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What Keeps People From Being More Eco-Minded January 30, 2013

Filed under: Lifestyle,Recycling — ashtheauthor @ 1:22 am

What really keeps people from being more eco-minded? There isn’t just one culprit–there’s a lot, and here’s a few:

Lifestyle: Maybe you like to go to a coffee house every morning to get your cup of morning joe, and afterwards you just throw away the empty cup–Stop right now. Buy and bring a reusable cup, and ask them to fill that instead.

Forest Conservation: This is a hard one. Whether it’s a family tradition to go out and cut down a tree during the holidays or you’re a logger, it can be difficult to find a way out of chopping down trees, but it would be in our best interests to do so. If it’s your holiday tradition, try going to a tree farm where people grow trees specifically for the purpose of being cut down instead of choosing a tree from the neighborhood woods, and if you’re a logger with no other line of work you could try seeking another job.

Psychology: Some people are raised to think that littering is fine, everything goes in the trash, and trees are unimportant. If this is how you were raised, try to change the way you think. Remind yourself that unsuspecting animals will eat your litter and get sick, and look at pictures of landfills and tell yourself you want no part of that. Take a deep breath in, and know that trees make breathing possible, as does a clean ocean.


Your past may have been spent destroying nature and all its beauty: Make sure your future doesn’t end up the same way.

 

Nik, Author at Bonsai

 

Going Green in an Easy Way: From A to Z (Part 1: A-M) January 28, 2013

Filed under: Lifestyle,Recycling — Mary @ 3:26 pm

A is for eating local APPLES and other fruits (or food in general).

If you eat locally, buying apples (and other fruits or food in general) is certainly earth-friendly and will save you quite a lot of money in the long run. Less shipping = less energy used = less money = less hurting the environment! Everyone wins! (Except, of course, for the producers of those apples grown 2,000 miles away from home.)

B is for banning bottled water.

Why get bottled water when you can always use the tap or a drinking fountain? Not only does it cost more, it also wastes plastics. It can add to terrible plastic dumps, the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’, and landfills. Even though it might not effect you now, think about how it will effect your children, your grandchildren, and even your great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren. If the human race survives that long.

C is for credibly craiglist-ing.

Buy used things! If you’re looking to redecorating your house, you can either make your own things, or sneakily go off to craiglist or FreeSharing to get gently used things cheaply or for free. Of course, Amazon works, too. If we don’t have to make new things every time we want something, you have no idea how much the world would benefit.

D is for dispose of that doggy doo-doo.

Cheesy title, I know, but you have no idea how much of your pets ‘messes’ can end up in lakes, rivers, or other places, thus contaminating our drinking water. Or, if you want to think of it in a deeper way, the drinking water of the future generation. With this on your mind, I hope that you don’t mind getting your hands dirty once in a while — “It’s for *loud sniff on the other side of the mess* the good *cough* of *gag* the welfare *wretch* of my *gasp* CHILDREN AHHHHHHHH!!!”

E is for energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency is probably very self-explanatory. Less energy = more energy in future = welfare for future people = YAY. Seriously, though, turn off the lights, shut off your water, and turn off your electronics when you aren’t using them. This is one of the gateways to a better world.

F is for no fast foodie.

Fast food isn’t good. And neither is buying food when you don’t know what’s in it, when you don’t know about the things that they don’t put onto the ingredients list. Growth hormones. Sand. Duck feathers. Human hair. Wood. Silly putty. Fertilizer. Excuse me while I go throw up. Though  this may not have as much to do with ‘Going Green’, it has to do with your health and safety. Also, fast food can be quite terrible for the environment. Also, human rights. *nod*

G is for go-go garages!

Borrow things from garages. Find forgotten nick-knacks in your basement. Become BFFs with your neighbor so you can borrow their lawnmower without having to buy your own. Less manufacturing. Less shipping. MORE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT YESSSSS. ‘Nuff said.

H is for hugging the homemade compost buckets.

Make a homemade compost bin/bucket thing, or just use one of your own! Less trash, less filling in the landfills, less piles that are ruining the environment, more happiness for the heavenly happiness of happiness! So, compost. In a handmade, DIY way.

I is for ice cream without Italian sports cars.

Why would you want to drive everywhere? Walk. Ride a bike. Run around. Get your energy out. Run around. You can still get that ice cream, but don’t drive your car all over the place. Cars are terrible for the environment. Particularly Italian sports cars. Though they are pretty flashy. And awesome. Car trips can be pretty great, too.

J is for just let the jabberwocky and jays take care of your laundry.

Because they’re in the sky, you know? Just a way of making ‘air dry your clothes on a line outside’ into letter j. I did a pretty good job, don’t you think? Anyway, don’t use your dryer. Use that handy-dandy line from fifty years ago. It will save energy (see e) and make your clothes smell nicer. Unless, of course, an animal comes along and . . . well, you know. Or an atomic bomb gets dropped on your house. Then you won’t really need clothes.

K is for kingly kloth things (and yes, kloth is spelled wrong so I can get around those senseless rules of alliteration).

If you have a baby and switch to cloth diapers, you can keep over 365 diapers a year from going into a landfill. From polluting the earth. From making things happy. Just by making your diapers cloth and providing you with more laundry to hang up for the jabberwocky. Yep. Also, cloth rags instead of paper ones, cloth shopping bags instead of paper or plastic, and cloth EVERYTHING. Seriously, cloth is like the new plastic.

L is for lavishly laminated labels on glass jars for your kitchen.

Reuse those glass jars and use them as storage for your new things! Don’t just go and buy other glass jars to store that stuff, in just reuse them with not-necessarily laminated labels. If we can just use less plastics . . .

