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Happy Earth Day

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Today is officially Earth Day!  There are many activities that you can participate in to show your love to the earth.  Plant a tree, make something out of recyclable material, use your recycle shopping bags instead of plastic.  If you live where there is a beach, you can help with a beach cleanup or start your own.   Another way to help is to clean up or help clean up local parks in your community/neighborhood.  You could help simply by cleaning up the litter on your street or around your neighborhood.

April 22nd may be the official day to do your part to help the planet, but really Earth Day is every day!  Let’s help keep Mother Earth beautiful and clean.

 

 

I will be doing my part to help the earth by making beads out of plastic bags ( I have a lot of plastic bags, so there will be an abundance of beads).

I would love to know how you will be helping the earth today.  If you don’t mind sharing, please leave it in the comment section.

Peace, love, blessings,

Tammy

Single Stream Recycling for Fort Pierce Begins on May 1st

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Single stream recycling has been in the works since 2013 in several cities in Florida.  I was excited to see when I came home on Saturday  a big green recycling cart in my yard.  It was just like Christmas for me because I love recycling and anything that has to do with saving the earth.   This big and beautiful green cart will now be available to fill with all the recyclables in one shot.  No more separate bins here.

All of the items you currently recycle can go in this recycling cart and then some:

PAPER PRODUCTS                                                                                                               

Newspapers                   Pizza Boxes  (Clean, no grease)

Magazines                       Phone Books

Office Paper                   File Folders

Facial Tissue Boxes     Paper Tubes (Paper Towels)

Cardboard                       Milk and Juice Cartons

Catalogs

Wrapping Paper

Paper Bags

 

CONTAINERS  

Tin Cans

Soda Bottles

Water Bottles

Empty Aerosol Cans

Metal Pie Plates

Cookie Sheets

Manual Can Openers

Metal Pots

Aluminum Cans

Laundry Detergent Bottles

Milk Jugs

Aluminum Foil

Rigid Plastic

Containers

Metal Lids

Metal Toys

Metal Pans

 

 

 

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED

Hoses                                 Bottle Caps

Pyrex Cookware           Window Glass

Styrofoam

Six Pack Rings

Plastic Bags

Clothing

Rubber Items

Ceramics

Shrink Wrap

 

For information on how to dispose of or recycle these items, call or visit our websites.

Questions?  Call Waste Pro at (772) 595-9390 or go to:

For residents of St. Lucie County

www.stlucieco.org/solid_waste/curb_recycle.htm

For residents of Port St. Lucie

www.pslsinglestream.com

 

Starting on May 1st, place the cart curbside before 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.  Check with your homeowners association, if applicable, to determine when you can place it at the curb, when it must be brought back to the house, and where it can be stored.

 

Please remember- the more you recycle the better it is for the environment and our community.  Recycling is a winner for all of us.

 

Recycling, Composting and Disposing/How to Pick the Right Bin

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UCSF has a robust environmental sustainability program covering activities across the entire campus and medical center. Formal and grassroot efforts are happening in many areas of the University, from offering sustainable foods at campus Farmers’ Market to promoting transportation alternatives to and from and between UCSF sites. One of UCSF’s ambitious goals is to achieve zero waste by 2020, which means UCSF employees and students will have to recycle, compost and reuse everything. This informational video explains what items should be placed in the recycling, compost and trash bins at UCSF. Note that different communities have different rules on sorting materials into the right bins.


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Lowe’s/ Stop Selling Plants Pre-Treated with Bee-Killing Pesticides

A Friends of the Earth report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s – with no warning to consumers.The global bee die-off keeps getting worse: 50,000 bumblebees found dead in a Target parking lot in Portland, 37 million bees dead on one farm in Ontario, beekeepers across the country losing up to 90 percent of their bees last winter.  -

 

This is the Bee Action Campaign that Was

 

National Swarm

This February, Friends of the Earth and our allies organized the National Swarm to Save Bees. Activists across the country joined us in delivering valentines and more than half a million petition signatures to Home Depot and Lowe’s asking these companies to stop selling bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids and garden plants pre-treated with these pesticides. Click here to read the letters Friends of the Earth and allies sent to Home Depot and Lowe’s. Read the press release here.

Pictures from valentine delivery events can be found at our Flickr and our Pinterest pages. Check out these videos of store front actions in D.C.Chicago and San Francisco.

If you delivered a valentine, we’d love to add your experience to the collection. Please send us your photos, videos and experience to beeaction@foe.org.

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Consumers: Take action to protect bees.

1) Send a letter to the CEO of Lowe’s asking him to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

2) Tell Congress to stand up for bees and support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act.

CompaniesLearn more about why your company should help protect bees by making a commitment to not sell bee-killing pesticides.

