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Can Beeswax Cloth Wraps Replace Plastic Cling Wrap?

Can Beeswax Cloth Wraps Replace Plastic Cling Wrap? | Sustainism | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, blog reader Sandy Lansdale posted a question in the Discussion Forum: I would love to hear how this beeswax wrap works if anyone has tried it.
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Beth "plastic free" Terry may not write a holiday post, she sure knows how to engage me writing about alternatives to plastic wrap. Since I'm old enough to remember the days before cling wrap and all such Jazz, I could have skipped to the end where she shows her prefered ways to keep things fresh, and smelling like their proper self, but I wouldn't have missed her research, which broad to the surface wrapping cheese in ... (No Spoiler Alert necessary, I'm not going to tell you).

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The Joris Luyendijk banking blog at The Guardian

The Joris Luyendijk banking blog at The Guardian | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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How do we take care of our own when what bankers do is out of control? Grow our own vegetables, barter preserves for potatoes and vegetables. Self sufficiency always is an important tool (lets not call this a weapon even if it is) for citizens world wide.

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In Kenya, Wangari Maathai's country, Livelihoods launches « Hifadhi » against deforestation.

In Kenya, Wangari Maathai's country, Livelihoods launches « Hifadhi » against deforestation. | Sustainism | Scoop.it
More than half a century ago, a little Kenyan girl living in the Ihithe village, at the bottom of Mount Kenya, would collect firewood for her...
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You don't need to be cooking with gas, or in this case wood. Clay stoves, burning clay help save trees, help against trees being cut down.

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How Grassroots Advocates Beat the Biotech and Food Lobbies

How Grassroots Advocates Beat the Biotech and Food Lobbies | Sustainism | Scoop.it
This week, Connecticut won the honor of becoming the first state to pass a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled. (The governor has indicated he will sign the bill.) It was really only a matter of time.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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This is a good example of how local government, i.e. communities within the States of the Union (not to say U.S.A.), steered by citizens, The People can make a difference. Do not say you can not make a difference. We can each of us, by taking a stand, by informing ourselves, by passing on our thoughts and convictions.

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The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater | Sustainism | Scoop.it
I know you. We have a lot in common. You have been doing some reading and now you are pretty sure everything in the grocery store and your kitchen cupboards is going to kill you. Before Your Health...
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My system doesn't like raw kale, not my stomach, not my intestines. Blame it on my teeth, they don't like to chew kale either. Or perhaps it's all in my mind, between my ears, because I was raised in the Netherlands, and we only eat kale in the winter. After the frost that is, you can't eat kale before the frost has broken down something in the leaves, frozen particles into submission or so. We mix finely chopped kale (FINER!) with mashed potatoes, to which we add salt (others (that's my mom and everybody else) do pepper and nutmeg, but I can't, those spices give me hives) and a splash of vinegar, plus one of soy sauce. We scope a mount on a plate, than approach the top of the mount with a ladle filled with "jus", creating a crater in the mount. By turning the ladle, the jus lands in a green and creamy spotted landscape.The jus is the braising liquid we used cooking our beef for three, or four hours. That amount of time will turn the cheapesy cut into melt-in-your-mouth shreds of deliciousness. Oh, yes, do add a good serving of the beef to the jus filled crater.
Recipe some other time.
Or just look up Pot Roast.

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What's wrong with natural deodorants? You may be surprised to find aluminium.

What's wrong with natural deodorants? You may be surprised to find aluminium. | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The original natural deodorant contains aluminium, the element you may be trying to avoid by buying natural deodorants
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My dad used dampened "Aluin" or Rock Crystal to stop shaving bleeds. And Arm & Hammer baking soda my an old friend, from long before A&H started making their own real deo, but they just don't do the job when persperation is serious. So what's your answer?

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Eco Friendly Products - Green Comparison Shopping : Living ECO

Eco Friendly Products - Green Comparison Shopping : Living ECO | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Shop green with LivingECO's comparison search of home/office eco-friendly products. Environmental & energy product made from recycled & organic materials.
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Yes to Eco Chocolate and more!

