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Holiday Shoppers, the Planet Needs You to Take It Easy With the Next-Day Shipping

Holiday Shoppers, the Planet Needs You to Take It Easy With the Next-Day Shipping | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Back in 1966, the editors of Time indulged in a long-honored magazine tradition and published an essay in which experts made predictions about the future—in this case, the year 2000. By then, these experts prognosticated, a typical shopper "should be able to switch on to the local supermarket on the video phone
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Did you know that convenience is not  always environmentally good for the planet? For instance those of you who buy just one item at a time online and then choose next-day shipping. It would make more common sense to buy several items at a time and then to help the planet even more choose to receive the package in 5 days time.

 

You can also decide ahead of time when stores offer sales and buy all your items early to avoid the last minute hassle. Receiving your packages early would seem to do w\away with the urge to use next-day shipping.

 

The problems are two-fold. First the delivery services use fossil fuels and emit quite a bit of carbon pollution into the atmosphere which eventually harms everything on this planet including your health. The second problem is the mind set of shoppers.

 

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You might consider making your own gifts and mailing them via the Post Office. A homemade gift comes from the heart and is almost always cherished. 

 

You can order books from your local bookstore or your local bookstore online and they will ship the multiple items to the recipient. Books are always welcome.

 

You can purchase mindfully and consider not just you, the sender, not just the receiver, but also Planet Earth. How you act both with deeds and speech is connected to this planet. There is no separateness.

 

Read more about “Holiday Shoppers, the Planet Needs You to Take it Easy With the Next-Day Shipping” from www.ecowatch.com by Jeff Turrentine.

 

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10 Big Time Greens for Cold Weather Gardens

10 Big Time Greens for Cold Weather Gardens | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
The other great thing is that, despite being ubiquitously leafy, greens have unique flavors and textures that keep the winter harvest both interesting and diverse. There are a lot of greens to choose from for cold weather gardens.
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Did you know that you can still plant greens and cabbage for your winter garden? Plant them in containers during the cold months and they will reward you with delicious nutritious flavors and textures to add to your meals.

 

You can also grow sprouts and micro greens in your house all year round. Sprouts are the most economical and nutritious bang for your buck.

 

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Greens as you know are one of the very healthiest foods you can consume. Greens are rich in chlorophyll, nature’s blood purifier as well as other important nutrients.

 

You can grow many different kinds of greens as well as cabbage. Read the full article to choose which ones you will plant.

 

Read more about “10 Big Time greens For Cold Winter Gardens” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Now

5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Now | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
The United Nations released a climate change report forewarning of global catastrophes that could begin by 2040 unless drastic changes are made to reduce greenhouse gases. It might seem like a daunting task, but here are five lifestyle changes you can make right now to start reducing your carbon footprint.
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Did you know there are many different ways you can help the environment and animals by reducing your carbon footprint? Relying on coal, oil and gas for heating your home, for your electricity, and driving your car are major contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. The kind of food you consume if it’s meat and dairy are also major contributors of greenhouse gas emissions and cause animal cruelty.

 

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By changing your consumer habits you can make a huge difference towards creating a clean green planet. When you add more or all plant based real whole food into your body you’re not only helping fight climate change, you’re also assisting your body’s health and the health of farm animals.

 

Instead of buying packaged processed food make your own plant based faves. You can prep your own almond or other plant sourced ingredients for milk. You can make your own nut and seed butters. You can even make your own plant based burgers. You’ll save money and have the knowing that you helped in a small way.

 

You can donate or sell your car and take public transportation. You can buy an EV or a bike or use both for commuting and errands. You can walk more and help your body at the same time.

You can also choose to take the train if possible instead of flying on an airplane. You’ll enjoy the trip more and save money.

 

You can decide to install solar panels on your house. You can buy LED lights which use up to 90 percent less energy. If you live in Portland, OR you can get some new lights this winter, you can get several free LEDs from Energy Trust of Oregon. 

https://www.energytrust.org/incentives/energy-saver-kits/

 

You can purchase green eco friendly products with no plastic packaging. You can also purchase loose veggies and fruits or bring your own green packaging. You can buy in the bulk aisle of your market and store in glass jars at home.

 

You can carry stainless steel beverage containers or glass jars when you’re out and about. You can bring your own silverware and plate to avoid plastic at outdoor events or in cafes.