- See more at: http://www.foe.org/beeaction#sthash.QkKFGKQk.dpuf

Report: Gardeners Beware: Bee-Toxic Pesticides Found in “Bee-Friendly” Plants Sold at Garden Centers Nationwide

A new, first-of-its-kind pilot study by Friends of the Earth-US and Pesticide Research Institute has found 54 percent of common garden plants purchased at top retailers including Lowe’s and Home Depot contained neonicotinoid pesticides, which studies show can harm or kill bees and other pollinators, with no warning to consumers.

Download the report and press release.

Background

Bees and other pollinators, essential for the two-thirds of the food crops humans eat everyday, are in great peril, and populations are dwindling worldwide.

Pests, diseases, loss of forage and habitat and changing climate have all been identified as possible contributing factors to global bee losses. However, a growing body of science has implicated the world’s most widely-used pesticides, neonicotinoids (neonics) made by giant chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, as a key factor in recent global bee die-offs.

But neonics aren’t just used in agriculture — as our new pilot study shows, unbeknownst to consumers, many “bee friendly” garden plants sold at home garden centers have been pre-treated with these bee killing pesticides which can contaminate their gardens and keep harming bees and other pollinators for months to years.

The European Union suspended the use of three neonic pesticides in December 2013, after a scientific review by European Food Safety Authority found that neonicotinoids pose an unacceptably high risk to bees. In addition, the UK’s largest garden retailers, including Homebase, B&Q and Wickes, have already stopped selling neonics. Unfortunately, despite mounting evidence linking neonics to bee declines, and more than a million public comments urging swift protections for bees, the EPA has delayed action until 2018.

The bees can’t wait that long, and neither can we. 

That’s why Friends of the Earth and allies are calling on EPA and Congress to act quickly to restrict neonics to protect pollinators.

We are also calling on Lowe’s, Home Depot and other top garden retailers to stop selling neonicotinoids and plants pre-treated with the pesticides.  Read our letter to retailers and take action today!

Resources: 

Download the report and our recommendations for consumers, retailers, suppliers, municipalities, institutional purchasers, EPA and Congress here.

Download our letter to retailers.

Read our press release from the National Swarm to Save Bees.

Click here to access Friends of the Earth’s letter to Home Depot and letter to Lowe’s.

- See more at: http://www.foe.org/beeaction#sthash.QkKFGKQk.dpuf

 

 

Take action: Help us put the CEO of Lowe’s on notice. - http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15203

 

Source: Friends of the Earth  www.foe.org

 

 


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Get Free Energy-Saving Trees

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Get Free Energy-Saving Trees! Plant a tree, and love blossoms!

Originally posted on Delmarva Power's Blog:

Tree Planting2 Delmarva Power and the Arbor Day Foundation are offering free trees to help you conserve energy. Trees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from March 20 through June 6, while supplies last. Distribution is limited to two, 2-to-4 foot trees per customer. To get your free trees, visit www.arborday.org/delmarva today.

Properly planted trees help reduce energy use through summer shading and by slowing winter winds. As your trees grow, they will have the potential to lower energy bills by 15 to 30 percent.

To help you plant your tree in the right place, the Arbor Day Foundation offers you an online mapping tool that will:

  • Map your house
  • Show you the right trees for your area
  • Locate the best place to plant them
  • Calculate how much you can expect to save

To learn more about this program, please visit http://www.arborday.org/delmarva.

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Tom Attwater Is Dying. His Daughter Might Die, Too. The Letter He Left For Her Is Unforgettable.

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Tom Attwater is dying of a brain tumor, but he isn’t worried about his cancer. Instead, he is trying to save his 5 year-old daughter from her own.

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Tom Attwater with daughter Kelli and wife Joely

He has vowed to raise approximately $820,200.00 for her cancer treatment, even if he wouldn’t be around to see her go through it.

Now Tom is almost half way to his fundraising target he is more adamant than ever to reach it. Tragically his deadline is short as his latest scans show his brain tumour is growing.

He says: “These days people make bucket lists, and the very top of mine – the one that matters most – is raising money to make sure Kelli gets the medical help she might need.

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“Some people have advised me to slow down and concentrate on enjoying the rest of my days. But how can I knowing…

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What I Can Do On Earth Day

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Earth Day is the perfect time to think outside the box.  What are the consequences of our choices?  What products are better for the earth?  What should we avoid?

Saving the earth is more than just putting newspapers in a recycling container once a week.

Our product choices, packaging, reusing, and recycling are all areas that affect our homes. Some of the things we can do will take very little time. Other choices will require research, persistence, and conscious effort.

When building or remodeling our homes, for example, we can use earth friendly products including flooring made of cork or bamboo — both renewable resources.

 

Here are some things all of us can do….

