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Are You Lazy? You Can Still Be an Environmentalist! June 17, 2013

Filed under: Going Green,Recycling — Mary @ 8:50 am
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In other words, how to be a lazy environmentalist. Being lazy isn’t really a huge problem, according to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B958zcq43ZI (this YouTube video) (apparently those little blue link things don’t really work today or on this YouTube video or something, but . . . anyway . . . too good a reference to go to waste). Anyway, everyone wants to save the environment, but not everybody thinks that they are especially up to it. They go like, “Yeah, I’m waaaaaaay too lazy to do all this stuffs that you’re asking me to do because it’s like waaaaaay too hard…”

The thing is, saving the environment — or at least helping it — isn’t as hard as everyone makes it out to be. In fact, you may only have to alter a bit of your daily life, or take a little bit of time to make a big difference.

  1. Recycle! Recycling isn’t that hard — all you do is sort through your plastic, cardboard, aluminum, and paper and see what is recyclable and what isn’t. After you put all the stuff in the bag that’s recyclable, usually all you have to do is put it in a recycling bin outside your door and people will come up and get it for you. This will only take about ten minutes out of your day if you do it all at once, and if you just look to see whether you can recycle something right when you use it, it will take even less time!
  2. Buy used, not new. We have a decaying environment not because we don’t think about helping it, but because we buy so much stuff. Stuff, stuff, stuff. We “need” it. We go and buy more clothes, more food, more shoes, more video games. More, more, more. There’s nothing wrong with having lots of clothes, or with having lots of shoes — but getting new shoes and new clothes every day? Every week? Can’t you just live with what you have? And we do like to indulge ourselves, even I do it. But when we do need things, sometimes it isn’t the smartest to buy things new — we can, but it’s considerably cheaper and more eco-friendly if you buy a perfectly fine thing used instead of new.
  3.  3. Get rid of bottled water! Is it really so hard to just drink from a tap, or a water fountain, or bring your own reusable water bottle? Not only is it cheaper, but it saves the environment from those icky plastic bottles — do you really know how bad those are? They aren’t recyclable, they swirl around the ocean, they kill animals and sea life. It would help the environment and the money in your bank account if you would take a minute and use a reusable water bottle or get a glass out from the cabinet.

There are lots of other ways to go green while you’re being lazy, but I’m way too lazy to write about them. Just kidding . . . maybe . . . ANYWAY, you’ll have to come up with them yourself. The world would be a better place because of you. Actually, the world has been made a better place because of lazy people, as explained in the YouTube video above. I can also say it like this: Lazy people invent ways that make it easier to do important things, so then other lazy people can take time out of their “packed” schedules to do those things. More people will be helping the environment, and then the environment will get better, all because a lazy person decided to help the environment and say something about it. Don’t worry, fellow lazy people! You ARE valued! 🙂

So, I hope you start going green! The world really will be a better place. ♥

~Mary, Author at Bonsai

 

Instruments Made From Trash May 28, 2013

Filed under: Keep the Ground Clean,Make Your Own,Recycling — rolemodelsforme @ 12:13 pm
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Reusing is a great thing to do. It saves a lot of garbage and can be used for really fun purposes. Reusing items is a great thing to do and I have an example.

At my school, the first graders do an annual event where they create instruments using only garbage. I think this is a really great idea, for fun and for eco-friendliness. The event is done in first grade, but that didn’t stop me from using this idea to create instruments from garbage at home. I really enjoy doing it. Some of these instruments can be simple, others can be really sophisticated. No matter how you make your instrument, it is really fun to make it and play on it. I’m now going to show off some really cool instruments from Google images!

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Images: Copyright © Google Images

Thanks!!

-Hallie

Bonsai Contributor

 

Earth Day Challenges April 21, 2013

Happy Earth Day! As we all know (or as I should hope every eco-lover knows) Earth Day is coming up,  and I have some challenges for our lovely readers! (By the way, if you were to help us get more by sharing the blog with friends and on social sites, we’d be ever so grateful! 🙂 ) Choose what you want to do, or even combine challenges for a bigger impact!

 

 

 

WindmillsEnergy Conservation

 

What if you didn’t turn on any lights, all day? You’d save tons of energy. Also, flicking a light on and off once wastes more energy than people on average use in a day.  

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Not, Want Not

Trash Recycling with Disposal Containers

 

 

You could also celebrate Earth Day by not throwing anything away. This doesn’t mean littering, of course! Recycle everything you can, and take your food in small portions to make sure you waste what you can’t. If there are compost piles at your house, school, or work, put your natural items there.

