GOING GREEN IN SUMMER, Part 2

GOING GREEN IN SUMMER, Part 2

MEALS

  1. As you say grace before and after meals include thanking not only God but the EARTH and all who till and care for her, for the food you have.
  2. Use a cloth napkin and remember why you do so. Be grateful for the trees saved by not using disposables.
  3. Choose locally-grown foods whenever possible—shopping at Farmers’ Markets, or buying through a CSA or buying club. Buy responsibly grown fruits and vegetables, ethically raised meat, chicken, eggs, and fish.
  4. Plan your meals ahead. Increase plant-based items and reduce meat. Reduce processed foods, use leftovers.  Compost food waste.  Animal products use massive amounts of energy as do processed foods and foods shipped around the world.
  5. If you eat meals prepared by others—whether a food service, in-house cafeteria, or even a local restaurant, ask kitchen staff/manager to utilize fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Be sure to compliment them when they do—and eat heartily!
  6. Read labels—note country of origin, number of long-syllable chemical ingredients, whether it contains GMO ingredients (or proclaims that it doesn’t since the US doesn’t demand fair labeling), as well as looking for Organic items.
  7. Don’t buy products with excess packaging (eg. wrapped “single-serving” items) or use single-use paper and plastic ware, etc. Avoid Styrofoam always. If you must use disposables, take the time to locate recycled and compostable products—then do it!
  8. Barbecuing – Use propane which burns cleaner than wood or charcoal. a. If you’re wedded to charcoal try a more natural charcoal product. b. When you’re done grilling, use natural cleaning products such as an organic grill cleaner
  9. Perhaps consider a solar oven.
  10. Never use hot, running water to defrost frozen foods. Plan ahead and place frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or use the microwave oven.
  11. Rinse vegetables and fruits in a sink or a pan filled with water instead of under running water.
  12. Share your meals and celebrate the gifts of the Earth.

 

LAWN/YARD CARE

  1. Use EARTH Friendly products on your lawn and garden. Run-off water with fertilizers contaminates the rivers.
  2. If installing a lawn, select a turf mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.
  3. Set lawn mower blades one notch higher since longer grass reduces evaporation. Leave grass clippings on your grass because it cools the ground and holds in moisture.
  4. If you’re still using an old mower that is spitting harmful gasses into the environment, it’s time to upgrade to a newer model, such as an electric mower, that spews fewer or no emissions and benefits the earth and increases safety and performance.
  5. Put water hoses in lawns, gardens, and orchards on timers and be sure they are in good working condition.
  6. Avoid using sprinklers if possible. If you must, adjust them so they don’t spray on sidewalks, driveway, or street.
  7. Don’t water the lawn on windy days. There’s too much evaporation.
  8. Never hose down your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or balcony, always use a broom or blower.
  9. Water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on your grass. If it springs back, when you lift your foot, it doesn’t need water. So set your sprinklers for more days in between watering or avoid watering it.
  10. Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller water drops and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.
  11. Cut down watering on cool and overcast days and don’t water in the rain!! Adjust or deactivate automatic sprinklers.
  12. Use a rain gauge, or empty tuna can, to track rainfall on your lawn. Then reduce your watering accordingly.
  13. Let your lawn go dormant during the summer. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three weeks or less if it rains.
  14. Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.
  15. Best of all, convert all of your lawn (except areas used for playing, walking, or other outdoor activities) to native vegetation such as ground covers, shrubs, trees, and flowers.
  16. Buy solar lights for outdoor lighting of pathways or other areas.
  17. When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
  18. Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs it the most.
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