Happy Earth Day!
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir
Greetings on this very special day. Although Earth Day comes once a year, many of us celebrate it by green living every day. Each year, I try to add more green living habits into my daily life. It is something that makes me feel as if I am giving back all that has been given to me. I enjoy nature and am very grateful I am able to reap the rewards through gardening and relaxing in natural settings. There is a special quality about our earth and how it silently yields to change--and even during some of the direst circumstances, it renews itself with vigor and pride standing tall and reborn. If you can, try to think of a way to give back today and maybe every day.
Also, I would like to thank all those who have participated and who will participate in The Earth Day Reading Project. I am so impressed with all of the posts, reading selections, and the bits of life and green living that have been shared. And, as a result, I have discovered some new books/magazines to add to my collection.
As a gift to you and the earth, I offer the following seven questions and answers for some areas that do not typically fall in the green category. Have a great Earth Day!
What is ecotourism?
Ecotourism is a type of travel that minimizes the impact on the environment while supporting that environment or developing country. Sometimes this travel includes participating in environmental projects. Some ecotourism companies include:
Ecotour Expeditions offers travel through the Amazonian rainforest, Costa Rica, Peru, and other areas.
Gap Adventures offers volunteer tours, family adventure tours, and cruise expeditions.
Orbitz lists eco-friendly hotels, volunteer opportunities, and the top eco-friendly destinations.
What can I do with my old cell phone?
Donate your phone to Cell Phones for Soldiers. The money they receive for recycling cell phones is used to buy calling cards for troops.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence receives donations of cell phones. The money they receive from recycling is used to fund their programs.
Flipswap is a service where you can trade in your old phone for a check. They determine the value of your old cell phone using powerful pricing software. They also plant a tree for every phone that is recycled.
Cell for Cash has a similar deal where you trade in your old cell phone for cash.
Why is it important to recycle my old cell phone instead of throw it in the trash?
Cell phones contain various toxic chemicals that can contaminate the soil, water, and even the air. By recycling, much of these toxins can be contained or reused or disposed of properly. Manufacturers are developing better ways to reduce or eliminate these toxins for more eco-friendly cell phones.
What is an alternative to synthetic body moisturizers?
Moisturizing oils made from seeds of fruits and nuts are better than moisturizing oils made from petroleum. Try checking the labels of products to find out what is in them.
What are some good documentaries for appreciating the earth on Earth Day?
Fern Gully (great for kids)
Can I compost pizza boxes?
Yes, pizza boxes are fine to compost. Tear them into smaller pieces so they will decompose more quickly.
What are some alternatives to clay or clumping cat litter?
These litters end up in the landfill and also sometimes contain chemicals that are not healthy to breathe. Shredded newspaper or cedar shavings can be used as cat litter. Some natural cat litters have been developed to clump, such as those made of corn or wheat. And yet other natural cat litters are made from pine. Many of these natural litters are flushable, but check the product packaging for more information. Some brand names include:
The World's Best Cat Litter - clumping litter made from corn
Swheat Scoop - clumping litter made from wheat
Feline Pine - original and scoopable litter made from natural pine
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