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Plastics, Playtime and Our Poor Planet

My son Vincent playing with one of his favourite toys, a wooden helicopter I purchased from a market in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. While growing up I remember that my mom and aunts always commented on how lucky I was to have so many toys. I was a privileged child that is for certain, but I don’t think I had an unreasonable amount of toys. However, compared to what both of my parents had when they… Read More »Plastics, Playtime and Our Poor Planet

Zero Waste Food

Guest Writer: Patricia @at.my.table (www.at-my-table.com) If that even possible? Can you really produce NO waste when it comes to food? The short answer…not really. But we can certainly aspire to be as low waste as possible when it comes to how we buy, prepare and discard our food. So the term ‘zero’ or ‘NO’ food waste is one that we should not get so hung up on, but rather our focus should be on doing… Read More »Zero Waste Food

A Breath of Fresh Air. How Plants Clean our Air

Yesterday, in Monterrey, Mexico, where a few of us Earth Mamas live and work, the overall Real Time Air Quality Index  was reading at 289 (pm10) or in other terms, as indicated on the website, VERY UNHEALTHY! This air quality reading fits into the second highest category of this index and on the higher end of that range where health warnings are of emergency conditions. See the chart below taken from the Air Quality Index… Read More »A Breath of Fresh Air. How Plants Clean our Air

“Food waste” recipes

One average Sunday, my husband and I were doing the food prep for the week. The usual clean-up of veggies, separating the parts we cooked with (kale leaves, beetroots, pepper outsides, herb leaves) from the parts we didn’t use (kale stems, beet leaves, pepper innards, herb stems, and tons of peels). Doing all the prep at once made it very clear that we were creating a lot of food waste, and that didn’t sit well… Read More »“Food waste” recipes

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, V-day Can Be GREEN, Here’s What To Do…

Step into any major grocery store chain or department store and the front shelves are lined with pink and red items. The majority of these are single use and heavily over packaged. Everything from candies and chocolates to teddy bears and plastic heart shaped rings and toys. Marketers never skip an opportunity to sell you something “holiday” themed. According to the World Resources Institute “North America did not embrace the holiday until Hallmark cards specialized… Read More »Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, V-day Can Be GREEN, Here’s What To Do…