Want to Do Something to Help the Environment?

Start With This: 12 Resource Heavy Products To Avoid

Source: Posted by: Elizabeth Fiend

So you’ve decided to take the plunge — to embrace lighter living, green your life and do something to help the environment. But where to begin?

The best place to start is by moderating your consumption. You can dramatically reduce the size of your footstep on the planet by making smarter choices in the things you buy and the amount your household uses. It’s not something you have to do all at once: just commit to steady, incremental change. Small steps become big journeys over time.

If you’re ready to take on taming your shopping cart, we’ve put together a list we call the Dirty Dozen. These are 12 unhealthy or resource-intensive products you should consider reducing or eliminating from your life entirely. Once you’ve tackled these, you’ll probably think of others — and you’ll be well on your way to a lighter, more sustainable lifestyle.

1. Styrofoam
Polystyrene foam is actually recyclable, but most of it ends up in landfills or scattered around the environment. Being made of petroleum, Styrofoam is a non-renewable resource — and it’s not biodegradable. Carry your own reusable coffee mugs, skip the fast food, and use glass and metal storage containers whenever possible.

2. Plastic food containers with bisphenol-A (BPA)
You’ll recognize these polycarbonate bottles and containers by their #7 recycling codes. Health concerns have dogged BPA for years. If you really must use plastic, choose BPA-free varieties (such as those marked with #2, #4 and #5 codes). And be sure to recycle them when you’re done.


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Save Energy When Cooking by Elizabeth Fiend


When cooking soup, stew or boiling water for pasta or rice put a lid on that pan.
By keeping the heat in you’ll use less energy to cook your food.
Bonus: you’ll get to eat sooner. Love, Elizabeth Fiend

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A Public Service Announcement By Elizabeth Fiend

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If you have advance notice – Sneeze and cough in to a tissue and discard it in the trash immediately.

If there’s no time to grab a tissue – Sneeze or cough into your elbow. You heard it right, the correct place to sneeze is in the nook of your elbow.

The worst possible place to sneeze or cough is into your hand. When you sneeze or cough into your hand your hand gets covered with germs, then everything you touch becomes germy and the germs spread to other people.

Sneezing or coughing straight out into the air — just plain rude.



Compost your Kitchen Scraps

Save your uncooked food scraps and turn them into super-effective plant food. Reduce your garbage load… why toss all that good stuff that is nutritious for the earth into a plastic bag that ends up in a landfill?  Biodegradable garbage is still just trash if it’s busy biodegrading inside a plastic bag, stuffed between a styrofoam cup and a ball of aluminum foil.

If you don’t have a garden in your yard, find a local community garden and donate your compost.  They’ll love you for it (and maybe even slide you some tomatoes when they’re ripe.)

Here’s our video that outlines the composting process, followed by written step-by-step instructions. Host Elizabeth Fiend tells you what you can and can’t recycle in your compost pile and how to start one.

Composting —Nature’s Way of Recycling
A How-To written by ELIZABETH FIEND

We need to reduce the amount of garbage we create. Most household garbage is burned, which creates air pollution, or dumped into landfills which produce toxic gases. Obviously neither way is good for the environment. By composting leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen scraps you can greatly reduce the amount of trash your household makes.

Composting is a natural form of recycling where plant matter is turned into a soil-like material that’s full of nutrients and very beneficial to your backyard soil and garden plants. Insects, earthworms, bacteria and fungi help out in the process. But it’s up to you to get it started!

Starting a Compost Pile:

1.) Begin in the kitchen by saving uncooked food scraps like carrot tops, lettuce cores and banana peels. Coffee grinds, tea bags and egg shells can also be saved. NO cooked food, meat or dairy products should be added to the compost pile.
2.) Store the scraps in a lidded container or small bucket you keep in easy reach of the cutting board.






Other states have this, shouldn’t we have it too?

Participate in the Mummers Parade with the 51ft inflatable joint and show your support 

Before November 18th click here to register to be in the Mummers Parade with the Giant-J



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Edible marijuana



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a holiday LINK OF INTEREST from VaLerie K:



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What do you say when your pals want to know what you want them to buy you this holiday season?

Well… what better Chanukah or Christmas or Kwanzaa gift than something that comes from New American Dream, an organization that “helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.”

New American Dream strives to “work with individuals, institutions, communities and businesses to conserve natural resources, counter the commercialization of our culture and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed.”

Live your ideals, share them with those who would shower you with gifts by using the Alternative Gift Registry.

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Feeling Flat? Tired? Bike Repair 101

Sick of getting flats on Filthadelphia streets?

Visit Trophy Bikes & learn how to put ‘tire liner’ in your bike to avoid those nasty blowouts.

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BiG TeA PaRtY is back from our 2010 “Vegetable Awareness Campaign” at Playa Del Fuego. Check back next week for our report and photo essay. For now, take a look at last year’s event:


BiG TeA PaRtY Sustainable Living at Playa del Fuego, Odessa Delaware — Spring 2009

Posted by Elizabeth Fiend


Enjoy some photos of our event, a tea party for 150 people featuring tea that BiG TeA PaRtY’s host Elizabeth Fiend made from herbs she grew in her garden.  Read some of the sustainable tips that BiG TeA PaRtY editor VaLerie K, BiG TeA PaRtY music/sound designer Allen Fiend, and fellow campers Susan and Chip promoted at our Sustainable Living Camp.


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SOS Accessories ‘Ya got barrettes, ribbons, hair bands, and more barrettes. How to keep them available & organized.


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Natural Pest Control:

Keep Mice Away Without Cruelty

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Got mice?  If, like me, you are not happy with the idea of killing or maiming mice to get them to vacate the premises, or if you are more callous and just don’t like the risk of them dying in your walls and stinking up the joint, I am thrilled to tell you that there is another way. 

Peppermint oil – an essential oil, meaning it contains the essence of peppermint leaves – is reputed to be utterly repugnant to mice.  Lore has it that in the essential oil form, it is too powerful for their sensitive noses.  Whatever the case, there are loads of testimonials out there from people who claim to have used this method with great success in garages, kitchens, basements and boudoirs, so I was eager to give it a try. 

Though I have not found an actual scientific article on using peppermint oil to repel mice, when I went to buy peppermint oil from my local natural foods store, and mentioned somewhat sheepishly why I was buying it, the saleswoman said, “Oh we sell more of it for that reason than anything else!”  And peppermint oil does garner a list of health benefit claims as well as the breath-freshening qualities we have all come to know.