Before we know it, August will be over and school will be in full swing! Did you know that almost all typical school supplies are either not recyclable, or that kids just don't recycle them at the end of the school year? Instead they go sliding into the garbage, as they all clean out their … Continue reading Sustainable School and Office Supplies – 19+!
Did you know that governments all over the world support the composting of human feces? Countries such as the United States, Ireland, the U.K., Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, and Sweden? Recently someone told me that they had moved to Lake Michigan several years ago so that they could swim every day. They love to … Continue reading Does the Idea of Composting Poop Offend You?
Arvid Carlson, pharmacologist, won the nobel prize for Medicine in 2000. In the 1970s he led a successful campaign AGAINST fluoridation in Sweden. In 2000, he wrote: "Sweden rejected fluoridation in the 1970s. Our children have not suffered great tooth decya, and in turn, our citizens have not borne the other hazards fluoride may case. In … Continue reading Fluoride’s Days are Numbered!
I used to love watching Mr. Rogers shows about how crayons, macaroni, and erasers are made - those episodes are classic! --- but there are so many things and manufacturing processes I wonder about. Are these processes creating safe products? Who is regulating, checking, and enforcing the safety? Who is deciding what IS safe? Our … Continue reading The truth about synthetic vs. natural fabrics – bamboo is sneaky!
Have you ever wondered why it is considered standard to inject the body with embalming chemicals? Why do we put the deceased in thick caskets of metal, or even wood, and place that casket inside a concrete vault, before we even think about setting it all down in the soil of the cemetery? Are we … Continue reading The Home Death Movement: Reclaiming an Important Part of Human Life
Does your town or city spray pesticides on public parks, public school land, etc? Ask your alderman how the land is managed now - are pesticides or herbicides sprayed? Ask them if we could transition the management to the organic practices presented in this post. Ask them if a policy could be created which bans … Continue reading Conventional vs. Organic Turf Management in our Public Spaces
The thing we forgot as a people, in the United States and around the world, is that as we change the environment, we change ourselves -- literally -- physically. We have changed the water, the air, the food, etc. I think food is THE epitome of everything. We ARE what we eat! We rebuild … Continue reading What is our Role in the Environment? Solutions! Transition.
It's strange -- I haven't been on a quest to seek out all of the 'hidden' sources of aluminum in our daily lives -- but once I became aware that aluminum is a neurotoxic substance, I began noticing it everywhere. Each time I discover another way aluminum is used commonly and carelessly in the items … Continue reading Aluminum Hiding in Plain Sight – a list of ways we use aluminum
There is an incredible opportunity to heat your home without using any fossil fuels. The answer lies in "Rocket Technology" and "Thermal Mass / Heat Retention/Release"!!! As those of you know who have used conventional wood burning stoves, a few to several cords of wood are burned each winter, depending on the size of the … Continue reading Heat Your Home with 1/10 of the Wood Used in Conventional Wood Burning Stove
The vitamin K "shot" is routinely given at birth for a few reasons described in Joette Calabrese's post. But as she writes, the costs or risks rarely justify the use of the vitamin K shot. Many people don't realize that it is even given at birth, though the practice began in the 1960s. It is … Continue reading Vitamin K “Shot” At Birth – Cost vs. Benefit