 

Read more about “5 Ways to Improve Your Carbon Footprint Now” from www.ecowatch.com by Meredith Rosenberg.

 

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The Anthropocene—Coming Soon to a Theater (and Museum, and Bookshelf) Near You

The Anthropocene—Coming Soon to a Theater (and Museum, and Bookshelf) Near You | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Anthropocene is a clunky word for an even more unwieldy concept. But props to the Merriam-Webster team who have given us a dictionary definition that's easy enough to follow.
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Did you know that humans’ impact on Planet earth is so vast and multifaceted there’s no easy way to illustrate the scope of the damage done? A group of three Canadian artists: filmmaker, photographer, and cinematographer, created a panoramic view of what they refer to as the Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. This creation is a combination of a traveling exhibit, educational program, book, and documentary film.

 

This project gives one an opportunity to see part of the scope of what humans have created and then ignored. The time is way past now to begin creating solutions.

 

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Do your part. Pick one of the environmental problems and work to reduce its effect. Involve your whole family, friends, colleagues, neighborhood, and community.

 

Everyone, including governments must take action for the betterment of Earth and all her inhabitants. Sign petitions, make calls, attend hearings. Be polite but be firm. Be the voice for the animals.

 

Read more about “The Anthropocene - Coming Soon to a Theatre (and Museum and Bookshelf) Near You” from www.ecowatch.com by Clara Chaisson OnEarth.

 

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Greenpeace Expedition Finds 11 Times More Microplastics in Great Pacific Garbage Patch Than Previously Recorded

Greenpeace Expedition Finds 11 Times More Microplastics in Great Pacific Garbage Patch Than Previously Recorded | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Over the course of the expedition, the crew found eleven times more microplastic pollution in the massive gyre than had been previously discovered near major U.S. cities like Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, and San Diego!
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Did you know that the Greenpeace Expedition found 11 times more micro plastics in the Pacific Ocean than previously recorded? Many corporate polluters waste was also found. Coca Cola was found to be the worst plastic corporate polluter.

 

Because there is so much plastic in the oceans and waterways it is imperative that we humans must find ways to stop the plastic from entering in the first place. Very little plastics is recycled today. 

 

If you have plastic in your home reuse it or swap yours for someone else’s. Find ways to reuse or up-cycle. Refuse to buy more and don’t recycle because the plastic just gets put in the landfill and then ends up in the waterways. Plastic kills all kinds of wildlife.

 

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Commit to using glass or stainless steel for beverage containers and for silverware. If you use straws buy glass ones.

 

Stop buying single use plastic. Sign petitions for cities to ban single use plastic in any form. If you’re a creative or artist create a work of art using single use plastic or other forms of plastic.

 

Wash your clothes that have microfibers only when really dirty. Wash your clothes with organic nature made ingredients. Try to buy nature made ingredients in paper packaging. Biokleen brand sells green liquid laundry detergent in molded hard paper packaging. Ask your store to carry it.

 

Remember if you don’t need the product then don’t buy it. Only buy products not encased in plastic packaging.  This also goes for your food. Buy loose produce not packaged in plastic wrap.

 

Read more about “Greenpeace Expedition Finds 11 Times More Microplastics in Great Pacific Garbage Patch Than Previously Recorded’ from www.onegreenplanet.org by Aleksandra Pajida.

 

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Turkeys: Who Are They, and Why Should We Care?

Turkeys: Who Are They, and Why Should We Care? | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
We adopted Amelia as a young turkey into our sanctuary from a local farmer. She lived with us for five years until her legs gave out, and we had to call our veterinarian to put her to rest, surrounded by her friends in the yard. Until then she hung out happily with the chickens and ducks, and when people visited, she'd fan out her whit
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Did you know that turkeys are emotionally sensitive animals who are wonderful mothers to their young? Turkeys are sensitive to the pain and anguish suffered by their fellow turkeys, especially for those confined in factory farms.

 

In 2017, 242.5 million, an astronomical number, turkeys were slaughtered in the U.S. Unfortunately for the turkeys everyday is Thanksgiving for those who are killed so people can consume them.

 

Turkeys and chickens who are confined in factory farms are injected with antibiotics. These animals become so fat they are unable to stand. Their beaks and claws are removed. They live in filthy environments and rarely get outdoors. The male baby chicks are killed as they cannot lay eggs.

