If you imagine that I’m the young lady (although I’m not nearly so young) in the painting, then you have a sense of my state of mind. In our house, it’s raining plastic, blogging, home schooling, and messiness – time to put the brakes on. However, I do have a few tidbits to
share with you today – a plastic-free website, a book, and updates on the Poinsettia Sisters.
Last updated September 3, 2016
A plastic-free website
While doing research for next week’s post, I learned about a company called Life Without Plastic. This plastic-free website is passionate about reducing the prevalence of plastic in the environment. Did you know that most plastic is only recycled once? And this doesn’t mean that your plastic water bottle gets recycled into another water bottle. It’s turned into a non-recyclable item such as lumber or clothing. Besides offering a wide selection of plastic alternatives, Life Without Plastic provides a wealth of information on the health and environmental effects of manufacturing and disposing of plastic.
Many of us will need, at first, to make small changes – keeping costs to a minimum. Everyone has a budget to meet. But if we all take small steps to reduce our plastic consumption through the purchases we make, this will send a clear message to manufacturers that we demand other types of packaging and containers. After all, money talks.
Life Without Plastic even carries a stainless steel ice pop mold – just one example of many products available through this plastic-free website that helps reduce our carbon footprint. One of my first goals is to stop buying plastic food storage bags.
A book to share
Have you tried the paleo approach to eating? Many friends and acquaintances who’ve been on this type of diet experience weight loss and improved health. Mark Sisson, the author of The Primal Blueprint, doesn’t like to think of his program so much as a diet but rather a lifestyle more in line with how our ancestors lived. I began reading the Friday success stories on his blog last month. I’m amazed and heartened by what many followers of the Primal Blueprint accomplish. Some people have even reduced or eliminated medications for diabetes and high blood pressure.
I’ll be writing a summary of his book within the next couple of months. Meanwhile, take a look at The Primal Blueprint, along with this blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, a website that provides support and lively discussions on various health topics. (All of the information above is from The Primal Blueprint.)
The Poinsettia Sisters
If you read my post about overwintering poinsettias, here’s an update. For now, we’re keeping our poinsettia from this past Christmas, along with her sister from the Christmas before. They’re both doing fairly well, but I still need to re-pot our poinsettia from a year ago. I think it would be fun to share pictures and updates from time to time, so you can join our family in observing the changes through the seasons. And now, I present to you – the Poinsettia Sisters.
There’s nothing like website surfing (especially a plastic-free website), a book, and an inside gardening project to keep one’s spirits up in the dead of winter.