Word To Your Mother


Earth Day may have come and gone, but it's important to take care of the planet on a daily basis. I've always been somewhat environmentally conscious, but I became more acutely aware of our effect on the planet after having Merle. Did I want to leave the Earth looking like a trash dump for Merle? No, I do not. If everyone started off by making small changes in their habits, together we could slow the environmental decay. You know, a little more Captain Planet and less like Walle. Here are five simple ways to help out Mother Earth.


1. Plant bee friendly plants

I wrote about colony collapse disorder last summer and the current state of the world's bee population continues to be worrisome. Without bees, many fruit, vegetable, and flower varieties will cease to exist. Provide more pollen to the bees in your area by planting bee friendly plants like lavender, buttercups, and zinnias. I love this cute illustration that lists bee friendly plants. Another way to help is by making a donation to organizations fighting to improve bee populations like, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, or make it even easier by buying this t-shirt from J.Crew. Yup that's right, something for you and something good for the environment :)

2. Buy more organic foods

Fruits, veggies, and grains grown organically are not treated with petroleum-based fertilizers or synthetic pesticides, which means they pollute the soil, water, and air less than traditional farming. Not to mention, it's better for your body to avoid the potentially carcinogenic pesticide residues on non-organic produce. Eating organic can be expensive. There's a new coupon site called Mambo Sprouts that specializes in organic foods and they have a lot of great deals.

3. Walk more and use cars less

This can mean different things depending on where you live. If you live in a city, walk to your next brunch instead of cabbing it. If you live in the suburbs, walk between near by stores instead of reparking the car.


4. Make the switch to natural cleaning products

The stratospheric or good ozone layer protects us from harmful UV-b rays. The number one cause of ozone depletion is solvent cleaning products. Switch to natural cleaning products for your health and for Mother Earth.

5. Buy less

Thank about all the things you threw out this year. What did your list include? Was there anything you didn't absolutely need? Whether it's water bottles or clothes from fast fashion stores, buy less of what you don't need.. It's better for your wallet and creates less waste that ends of in landfills.

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