 

Many of you say you’re compassionate, you’re kind and yet you still consume farm animals. Does your compassion only exist for pets and marine animals? 

 

Instead of shopping this weekend instead meditate and go within and find your compassion. Make a choice who you are and how you are going to express it. Planet Earth is our only home. Be good to her, be kind to all the animals, and be kind to each other. Let’s create the peaceful loving kind world we need.

 

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Choose to consume plant based real whole food which is healthy, kind to all animals, and helps our planet . The choice is always up to you. Choose wisely for your children and your grandchildren.

 

Read more about “Turkeys Who Are They and Why Should We Care” from www.ecowatch.com by Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns.

 

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How Henrietta the Turkey Can Change How the World Thinks About Food – and Why That's More Important Than Ever

How Henrietta the Turkey Can Change How the World Thinks About Food – and Why That's More Important Than Ever | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
A few years ago just before Thanksgiving, a woman named Anna pulled up to the barn at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. I walked out to meet her; we’d been expecting her and her passenger.
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Did you know that turkeys are sensitive and emotional animals who feel pain just as you do and who have relationships with other animals as you do as well? Turkeys and other farm animals exhibit many behaviors which most humans think are theirs alone.

 

There is an overarching need for many more humans begin to awaken to the fact that we are all connected and that what we as humans do affects everything on this planet. Humans will bear witness to climate change continuing to escalate and more destructive weather patterns occurring. We will see more land deforestation and more air and water pollution. 

 

More farm animals will live in squalid filthy denigrating conditions. More farm animals will have their young taken from them. More farm animals like our current chickens and turkeys won’t be able to stand up as their bodies are weighted down with antibiotic chemicals which have made them too fat to stand. More baby male chicks will be killed just because they’re not female laying hens.

 

Humans’ health will also be affected with diseases running rampant. The solution is already here in the form of plant based real whole food. Isn’t it time to make it a reality for all humans and isn’t it time to allow farm animals to live freely with dignity and grace?

 

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Adopting a plant based real whole food lifestyle is amazing for your body, mind, and spirit. Whether you decide to change your eating habits because of your compassion for animals or your kindness for your own body doesn’t matter. What truly matters is that you have made a life changing commitment to change for the betterment of Planet Earth.

 

There is no separateness. We are all in this together. Let’s create a beautiful, kind, and  peaceful world filled with love and gratitude. Let’s lead by a beautiful example for our children.

 

Read more about “How Henrietta the Turkey Can Change How the World Thinks About Food - and Why That’s More Important Than Ever” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Kathy Stevens.

 

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The Shocking Truth About How Much Trash You Generate in Just One Day

The Shocking Truth About How Much Trash You Generate in Just One Day | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Let’s walk through an ordinary day with situations encountered by the ordinary person to explore just how much plastic is intertwined into our lives.
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Did you know that humans produce about 300 tons of plastic every year and only about seven percent of plastics are recycled in the U.S.? Eight million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year harming and killing marine animals.

 

Many people still use single use plastics which enter the waste stream and end up harming and killing more wildlife every day. It’s imperative that you all must reduce and eliminate your usage of these items.

 

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There are always ways to eliminate use of plastic. You have to keep these ideas uppermost in your mind and heart so you can follow through with your intention.

 

Always reuse what you can and just stop all buying habits evolved around plastic. If you truly don’t need the item, don’t buy it. Or find another way that doesn’t involve the use of plastic.

 

Resolve to buy your produce loose instead of wrapped in plastic packaging. Buy food in bulk in small paper bags or reusable plastic bags. Forgo buying any processed plastic packaged foods.

 

Wash your clothes in homemade laundry detergent or buy detergent in recycled paper containers. Wash clothes only when really dirty to save on water.

 

Use vinegar, lemon, and baking soda to clean your counters and other kitchen items. Use gentle Bon Ami for your bathroom needs. Avoid harsh chemicals and bleach. 

 

Do your best to buy products for the home, car, and personal usage in glass or paper packaging. Making your own works well.

 

Read more about ‘The Shocking Truth About How Much Trash You Generate in Just One Day” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Marjorie Macklin.

 

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UN Warns We Have 12 Years to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 40% – Here's How You Can Halve Your Footprint Today!

