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A Garden of Inspiration – a lovely book

Contemplating beauty or hearing an inspiring thought as you read aloud, is part of what makes this book of quotes and thoughts so grand!  There are so many quotes in five chapters focusing on Joy in the Garden, Gifts, Beauty, Garden Wit and the changing seasons. You’ll love it and it is perfect for EARTH DAY, or if you are a one of the people (like me) that insists on EARTH YEAR… you will love it.  I have found a favorite quote or a new quote on every page.  Here are a few of the hundreds of quotes  (88 pages)  in this book:

There is peace in the garden. Peace and results.  — Ruth Stout

The earth is absolutely honest; it gives back what is put into it plus interest on the time, money and effort invested. Treat soil handsomely and it will give you a rich return.  — Patience Strong

Anything which grows is always more beautiful to look at than anything which is built. — Lin Yu Tang.


Enjoy Earth Day

Earth Day 2017
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Earth Day 2017

Saturday, April 22 — earth day started on April 22, 1970.

Dear Readers, There are no ads in Greeneroo blog posts. Why? I hope that we can share information, rather than pushing you to BUY something. I do like to let you know about really cool books, but I’d really rather have you go outside and have some fun!


Happy Earth Day!!  — the editor

Some activities:

Enjoy a meatless meal! Why? Pasture and alfalfa – the food for cattle to graze on are two of the highest water using plants. Save water, eat a veggie meal.

Plant a Tree! Why? Trees help keep soil in place, they provide homes for many animals and birds, they produce air for us to breath and they provide shade in the summer. A tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, remove harmful particulates in the air – wow!

Take a Walk! Why? Discover your neighborhood and meet your neighbors.  You’ll learn more about the history of the area, and what other people near you like to do. I often share mint from my garden with people that pass by.

Plant a seed! Why? You’ll learn more about how plants germinate (sprout) and grow. You’ll be responsible for watering and caring for your plant.  You’ll learn about how seeds really look different from one type of plant to the next.

Turn off your lights, Computer, TV, Washer, Dryer and think about walking/ biking rather than driving! Why? Trying out new methods of doing something are the first step of making a healthy habit. Use less energy, turn off the lights and other devices when you aren’t using them.

Don’t buy anything on Earth day! Why? We tend to buy what we want rather than what we need. This leads to throwing so much stuff away. Millions of pounds of clothing are tossed in the trash each year, by people who “bought it … but didn’t need it”!

Type “parks in California” in your computer browser (substitute your STATE for California or write in your Zip code)  Why?  You’ll get a list of parks. Get outside and have some fun! You’ll feel better and you may meet some friends that live near you.  Now that you have a list of places close enough to walk to and enjoy! I used the zip code and found 5 parks that are great and I can walk to each one!

Go to a Farmer’s market. Why? These open air markets are so much fun. You can taste things you have never tried, make friends with a farmer and buy local fruits, vegetables, nuts other stuff that is tasty and fresh. Remember to bring a reusable bag to put your purchases in.

For each of the suggestions, there are many more reasons to try out the activity. Can you think of other reasons to try something new or go outdoors and play?  I bet you can.

Some links to enjoy:

  • www.filoli.org  – beautiful estate and garden in Woodside, CA
  • parks.smcgov.org/san-bruno-mountain – San Bruno mountain is often ignored, commuters say they drive past it all the time. But they don’t stop. It has great hikes, picnic tables, views of SF and flowers to enjoy.
  • birding.sequoia-audubon.org – the audobon society has bird watching information and events everywhere!
  • www.discovery.com/…/1-top-10-most-amazing-hikes-in-north-america – take a hike, learn more!  The Sierra Club has many hikes.

EARTH DAY – What Green Deed will YOU do?

