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[ Green Up Your Tea ]

January is National Hot Tea Month. Takes the Chill off and can be helpful when it comes to better Health, especially if you Green Up Your Tea! It’s an easy #1THING you can do!

1THIng January Tea Month

Here are a few ways thanks to the Sierra Club! Enjoy and help Mama Earth at the same time!

Buy loose-leaf tea: Opt for loose leaf tea over disposable tea bags, which use carbon-intensive packaging materials. Many tea bags also contain polypropylene mesh, which can take several years to degrade. Additionally, bagged tea is often machine processed, producing a larger carbon footprint than loose leaf tea, which tends to be hand-picked. If you do purchase tea bags, make sure they’re biodegradable and unbleached. Avoid bags with staples, strings, or tags.

Minimize your water footprint: Only pour enough water to fill your cup to avoid wasting energy boiling what you won’t drink anyway. If it’s safe, use local tap water to brew your tea.

Cold-brew your iced tea:  It not only tastes sweeter and smoother than traditional hot-brewed iced tea, but it spares the energy needed to boil your water, relying mainly on an already-running appliance—your refrigerator.

To cold-brew your own iced tea, add about 1.5 times the amount of tea you’d normally use to a pitcher. Pour in cold water, add a lid, and let sit in the fridge for about 4-10 hours. White teas, green teas, and flat oolongs need less time to sit, while rolled oolongs require more time. Herbal infusions and black teas usually need to sit the full ten hours. Strain and enjoy.

Repurpose tea leaves: Most of us know to reuse tea leaves or tea bags for our next cup of tea, but their use extends beyond the kitchen. The high nitrogen content in tea leaves makes them the perfect plant food, which does double duty by helping repel insects and other pests. When transferring a plant to a pot, line the bottom of the pot with used tea bags before adding soil. The tea bags will help retain water and release nutrients into the potting medium.

Dried tea leaves also make fantastic deodorizers. Toss some in the litter box or dog house to remove pet odors. For all-over freshness, sprinkle and gently crush some dried leaves over your carpet. Wait about 10 minutes, then vacuum.

Choose eco-friendly labels:  As you would with coffee, buy brands labeled “USDA organic” and “Fair Trade Certified.” To earn the USDA’s organic seal, farmers must not have used synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers for at least three years. Meanwhile, although fair trade certification primarily ensures that farmers are paid a just price for their crop, it also has environmental side effects. In return for providing good working conditions and fair wages, producers get paid more for their tea. As a result, famers need less land to support themselves and their families, leaving more land available for natural habitat.

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[ Energy Saving Ways during 2018! ]

Thermostat 930x218 cutting energy costs1/10/18 is #CutYourEnergyCostsDay , which is a great time to start a 1THING and continue with it! It helps out Mama Earth & also can save you a lot of Green too!

 

Here are just a few ways you can Save Energy & Green!

  • Weatherproof your home
  • Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows
  • Replace old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace
  • Properly maintain furnace
  • Use solar heat if possible
  • Turn down thermostats
  • Turning off lights when leaving a room
  • Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Run dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
  • Lower water heater temperature
  • Take shorter showers
  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Carpool whenever possible

Check out the 101 Ways to Save Energy & Money!

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[ Cool Green Beauty Grab ]

Make 2018 the year of Cool Green Grabs. Affordable & Cool Green Grabs that are an Awesome #1THING for You & Mama Earth!

The EcoTools short story: Sisters Jen and Stacey set out to create a brush collection that was not only environmentally friendly, but chic, high-quality, and affordable too. After sourcing recycled materials, renewable bamboo and better manufacturing processes, in 2007, EcoTools® was born. Look Beautiful. Live Beautifully.

I became a fan of EcoTools makeup brushes a few years ago. I grabbed them on a whim thinking they were a decent price, and if they are eco-friendly even better. I wasn’t expecting much, but I was surprised how well they work and hold up.  I finally had to replace them after cleaning them several times, which should be done w/ any type of brush that touches your face on a daily basis. I ran across this set at Target over the weekend $12.99 plus tax makeup bag included. They are Awesome! Plus the entire set is Mama Earth friendly..

EcoTools celebrated their 10th Anniversary in 2017, and 2018 brings even more EcoTool goodies to you…

  • Cruelty Free – PETA certified which means 100% cruelty free and vegan
  • Recycled Materials- Belief in giving a new purpose to old things with products created from recycled aluminum and plastic
  • Tree Free – Packaging is made of 100% Tree-Free Paper w/ 20% cotton & 80% Bamboo Fiber
  • Recycled Bamboo -The Handles on their products are made of renewable bamboo, one of the fastest growing plants on the planet.

Click here to find out more about this Cool Green Grab for January 2018!

