Updated: Jul 12, 2021

REDUCE YOUR GROCERY BILL

& CARBON FOOTPRINT...


AWAKEN YOUR TASTE BUDS



A BACKYARD GARDEN


If everyone planted a vegetable garden we could slow the progression of climate change. How? Gardens provide us with food, pollinators, healthy soil and food.

Plants absorb carbon dioxide into the soil.

HOW TO START A CLIMATE VICTORY GARDEN

  1. Plan your plot - a small plot or pot or container gardens on a balcony

  2. Prep your space

  3. Choose your seasonable vegetables (appropriate for your weather conditions)

  4. Plant your garden

  5. Water well

  6. Keep weeds at bay



A BALCONY GARDEN


Live in a condo or small apartment? As long as you have a balcony, of any size....you can do it! By planting our own vegetable gardens and growing some of our own food we are reducing our grocery bill, reducing the shipment of food, resulting in less stress to our agricultural cultivations.


As plants die each winter, leaves, branches and roots die off and over time they decompose, adding more nutrients and carbon to the soil. Leaf mulch is better than wood mulch to protect your soil. Mulch decreases water use, curbs erosion, protects water sources and reduces water runoff.


Composting enriches the soil, reduces wastes, reduces the greenhouse gas of methane (21 times the global warming potential than carbon dioxide) and increases the quality of the soil.


Planting your own vegetable garden is fun and fulfilling. Watching your garden grow is therapeutic, relaxing and your tastebuds will thank you.


#gardens #carbonfootprint #reducegrocerybill #ecofriendly

 

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Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Nature is crucial to our MENTAL and PHYSICAL HEALTH


WE NEED NATURE

Spending time in NATURE makes us feel better #Mentally


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we feel, think and act. Mental health is crucial at every stage of our life from childhood, right through to the golden years. In nature or even viewing images of nature, it reduces anger, fear and stress and increases a positive state of mind.


Nature Reduces:


Our DEPRESSION

Our MOOD DISORDERS

Increases SELF CONFIDENCE AND CREATIVITY

HELPS US RECONNECT WITH OTHERS


Get some nature therapy....we all need it!


Try to eat your lunch outside near a tree, by a garden, by the water. Grow plants in your home, in your backyard or on your balcony. Meditate under a tree, by a lake or fountain, an open and quiet space. Journal in the sunshine. Walk barefoot on the grass or dip your feet into a lake, a fountain or sprinkler. Inhale the aroma of beautiful flowers.

Marvel at the nature around you.


NATURE DOES NOT NEED US

#Nature can fully heal itself...

without us!

But.....we cannot survive without nature.


Spending time in NATURE make us feel better #Physically


Exercising outdoors, walking, hiking, jogging, swimming, biking, kayaking, rollerblading and other activities increases our production of endorphins. Chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pain. A natural high. Making you feel calm and clear-headed. Endorphins work like opioid drugs but naturally!

That is why we gravitate to the beach, to the lake, to the bike trails, to the forest, to the park, to our garden, to the country, to the cottage.....


Nature Reduces:


Our BLOOD PRESSURE

Our HEART RATE

Our MUSCLE TENSION

Our STRESS HORMONES

Enhances Our IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTION

Quicker HEALING PROCESS



Thank you, Nature :-)







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Beware of the 10 Toxic Chemicals to avoid when shopping for

skincare products. Harmful to your Health and to the Environment.


From washing your face to applying serum,

our daily skincare routine involves many personal care products.



Many personal care products contain toxic chemicals not listed on labels and misrepresented under the names, "natural" and "fragrance".


Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers do not have to disclose the list of chemicals in the ingredients.




#TOXICTEN


#1 BHA (butylated hydrooxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)

Preservations in hair products, makeup, sunscreen, deodorant, fragrances and creams.

Linked to hormone disruption and skin irritation.



#2 Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasing agents

Used as hardeners in nail polishes.

Diazolindinyl urea and quaternium-15 used as preservatives in cosmetics and release formaldehyde.

Linked to cancer and skin sensitivity.


#3 NEP (N-Ethylpentedrone) and

NMP (N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone)

Used in synthetic eyelash and nail glues, nail polish removers and lotions.

Can cause skin, eye and lung irritation.


#4 Oxybenzone

Blocks ultraviolet light in sunscreens

Hormon disruptor and harmful to coral reefs and marine animals


#5 Parabens (methy-, butyl-, propyl-, ethyl-)

Preservations in cosmetics and personal care products.

Hormone disruptor.


#6 Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

ingredients with "fluoro" in name.

Found in personal care products and cosmetics.

Linked to cancer and extremely persistent in the environment.


#7 Pthalates

Helps fragrances linger on skin longer.

Hormone disruptors and toxic to reproduction and brain development.


#8 Siloxanes

Cyclomethicone, D4, D5 and D6

Silicone-based compounds used to moisten or prime skin and hair.

Can cause skin irritation and harmful to aquatic animals.


#9 Talc

Absorbent in pressed loose powders such as baby powder.

Linked to ovarian cancer if applied to genital area. Can be contaminated

with asbestos which is harmful to lungs if inhaled.


#10 Toluene

Used in nail polish to make the polish stick to nail.

Respiratory toxicant and may cause headaches, dizziness and irritation.


Caveat emptor: what you buy and what you put on your face and body.


Personal care products are washed down our sinks. Any present chemicals are recycled into our lakes, streams, rivers and oceans!

The chemicals BHA and BHT cause death in fish and shellfish.


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