UN Warns We Have 12 Years to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 40% – Here's How You Can Halve Your Footprint Today! | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
According to an alarming report recently released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we only have around a dozen years left to limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F) if we wish to avoid a significantly heightened risk of extreme heat, droughts, floods and poverty affecting hundreds of millions of people around the world.
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Did you know you can halve your carbon footprint easily by adopting a plant based real whole food lifestyle and leave animal sourced food off your plate? This solution saves precious water, helps save animal’s lives, and redirects grain to humans instead of animals. Cows eat grass not grain.

 

The article states that if everyone on the planet stopped consuming meat there would be enough grain to feed 1.4 billion people which would help with world hunger. Just shifting your type of meals from animal based to plant sourced one day a week or more would make a huge difference in the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and would save over 200, 000 gallons of water.

 

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If you consider yourself an environmentalist or conservationist then it’s a no-brainer that you must be consuming plant based real whole food which helps the planet. Consuming plant based not only helps Planet Earth but also is a kinder lifestyle as it helps animals.

 

Read more about “UN Warns We Have 12 Years to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 40% - Here’s How You Can Halve Your Footprint Today” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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Changing the Main Course of Climate Change

Changing the Main Course of Climate Change | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
If we truly want to fulfill America's pledge and solve the climate crisis, we must move away from meat- and dairy-intensive diets. Cities, counties, states, businesses, universities, school districts and hospitals can lead the way by shifting toward plant-forward foods to change the main course of climate change and help rescue our ailing planet.
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Did you know that agriculture produces an astronomical one-third of all global greenhouse gas emissions? Animal sourced meat and dairy make up about half of those food related emissions. 

 

Food related emissions is more than the combined tailpipe discharges from every vehicle, plane, train, bus, and boat in the world. The world’s top five meat and dairy companies create more emissions than Exxon Mobil, Shell, and BP (British Petroleum).

 

A coalition of more than 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, and activists name “plant-rich diet” as the fourth most impactful climate mitigation strategy. Reducing food waste is a top mitigation strategy as well. Climate friendly diets are cost effective as well.

 

Cities, counties, universities, and school districts can reduce their carbon footprint and improve health by leveraging their huge purchasing power to buy more plant based foods. The food industry must also step up to the plant based plate. Grocery retailers, food service management companies, and restaurant chains must do their part by tracking and reducing their supply chain carbon and adding more plant based menus.

 

Health tips:

 

At home eat plant based real whole food. At restaurants opt for the plant based meals. Encourage your fave restaurant to include more plant based offerings. Do the same at your child’s school.

 

Everyone working together can effect change. This helps Planet Earth, animals, and people’s health outcomes.

 

Read more about “Changing the Main Course of Climate Change” from www.ecowatch.com by Friends of the Earth.

 

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Oregon Revives Nation's First Statewide Refillable Bottle Program

Oregon Revives Nation's First Statewide Refillable Bottle Program | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Glass bottles used to have value. For instance, Coca-Cola famously operated a returnable glass bottle program for 80 years until its last refillable bottling plant in Minnesota closed its doors in 2012. These days, glass bottles are recycled or—more often than not—tossed in the trash.
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Did you know that Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) has launched the first refillable bottle system in the nation? Seven breweries in Oregon have joined and are bottling their beers in new durable glass bottles which can be cleaned, refilled, and reused. The bottles can be reused 40 to 50 times. 

 

The refill program is much better for the environment than recycling single use glass bottles. Another facility is planned for 2020. Each time the bottles are reused the carbon footprint of the bottle is halved.

 

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Here’s a program that helped the environment decades ago that was brought back. Can you think of other eco friendly projects or programs that can be started again in your Sate, city or town?

 

When people join hands and work for the common good everything improves. This planet could use some hand and heart joining for the common good right now.

 

Read more about “Oregon Revives Nation’s First Statewide Refillable Bottle Program” from www.ecowatch.com by Lorraine Chow.

 

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7 Fall Spices You Can Grow at Home

7 Fall Spices You Can Grow at Home | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Spices, by which we mean things like ginger and cumin, have a reputation as being harder to grow at home than herbs, but to a large extent, it's just that we're not used to it here in North America. Ask any homesteader in Southeast Asia for a tour of the garden, and you'll find plenty of spices.
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Did you know that there are spices which you can easily grow at your home? Spices are different from herbs which can also be grown at home. Herbs are considered seasonings which come from the leaves of the plant. Spices are seasonings which come from any other part of the plant.

