Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Starving The Farmers? Really?

OK, I realize my blog has taken on a different direction lately. Things are getting out of hand and I believe in passing along information about topics that are important to animals, the environment, and society that promote a common-sense way of doing things. Mostly, I'm a tree hugger from way back and like to feel I'm making a contribution to "the greater good".

I just read a post on a farm blog that somehow led me to this article, a commentary on programs being cut in New York state.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Starving-a-vital-industry-1032545.php

I've been so concerned with my own survival the last couple of years that I haven't had the energy to do much else. Now that things are getting a little better for me, I feel I need to help make some changes. And don't think one person cannot make a difference, because we can.

While I'm on the subject, I'll let you all know that I've recently stepped up my own game as a responsible custodian of this planet. I am no longer using paper napkins; I've replaced them with some cloth napkins that I sewed up last week.

I will also be making my own earth friendly laundry detergent this weekend using 20 Mule Team Borax, Ivory soap and Oxi-Clean. It's cheap and easier on the enviornment; you can find several variations of the recipe by doing a search on-line.

I'm using fewer plastic baggies and am going to start using good old-fashioned waxed paper to wrap my sandwiches in. The enormous swirls of plastic in the ocean should concern everybody. If I'm made a permanent employee in my current position, I want to push to get rid of bottled water this department buys (about 4 cases a week = 96 plastic bottles) and have a water filter system or cooler put in.

And...I am making a conscious effort to buy more American-made things when I can. I can thank Diane Sawyer's challenge for that one.

We can all make a difference by changing one little thing in our daily habits and routines. So take a minute and think about what you can do in your own home routine that will have a great impact somewhere down the line. Just like a smile can be contagious, so can leading by example. Think Globally and Act Locally!

I hope you all are having a good week. Spring has popped in my yard with pretty forsythia in bloom - woo hoo!

3 comments:

Carrie P. said...

those are great ways to help our land. I just called our power company and they are giving away free CFL light bulbs.
I have been doing all those things for a long time and really try to make my driving trips count especially now that gas keeps going up.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Phyllis, I wholeheartedly agree! I do what I can from my side but live in a country of much wastefulness. Recycling is still in the infant stages and local water systems are quite iffy for consumption. No one seems to care about their surroundings. Garbage is still thrown in the street -- the thinking is like that of 50 years ago, before we had litter law in the States. Takes extra effort on my part, but I do what I can. Wishing you a wonderful day. :) Tammy

tina said...

Good morning Phyllis, And a wonderful one it is indeed. I think you are doing the most responsible thing in helping the planet and you should surely share it. Every little bit helps and it might inspire a reader. Do you know Jan of Thanks for Today blog? She is hosting a Sustainable Earth giveaway. I think this post would qualify. You can google her or find her link on my blog page. She is in VA. Check it out. I like your idea of cloth napkins. Years ago my son's friend's mother used only cloths she kept in a basket on her table and I thought too cool! I find all of mine at thrift stores for mere cents. Yours must be most nice to be handmade by you!@ Well check out Jan as this is a really good post!