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Project Dirt

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Take care of your chickens and their eggs will take care of you. Feed the girls your kitchen scraps in the evening and you'll find a smooth gem in return.

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4 Step Guide to Building a Herb Spiral |

4 Step Guide to Building a Herb Spiral | | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Learn how to build a Herb Spiral in 4 easy steps. This clever vertical garden design is a highly productive, energy efficient way to grow food & maximise space.
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The spiral garden is only one interesting how-to on this site of the Micro Gardener. Getting ready for the seaon? Read up!

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Start 2013 without Holiday Plastic/ How to ReUse or Get rid of Bubble Wrap etc.

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Here's a chance for local bloggers to write their own post with area specific solutions. Ha, ha. Happy New Year Y'all!

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La maison bioclimatique distinguée

La maison bioclimatique distinguée | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Ce mardi à Paris, le Pays de Thiérache recevra une Marianne d'or, à la suite de son engagement pour le développement de la maison bioclimatique.

La maison bioclimatique ? Repérée il y a quelques années par Jean-Pierre Balligand, à Beaucouzé, dans la banlieue d'Angers, elle vaut à ce jour une Marianne d'or du développement durable au Pays de Thiérache. Celle-ci sera remise ce mardi à Paris au président du Pays.
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Via Build Green
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In Beaucouzé (which comes so close to coucher = sleeping, thus beautiful sleeper is a good name for a commuter town), a suburb of Angers we find this sustainable house, complete with solar panels, a small footprint, yet two levels, and a porch. What else does one want?

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Thomas Jefferson's Legacy in Gardening and Food at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's Legacy in Gardening and Food at Monticello | Sustainism | Scoop.it

JvP: In my opinion Jefferson is the Godfather of P-Patches in Seattle. The Obamas grow their vegies too. It's all about roots, green, fruitful, sustainability, love for the land, respect for Mother Earth and ... you add some in the comments, will ya?

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Sustainable smaller fish better for our health

Sustainable smaller fish better for our health | Sustainism | Scoop.it

Big fish less benficial for your health, longer in the water, means they soak up toxins for longer period of time.

 

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Natural Cures Not Medicine: Heat Your Room For 15 Cents a Day

Natural Cures Not Medicine: Heat Your Room For 15 Cents a Day | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The following video shows us an ingenious way to heat a whole room for under 15 cents or possibly even cheaper
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Reading the headline only, I was reminded of the landlord of a house in Austin TX who claimed the cells in his beehive house could be heated with one bare bulb and body heat alone. He was right. Whether the natural A.C. (we call it draft in the Netherlands) would keep the whole house cool during AusTx summers I can't tell you, I left at the end of Spring. This flower pot plan looks solid, perhaps even good enough for the fire chief?

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'Dit gaat helemaal fout'.

'Dit gaat helemaal fout'. | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Joris Luyendijk voorspeelt een nieuwe, nog veel ergere financiële crisis. Twee jaar lang werkt hij nu als antropologisch journalist voor The Guardian in The City, het financiële hart van Groot-Brittannië.
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Why a link to Dutch anthropologist/ journalist Luyendijk about The City (London's Wall Street) and the next world crisis on the Sustainism page? Because the answer to some of the problems is growing your own food. This may seem simplistic, but when citizens don't have power over what happens in the higher echelons, the very best thing they can do is take care of their own, and their first needs by growing their own food. 

In writers' circles doom thinking started much earlier than today, what Luyendijk shares will not come as a surprise to those Americans who are already growing their own food.

 

I may no longer have an organic P-Patch (community garden) plot, my forte lies in preserving fruits, I bet I can barter jam and chutney for potatoes and vegetables.

 

Separately I'll link to Luyendijk's blog for the Guardian, check out adjacent scoops. 

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GoodieDo: Fairtrade, Ethical, Ecofriendly Gifts and Fundraising

GoodieDo: Fairtrade, Ethical, Ecofriendly Gifts and Fundraising | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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Put your money where your mouth is.

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Countries reach for food security while reducing agriculture's climate costs

Countries reach for food security while reducing agriculture's climate costs | Sustainism | Scoop.it

'National integratGet the FAO-CCAFS review paper here. ed mitigation planning in agriculture: A review paper' is published jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

It reviews national integrated mitigation planning activities in agriculture and the experiences that countries have had with the process.

