Happy Earth Day – 6 Ways to Celebrate Today

Today is Earth Day, a day in which we all celebrate this great planet we live on, and commit to doing something that will protect and preserve it’s resources.  This year, the global focus of Earth Day is on our cities and how to make them more environmentally resilient and sustainable.

According to the Earth Day Network, over a billion people in 190 countries celebrate Earth Day every year.  Here are 6 ways you can celebrate Earth Day today.

  • Take a Global Selfie – This year, NASA is asking people to take a selfie somewhere outdoor and share it on social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.  The aim is to encourage environmental awareness.  NASA is also planning to use the pictures to create a photo mosaic of Earth.
  • Eat Lunch Outside – Spend some time outside enjoying the area where you live or work.  Reconnecting with nature is one of the best ways to remember why we are working so hard to save it.
  • Download an App – OK, I can see you shaking your head, wondering what on earth this has to do with saving the planet, but there are a lot of good apps out there that can help you in the quest to “go green”.   Here are the top 10 green apps to help get you started.
  • Eat Local – Did you know that if everyone ate one meal a week from only locally sourced foods,  we can reduce our national oil consumption by more than 1.1 million barrels of oil — every single week. That’s more than 57.2 million barrels of oil saved per year!*  Download the Locavore App to help you find local in-season foods.
  • Buy Smart – When making purchases, choose those that have the smallest environmental impact.  Less packaging, recycled materials, natural ingredients; all are ways to reduce your environmental footprint.  Glynne’s Soaps prides itself on it’s use of all natural ingredients in it’s products.
  • Set a Good Example – The next generation will learn how to treat things by watching us.  It is so important to set a good example by showing respect for the planet and doing as much as we can to preserve our resources.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day today?  Leave a comment and let us know your plans!

 

*(From Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver)

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When Christmas is gone – What to do with a Christmas Tree?

Well, since the world didn’t end, I guess I need to write a blog post!  Too bad I put off all my Christmas shopping as well :)

Because it is the mission of Glynne’s Soaps to make the very best all natural products. And because personally Gayle & I strive for more sustainable living, we have decided to begin a new feature of our blog; we’re calling it “Farmer Friday”

Friday’s blog posts will be all about recycling, growing a garden and other ideas for living a less wasteful, and more natural life.

Our first post for “Farmer Friday” will discuss something that many of us will have to deal with in the next week or so….what to do with your Christmas Tree now that the holiday is over.

Please don’t take this wrong….we’re not rushing the holiday. We’re just thinking and planning ahead.

Having a live tree in the house for the season can be a joyous experience; the fresh smell, the beauty of nature, but unfortunately, it can’t live in your living room forever.  So, what do you do with it after all the ornaments and tinsel have been removed?  You can just throw it out with the trash, but why not do something that will allow it to be useful instead of just decaying in a pile.

Here are some alternatives for you to consider when disposing of your tree:

  • Make your own mulch.  With access to a wood chipper, you can turn that tree into mulch to use in your garden
  • Create a bird habitat.  If you have room in your yard, you can create a space for birds to winter.  Secure the tree (use the stand, if you don’t have other options), then add pine cone bird feeders, suet or string popcorn to attract the birds.  You and your family can enjoy watching them all winter long.
  • Create a fish habitat.  Place cut pieces of tree in a pond for the fish to hide in.  If you don’t have your own pond, or know someone who does, call your state’s Department of Natural Resources and ask if they can use your tree.
  • Stopping erosion in Chesapeake BayHelp stop shoreline erosion.Christmas trees can be used to help reduce erosion on the beach. The branches and trunk provide barriers that reduce the amount of sand that gets washed away. They can also help rebuild areas, especially after hurricanes, by collecting sand deposits.  Before you just go throw your tree on the beach or near the closest lake, call the Department of Natural Resources to see if they can use your tree for this purpose.
  • Recycle.  Find the nearest recycling center that will take your tree. They might even come pick it up for you.

All of these options require you to completely remove all decorations from your tree, and will not work if your tree has been flocked or chemically treated in any way.

Whatever you decide to do with your live tree after this holiday season, don’t just send it to the dump.  Let it complete it’s life as something useful.

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How To Tuesday: Keep Your Water Bottle Clean

Both Gayle and I are in training.  Gayle is going to walk the Disney Marathon on the day after her 50th birthday and I am racing in a Half Ironman distance triathlon in October.  As part of the training, and just for good health, we are both drinking more water than usual.  Because we try to reduce, reuse and recycle when ever possible, we didn’t like using the disposable water bottles and throwing out (well, recycling) 4 or more every day.

Our Water Bottles

So, we pulled out our nice stainless steel water bottles and realized they needed some TLC, which included a good cleaning.  We even got out the boys’ bottle so they could join the fun!

A few years ago, we discovered the best and safest way to clean out water bottles.  It’s so easy, once you read it you will be saying to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Fill your bottle with water and add one denture cleaning tablet.  Let sit overnight (or for a few hours), rinse and your bottle is clean and ready to use!

The denture cleaner is, obviously, safe to put in your mouth; there is no danger like if you had used bleach or some other toxic cleaner.  And, it’s quick and easy,  We have been amazed at how well it gets rid of the funk inside a water bottle, either metal or plastic.  It works for both.

So, save yourself some money and keep those disposable water bottles out of the landfills.   Get a reusable water bottle and keep it clean the easy way.

As a side note, I just heard this stat – “By replacing one sugary drink a day with a bottle of water, you can save over 50,000 calories a year.”  That’s a lot of calories, and one more reason to get those water bottles out!

 

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Everyday is Earth Day

Glynne’s Soaps is passionate about environmental issues.  The sole reason our company exists is because chemical pesticides killed our dog.  So, we try to do everything we can to remain environmentally friendly.  Frequently, well meaning people try to offer advice on packaging or displays, things they think would make our product stand out more, but if it doesn’t align with our dedication to remain all natural, we will politely remind them about our mission.  Others want us to create soap with a raspberry scent, or something bright pink.  You can not imagine the number of times we get requests for clear glycerin soaps (This can be done all naturally however it is a time consuming and difficult process with a high failure rate creating unnecessary waste).  Again, we have to remind them that those things can not be obtained naturally and therefore we aren’t interested.  Even if we KNOW it will be a best seller, we want to stay true to ourselves and to our mission.

This passion factors into our daily lives as well as our business.  We recycle, compost and use all natural cleaners.  We shop locally as much as possible so as not to contribute to the pollution caused by trucks hauling things in from all over the world.  This morning I rode my bike to the store to pick up a few things in order to save on gas.  We have made an honest commitment to “living green”.

This is not to say we are perfect at it.  We still use paper towels.  I forget to unplug my phone charger when I’m not using it and Gayle just refuses to rinse out a ziplock bag and use it again :)  But we really try to do as much as we can for our environment.

I love Earth Day.  I love the reminders on how we all can live better.  It’s good to have those ideas reinforced and remind people of how easy it can be to make a few small changes that will have a positive impact.  I do wish that everyday could be Earth Day.  I wish that more people took the time to do their part for the environment, even though it might not be the most convenient thing.  At Glynne’s Soaps, we are committed to creating a product that truly is all natural, safe for you, your family and the environment, and doing everything we can to make every day Earth Day.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, I  read this blog post the other day and thought it was worthy of sharing.  It was written by David on his blog, “The Good Human” and it is called “7 Examples of  What Earth Day ISN”T About”.  I encourage you to check out this post, and David’s blog in general.  It’s full of good, useful information.

Don’t forget to enter to win our contest by posting a comment here describing how you volunteer and make a difference in the world.

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