Make a difference April 22nd!

I know you want to make a difference,

 Earth Day-  is a perfect time to get up off your bum and DO SOMETHING GOOD!

Search for earth day  to see what local green events are being hosted near you. I also recommend creating your own eco-habits so everyone can help make a difference.



If your in the San Francisco Bay area, please bring the kids and  join Romy and I as we don our Playtex gloves and grab a couple big trash bags and head to Shorebird Park in Berkeley from 9am-11am to help clean up the shore.
If you think it is a dumb thing to do. Think about how you will save a animals life who wont be injesting the plastic throw away that you are going to pick up and dispose of.  You will be amazed at the number of items that we don't consider  'valuable' that  ends up in our waterways and into  the stomach of a animal.
  You will also learn about our bay habitat and ecosystems.  It's pretty eye opening, to see the impact of a casual toss away item, or the packaging that is used for consumable items.

I would love to meet you talk more about what things you are doing to green your business or home,  or meet others and share tips, best of all just being outdoors,  and making our communities cleaner better places!  You can also join us at Twitter #EarthDayAdventure.
 It is  a pretty terrific way to feel like "you got alot done before noon" on a Saturday!

Email me your Earth Day clean up photos from where ever in the world YOU are so we can connect and I will share your success, and mention your business to our readers in a upcoming post!   



TURTLE w/ TRASH  
via:the living ocean.net

3 Things you can do right now to be greener (and save you $$)

1) Bring your own re-useable shopping bags to the grocery
* buy bio-degradable trash bags (they are the same price and often cheaper than the non green option)
2) Compost-  in a house, in  condo, in a apt, you can do it, and use the soil to plant your own home herb garden! Eartheasy has a terrific site to show you how to get started, or what do do next!
3) Use homemade household cleaners like vinegar and baking soda to make these great cleaners:

All-purpose cleaner
Fill a spray bottle halfway with vinegar and top it off with plain water. Add lemon juice or another pleasant-smelling essential oil to hide the vinegar smell. Shake it up and use as every day household cleaner. 
Glass surface cleaner
Fill a spray bottle a quarter way with vinegar and top off with warm water. For a faster-drying alternative, pour 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon vinegar into a spray bottle. The rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly, and acts as a good rival for commercial glass cleaners.
Floor cleaner
Fill a bucket with 1 gallon hot water, 1 cup vinegar, and a few drops of tea tree oil. For tough jobs, add 1/4 cup borax or baking soda and 1/2 cup ammonia. For marble or granite floors substitute rubbing alcohol for vinegar or ammonia. This will protect the porous surface from the harsh acidic qualities of the vinegar and ammonia.
Furniture polish
In an old olive oil bottle, mix 1 cup olive oil and 1/2 part lemon juice. Pour the oil onto soft cloth and gently rub into the furniture. This is best for real wood surfaces, but works on faux wood and plastic, as well.





Links and references:

Emeryville earthday photo:  Tamra Engle
Romy & TE: Tamra Engle
Turtle w/ Plastic  :the living ocean.net
Earth day: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement
Beach clean up details: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/shorelinecleanup/
Earth easy: http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html
Household tips borrowed from Sherie Blumenthall Food Access Coordinator with Lots to Gardens  sponsored by St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine.

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