 

You can grow some spices during the warmer months of the year, including ginger. Others like saffron can be grown in late summer and Fall.

 

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Both herbs and spices added to food help make it flavorful and more delicious. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory herb which helps your digestion and also helps with PMS and headaches. 

 

Turmeric is possibly the best known anti-inflammatory that has been studied. It helps with many different health ailments, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s.

 

Cumin has been shown to help your liver and pancreas. Coriander seeds help your liver lower blood fats for those with obesity and diabetes. Coriander seeds also help to lower cholesterol.

 

Read more about “7 Fall Spices You Can Grow at Home” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Brian Barth, Modern Farmer.

 

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300 Dead Sea Turtles Were Found Off the Coast of Mexico for the Saddest Reason

300 Dead Sea Turtles Were Found Off the Coast of Mexico for the Saddest Reason | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Just recently, there was an especially heartbreaking case of mass turtle death off the southern coast of Mexico, where the lifeless bodies of around 300 Olive Ridley sea turtles were discovered. While the turtles’ cause of death has not yet been confirmed, experts currently believe fishing nets to be the most likely culprit.


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Did you know that carelessness, ignorance, and consumption of plastic are killing marine animals and other wildlife? This time it was 300 Olive Ridley sea turtles strangled by fishing nets left in the ocean by owners of fishing boats. This terrible tragedy has happened in the past to sea turtles. Sea turtles are an endangered species.

 

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Our planet’s resources must be respected by humans. It’s way past the time to end our plastic consumption.

 

Read more about “300 Dead Sea Turtles Were Found Off the Coast of Mexico For the Saddest Reason” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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Polluted Air Sends Up to 33 Million People to the ER Each Year

Polluted Air Sends Up to 33 Million People to the ER Each Year | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Between 9 to 33 million visits to the emergency room for asthma worldwide may be triggered by breathing in air polluted by ozone or fine particulate matter, a first-of-its-kind global study from George Washington University has found. These two forms of air pollution are linked to asthma as well as a vast array of negative health impacts.
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Did you know that people in the U.S. as well as citizens from other countries around the world are going to the emergency room for asthma attacks because of dirty polluted air? A global study from George Washington University has found that air polluted by ozone may be the culprit.

 

Emissions from industrial facilities, electric utilities, car exhaust, and other sources interacts with sunlight to create ozone pollution. Tiny particles of pollution from industrial emissions can get lodged deep into the lungs of people. People are also suffering from negative health impacts.

 

Another big reason for people experiencing more asthma attacks comes from a different source: Dairy. Dairy is inflammatory and causes congestion and breathing difficulties for many people.

 

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Reducing traffic and fossil fuels would go along way to reducing air pollution. The U.S. and other countries must commit to using eco friendly energy sources and phase out fossil fuel industries.. You can help by promoting and purchasing environmentally friendly cars, by using eco friendly transit in your community, by biking, and walking more.

 

In addition to walking, riding your bike, taking more public transit and maybe driving an EV or an electric bike, please consider adopting a plant based real whole food regimen. This also helps the environment and the health of farm animals and your health as well.

 

Read more about “Polluted Air Sends Up to 33 Million People to the ER Each Year” from www.ecowatch.com by Lorraine Chow.

 

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7 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly

7 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Without beating ourselves up over whatever inefficiencies and pollutants our bathrooms currently have, there are lots of possibilities for most of us to do better in there with regards to the planet. And, it’s our actions, our personal choices, that will kickstart real change.
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You can purchase eco toothpaste, floss, and use essential oils in place of room deodorizers. Buy or make your own clean green beauty/skincare products both for women and men. Organic raw coconut oil, organic raw cacao butter, and organic lavender essential oil makes a wonderful moisturizer.

 

Purchase a Multipure shower filter for your bathroom and also buy a Multipure mini Aquadome for the sink or you can purchase whole house water filtration from Multipure. Having clean green water is essential for your health. You can also get a low flow fixture for your shower head reducing the amount of water used. 

 

Plus there are new more efficient toilets to learn about. You can also invest in new energy saving water heaters.

 

You can also purchase eco recyclable toilet paper and tissues and LED light energy saving bulbs. If you use a hair dryer buy a low energy model or use for a shortened period of time for an older model. 

