Friday (3/30) is officially National #TakeAWalkintheParkDay. I like to think of it as the official kickoff of taking a Walk Any Day in one of the many beautiful parks in the ATX area! Click here to find one close to you. Or venture out in the ATX area to experience parks in areas in ATX that are new to you. Walk rather than drive, which helps w/ the carbon foot prints in ATX and on Mama Earth! Great for your health and #1THING too!
Earth Day 2018 happens on Sunday, April 22nd. The Earth Day Network is centering on Plastic Pollution and the need to stop using plastic to save Mama Earth from being destroyed and engulfed in nothing but plastic.
According to the Earth Day Network, Plastic Pollution is poisoning and injuring marine life and disrupting human hormones. It’s littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution. Click here for more!
Join the Movement– Sign up to Join the Earth Network Movement! Be part of the world’s largest environmental movement.
Donate – Earth Day Network’s Mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.
If we all do 1THING to help stop Plastic Pollution, our home ‘Mama Earth’ will be so much better because of it. Make it a point to STOP USING plastic straws , baggies, shopping bags… Go for reusable containers / bags. Doing 1THING will make a Big Difference! Let’s make Everyday, Earth Day! ‘Mama Earth’ is our Home! Let’s Protect her! Click here for more!
She’s helping others by bringing safe drinking water to the children of the East African nation while preventing water-borne diseases.The girls of Burundi have to walk far distances in order to receive water and Queen Bey is trying to bring them justice. According to People, “the project will help support UNICEF’s goal to build 80 more wells and give 120,000 more people access to clean water.” (Lauren Hoffman)
Starbuck’s push to help w/ the environment even more. They are doing a 3 month test at select stores in London to see if a paper cup fee would get more people to get a reusable cup for their coffee time/ treats. It’s a similar idea that is applied to shopping bags. Pay for a bag if you don’t have a reusable one w/ you. So far it’s not being tested in the US, but it could pop up.
You wouldn’t have to worry, if you had a reusable cup. This one keeps hot coffee drinks / teas and more warmer much longer. Plus, you get a .10 reusable cup discount. No fees and get a reward, plus it’s a big help for Mama Earth. The coating on most paper coffee cups aren’t Eco-friendly and very hard to recycle. This makes for millions of them ending up in landfills around the World. This is an easy #1THING that can be done. If you do it now, you wouldn’t have to worry about any US fee tests. You would already be ahead of the coffee drinking curve! Helping out Mama Earth Big Time too!
Here’s what’s up on those pesky coffee paper cups… click here!
‘Tis the season when Gardening becomes a pastime for many in ATX. But you may think , having a Green thumb, and growing your own fruits & veggies to enjoy seem like a unrealistic goal. Have no fear, the folks at the Sustainable Food Center is here for you!
7 Reasons to Garden:
- Exercise – Gardening is a great way to get in your daily moderate exercise.
- Community building – Community gardens bring people together from different backgrounds.
- Wonder and excitement – It’s enjoyable to watch something you plant grow into something that can feed you and others.
- Life-long learning – You are always learning from failures and success!
- A sense of achievement – When your hard work pays off, it boosts your emotional well-being, and a plus you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
- Connection to Earths’ cycles – Tending to a garden during the seasons helps you connect to Mama Earth. You’re taking a break from your computers and smartphones, and really connecting w/ Mama Earth.
- Freshness – You can’t beat eating your harvest the same day you picked it.
Find out more about the 7 Reasons to Garden, and how the SFC can help you get started. Or perhaps help in your life-learning gardening skills that can lead you to a sense of achievement, which will increase your wonder & excitement when you’re eating the FRESH FRUITS of your labor! Click here!
#1THING that’s a yummy thing while helping out your community & Mama Earth!
Composting is a Fantastic #1THING to do. It keeps landfills from overflowing, by reducing the amount of waste, but also creates a usable product. Composting is 1THING that is a huge help for the environment in which we all call home!
- What is Composting?
- How do you start Composting?
- What materials are good for Composting?
- How do you Compost living in an apartment?
- How do you stop Compost from smelling?
- How do you speed up the Compost process?
- What should you Compost?
- What items should you avoid Composting?
1THING Green in ATX is definitely the Sustainable Food Center. There are many 1THINGS that can be done with SFC that will definitely help Mama Earth. SFC shows a lot of ‘Green Love’ for the Austin community….
The Sustainable Food Center got it’s start in ’93 w/ roots going back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens. SFC is involved in every step of the local, Central Texas food system.
- SFC’s mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.
- From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
SFC’s Grow Local program offers:
- Food Gardening classes
- Community Garden Support & Trainings
- School Garden Support & Classroom Trainings
- Spread the Harvest program which provides schools and low-income home gardeners with free gardening materials, including seeds, compost, and plants
Sustainable Food Center’s 11th Annual Farm to Plate Wednesday, May 9th
- 7pm-9:30pm at Barr Mansion
- Exclusive VIP hour held from 6pm-7pm!
- Join SFC and Austin’s most acclaimed local chefs and celebrate the bounty of Central Texas
The month of February celebrates the Heart, and reminds us to take care of our Hearts. In the United States, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by Heart Disease. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. Heart Disease can be prevented and managed when you make healthier choices.
Do a #1THING step further by Going Green Heart Healthy. You can do this w/ the foods you eat go for Organic options. Exercise walking, running and other outdoor activities that does the body good & Mama Earth.. All help w/ Heart Healthy Happiness.
Have you heard of the Jackfruit? A tropical fruit native to Asia that resembles pulled pork, and becoming one of the most popular meat alternatives for a healthier lifestyle. The Jackfruit is a rich source of vitamin, minerals, fiber, fat, protein and more. It contains calorie but no cholesterol or saturated fats.
Here are 10 of the 25 Amazing Benefits of Jackfruit:
1.) Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease: Jackfruit has Vitamin B6 that makes it very Heart-friendly
2.) Fights Wrinkles: Ground up seeds that are dipped in milk & applied on wrinkles helps reduce their appearance
3.) Promotes Hair Growth: Adds in healthy blood circulation, which helps w/ hair growth.
4.) Immunity: A great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which can strengthen your immune system.
5.) High in Protein: The seeds are high in protein.
6.) Improves Digestion: A rich source of dietary fiber.
7.) Improves Eyesite: Jackfruit has vital nutriets that help w/ eye health.
8.) Bone Health: Jackfruit contains calcium, which strengthens and promotes healthy bones
9.) Ulcers : Jackfruit has strong anti-ulcerative properties that can cure ulcers and many other digestive system disorders.
10.) Regulates Blood Sugar Levels: Jackfruit has a rich amount of manganese that helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body.
Jackfruit is becoming 2018’s healthy meat replacer for many. Making Jackfruit Green Heart Healthy for you! Click here for Jackfruit Recipes!
Here’s a Yummy Cool #1THING you can do where you live. ‘Eat Well Guide’ makes it easy to find places to get local, sustainable food. Search your city and where.. store, restaurant…. A list will come up where you are at to ‘Eat Well’. Try it out! Click here! Such an easy #1THING to do in ATX! Good for You & Mama Earth! #1THING Green Wins all around!
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!
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.