Earth Day (April 22) inspires us to be better greener global citizens! Let’s conserve water and energy, let’s get healthier by walking, hiking and biking. Let’s plant some native drought tolerant trees and smile at whatever the weather brings.  We can buy quality, skip the junk, make things last rather than throw out. We can make GREEN style the best style. We could encourage our work groups to TELECOMMUTE, to have phone conversations instead of drive to appointments and jump on planes! We could learn to be incredible trainers and collaborators by using SKYPE… we could learn and lead together while not in the same office.

 We can love our earth.    gogreen lightbulb

We can volunteer to plant, cleanup, recycle, and donate money to the causes we love…. like the  National Parks Foundation in support of its 100th anniversary.    

 

Volunteer for Earth Day!

April 23, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Canopy’s Earth Day Tree Care Service Day – 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94303 Earth Day Tree Servicing in Palo Alto

This is a wonderful organization. It is a fun group activity too, you’ll look fondly at the trees you have planted for years to come!

April 23, 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM Earth Day Beach Clean-Up in San Mateo Coyote Point Park, 1701 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo, CA, 94401

Beach Clean Up in San Mateo

Coastal Cleanup Days a water pollution prevention program

Earth Day at ReThink Waste in San Carlos  333 Shoreway Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070

Blue Orange Games

Here is a great local toy company with a commitment to quality. So, if you’ve been searching for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day, check out Blue Orange Games! They produce ONLY high-quality, long-lasting, eco-friendly games and they give back with a tree planting program.

They use durable materials such as non-toxic coatings; non-petroleum based plastic, recycled cardboard and wood and tin. After all, your kids will be chewing on these games, or maybe the puppy might take a nibble too!

And when they are sent to you, the games are self-contained, which decreases the amount of packaging.

On average, 35 games are created out of one tree; therefore Blue Orange Games is committed to replanting two trees for every one tree used in game construction.

FOR  Earth Day, have fun and play Gobblet, a game from the wooden collection or Trigger, one of their newest games.

If you lose a piece, that happens alot in our family, you’ll be glad to know that replacement parts are available. That is a smart idea!
Thanks Blue Orange Games,  your games are beautiful and well made!

Update for 2016:

BLUE ORANGE never stops…. there is a huge group of games and quality toys that are developed each year.  Take a look!   Here is a Catalog for retailers.

TAKE A LOOK:    STORE LOCATOR

Blue Orange U.S.A.
1000 Illinois St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Ph (415) 252-0372

www.blueorangegames.com

Nature in the City: Earth Day Party | McCoppin Plaza

FUN IN SF!!! HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!

Price: free
When: April 22, 2015 – 12pm to April 22, 2015 – 5pm
Where: McCoppin Plaza
Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Nearest BART Station:
16th St. Mission (SF)

Join us for a simple day of nature. Plant the park, have a bite to eat, and slow down for a minute to observe. This will also be a fun, musical, hands-on, journalistic, adventurous day, when nature experts will share their knowledge and inspire us to discover local nature.

Nature in the City’s McCoppin Hub Plaza Earth Day
Presented by People in Plazas
Wednesday, April 22nd | Noon to 5pm
Valencia at McCoppin Street (one block south of Market)
FREE

Partners include: San Francisco Department of Environment’s Biodiversity Program and SF Plantfinder Database, Weaving Earth, Children in Nature Collaborative, and Children’s Day School with a special guest appearance by the resident Guadalupe Island Palms and their new neighboring plants: San Francisco native ceanothus, toyon, coast buckwheat, and ferns – who knew!

Where:
McCoppin Plaza
Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Nearest BART Station
16th St. Mission (SF)

Happy Earth Day

 Earth day is April 22…… actually it is everyday, right?

Enjoy these graphics, posters, videos and imagine how you can get involved. Everyone can volunteer somewhere, everyone plays a part. Teachers and Parents — please take a look at these artistic graphical images , photos and stories that help explain what our next step must be! You’ll get inspired!  — the editor

With Earth Day fast approaching, there’s no better time to think twice about what we can do to help the environment—and at the Ad Council we’re doing our part!