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[ Go Paper Towel-Less ]

PapertowelDreamstime pAPER TOWEL LESS TEXT 930 x 218How many Paper Towels do you use during a day?  If you aren’t sure, usually means too many. I’m guilty of doing the same thing. I was thinking for 2018, maybe trying a #1THING of going Paper Towel-less could be cool.  #1THING

Here are a few Paper (Towel) stats :

40% of U.S. landfill trash is paper products.

The paper industry is the third largest contributor to global warming.

The average American discards of 700 pounds or more of paper each year.

If every household in the U.S. used just one less 70-sheet roll of virgin fiber paper towels, that would save 544,000 trees each year. Change that to using three less rolls per U.S. household per year, and that would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees.

Your typical paper towel is manufactured using chlorine, which releases carcinogenic dioxins and furans

Ways to stop / slow down the usages of Paper Towels:

  • If you have to use them, go for paper towels made out of recycled material.
  • Using cloth towels saves more energy and creates less greenhouse gases compared to paper towels.
  • Compost Paper Towels that area unbleached and chlorine-free, they are safe to toss into your compost bin, not the trash.

Just a few of several ways to help slow down / stop paper towel use.  I need to break the habit too! #1THING for Mama Earth during 2018!
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[ New Year Electronic Recycling in ATX ]

Officeelectronicsneedrecycling 930x218A Happier 2018 is Out w/ the Old, so you can get the New in. That’s the case for many, especially offices. If you’ve got old electronics you need to get rid of, recycling it is a great way to stop the clogging/ filling up and over of the landfills w/ this non-biodegradable waste.  Stop the E-Waste! Here’s a company that is Green in ATX helping to make the tossing of E-Waste easy and eco-friendly at the same time. #1THING

How to recycle your Electronics

    1. Call STS to schedule a Pick Up
    2. Schedule a date and time for Pick Up
    3. Proper Recycling Process of ALL equipment
    4. Certificate of Destruction
    5. Peace of Mind

What can I Recycle?

 

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[ Recycle Your Live Christmas Tree For Free! ]

Recycle Trees TDS Garden Ville 930x218Texas Disposal Systems has a special day set aside w/ the Garden-Ville Georgetown location where you can recycle your Christmas Tree for Free and get a bag of Free Mulch! Saturday, January 6th from 11am – 1pm. Look out for Majic 95.5 to Enjoy Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q while supplies last. Plus, Register to win tickets to the Price is Right Live.

Garden-Ville Georgetown
250 W.L. Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626 | Ph: 512-930-8282 | MAP

From IH-35

  1. Exit Hwy 29 in Georgetown
  2. Go East on Hwy 29
  3. Turn left onto College Street
  4. Turn right onto W.L. Walden

If you do it outside of this special day & time, here’s the 411! Do 1THING to help Mama Earth by recycling your Tree for Free!  

Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) is accepting Christmas trees for recycling free of charge this holiday season. TDS has been helping communities across Central Texas recycle their unflocked Christmas trees and organic holiday decorations in the greenest way possible for more than a decade. Beginning on December 26, residents can drop off their unflocked Christmas trees, holly, pumpkins, and other living decorations at the Christmas tree collection sites noted below. These living decorations will then be repurposed and made into nutrient-rich mulch and compost through the Texas Disposal Systems composting division. The finished composts and mulches will be available for purchase at Garden-Ville stores throughout Central Texas. More here.. 

Trees and decorations must be free of flocking, lights, ornaments, metal, and other non-living contaminants. A $45 contamination fee will be assessed for trees and decorations that have not been cleaned. When bringing loads for drop off, please ensure that materials are tied and secured, per Texas law. 

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[ Protect Your Favorite Hiking Trails for the New Year with AHS ]

Here’s the 1THING JANUARY 2018 FEATURED ORGANIZATION CHOSEN BY ENTERCOM AUSTIN! 

Here’s an easy 1THING you can do more Hiking during 2018 which will help your health, and can also keep Mama Earth healthy. Thanks to the American Hiking Society. AHS supports First Day Hikes, January 1st, a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. Find out more here…and what AHS does throughout the year! Try doing 1THING to help out the ATX area, which is part of the Big World we all live and share. Mama Earth is extremely important! Let’s do what we can to make her healthier! american_hiking775x515

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY:

Amercian Hiking Society was founded in 1976, and it’s the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, the natural areas surrounding them and the hiking experience. AHS is the national voice for hikers. Hitting a trail is good for your health, and connects you with the natural environment. AHS represents millions of hikers who believe the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a legacy worth leaving for future generations.

American Hiking Society is a supporter of First Hikes Day w/ the America’s State Parks. It’s held each year on New Year’s Day (1/1/18) with hundreds of free, guided hikes happening in all 50 states. Find out more about the AHS Mission, Core Values and First Hikes Day and other events AHS supports throughout the year.

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY:

Mission: Protect the Places You Love to Hike
AHS champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails.

