Thursday, December 28, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
How 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!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it… Thursday, November 23rd! You could make it extra special doing #1THING to make your Thanksgiving more Eco-Friendly. A Big thing for Mama Earth, and one of the best holiday gifts ever! Shannon shared some Sustainable Tips that will be helpful to do #1THING for Thanksgiving this year! Check them out… Have a Happy, Safe & Green Thanksgiving! Enjoy w your family/ friends! #1THING
Thanksgiving is a time for many of us to gather with family and friends. Your Thanksgiving meal and the activities that go along with it present many opportunities to be sustainable and eco-friendly:
- When shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, keep two words in mind: organic and local. These keywords will guarantee a fresher, more nutritious meal.
- Set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often. Also save and reuse decorations.
- After holiday festivities, put leftovers in recyclable containers, and share them with family, friends, or others.
- Where possible, compost leftover food scraps, leaves, and grass clippings.
- After the meal, fill your dishwasher to capacity before running it. You will run fewer cycles, which saves energy.
- Wash and reuse empty glass and plastic jars, milk jugs, coffee cans, dairy tubs, and other similar containers that would otherwise get thrown away. These containers can be used to store leftovers.
- Show your guests where to put recyclables such as aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers.
- Avoid placing hard, thick, or waxy food scraps down the drain. These materials can clog the pipes or damage garbage disposal blades and send parts of your sink to the landfill before their time.
- Buy products in concentrate, bulk, or in refillable containers. Many items are available in these sizes. They reduce packaging waste and can save you money! Combine waste reducing practices, such as buying coffee in bulk and storing it in your leftover empty coffee cans.
- Instead of firmly planting yourself in front of the TV for the day, consider getting some fresh air or playing a board game. Take advantage of the time together with friends and family while decreasing your energy usage.
- If you going away from home for the holidays, to save energy, turn down your thermostat and put lights on timers.
- November is an excellent time of year to conduct neighborhood food or clothing drives to help those in need.
Friday, August 4, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Starting October 2, Austin Recourse Recovery is adding 38,000 more customers to the Curbside Composting Collection w/ plans to add all curbside customers to get this service by 2020. The composting program collects food scraps, yard trimmings and food soiled paper. They are converted into nutrient – rich compost. The goal ATX’s Zero Waste goal is to get 90 of materials out of landfills by 2040.
There was a recent study that showed close to 1/2 of everything residential customers send to the landfill is compostable. When compostable material is buried in a landfill, the materials don’t break down properly as they would if in a cmopost pile. This is a #1Thing hat helps ATX Big Time!
Visit austintexas.gov/austincomposts for more information.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
A total Solar Eclipse is expected to cross the entire country on Monday, August 21, 2017 for the 1st time since 1918. As long as the weather cooperates, everyone nationwide should be able to view the Solar Eclipse as the Moon passes in front of the Sun causing a shadow on Earth and making it look like nighttime during the daytime. According to NASA the total Solar Eclipse will start near Lincoln City, Oregon 12:15 CST and end near Charleston, South Carolina around 1:48pm CST. It will last about 1 hour 40 minutes. Plan ahead for taking the day off, or take an extended lunch hour on 8/21/17.
DO NOT EVER LOOK INTO A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE W/ YOUR NAKE EYE. It’s ONLY SAFE to look at the Moon when it’s FULLY BLOCKING the Sun.The only safe way to view it is is through a specialized filter. Eclipse Glasses have these, but you need to make sure they are the Real Deal. If you’re not sure.. DON’T LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SOLAR ECLIPSE! You can damage your eyes, even GO BLIND… NO JOKE! You will know when you can look at the Solar Eclipse when you’re wearing the Eclipse Glasses and it becomes so dark you can’t see anything. This is when you’ll know it’s safe to take them off for a quick peek .. then back on for your Eye Safety!
Partial Eclipses can be observed indirectly by projection, in which viewers watch the Solar Eclipse on a screen. These can be easily constructed at home with a few, simple materials – such as a piece of paper and cardboard box. Click here to find out how to create a DIY Simple Card Projector to use during the Solar Eclipse. You can keep it, or recycle it when you are done. A special #1Thing for Mama Earth after watching an Amazing Show.
Whatever techique you decide to use, DO NOT STARE CONTINUOUSLY AT THE SUN! Take breaks and rest your eyes. Remember, regular sunglasses DO NOT protect your eyes well. Use the Eclipse Glasses. Click here to find out more from NASA so you are prepared for Monday 8/21/17. ENJOY SAFELY!
No Glasses! No Problem! #GoMacGyver
NASA shared the Total Solar Eclipse’s Path Across the U.S
Monday, July 17, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Happy Summer! Here are some Summertime Recyclng Tips! #KeepAustinBeautiful It’s a#1Thing we can all do.
Many will be packing a bag to head out to the beach, pool, hiking, camping… getting out to enjoy the Summertime heat. Recycling and waste reduction is an important part of Summertime fun. Keep Mama Earth as clean as you can while having fun outside. It’s #1Thing we can all do.
Here are some tips for a successful 1Thing way to #KeepAustinBeautiful :
*Bring reusable bags to pack Thingies in. If you get plastic bags, bring them home and recycle them at a local drop-off location.
When I go to Omaha, NE w/ honey Ted to visit family, we use our reusable bags for shopping and just carting our stuff around. It’s starting to catch on up there. They aren’t as #1Thing cool as the ATX area!
#Pack meals, snacks and drinks in reusable containers. Cut down on plastics, styrofoam and paper, especially when road tripping. Pack it with you. If you run across some trouble, it could also come in handy.
