my love for Door To Door Organics countless times. We have been using them for all our produce and coffee beans for the last two years. Several months ago we began a co-op: When 4 or more people have their boxes delivered to one address, everyone saves money! Even if you are not part of the coop, I HIGHLY recommend their service!