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY’S CORE VALUES:

The Intrinsic Value of Hiking:
Hiking has long been an important outdoor activity, whether as a means of exploration, exercise or reflection. The act of setting foot down a path through natural areas provides unparalleled opportunities to build the human spirit, improve physical fitness and increase environmental awareness. Hiking offers all Americans a healthy, enjoyable and relatively simple way to deepen their connections to nature, people and place.

Conservation through Recreation:
As a national conservation-based recreation organization, AHS work in partnership to build, maintain and protect hiking trails and their natural corridors. This allows current and future generations to experience the many joys and benefits of hiking and are inspired to protect this legacy.

Stewardship:
AHS programs are built around the concept of fostering and supporting trail stewardship and the public lands through which they travel. AHS accomplish this by promoting a sense of responsibility and culture of service among their individual members and member organizations and in the hiking community at large.

Sustainability:
AHS support construction and maintenance of trails that limit hikers’ impact on the land and require minimal attention to maintain the integrity and safety of the tread. They promote Leave No Trace ethics to ensure that natural ecosystems and trail environments remain viable and healthy.

Relevance:
Through adaptability, responsiveness and a commitment to continuous improvement, AHS will remain a dynamic and relevant national organization. Their work is results-oriented, partnership driven and integral to the viability, success and future of their constituents – the hiking community.

 

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY ADVOCACY:

Since 1976, American Hiking Society has worked with Congress, federal agencies, and many recreation and conservation partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience Click here


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

American Hiking Society are part of the First Day Hikes nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On January 1st, New Year’s Day hundreds of free, guided hikes happen in all 50 states. Kids and adults across American will participate, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Click here for more and to find a Hike closest to where you live.

National Trails Day on June 2, 2018! Another one of several successful events the American Hiking Society supports! Click here for lots more. https://americanhiking.org/

 

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[ Holiday Tree Recycling ]


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Here’s a  great suggestion for a #1THING you can do w/ your tree once the Holidays are over.  Don’t throw it away; give it another life by recycling it!

 

Trees will be accepted free of cost at the locations listed below. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.
Texas Disposal Systems

Tree will be accepted free of cost. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.

  • TDS Landfill: 3016 FM 1327, Creedmoor, Texas
  • Eco Depot: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave, Texas

Check back for more information on Texas Disposal Systems Holiday Tree Recycling event in January that will allow you to recycle your tree and get free mulch back in return.  A recycling Win/Win for 2018

 

City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park.

Curbside Collections:

Zilker Park Drop-off:

  • Click here for drop off dates, for volunteer 411, drop off site map, how to get free mulch and more!
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[ Eco-Friendly Toys for the Holidays ]

GoGreenToyBlocks 775x515You can Give Green to your kiddos w/ Eco-friendly Toys. Start them early helping and appreciating the world around them. There’s only 1 Mama Earth, and we need to take care of her. Here’s a list to check out. It’s #1Thing you can do.

 

 

 

Top 10 Toy Brands

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[ Get To Know Pure Earth! ]

PureEarth_930x2181THING featured organization for the month of December is Pure Earth. Thanks to our sister cluster Entercom Seattle. Pure Earth helps bring attention to the growing problem of ‘Pollution’, and raises awareness and ways to help stop the waste. Here’s the breakdown of what we’re all up against, when it comes to ‘Pollution’ and how it’s harmful to our lives… literally….

What’s the Problem?

Toxic pollutants at contaminated sites affect the health of more than 200 million people worldwide. Women and children are especially at risk suffering neurological and immune system damage and an early death. The number of people affected is comparable to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined. Plus, solving pollution problems usually promotes, rather than inhibits, economic growth. Yet, pollution is one of the most under-reported and underfunded problems in the world.

Why Support Pure Earth?

Pure Earth is an international non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is most affected by pollution. Pure Earth devises clean-up strategies, empowers local champions and secures support from national and international partnerships. Since its inception in 1999, Pure Earth has completed more than 80 clean-up projects in 20 countries. This has reduced exposure to toxins for local populations, especially children.

Pure Earth’s Current and Completed Projects

How can you help?

  1. Share Pure Earth’s posts on social media. Use Twitter @PureEarthNowFacebook, and LinkedIn to raise the profile of toxic pollution, which disproportionately kills those in low and middle-income countries.
  2. Make a donation. Better yet, organize a group of coworkers to make donations. Ask your employer to match it.
  3. Join the Pure Earth Corps of volunteers. Work solo, with a group of colleagues or friends, adopt a project, and raise funds.
  4. Host a “Toxic Cocktail Party” educational event. Pure Earth does the work; you create the guest list. Artisanal “toxic” cocktails are created just for you!
  5. Stay informed. Read The Pollution Blog and sign up for Pure Earth’s Newsletter.

 

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