The review aims to inform policy makers and advisers involved in low-emission development planning processes about ongoing agricultural mitigation actions in developing countries, highlighting the potentials, challenges and emerging best practices. It provides an overview of ongoing planning in the agriculture sector and in particular highlights the relevance of agriculture to national mitigation plans and actions.


Via Robin Landis
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This give me hope.

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Judith van Praag's comment, May 30, 2013 12:36 PM
Hopeful!
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Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with[...] (헝가리 소식 한꼭지!

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Will the new regime continue this stance, one has to wonder.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, May 19, 2013 1:57 PM

Apparently Hungary hasn't succumbed to the $$ lure and big promises the companies hold out.

YoComproSano's curator insight, May 20, 2013 5:32 AM

A ver si tomamos ejemplo!!

Judith van Praag's comment, May 20, 2013 10:21 AM
I wonder what will happen to this stance now that Hongary is no longer a democracy.
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Eco Friendly|Eco Products|FourGreenSteps.com

Eco Friendly|Eco Products|FourGreenSteps.com | Sustainism | Scoop.it
FourGreenSteps.com is you source for eco friendly prouducts and all the latest eco products news.
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Livelihoods

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Livelihoods’s mission is to support the efforts of agricultural and rural communities to live in sustainable ecosystems which serve as the foundation for their food security and provide the resources that ensure their sustainability.
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Help people help themselves. Whether it's growing food, or catching fish. Creating livelilhood is good for body, mind and soul. Self sufficiency builds self esteem.

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Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)

Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video) | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Can't afford a glass greenhouse? Check out how to build your own underground greenhouse for cheaper and for growing veggies 365 days a year, even in cold climates.
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There's a reason why green houses are above ground in the Netherlands, a walipini would most definitely flood when you're gardening below sea level, but I do love this idea.

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Rachel Biel's comment, March 1, 2013 10:46 AM
Very cool. But it wouldn't work here either. Dig a couple of feet down and it's pure clay....
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UGo with car2go Seattle | Seattle Car Share

UGo  with car2go Seattle | Seattle Car Share | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Convenient car sharing in Seattle
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We just saw a Car2Go around the corner from where we live, way to go!

 

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Trick #795 : paper re-used for wrapping | Un Truc Par Jour

Trick #795 : paper re-used for wrapping | Un Truc Par Jour | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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Standard issue in our home. Sunday Times colorful funnies, other people's fancy wrapping paper minus tears and Scotch Tape (proof of previous use), old maps, magazine pages, even regular brown paper bags, and what about decorative coffee bags, which cut in half can be used for candy and cookies?Don't be shy, save to save :-)

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Time for a new toilet? Long overdue economically and ecologically.

Time for a new toilet? Long overdue economically and ecologically. | Sustainism | Scoop.it

Ce petit coin s’agrémente volontiers d’installations fonctionnelles, garantes d’hygiène.  

 
Moins d'eau, c'est mieux

Les réservoirs de la nouvelle génération, à deux vitesses, consomment 3 et 6 litres (contre 10 litres pour les anciens). Cet écart important qui impacte la facture (un écart de coût annuel variant du simple au triple) justifie de ré-envisager un équipement qui date.

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How timely this post on the virtues of the WC that flushes two different volumes of water, we're in the market for a new loo downstairs. The ancient outfit that was present on our arrival is a water monster, using up far too much for each flush, no matter what the delivery, a #1 or #2.

 

Timely, and yet way late. No, really. I lived in two brand new apartments in Amsterdam, moved into the first in 1984, the second in 1988, and each had these economical and ecological water tanks. What's up with being nearly 30 years behind, flushing, flushing, flushing good water away?


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Judith van Praag's comment, October 12, 2012 12:29 PM
Timely, and yet way late. No, really. I lived in two brand new apartments in Amsterdam, moved into the first in 1984, the second in 1988, and each had these economical and ecological water tanks. What's up with being nearly 30 years behind, flushing, flushing, flushing good water away?