It’s Time For Tea

Time For Tea

Growing your own tea isn’t always easy, but it brings about many positive changes when done correctly. Harvesting tea at home enables you to limit the time and fuel spent on trips to the store and allows you to partake in wasteless consumption, rather than purchasing over-packaged tea. Teas come in at least six distinctive varieties: black, green, white, yellow, and oolong. Others “teas”, like rooibos and chamomile, are not made from actual tea leaves but herbs. All authentic tea leaves come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, with difference in taste and appearance being the result of when and how they are harvested. Black tea results from tea… read more

The Lungs Of A City

The Lungs Of A City

Great pillars of the Earth, running in thickets along riverbanks and spotting the backs of mountains, trees offer sylvan beauty and life – in the form of the oxygen they provide, as well as the creatures that flock to them for protection. Of course, they can also be found in cities amassed with concrete where pavement makes way for them to take root. And in this setting they provide more than friendly tree-lined streets. Trees have many qualities whose value is unique to urban and suburban environments. Areas with concentrated population density produce a heat-island effect, which accounts for higher temperatures, more greenhouse emissions, and… read more

Food Appreciation for Kids

Teaching children about food

We have come a long way from the notion of knowing where our food comes from. In America especially, there seems to be a drive-through for nearly everything. You don’t even have to leave your vehicle to have a full meal. Things like fast food restaurant signs are everywhere, and so begins the connection that this is an option where food can be obtained. Concurrently, when you have budding readers, every opportunity to read is important. Things like environmental print, or printed words that are in everyday surroundings, provide reading material when children are out and about. One study showed that… read more

Landscaping Sustainably and Naturally

Landscaping Naturally

There are ways to cultivate your outdoor space without destroying the land’s natural aesthetic or overusing chemicals. Outside areas that are lackluster or have issues that need addressed can be renovated into a fresher space just by adding compatible foliage to the landscaping. To start a planting project off right, buy plants that are sustainably collected. Plant nurseries or legitimate suppliers should be able to tell you the origin of what you are buying. Eco-friendly nurseries are becoming more available that only purchase fairly gathered selections. Also, maintaining outdoor areas with non-toxic products and fertilizers allows them to develop safely… read more

Neat Uses for Kiwifruit

Uses for kiwifruit

Kiwifruit is a versatile food which can be eaten alone or added into many recipes. It is native to China but now plentiful in other areas around the world including New Zealand, Italy and California. Though relatively small in size, this fruit is packed with vitamin C, manganese and potassium as well as numerous other beneficial compounds and active health benefits. They can help with many ailments including depression, diabetes and macular degeneration and support cardiovascular health. They also contain actinidin, which is a protease that can be useful as a dietary supplement. Kiwis also contain enzymes that can break… read more

Sustainable Pet Ownership

Owning pets

Some say that pet ownership can be bad for the environment, but there are ways to reduce your pet’s ecological footprint. 1. Make your own pet products from recycled or locally sourced materials: It’s easy to make a bed for a cat or dog using old blankets and most pets love homemade toys. There are plenty of free pet craft patterns available online. 2. Buy pet supplies locally: Most pet products are shipped from faraway countries. Purchasing from local companies reduces carbon emissions. 3. Choose green pet products: Look for items with less packaging, recycled materials, and eco-friendly ingredients. Select… read more

Environmental Education

Learning outside the classroom

Environmental education (EE) provides opportunities for students to learn in natural environments. Instead of sitting in classrooms listening to teachers talk, children in EE programs participate in hands-on activities at local rivers, city parks, urban gardens, and other natural spaces. EE teachers use the features of natural environments to teach science, math, language arts, social studies, history, and other subjects. Instead of imparting facts in isolation, EE situates learning within the context of real-world places and issues to make it meaningful for students. Fresh air and exercise are added bonuses. Research summarized by the Place-Based Education Evaluation Cooperative has shown… read more

NASA’s Vegan Garden

Photography by NASA

U.S. astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station will receive a newly developed Vegetable Production System. NASA is currently working on VEGGIE, which is an idea to for fast growing vegan farms to be used in space. VEGGIE is set to launch aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule on NASA’s third Commercial Resupply Services mission this year. Imagine that! A vegetable garden in space. “Our hope is that even though VEGGIE is not a highly complex plant growth apparatus, it will allow the crew to rapidly grow vegetables using a fairly simple nutrient and water delivery approach,” said Howard Levine,… read more

Top Eco Ways to Shop

Shopping economically

Thrift/Discount Stores For many people thrift stores and discount stores are a way to get creative and have fun while you shop.  These types of stores allow for you to buy what you need without breaking the bank.  There is a lot more than just clothes, making the experience worthwhile. Plan Ahead By making a detailed list of the food items that you need before leaving for the store, the quicker you will be in and out of the store without impulsive buying. Also, remember to shop the perimeter of the store.  Most stores are organized with packaged food in… read more

Pure Extractions

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Flavor extracts have been used for centuries to enhance foods, drinks, and to disguise the bitter taste of certain medicines. Many stores carry extractions, although those not labeled ‘pure’ or containing ‘100%’ of the said ingredient are often full of additives, chemicals, and in some cases sugar. Their flavor is often inferior, as can easily be noticed with imitation vanilla. Though this may slide in a chocolate chip cookie recipe, you need the real deal vanilla if you want dainties such as sugar cookies to hold up. Fortunately, any such dilemma can be easily remedied by making your own extracts at home…. read more