 

You can also buy organic towels for your bathroom. Then there’s eco green soaps or organic liquid soaps.  Remember whatever you put on your skin enters your body and can make you sick.. You always want to buy clean green safe products for your health and the health of Planet Earth.

 

Read more about “7 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

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How to Avoid Creating Extra Trash When You Buy Groceries

How to Avoid Creating Extra Trash When You Buy Groceries | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Waste from grocery shopping comes at us from all angles. The modern food industry is built around convenience and commercialism rather than feeding us healthy meals. I
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Did you know that food shopping today is all about convenience which is at odds with helping the environment? Plastic bags and containers dominate the packaging scene.

 

You can shop differently than most people who end up bringing home tons of trash which mostly ends up not being recycled, reused, or even eaten. The secret is to buy with intention.

  1. Plan ahead toward what you need for the week.
  2. Have a list.
  3. Buy only what’s on it.  
  4. Purchase only real whole plant based loose produce, food in glass jars, and paper bagged bulk food. 
  5. Refrain from buying packaged processed food which mostly contains high amounts of sugar, salt, and pesticides/GMO’s.
  6. Remember Planet Earth when you shop.

 

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Bring your own cloth shopping bags or purchase a wheeled carry-on and use to carry your food home. In your bag carry your own used paper sacks/bags, reused plastic bags, and even small glass jars. Utilize the bulk aisle of your market buying only what you need, saving money, and helping the environment.

 

Read more about “How to Avoid Creating extra Trash When You Buy Groceries” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

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You Can Now Get Cruelty-Free Handbags Made With Mushroom Leather!

You Can Now Get Cruelty-Free Handbags Made With Mushroom Leather! | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Bolt Threads is one company championing faux leather created in an especially fascinating way – its Mylo material is made from mycelium, the underground root structure of mushrooms. The company is now debuting an exciting new product that will soon have the chance to become a staple for many – a spacious handbag called the Mylo™ Driver Bag.
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Did you know you can now buy quality handbags made from mushrooms instead of leather? How many of you know that leather comes from animal skin and is one of the many cruelest ways to harm animals?

 

Why would anyone with a conscience want to wear leather shoes, leather gloves or carry a handbag or other item that was made from harming an animal? It just doesn’t make any sense. Animals are sentient beings who feel pain just as humans do.

 

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Many new forward thinking companies are using Mother Nature’s resources to create lasting, durable, beautiful products that don’t harm animals but respect them. Bolt Threads creates what they refer to as “faux leather’ products made from mycellium, the root structure of mushrooms.

 

Other companies use the skin of pineapples and other foods to create sustainable high quality products. Reconsider your choices and choose kinder products for yourself, your home, and your car.

 

Read more about “You Can Now Get Cruelty-Free Handbags Made With Mushroom Leather” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Aleksandra Pajda.

 

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8 Indoor Crops for Winter Gardening

8 Indoor Crops for Winter Gardening | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Gardening is often treated as a seasonal sport, but it's possible to play in winter, too—you just have to learn a slightly different set of rules. The first, and most important, step is to understand which crops are best adapted to indoor growing. Then it's a matter of creating the right conditions for each.
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Did you know you can grow veggies and herbs indoors in the winter and have fresh food at your fingertips all year long? Sprouts are by far the easiest to grow and the most nutritious. Sprouts can be grown in soil, in filtered water, and in hemp bags.

 

Health Tips:

 

However you get your plant based real whole food, preferably organic to avoid pesticides,  doesn’t really matter. What truly matters is that you are consuming plant sourced food daily whether it be 3, 2, or 1 meals a day. The more plant food you eat the better for your health, the health of animals, and planet Earth.

 

According to information on Dr Michael Greger’s site www.nutritionfacts.org it takes your body about 6 months to balance itself after eating animal based food. Best to continue with the plant food once begun.

 

Read more about “8 Indoor Crops For Winter Gardening” from www.ecowatch.com by Brian Barth, Modern Farmer.

 

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New Study Finds Horses Understand Human Emotions – And Remember How We Felt the Last Time They Saw Us

New Study Finds Horses Understand Human Emotions – And Remember How We Felt the Last Time They Saw Us | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Anthony Douglas Williams once quoted, "When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul." Well, according to new research, there is, even more, to be seen, at least in the eyes of horses. A study by the University of Sussex and the University of Portsmouth shows that horses can not only recognize human faces but actually remember their previous moods.
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Happy Thanksgiving. Have a compassionate Thanksgiving this year.

