Bottled water is a very serious environmental problem says Richard Ehrlich in his book The Green Kitchen. The bottles have to be manufactured using non-renewable fossil fuels. Frightening amounts of energy and other resources to bottle, package, store and ship them are wasted.
All this for a product that is no safer or tastier than the water that flows, at 1/1000 the price! Out of our taps!
The water inside that expensive bottle is not even safe to drink. In India at least all kinds of grisly and ghastly things have been found waiting inside for the stupid consumer who has bought one of these environmental devils! We can and must choose a refillable and washable container to carry boiled water from our homes to anywhere outside.
Sit down and estimate how much money you have spent on bottled water. It will shock you. Then use this amount for a good book, a nice movie out, a dinner out, a visit to a garden, a play or anything else!
with an ivy border of green blessings!
English Ivy has three to five lobes and has several interesting colours and shades. It needs light but will also grow in shade. It is a sturdy climber and attaches itself firmly wherever it is put. It has a wonderful overall rating for helping to clear up indoor air according to the lovely book How to Grow Fresh Air by Dr. B.C. Wolverton whose tests for NASA discovered and promoted 50 plants that help to purify indoor air.
English Ivy which can be found in all sorts of places all over England and other countries too, is very effective at removing formaldehyde! Its overall rating is 7.8 out of 10! It is also easy to grow and maintain, is resistant to insect infestation and has a good transpiration rating.
Best of all it is also a very good plant to grow in gardens to lure wildlife!
only tweet to remind us to “Think before flushing!” to save precious water!
reduce the time you spend in your shower! Cutting down by only 2 minutes will save 60 litres of water!
From: Family Circle: Environment Friendly Home Hints
Fresh fruit fact & More Green Tips
- 25 per cent of all the fresh fruit that we buy goes rotten in the fruit bowl rather than being eaten! So buy less!
- Used water can be re-used to water plants even if it contains washing up liquid.
- Juice: it takes around 16 oranges to produce a litre of pure juice, and 22 litres of water in production.
- It also takes around 900 litres of water for irrigation. Eighty per cent of orange juice drunk in Europe comes from Brazil. For every tonne consumed, at least 25 tonnes of materials are used up. The whole fruit plus a glass of tap water would be the better, greener choice!
- One estimate likens the global-warming impact of one cow to that of a four-wheel-drive car in average use for a day! So cut down on meat!
from: The Green Food Bible: Judith Wills
Green Shopping Tips
- Make smaller frequent trips for fresh items to nearer/local shops.
- A list will stop you from making impulse purchases and later waste!
- Try to avoid imported oranges, grapes and other fruits, especially when you find local ones which are fresher and much cheaper and healthier!
- Avoid waste when tempted by ‘reduced’ items on sale. A 5 kg bag of apples or oranges, or grapes is not good value for you or for the planet if most of it will spoil!
- Buy items with the furthest-away sell-by or use-by date that you can find! In a supermarket they will be right at the back of the shelf behind the oldest products, which the shelf-stackers will want to sell first. With stacked trays of vegetables, fruit and salads, they will be the ones in the bottom of the stack.
- Buy seasonal items in quantity if they will store well: onions, squashes, root vegetables) freeze (raspberries, blackcurrents) make into sauces, or soups, (tomatoes, leeks) to freeze, can be bottled (many items) or turned into drinks, or can be divided with friends.
- Try not to take kids shopping as they will make you do the wrong shopping for brightly coloured, packaged items of junk food!
- Look at your trolley carefully before paying: remove what you feel is not needed and not a wise choice!
From: The Green Food Bible: Judith Wills
Easy-does-it homemade toilet bowl cleaner:
half cup baking soda
one fourth cup white vinegar
10 drops tea tree essential oil
combine, scrub with brush and flush.
from: Green Goes with Everything : Sloan Barnett.
Start a household ‘Ragbag’ for storing all your clean fabric discards in – torn sheet remnants, dressmaking leftovers, worn out T=shirts, dresses etc. Then use them for jobs like applying waxes and cleaners, washing windows, cleaning the car, sopping up stains, or lining a bag or basket for a new puppy or kitten.
The Water Guzzlers
Water disposal units are a two-way waste. They use energy and water (about 30 litres per day) and the food scraps they swallow up make valuable composting material!
Dishwashers are hungry water gobblers. They use up too much energy and rely on very harsh detergents! You could buy a water/energy efficient one, but to be a real friend of the planet, just do without one!
Running the tap when you prepare vegetables or other food is the worst way to waste precious water. Most of us do it without even thinking! Instead we can half fill the sink with water for these jobs and then use up that water for the plants!
Use the left over kitchen water from jugs and kettles, bowls and pots, to water the garden.
Take shorter showers as about 30 litres of water per minute rushes down the drain!