Created with Keep America Beautiful (KAB), our ‘I Want To Be Recycled’ PSA campaign works to make recycling a part of their daily life and transition from periodic recyclers to consistent recyclers. The campaign builds off our iconic “Crying Indian” ads which were launched on Earth Day 43 years ago!

The average American generates nearly 4.4 pounds of trash a day.
In the United States, we recycle just 34.5 percent of the material we produce!
So much of our trash could be given a new life through recycling.
Let’s help us spread the word.  We can do better.

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Let’s encourage more people (ourselves included) to take action. We can make the change to consider where something ends up, before we buy it, we can vote with our dollars, and we can enjoy recycled products more:

  • Recycling infographics: Chart the journey of five different types of materials—from roadside collection to final manufacturing—to show how your trash can become something totally new. See the whole series here.
  • Earth Day GIF: Embed or link to our fun Earth Day GIF to help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards! See here.  
  • Great American Cleanup Info: Learn more about the program and find a Great American Cleanup event in your area, here.
  • “I Want To Be Recycled” PSAs: Created pro bono by ad agency Pereira & O’Dell, the PSAs are run in space and time entirely donated by media companies. Help us share! See here.

CNPS-SCV-NEWS: April / May Chapter Volunteer Opportunities

BTW – CNPS is the California Native Plants Society. It’s a great Bay Area group with loads of events, really nice people and a chance to learn more about the plants in our area.
Note from Toni:
Our chapter will be participating in a couple of Earth Day / Spring events later this month and next month, and we are looking for some volunteers to help staff our information tables. These events are great opportunities to get involved with our chapter, learn a little about native plants, and get involved with your local community. You do not need to have any previous experience, or knowledge of plants.  All you need is enthusiasm for native plants, and a desire to engage with the general public.   If you would like to help staff our table for any of these events, or if you have any questions, please respond to this e-mail.  tonig@flash.net
Thanks,
Toni Gregorio-Bunch
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 Thursday, April 17th – Mission College Eco-Fair, Santa Clara – 10:30 – 1:30
 Tuesday, April 22nd – San Jose State Earth Day, San Jose –  10:30 – 3:00
 Saturday, May 10th – Skyline Open Space Preserve Family Wing Ding Fest, 10 – 3

Going Green Can Save You $2K!

Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, and there’s no better time to appreciate the place we call home. It’s also a great time to consider ways to be better environmental stewards and evaluate our current practices and activities.

In addition to being better patrons to our planet, “going green” can also save money. Use these simple tricks to save over $2,000 per year and get more eco-friendly while you’re at it!

1. Buy Refurbished Ink ($130 Annual Savings)
Though 97 percent of an ink cartridge is recyclable, 375 million cartridges end up in landfills each year. To cut down on this waste and to cut your costs by 70 percent, head online to InkjetWilly.com to find the cheapest replacement ink and remanufactured options for your specific printer.

2. DIY Cleaning Products ($50 Annual Savings)
Manufacturer’s boasting “natural” toilet cleaners charge roughly $5 per bottle. You can save up to $50 a year using pantry goods like vinegar and baking soda to tackle common household chores!

3. Use Mobile Coupons ($1,560 Annual Savings)
Last year, the average coupon user saved $1,560 a year spending just 20 minutes each week looking for deals. Avoid those paper circulars and download a free coupon app like Coupon Sherpa for savings at retailers, restaurants, service providers and more. Save paper, save money: boom!

4. Don’t Buy Bottled Water ($100 Annual Savings)
The average American spends $100 each year on bottled water. What’s more, U.S. citizens discard 2.5 million plastic bottlesevery hour and contribute unnecessarily to landfills. Purchase inexpensive, BPA-free reusable water bottles and keep one at the office, in your gym bag and at home so you always have one to refill.

5. Send E-Cards or Repurpose Greeting Cards ($40 Annual Savings)
From birthdays to holidays to other special occasions, Americans buy roughly 6.5 billion greeting cards annually. At an average of $4 a pop, this represents an enormous expenditure by consumers. Instead, send e-vites and other digital greetings, or reuse cards you received by cutting out the personal sentiment and creating a postcard.