 

Did you know that horses like other animals feel pain, have emotions like you do, and horses also recognize human faces and remember the emotional state of those persons? Horses can recognize threats with their left eyes and horses are socially intelligent animals.

 

You will discover that all animals are sentient beings who have emotions like you. Humans don’t eat other humans. So why do you think it’s okay to consume farm animals? 

 

Health Tips:

 

When you eat compassionately you are helping your own body’s health, farm animals, and Planet Earth. A total loving kind win-win.

 

Read more about “New Study Finds Horses Understand Human Emotions - and Remember How We Felt the Last Time They Saw Us” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Nadine Rich.

 

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How to Feed 10 Billion by 2050 Without Destroying the Planet

How to Feed 10 Billion by 2050 Without Destroying the Planet | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
A major new study published in Nature is the first to quantify how food production and consumption impacts the planet's ability to sustain human life. Luckily, the study also mapped a way out of this mess. The researchers found that greening the food sector depends on major changes in three areas: diet, waste and farming.
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Did you know that by 2050 it is estimated that our planet will have 10 billion people which will increase the environmental pressures on Earth by the global food system between 50 and 92 percent? A major new study published in the journal Nature says that if nothing is done, the environmental pressures will push the planet “beyond the boundaries that define a safe operating space for humanity”.

 

Our food system uses up the planet’s resources in four ways. One of the them being that agriculture uses up lots of fresh water. The way the world is being fed needs to change. Researchers found that greening the food sector depends on three major changes: Food, waste, and farming.

 

Health Tips:

 

You can start helping today by adopting a real whole food plant based lifestyle. The more people who change their eating habits the better for the planet. Plant based real whole food helps not only your health but the health of farm animals, and Planet Earth. 

 

Read more about “How To Feed 10 Billion by 2050 Without Destroying the Planet” from www.ecowatch.com by Olivia Rosane.

 

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Americans Need to Eat 90% Less Beef and 60% Less Dairy to Avoid Environmental Devastation

Americans Need to Eat 90% Less Beef and 60% Less Dairy to Avoid Environmental Devastation | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
To be specific, U.K. and U.S. citizens need to begin eating 90 percent less beef and drinking 60 percent less dairy milk while increasing their consumption of beans and pulses between four and six times, the research team concluded.
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Did you know that industrial agriculture is depleting the planet’s resources of forests, land, and water at unsustainable rates while polluting the air and other resources? Humans choice of food and how it’s produced needs to drastically change to avoid climate catastrophe.

 

Not just industrial agriculture but also grass fed farming causes greenhouse gas emissions harming our atmosphere. Between agriculture and fossil fuel consumption our planet is heating up at an alarming rate.

 

Planet earth, the environment, and wildlife need your help We’re all in this situation together.

 

Health Tips:

 

What you can do is adopt a plant based real whole food lifestyle completely or at least for half of the week. To wean off animal sourced food you can add it as a side dish.

 

After several months you will notice a discernible difference in your health when you have stopped consuming meat and dairy. Stick with lentils over beans to begin as beans can be difficult for your digestion when you’re body isn’t used to it. 

 

Consuming sprouts is your best choice as you receive more nutrition and sprouts are easier for your digestion. Plant based real whole food has all the protein and calcium your body requires to function optimally.

 

Read more about “Americans Need to eat 90% Less Beef and 60% Less Dairy to Avoid Environmental Devastation” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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How Shopping Waste-Free is Better for Your Health and the Planet – Plus 3 Easy Tips to Help You Do it

How Shopping Waste-Free is Better for Your Health and the Planet – Plus 3 Easy Tips to Help You Do it | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
When you grocery shop waste-free, you're doing a kindness to both the planet and your body at the same time. We can get on board with that!
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Did you know you can choose to grocery shop waste free helping yourself, wildlife, and Planet Earth? Waste free means not purchasing any packaged plastic wrapped food as there is already an astronomical amount of plastic in and on our planet.

 

Plastic never degrades. It harms wildlife, marine life, oceans and other waterways. It fills up landfills and is found in every corner of the globe, even in Antartica. 

 

Health Tips:

 

Choose plant based real whole food without packaging. Your body requires whole food not chemicals, additives, GMO’s which are found in packaged foodstuff. 

