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Eating Local Foods Saves the Environment

I've been a food snob for about the past 10 years.

I still vividly remember the Wednesday (I think?) mornings I'd go to the outdoor farmer's market with my grandmother and mother in the days before I started preschool.  It was those memories that drove me, nearly 17 years later, back to Soulard Market.  I was immediately taken with the chaotic, dim, random atmosphere; it was only after I got back home and started cooking that I was taken with the absolute taste difference between the fresh spinach I'd gotten there and the "fresh" spinach I'd been buying at the local grocery store.  Since that day, I've never looked back.... read more

Recycle!

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When I do these Daily Greening posts, I try to remember the famous words of Leonardo DaVinci, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."  But this eloquence in language sometimes is easier to grasp as the KISS principle: keep it simple, stupid.  Today, I went back to my roots with the environmental movement.  I remember my life as an immigrant from the Emerald Isle in the 1980's and collecting cans to recycle for some fun money.  Yes, today's tip is simply...

 

RECYCLE!

Recycle
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Buy Local Produce

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Today I ate some spinach in a lovely salad my wife made.  Last week I ate a bagged spinach salad that a friend brought over for a meal (on a side note, you always know who your friends are when they start to bring your food after a baby is born).  Both tasted similar and filled me up just the same, but there was a huge difference between the two.  One was green and one was not.  So what is the lesson learned?

BUY LOCAL!

Use Fresh, Use Local
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B.Y.O.B. - Bring Your Own Bag

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On the right side of our refrigerator sits a collection of bags.  Some of them are plastic, but most are paper.  They sit in the same place.  You take some, you throw some in.  The "bag spot" in anyways house seems to be like the tides, ebbs and flows but never, ever disappearing.  One reason for this is the insane amount of bags being offered to us on a daily basis.  At every purchase or event a bag is given to keep stuff, wrap stuff, take stuff or throw away stuff.  So let me make a simple suggestion for when you do go somewhere that a bag is almost certain to be given (aka the grocer or mall)...

BRING YOUR OWN BAG!

Bring Your Own Bag - trader Joe's
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Breastfeed Your Baby To Go Green

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Continuing on with baby tips today, I found one of the best and most simple ways to go green for new parents is sitting right in front of their noses.  Especially, if those noses are at chest level.

 

BREASTFEED!

GO Green with Breastfeeding
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Stop Using Chemical Baby Wipes

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With a new baby in the house I not only realize that babies scream alot but also that so many chemicals are used in the care of babies.  Specifically, I was amazed at what we put on out baby's bottom to clean it with store bought wipes.  I talke about this with nurses and doctors at the hospital I visisted and they unanimously suggested to only use those things as last resort.  Instead...

USE WATER ON PAPER TOWELS!

Stop Using Chemical Baby Wipes
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How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

How many of you are having a problem recently with ants?  I know I am.  As the weather heats up I find more and more ants coming into my house.  I definitely will not use Raid with its toxic chemicals .  Especially, with a baby and dog in the house.  So what can I, and you, do to rid ourselves of ants in the home without using chemicals.

Simply add dish washing soap (the organic kind), vinegar, baking soda and water to create a sure fire ant control spray.  Use about one tablespoon per 16 fl. oz. of water, add one tablespoon of vinegar and one of baking soda in a spray bottle and spray on the plants, this kills the ants and keeps the rest away and it does not harm your plants.

STOP USING CHEMICAL ANT INSECTICIDES!

How To Get Rid of Ant's Naturally
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Keep That Soap Out of the Shower

What is that soap you use really made out of?  How organic is that orange or purple brick in the soap tray?   Well the daily greening is giving you an easy tip to help green the basin and shower.  Many of you following KeenforGreen prefer to use anti-bacterial soap in your bathroom then take a minute before you make the next purchases.  Look for tea tree oil, neem oil and aloe vera instead, natural anti-bacterial ingredients.

Tea tree oil, neem, aloe vera are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory herbal products. These three ingredients work best with specific ailments that they work best in.  Neem has blood purifying qualities.  Tea tree oil and Aloe Vera soften and naturally buffs your skin .  These natural ingredients are much less likely to cause irritation such as their synthetic cousins, but also provide a chance to stop the flow of pollutants down the drain.

GET A GREEN SOAP!

Green Soap - Keen For Green... read more

Keep That Soap Out of the Shower

What is that soap you use really made out of?  How organic is that orange or purple brick in the soap tray?   Well the daily greening is giving you an easy tip to help green the basin and shower.  Many of you following KeenforGreen prefer to use anti-bacterial soap in your bathroom then take a minute before you make the next purchases.  Look for tea tree oil, neem oil and aloe vera instead, natural anti-bacterial ingredients.

Tea tree oil, neem, aloe vera are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory herbal products. These three ingredients work best with specific ailments that they work best in.  Neem has blood purifying qualities.  Tea tree oil and Aloe Vera soften and naturally buffs your skin .  These natural ingredients are much less likely to cause irritation such as their synthetic cousins, but also provide a chance to stop the flow of pollutants down the drain.

GET A GREEN SOAP!

Green Soap - Keen For Green... read more

A Brick in Your Basin

According to the EPA, up to 30 percent of all water used in the American home flows (pun intended) from our toilets.  This is a huge waste of drinkable water, a supply that is diminishing.  Most of us know that low flow toilets, toilets that use much less water to flush, are readily available to be purchased.  We also know that they work.  Typical toilets in the United States use between 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush.  A low flow toilet uses between 1 to 3 gallons per flush.  But, many are turned off by the expense (between $250-$500) of this new technology.  This uneasiness is only heightened by the economic crisis and worries about financial security.  So what then is someone concerned about the environment and the cost of water waste to do?

 

DROP A BRICK IN THE TOILET TANK

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