6. Kill Energy Vampires ($65 Annual Savings)
Gadgets and appliances like TVs, laptops, coffee makers, space heaters and cable boxes continue to suck energy even when turned off. Get in the habit of unplugging all these electronics and appliances when you aren’t using them. Considering that the average American home electricity costs are $1,300 a year, 5 percent savings can keep an extra $65 in your pocket.

7. Swap Paper Towels for Cloth ($150 Annual Savings)
Americans use a staggering 13 billion pounds of paper towels every year, equating to over 50,000 trees and 60 million gallons of water. Swap these paper hogs for cloth alternatives like sponges and microfiber towels which you can toss in the dishwasher and washing machine for reuse.

Thanks Andrea for sharing these great tips.  – the editor
Greeneroo has a search tool in the top right corner, For Earth Day, you’ll get a variety of articles, that can add to your knowledge, conservation techniques and understanding of your impact. More Related Articles!

 

Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Bamboo Kitchen Products – Sustainable, Reusable

3Pc Bamboo tool Set-Lo Res BambooSteamer chopsticksFrom plastic bags and bottles to wasteful paper and more, everyday products are wreaking havoc on our environment and consumers are becoming more & more aware of the destruction this is causing, and are trying to go “greener.” Bamboo, which is actually classified as a fast growing grass (not wood!), does not require any chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to grow, which makes it a great option for consumers who want to go green. 100% bio-degradable, eco-friendly, recyclable and also light in weight (it’s edible as well), bamboo is a better option for our environment.

In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd), here are  a selection of bamboo products that are perfect for your kitchen to help you stay eco-friendly even when cooking.

The IMUSA Bamboo Steamer is made from eco-friendly material and allows for a healthier way to cook while retaining flavor, vitamins and nutrients. Bamboo steamers are great for cooking vegetables, seafood, dim sum and more. The beautifully woven bottom allows steam to pass through, while the multiple layers allow you to separate and cook a variety of foods at the same time. Available at Macys.com for $30.00

IMUSA’s Bamboo Mortar & Pestle (NEW SPRING 2014 PRODUCT) is an essential tool for traditional cooking and great for crushing fresh herbs and spices. IMUSA’s Bamboo Mortar & Pestle set is natural and eco-friendly, while featuring orange silicone accents for a stylish design, better grip and non-slip bottom to easily grind spices, herbs, garlic and more. Cooking with fresh herbs provides a much healthier and richer flavor when compared to dried herbs. Available in Spring 2014; Target.com for $17.99

IMUSA 3-piece Bamboo Cooking Tools Set is made from eco-friendly bamboo and includes a cooking spoon, spatula and coop to make stir-frying, sautéing, deep frying, steaming and parboiling easier. Available at BedBathandBeyond.com for $5.99

IMUSA Colored Bamboo Chopsticks come in a pack of 12 and are essential for enjoying the perfect Asian-inspired dishes. Add a burst of color to the kitchen table! Available atBedBathandBeyond.com for $5.99

The IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera is ideal for making perfectly pressed Tostones with just the right thickness and shape. Tostones are crispy fried plantains, which are very popular in Hispanic cusiine as a side dish or appetizer. This tostonera easily flattens sliced plantains and prepares them to be fried. Available at Macys.com for $9.99

Hiho Batik’s collection for Earth Day!

Hiho Batik in Brooklyn has taken every child’s love for mother nature and handmade exclusive designs, using 100% cotton materials.

Everyone – every age is welcomed to make their own Earth Day Batik one-of-a-kind products in a mass-produced world from the comfort of your own home. 

The following is a link into Hiho Batik’s art space, where you can Make-Your-Own.

Take a look at the Sweet Ts and colors. I have a personal favorite: Monarch butterflies – they are in our backyard!!  Encouraging kids to create works of art about nature is a lasting and amazing memory.   This would be a fun activity for teachers.