 

Buy loose produce. Buy all your legumes (lentils, peas, beans), whole ancient grains, raw nut and seeds in the bulk aisle of your healthy market or grocery store. You can also buy bulk herbs and spices, dried fruits, and other snacks in bulk, thus saving you time and money. Buy only what you need.

 

Buying in bulk does away with cans which have the chemical BPA in their lining. You’re helping your body and the planet.

 

Read more about “How Shopping Wast-Free is Better For Your Health and the Planet - Plus Three Easy Tips to Help You Do It” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Kate Good.

 

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Mosquitoes Are Passing Microplastics Up the Food Chain | Smart News

Mosquitoes Are Passing Microplastics Up the Food Chain | Smart News | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

These reviled insects are adding another charge to their rap sheet: ferrying harmful microplastics ingested from contaminated water
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Did you know that mosquitos and other animals who live in and around water have the potential to ingest micro plastics? Mosquitos can then pass on the micro plastic to birds, bats,  and other insects who eat them.

 

This is a chilling scenario which is being played out in our environment. Humans are the only ones who can stop plastic production. Even if stopped today there is an astronomical amount of plastic debris found in every place on Earth. Plastic debris that doesn’t biodegrade.

 

Health Tips:

 

Each person has the choice to stop purchasing food and products encased, wrapped, or packaged in plastic. Use, reuse, upcycle, and recycle what you currently have.

 

Encourage more creatives to upcycle existing plastic into usable products. Enterprising people have created homes, furniture, and other products using existing plastic.

 

Volunteer for beach and city plastic cleanups. Encourage your waste management companies and city officials to provide more eco friendly collection sites.

 

Humans created this mess and it is up to all of us to find ways to reduce its impact. All wildlife and Planet Earth are in the balance.

 

Read more about “Mosquitos Are Passing Microplastics Up the Food Chain” from www.smithsonianmag.com by Katherine J. Wu.

 

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5 Ways Small Actions Have Huge Power

5 Ways Small Actions Have Huge Power | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
To those who take the bus or refuse plastic toothbrushes: Don’t listen to the cynics. Research shows the little things matter.
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Did you know that taking small actions everyday can lead to growth, behavior change, and new bold diverse ideas by many others? Small habits can lead to change.You can make a difference.

 

Each one of you choosing to do something to help Planet Earth and all her inhabitants adds up over time and can change the outcome. You just have to begin.

 

Health Tips:

 

Ideas you might consider implementing:

 

  1. Reduce and/or eliminate your animal based food consumption.
  2. Reduce your buying consumption habits and only buy what you need not want.
  3. Commit to not purchasing any product encased in plastic. Reuse, upcycle, and recycle what you already have.
  4. Commit to being more compassionate to animals and to other people.
  5. Volunteer for beach, park, or other community clean-ups.
  6. Compost your food scraps and teach others how to do it.
  7. Commit to not dumping in landfills. Instead donate your items, share with friends, and repair.
  8. Use only glass or stainless steel beverage containers. 
  9. Commit to grow your own veggies and fruits for next year. You don’t need a garden plot. You can plant in small containers.
  10. Choose to create your own idea and implement it. Share with others.

 

Read more about “5 Ways Small Actions Have Huge Power” from www.ecowatch.com by Sarah Lazarovic, YES Magazine.

 

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Purslane: Plant-Based Omega-3 in the Form of a Weed

Purslane: Plant-Based Omega-3 in the Form of a Weed | Healing our planet | Scoop.it

Like other wonderful “weeds,” purslane actually has a lot of attributes that make it special. If, rather than simply ripping it out, gardeners took a minute to become more familiar with the plant, they might actually start harvesting purslane like a crop. They might even allow space for it to grow.


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Did you know that purslane, a common weed is a great source of plant based omega 3 fatty acids? Purslane like many other weeds has other important health benefits for your body. Purslane also is rich in vitamin E and beta-carotene.

 

Health Tips:

 

Purslane is a perennial which will grow year after year in your garden or pot. You can pick some from a nearby field or sidewalk cracks or buy it at a Farmer’s Market.

 

Omega 3 essential fatty acids are critical for your body. You have to consume everyday as your body doesn’t make it. You can also take a plant based omega 3 supplement.

 

Read more about “Purslane: Plant Based Omega 3 in the Form of a Weed” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathan Engels.

 

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