I was actually making a mental list on Earth Day of the changes that I've already made to try and be a little cleaner and greener. Here's my list of some of the biggies:
1) No chemical cleaners in da' house - vinegar, BS, Dr, Bonner's and essential oils. Sure, my house sometimes smells like a fish and chips shop but it beats the "I think I'm gonna pass out from the Tilex fumes" alternative.
2) Organic food where possible - especially fruit and veg. I order a basket from www.ottawaorganics.com. Fresh organic produce, as local as the season allows, delivered right to my door, which also saves on the gas it would take for me to drive to the grocery store - bonus!
3) Cannot remember the last time I got a plastic bag at any store. People whinge and complain that Loblaws are now charging for plastic...how can they be expected to remember their green bags all the time? Um..put them in your trunk, bring them into the store, fill them up, take them home, empty them out, put them back in the trunk. University degree not required.
4) I compost. I recycle - whatever and wherever I can. Big box stores -Best Buy, in particular - is great for old electronics and used batteries.
In the upcoming year, I'm planning on switching my hot water heating over to solar. I think those funky panels in my roof will be quite stylin'. See www.solsmart.com. I'm also investing in a rainwater collection tank to water the lawn and plants when (read: if!) summer arrrives.
Bring on the eco-volution!
"No, no! Say it ain't so! Not another giveaway! It's TOO MUCH!" I can hear you all wailing. Well, you'll just have to get over it because today I have two treats for you from Origins.
It's no secret around here that Origins is one of my favourite brands. While they are a "big" brand, I've always appreciated the fact that they are continually trying to improve their products and provide consumers with high-quality alternatives to regular department store products. Combine this with their fun and innovative blends and the Origins counter is one I find myself spending lots of time at.
Today I have two treats for you from Origins. One: A jar of their gorgeous Ginger Body Scrub. This amazing little tub contains skin-scouring Dead Sea Salts and warming Ginger Zest buffered in emollient-rich Macadamia Oil, Soybean Oil, Kukui Nut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. This combination, when slathered on dry, flaky skin, scrubs away all the old and leaves bright, healthy, moisturized new skin in its place. It's luxuriant and feels wonderful, and will leave you moisturized for hours. (Just don't wipe out when you're getting out of the tub... this stuff is slippery!)
And keeping that jar safe is treat number two: A limited edition Origins I Don't Get Wasted organic cotton reusable bag as shown at left. Big, with sturdy handles, this bag will carry even your heaviest grocery loads and stand up for more.
What do you have to do to get these treats? You just have to comment below and tell me What change you're making to your lifestyle after Earth Day. Are you switching to post-consumer recycled paper products in your home? Are you going to plant an organic veggie garden in the back yard? Whatever it is, post it below by Thursday, April 30. I'll pick a name through Random.org. Don't forget to leave me contact information... and good luck!