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2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

 

 

The 4th of July is upon us again. I have been scouring blogs, articles and newscasts to find new green tips for your 4th. Here are some things that have been mentioned before and some new things I didn’t even think of.

1.We know Fireworks are no beuno! Besides the noise that scares outdoor animals and are harmful for the environment not to mention dangerous, did you also know that the 4th of July is the #1 day pets run away? I was unaware but I did recently find this out.

2.You know to make sure to use reusable/recyclable utensils for the event. If you are having a big party there is no need to have big garbage. There are plenty of affordable options for serving.

3.Make as little waste as possible. Give away left overs and don’t over cook. I know for parties people are always concerned about not having enough food. Purchase items you and your family will eat even after the holiday. You don’t have to make everything right now all at once. Make food in shifts. If people are still hungry you can always make more. You also don’t have to leave all of the food out. People will eat just because food is sitting there. Put out smaller portions. You can save on money and waste.

4. No one likes bug and this time of year there are plenty especially when there is food around. Try using natural insect repellents such as natural citronella candles, or essential oils such as cinnamon, castor oil, rose geranium and orange oil. You can find plenty of DIY repellent recipes online.

5. You know going local, organic and as meat free as possible is a great way to lower your carbon foot print. Make sure to do your best to adhere to those rules but also remember having to travel a far distance or spending money on expensive products sort of defeats the purpose so be reasonable with your decisions.

6. As your evening winds down you will be tempted to turn on all sorts of lights and light all kinds of fires. As tempting as fire side snacks seem there are many carcinogens released into the air depending on what you are using to start this fire. Use natural products ie plain old wood from your back yard. The same goes for the charcoal on your grill people, propane is a much more green alternative! Keep solar lights handy. If they are already outside of your house during the day you won’t need to turn on any additional lights. You can save on your energy bill as well.

7. Hand make and save your decorations. If you must purchase decor then go for sturdier options that will last for years instead of ones that might get ruined or not last the day. Making the decorations is a super fun option and activity everyone can share in. You can make it a fun family tradition.

January’s Top 5 Eco-Pet Picks

Bug-Off-soap Wysong Pet Health
Wysong Bug Off™ is a natural soap handmade in small batches of the purest natural ingredients.  Pets can be regularly bathed with Bug Off™ to help naturally repel bugs.  Bug Off™ includes Saponified Olive, Coconut, Palm, Soybean and Castor Oils, Spring Water, Essential Oil Blend, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, and Vitamin E.  (Not recommended for pets under six months of age, or those with highly sensitive skin.)

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Organic Catnip Kickin Chicken Old McDonald never had a chicken that looked this good! With long spindly legs made of cotton cord and a tuft of white faux fur hair, this chicken will hold a cat’s attention all day. Our durable corduroy material is generously stuffed with organically grown catnip. Measures 3” made in Montana.

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Cat Grass (Wheat Grass Triticum aestivum) Cats love grass. They nap and play on it, and like to eat it too. Wheat grass is good for cats, providing essential vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in Chlorophyll which acts as a natural detoxifier, mild antibiotic and deodorizer. An easy to grow organic treat for pet health and vitality. Certified Organic!  Rice Hull Gardens are a complete container garden in natural, environmentally friendly pots made from renewable grain husks, primarily rice hulls, and organic pigments. Equally suitable indoors or out, these highly durable pots will retain their beautiful shape and texture for about five years. One hundred percent biodegradable, Rice Hull Gardens celebrate gardening with a light footprint on the earth.

Litter-Lite
Litter Lite™ is comprised of biodegradable cellulose pellets; it is dust-free, and non-allergenic. After use, it can be composted, used as mulch, or flushed away in moderate amounts. Lightweight and chemical-free, this economical litter is also ecological. Especially important following surgery due to its pure design. Litter Lite™ is the world’s best cat litter!

Citressence-Air-Spray

Citressence™ is a pet odor counteractant. It is a botanical and citrus formulation that contains safe natural extracts which have the capability of molecularly neutralizing, not just masking, most offensive pet odors including dog odors and cat urine odor.

Citressence™ imparts an initial light citrus scent, which quickly fades along with the offensive odor. Citressence™ is highly concentrated, very economical and extremely safe and efficient.