 

 

 

Ditch the Meat

 

Eating vegetarian or vegan for just a day will make all sorts of impacts. http://www.alternet.org/story/134650/the_startling_effects_of_going_vegetarian_for_just_one_day

 

Isn’t it crazy that if everyone in the USA ate vegetarian for a day, we could do that much? Imagine what good the people who are vegan and vegetarian every day are doing! Not only are they taking a stand for animals, they’re helping the Earth at the same time. I’m a flexitarian, meaning I eat white meats like fish and poultry, but I prefer not to. Only since I eat such an imbalanced diet, I need meat for protein. I could definitely go a day without meat (or any animal products) though!

 

 

 

A Couple Very Easy Things You Can Do

 

  • Bring a reusable water to school or work.
  • Open your windows to let in natural light.
  • Use Goodsearch instead of Google.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath to conserve water.
  • Switch your lights to fluorescent bulbs if you haven’t already- they use just 1/4 of the energy a regular bulb does.
  • Turn down the light on your computer monitor and put it into energy-saving mode

 

 

 

There’s more to come for Earth Day! Hope you all have a great one! Comment and tell me about your Earth Day plans.

 

Ceej

 

Saving Energy February 21, 2013

Hi all! You know how I’m in southern California? Well, the hotel that I’m staying at is like a bunch of other hotels making an effort to go greener.
  ~ The hotel gives you an option of changing the sheets every day, but they usually only change sheets every 3 days.
  ~ They give you an option of reusing your towels. However, if you want new towels, all you have to do is place the dirty ones on the floor.

Let’s all try to stay at hotels that are making an effort to go green!

Nik, Author at Bonsai

 

Paper Usage February 20, 2013

Filed under: Forest Conservation,Lifestyle,Recycling — ashtheauthor @ 5:05 am
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Ever seen those people who start to draw something on a piece of paper, then decide it’s not good enough and chuck it in the trash, at the same time reaching for another piece of paper? Was that person you? There are many things wrong with that, and here are a few:
~ Paper is made from trees, and you wouldn’t just throw trees in the trash, would you? Well, that’s essentially what you’re doing. You can save paper by using scratch paper or downloading an app on your phone or tablet like Fresh Paint, which allows you to draw without wasting paper. Also, there’s that handy little “undo” button.
~ Paper doesn’t belong in the trash. If you use paper, recycle it. That makes it so that someone will get your old paper made into new paper, instead of trees made into new paper.
~ If you use paper for notes or drawing, make sure that you use both sides instead of throwing the paper away with a blank side.
~ When you buy paper, check the label for anything from 1% recycled paper (which is better than none) and 100% recycled paper (which is awesome!). One brand I like that has notebooks with 50-60% recycled paper is Greenroom. Hope you think of this the next time you reach for another piece of paper! Better yet, spread the word about this so that your friends help the earth, too!

Nik, Author at Bonsai

 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch February 18, 2013

Filed under: Air Purifying,Recycling,Wildlife — Mary @ 1:56 am

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a patch in the pacific ocean that is filled with garbage. All the things we don’t recycle, but don’t have anywhere to go, were just thrown into the ocean. Apparently, the ocean would “swallow” it up, and nothing bad would come of it. This isn’t true.
By this mistake, we have killed hundreds of fish, ruined beautiful sea life and habitats, and poisoned water that we may need one dat. We have killed birds, and the ozone. Most of all, we have scarred this beautiful earth we call home. Please try to stop using garbage so that our home can stay a happy, healthy place to live in. If you do have plastic, check to see what kind it is before throwing it away, in case you can recycle it!

Mary, Author on Bonsai

 

Ways to Prevent Global Warming February 16, 2013

Filed under: Air Purifying,Keep the Ground Clean,Recycling,Water Crisis,Wildlife — rolemodelsforme @ 5:56 pm

Global Warming is a very important issue currently. Take polar bears as an example. Polar bears can’t live without the snow and ice, so they’ll very much suffer if we can’t stop global warming soon enough. There are many ways YOU can prevent global warming, just wait and see.

Plant trees. Carbon dioxide is the most important gas to plants. When you decrease the level of carbon dioxide in the environment reduces the global warming effect caused by what causes carbon dioxide.

Try not to use fuel. Use less energy, or try not to pollute the Earth. Burning fuel increases the amount on greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in the world.

Reduce. Throwing garbage out causes a lot of global warming. Things that are found in nature, can be thrown onto the ground and will eventually decompose, which can prevent global warming.

Recycle. Recycled items take far less energy to produce new items than items produced from scratch.

Reuse. By reusing items, you are saving a lot of energy as well as getting new enjoyment.

Conserving water. Saving water saves a significant amount of energy. Distributing water takes up a lot of energy, which sadly can’t be helped very much. At home, turn off the faucet immediately after you’re done using it. You may not realize it, but that also helps prevent global warming.

Global warming is a serious issue right now, and I hope this post inspired you to try to help prevent it.

 

 
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