A Dim Bulb

  Your local hardware store probably sells a regular incandescent bulb for $2 or $3. Compare that to a compact flourescent bulb that sells for about $15.00. No contest you say? Think again. Experts say you may buy 10 or more of the cheaper bulbs over ten years, compared to only one of the more expensive type. Now which looks better? 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earthrecommends using compact  fluorescent bulbs with solid state ballasts that fit into a regular light bulb socket, using 1/4 of the energy of an incandescent bulb while generating the same amount of light.

The Running Faucet

Do you leave the water running while you brush your teeth for 2 minutes? Then nearly ten gallons of water just slid down the drain. Remember, you PAY for that! Now, think about saving water when you shave, wash dishes, do laundry, water the lawn, wash the car, hose off the sidewalks…. avoid sending water and $$$ down the drain.

Idle Time

Ever wonder if you should leave the car running while you wait for the kids to be dismissed from school? Leave it on if you’ll be there less than a minute, otherwise it’s more efficient to turn it off and restart it when you’re ready to go.

Turn Down the Heat

Not just the furnace, but the water heater too — set it at 130 to 140 degrees. Turn the setting to low or off when you leave for the weekend or for a long vacation, then put a note on your bathroom mirror so you’ll remember to turn it up when you return.

Keeping it Clean

Washers can use more than 50 gallons of water per load, so avoid washing a lot of small loads whenever possible. Also, be sure to choose the lowest level of water needed for each load, use warm water instead of hot, and set the rinse cycle to use cold water.

Cold Food

Refrigerator temperatures should be set at about 40 degrees, give or take a degree or two. Freezer temps between 0 and 5 degrees are just right. Colder settings waste energy and won’t help food.

Snip Six Pack Rings

Those innocent looking soft plasting holders for soft drink cans and other products can entangle birds, fish, and small animals. Snip apart each ring before throwing it in the trash, or inquire whether they can be recycled locally.

Get A Charge Out of It

Never throw spent batteries in the trash. They contain mercury, a hazardous substance that will leak into groundwater or be burned and released into the air. Don’t go there. Either switch to rechargeable batteries or collect used batteries in a shoebox out in the garage, clearly marked. Then take them to a recycling facility once or twice a year.

Styrofoam Lasts a Really, Really, Really Long Time

Try 500 years. Or more.  Wow!  Think about millions of burger boxes, packing peanuts, and take-out containers, sitting in landfills, not biodegrading. Then buy eggs in cardboard, rather than styrofoam, containers.

Office Paper

Does your office recycle? Chances are it generates a vast amount of clean paper waste. Ask your building management about recycling programs. If none are in place, then put boxes (marked “Recycled Paper Only”) under every desk and next to copiers. Arrange to have a recycler pick them up or take them to a recycling facility periodically.

Sticker Shock

As fuel prices increase it will be even smarter to own fuel-efficient vehicles. Check the mileage ratings when you buy a car and compare the efficiency of your favorite models before you purchase. If gas goes up to $6.00 a gallon, which one will you want to have in your garage?

Use Cloth Instead

Carry cloth shopping bags. Use rags or towels instead of paper towels for cleaning. And yes — consider using cloth diapers for your baby at least some of the time. Not conviced? Read this diaper essay from About’s Environmental Guide.

Reusable and Unbleached

Store food in bowls or Tupperware that can be reused endlessly. Use unbleached coffee filters (not bleached). Use more waxed paper that is biodegradable (instead of foil and plastic wrap).

Recycle Paper

Newspapers, junk mail, office papers, corrugated boxes, and paper bags are just a few of the items that can be recycled. Use local recycling facilitiesor call local authorities to learn about recycling options.

Recycle Glass, Plastic and Cans

Get your local recycling requirements for these items and recycle every them every day. Collect cans and bottles when you travel, when you picnic, or eat a drive-ins. Recycle what you can.

Paint Tips

Oil based paints are toxic. They cannot be thrown out in the trash, but require special “hazardous waste” handling available at most recycling facilities. Call for instructions and collection dates. Use latex paint instead. To dispose of excess latex paint, leave the can uncovered to allow evaporation, then pull out the hardened paint and recycle the can. Never pour paint on the ground or wash brushes outside, as the runoff can contaminate groundwater.

Bag Lady

Recycle both paper and plastic shopping bags. Decline bags for smaller purchases such as stamps, greeting cards, etc. Or, better still, carry a lightweight cloth or string bag.

Arbor Day

Here’s the best idea of all: Plant a tree, or two, or even three. They’re beautiful, they provide shade, consume CO2 (that’s good), and they produce oxygen. Breathe it in. Then go plant a tree.

 

Is recycling, conserving, and being environmentally conscious a smart thing to do?

Just ask you children.

 

 

If you just incorporated one thing on this list into your daily routine of life, you would be making a bigger impact than you may realize!

Love Mother Earth because she loves us every day!

Peace, love, blessings,

Tammy

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