My honey Ted was coming from Omaha, to Austin a couple of winters ago, and ice/ snow packed up on IH-35, which brought traffic to a standstil outside of Dallas. A semi was stuck in it, and blocking traffic. He had to sit on the road for about 18 hours. He was thankful he brought his reusable bag/ cooler which had sandwich makings and drinks in there. He was set for the emergency as far as nurishment. A #1Thing that really can be a lifesaver for everyone including Mama Earth.
Keep 2 bags w/ you to separate trash and recyclables. Something you might not think about, but extremely helpful while road tripping, camping and long event activities. it’s done and you won’t have to worry about doing it later.
Click here for more tips / ideas how to #KeepAustinBeautiful! Keep Rockin’ the #1Things y’all!
Monday, May 1, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
I learned a lot about plastic I never thought about just checking this blog out about 8 Bits of Plastic that you can get rid of now. ATX is a bit a head of the fight banning plastic bags for the past few years. I think it looks much nicer not seeing so many plastic bags flying all over parking lots, getting stuck in trees and ending up in places that just isn’t good for Mama Nature. Well, this should continue w/ the use of other plastics items that you may not think is a big deal, but add it up with what everyone else uses. IT’S A HUGE PLASTIC DEAL!
Click here to find out what Actor Jeff Bridges has to say! Find out what you think is ‘Recycling’ is ‘Downcycling’.
Here are 8 Plastic Bits that we can do without right now! Several 1Things to try! It will certainly help out Mama Earth.. even 1 person at a time doing it. Each person does matter when it comes to doing #1Thing to help the Earth in which we live together.
1.) Plastic Cultery
2.) Plastic Straws
3.) Plastic Bottled Water
4.) Plastic in the Takeaway Coffee Cups
5.) Plastic Toothbrushes
6.) Plastic Shopping Bags
7.) Plastic Takeaway Containers
8.) Plastic Wrapped Tee Pee
Try to stop using at least one of these, and then add another. Before you know it your plastic consumption has decreased big time. The Earth can’t digest plastic. Once it exists, it’s never going to be gone. Click here to find out so much more!
Monday, April 10, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
There is a Big #1Thing brewing in Los Angeles thanks to T.K. Devine (35). Devine is the founder of the Porta-Home and is converting portable toliets into portable homes, including one built for himself. He believes it’s a great way to help the homeless, who are living it rough on the streets and many trying to make a better life for themselves. They need consistency and a good night’s sleep. A solution for Los Angeles housing crisis.
This is where a Porta-Home comes in handy. It’s a unit that was originally built for those with disabilities, so it’s larger. The toilet is removed which allows room for a bed as big as a twin size. When the bed is folded up it’s the kitchen area w/ a mini-fridge that is under the bed when not in use. When you have to do your biz, you walk around back to an atatched shower unit where recycled water irrigates a top-level garden near solar panels that power the home. The system rests on a trailer and can be parked on any residential property w/ the only hookup needed is a water hose. Devine says it will cost around $20,000 per unit!
T.K. Devine plans to take it on a year long tour around Los Angeles living in one himself. You can follow his adventure here. Tiny homes! Big Solutions w/ ‘Our Own Home BackYard Homes’
Monday, February 13, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Over the weekend I was doing a remote at a T-Mobile w/ the Mix crew Shelbi & DJ. I noticed DJ had an unusal container of water. It was a white quart size milk carton w/ black print ‘Boxed Water Is Better ‘. I thought it was a novelty at first, but come to find out it’s the name of the product ‘Boxed Water Is Better’. Very cool #1Thing
I looked them up and wanted to share w/ you. ‘Boxed Water Is Better’ is a product that is changing the way to drink water when it comes to grab-n-go containters. Most waters are in plastic bottles, which can be recycled, but still not good at all for Mama Earth. Boxed Water Is Better took this to heart and decided water could be way more Mama Earth friendly, and still convenient for on the go.
Here are some factoids about Boxed Water Is Better:
1.) The carton is recyclable, 100% BPA free, and made using paper from well-managed forests.
2.) It’s sensibly sourced & purified to reduce transportation carbon footprint
3.) Boxed Water Is Better is committed to plant 1 Million Trees by 2020
More 411 & where to find it … click here. #1Thing
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
If everyone did #1Thing for Mama Earth, it would help the planet we all live on to be much Healthier & Happy. Ed Sheeran w/ his friends Garth Brooks, Tegan & Sara and Jay Pharoah all share their 1Thing. They do it! You can too! Find your 1Thing! Click the video player in the right hand top corner to check out these Celebrity 1Things. Find out what Ed smashes w/ his Mama to help Mama Earth
Monday, January 23, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
What do you do if you have something you ‘Can’t Recycle’? You dont want to toss it anyway. How can you make ‘It’ 1Thing Mama Earth friendly?
You have something you need to recycle, but there is no facility nearby to do it. Earth911 has a few suggestions that can help…
Look For / find Alternatives:
Just because you couldn’t find a place to recycle right away, there could be businesses that are collecting those types of items to get recycled through them. Example.. Car seats have a lot of pieces to them that aren’t considered recyclable. But many baby /children’s stores collect them to get them recycled in a bigger bulk style. Or stores who have bins for used batteries, light bulbs, electronics and items such as these. They can be recycled. TerraCycle is a company known to recycle items that are hard to recycle.
Many things you can reuse and repurpose. One person’s trash can be another’s treasure, which is defintly the case when recycling, reusing and repurposing. Example Learning a few crafty tricks and some youtube tutorials can be very helpful to you when it comes to creating a new use / new item out of your recycled one.
Just because you can’t use it doesn’t mean someone else may not have a use for it. Donating your items you can’t seem to recycle will help Mama Earth, and gives materials to someone else who can use it to the fullest capacity. Especially if they repurpose it. Again one person’s trash is another’s treasure fits here too.