Bonsai

Go Green or Go Home

Earth Day Crafts and Activities April 22, 2013

Filed under: Going Green,Holidays,Make Your Own — mochi @ 1:25 am
Tags: , ,

The Earth flag is not an official flag, since ...

I searched around until I found a couple gigantic lists of things to do for Earth Day! At my school, we’re planting some things to take home and making recycled bracelets. If any of you fabulous followers are parents, I’m sure your kids would love these fun activities that can teach them the importance of recycling.

 

http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/earth-day-linky-party/

 

http://3boysandadog.com/deals/2013/earth-day-activities-for-kids/

 

There are many activities you can do. I hope you enjoy 

Happy Earth Day, you all!

Ceej

 

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

 

Easter! March 31, 2013

Filed under: Animals,Going Green,Holidays,Make Your Own — mochi @ 4:12 pm
Tags: , ,


Happy Easter, friends! If you do or don’t celebrate it, I hope you have a great day either way.

Here are a couple tips and ideas:

If you use real eggs to dye, don’t eat them. This isn’t because they’re colorful, but because you’ve probably been keeping them on display. If you want to eat them, you can poke holes in each side and blow/drain the insides onto a pan or in a bowl, then dye the shells.

Use the insides to make your scrambled eggs or something, and make sure they’re free range first.

Ditch the Easter grass. It’s messy, unhealthy for the environment, and a waste of money because you’ll throw it away and keep buying it year after year. Honestly, what’s the point of it? If lost outside, animals can choke on it. (If inside, it is also a hazard for infants.) So steer clear!

Reuse all of your items next year- wreaths, baskets, eggs, etc.

Buy fair trade chocolate from companies like Black & Green or Endangered Species. That way you’ll get a delicious treat, and you’ll be supporting their efforts.

Instead of hiding  things in the eggs, use eggs of different sizes to determine the prize. Bonus points if you use the dyed shells. That way if any eggs are lost, the chocolate won’t be found by animals. Or if you’re the type to put money in your eggs, it won’t be lost! Natural egg shells are the best way to go, because they will decompose quickly if not found. When people do find eggs, a small egg will be for a small treat, big egg for a big treat, etc.

Have a fun Easter! Remember to reuse, reduce, and recycle!

 

Earth Hour March 23, 2013

Hey guys! Earth Hour is going on today. At any time, turning off your lights and electronics for one hour will show your support for the symbolism of taking steps to stop climate change and showing the world how easy it is to reduce your energy. No, turning off your lights for an hour won’t stop global warming immediately, but leaving them on all day will contribute to it. Share the word with everyone about Earth Hour. I’m taking a challenge and trying not to use energy all day- my computer is running on reserve battery power.

LightbulbUsing less energy is important every day, because it reduces the carbon emissions that are going into our atmosphere. Celebrate Earth Hour all day today and tell everyone about it!

 

World Water Day March 21, 2013

Filed under: Awareness,Holidays,Water Crisis — mochi @ 3:05 pm

Happy World Water Day, everyone! WWD is tomorrow, March 22nd, and it is a day to celebrate the importance of water and try to bring it to everyone in the world. Sadly, many people do not even have access to this basic necessity. People living in poverty use less than 5 gallons a day, while the average American uses 100. Water is, and has always been, scarce, but some people have less access to it than others, and they deserve more to be healthy. That’s why here at Bonsai, we’re celebrating World Water Day to brainstorm how to help and raise everyone’s awareness about it.Here are some ways you can celebrate water without wasting:

~drink it

~buy a reusable bottle

~provide a day’s worth of safe drinking with butterfly rewards (care2.com)

~swim

~enjoy more sustainable options, like…Nika Water

Nika

Bottled water isn’t great- the plastic is bad for the environment, and the molecules can leak into your h2o. But Nika is making a 100% effort to counteract the negative effects of bottled water by donating 100% of their profit to charities, and using 100% recycled bottles. Not only that, but they recycle a bottle every time one is made. And every time 98 bottles are sold, they plant a tree. Nika really is a lifesaver! Encourage your family and friends to buy Nika water instead of other brands like Arrowhead or Dasani. It helps the earth and its people, not to mention that it is incredibly good tasting.http://www.nikawater.org/Scroll to the bottom of each page to read facts (some of which are found in this article.)

 

Filtration and Sanity

Sometimes people have access to a large source of water, but it is dirty and unsafe for drinking. It might even contain trash or animal waste! This water is obviously unhealthy and is the cause of many diseases, which impoverished people are not able to care for.

 

Blue Gold

Water is probably the one most important resource on the planet, and there just isn’t enough of it to go around. This is partly because of overpopulation and partly because of greenhouse gases causing mass evaporation. So if there isn’t enough to go around, how can we make sure everyone gets some? We’ll have to ration. Cut down on your water usage- even if it seems like what’s coming out of your tap is limitless, it’s not.

 

You can help end the water crisis by:

~educating people about it

~donating to funds like water.org

~taking showers, not baths

~watering your lawn when it’s cool to prevent evaporation

~fixing all your leaks

~using tap water

 

Power of the Tap

Tap water is regulated and filtered for drinking uses. If you use it to clean your cups and glasses, why shouldn’t you use it to drink? It’s perfectly safe and you can reduce your water footprint by doing so.

 

Tell everyone you know to celebrate World Water Day, and help as much as you can!

 

 
Jar of Turquoise Sunshine

A blog of creative stuff, updated monthly in all categories!

I n f u s i o n

_ handcrafted bags _

Adventures of an Unfortunate Fangirl

I fangirled and couldn't get up.

Crafty little Coco

DIY, Gluten-free Recipes and Life on Oahu

Lark McLane

Poignant books, interesting theories and other thoughts

Cyan Attributes

Smile! You’re at the best. Change is good. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll see the difference.