M is for making many marvelous machines/things.

DIY it up! Don’t buy everything from the store. Then they aren’t unique! They’re made in mass production! If DIY, not only can you brag to your friends, you won’t give into those mass-production companies, and it’s fun. Also, cheaper. Rainy days are not so rainy anymore, never fear!

 

 

The Consumption Cycle January 26, 2013

Filed under: Economy and Consumption — mochi @ 7:30 am

The results of living in a society with a high level of consumption will be negative, in the long term, because we will lose resources, pollute the environment, and become a world based on materials. High levels of consumption create high levels of demand, therefore causing more desire for materials. When trees are cut down, coal is mined, and water used in excess without replacing the resources, there will eventually come a day when there is nothing left. Not only is the extraction of resources dangerous, so is the production and simple existence of goods. Resources are taken, chopped or compressed by fuming machines, covered in chemical resin, packaged with paper that’s gone through the same process, and transported by trucks and ships that blow out clouds full of CO2 and freon. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the packaging is thrown away to decompose in a landfill, or even if it is recycled, it goes through the process again! And again! Every time it creates more pollution, and every time it contributes to the vicious cycle that is consumption. Furthermore, each time a product is made or bought, it accomplishes nothing but making us a global society more focused on buying and having, even though all of this buying-and-having can be dangerous. The people who buy products are exposed to the chemicals, which means that consumption based living is also unhealthy and perilous living. As the years go on, they eventually buy more products to help their asthma or other condition that was caused by the chemicals, which makes the entire thing happen over again. Becoming a world based on expenditure is taking us in a downhill direction, because it creates more vicious cycles spiraling off the original supply-and-demand rotation. If we bought local goods and supported smaller businesses, made updates available online instead of having to buy an entire new iPhone, we could reduce some of the buying obsession that the world has been slowly sinking into. We can still fix this problem before it swallows us up, but if we don’t change it, the results of living in a society with as high a level of consumption as we humans have are definitely going to be negative. For more information, google and watch the movie “The Story of Stuff” online. It really made me notice the shocking truth about environmental crisis.
Ceej, Vice President of Bonsai

 

Farmed Salmon Problem January 25, 2013

Filed under: Animals,Wildlife — kaiawillis @ 4:24 am

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Farmed salmon are fish that have lived in nets their whole lives with other fish.  They are much more unhealthy than wild fish, because of these reasons:

1. Diseases.  If one fish gets a disease, such as fish lice, it is spread to the rest of the fish

2. Crowding.  The fish are too crowded, so they can get sores and there can be as many as 27 fish in a area the size of a bathtub.  We’re talking like king salmon size fish.

3.  The salmon are given chemicals for color.

4. They are fed things like chicken feces pellets, soy and other toxic things

5. They are given more antibiotics than any other animal

Wild salmon are much healthier for your body than farmed, so next time your mom is at the supermarket buying salmon, ask if it’s farmed.  For more information on this subject Google farmed salmon.

Kaia, Author on Bonsai

 

 

Advice from Hallie

Filed under: Funny Stuff,Health — rolemodelsforme @ 4:22 am

If you found an uneaten chocolate chip cookie on the dashboard of your car, would you eat it?

-Anonymous

Eat it at your own risk. I personally, would not do it. The cookie may have contained chemicals, be super old and soggy, etc. You just don’t know what to expect. If you do decide to eat it at your own risk, you must remember to always wash your hands after even after touching the cookie. But I am not such a risk taker, and I would not eat it regardless of how good it looked. Hope you found this interesting!

 

Vegan fighting about not eating meat and eating meat January 24, 2013

Filed under: Animals,Health,Lifestyle — Maryse @ 8:31 am

I have been slightly concerned about people fighting about being vegan (not eating milk, cheese, meat or fish) and people that eat meat, fish, cheese and milk.

People start to fight their heads off, shouting, ”PEOPLE NEED TO EAT MEAT AND THAT’S THAT!” on the Internet and others say, ”Being VEGAN is better for your health and then animals won’t get killed! So if you eat meat, buzz off!”

These things both hurt. In my opinion, eating meat is unhealthy and bad. It is also bad for the animals that get killed so we humans can eat is and enjoy the yumminess.

But that is my opinion, right? I can’t enforce it on anyone!

A meat eater can have his/her opinion, but he/she can’t force it on anyone!

So, lets cool down and debate our disscusions nicely and stay friends. 🙂

Ruby, President of Bonsai

 

Trees and Droughts

Filed under: Forest Conservation — mochi @ 12:47 am

Trees all over the world are dying because of a new predicament found in the xylem. This is what the research of Brendan Choat and Dr. Hervé Cochard points to, and it means that the trees’ chances of surviving drought are becoming very slim. Air bubbles crop up by the dozen for xylem in trees standing through a period of limited rainfall. They are blocking water transport through the sinewy strands of xylem and essentially leading to the plant’s death. The reason for the increased levels of dryness is climate change, which has altered general rainfall and caused the droughts to be more severe. The trees’ problems are far from over- 70% of the trees studied by the scientists in this project are likely to die at the next serious drought. Furthermore, xylem tissue also starts to dry up and fail on the tree, which, combined with bubbly roadblocks, is a very serious problem for our deciduous friends. We must counteract the fate that has befallen them by planting more trees and decreasing Global Warming, the effects of which have many more consequences than simply the murder of innocent conifers. Thanks to the efforts of the scientists, now that one understands about the disruption in physiology, we can begin to change it. If you have ideas, please send them in on the Submit Your Work page.

Ceej, Vice President of Bonsai

 

 
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