Be Earth Friendly: It’s Easy Being Green

Posted by noelskitchen | Earth Day | Wednesday 22 April 2009 5:14 am



 Be Earth Friendly: It’s Easy Being Green

I’m always looking fo ways to educate myself on isssues going on around me. One of them is Earth Day. Yes we all know some things, but do we know everything? I woke up this morning thinking what could I do today, on Earth Day. Well thanks to a commercial from Oprah, I found things I could do today and thought I would share with you.  There are a few things I already knew about and you may too but a friendly reminder to us all could help keep our plant Earth Friendly.

  • A Mug of Your Own
    Every year Americans throw away 25 billion polystyrene cups and 25 billion individual water bottles, most of which end up in landfills. Instead buy a reusable to-go mug and a bottle that you can refill with filtered tap water. Bring your own (to a coffee shop, a meeting), and you cut down on Styrofoam
  • Want a Lick?
    A cone beats a cup. Why? “You’re eating your silverware instead of using plastic,” says Matthew Modine, a passionate promoter of earth-friendly policies. “It’s all about consuming less, using fewer of the resources needed to make products and packaging.”
  • Clean Without Chemicals
    Natural cleansers like vinegar and baking soda do a great job without harming the planet. “And,” Matthew says, “a little vegetable oil and lemon juice makes a great wood polish.”
  • Bag It
    Get reusable cloth bags for the grocery store and the dry cleaner. More than 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away every year.
  • Stop Junk Mail
    Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact the direct marketing association at to remove our name from mailing lists of their members.
  • A Better TP
    Recycled toilet paper is scratchier than three-ply, but it’s much softer for our environment.
  • How Many People Does It Take To…
    Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use four times less energy than incandescent ones. If every American family substituted five CFL bulbs for incandescent, it would be equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year. Ball says “They cost a little more up front, but they last up to 15 times longer.”
  • De-Lint the Dryer
    Lint builds up after every dryer cycle, reducing the machine’s efficiency. Removing it does a lot to decrease its usually massive energy use. (Now this is a new one for me. Only de-linted the dryer when I absolutely had too).
  • Shorten Your Showers
    Low-flow showerheads would be a big improvement. “If they’re well designed, the pressure should still feel good,” says Laurie David, another prominent activist in Hollywood. “For every two minutes you shave off your shower, you save 10 gallons of water.” (Have you every waited for your teenage kid to get out of the shower? Mine will be practicing this tip more).
  • Shut Down
    The average computer left on all day uses nearly 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, producing more than a ton of carbon emissions. So turn off your computer anytime you’re not on it, and eliminate the screen saver function, which uses more energy than the sleep mode.
  • Pick Safe Paints
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, architectural coatings such as paints and varnishes are the second-largest source of fumes from volatile organic compounds, substances that evaporate at room temperature and react in sunlight to form photochemical smog. Look for cans with “No VOC.” We’ll all breathe easier.

My Earth Friendly Tip To You

Use Bamboo kitchenware. Bamboo is actually a grass. This sustainable and renewable resource naturally replaces itself by constantly sending up new shoots from it’s root system, so there’s no need for replanting. To find out how you can go green and be earth friendly in your kicthen, visit, and look for Bamboo. 

Teach Your Kids About The Environment

Looking for a book to help get your children aware of our environmental problems, and help you teach them in a fun and exciting way! THIS IS IT! Easy workbook style. Easy Read, Fun projects that can be adapted to children of different ages! If you are teacher of young children, this book is a must! Help the young learn now and they will grow up into the next generation that will protect our earth! This book will definitely show children how they can start solving environmental problems right now! Earth Day For Kids: Activities To Help Heal The Environment by Linda Schwartz.

Have an Earth Friendly tip? Please share and let us know what you are doing today to be Earth Friendly.

19th Annual Nevada County Earth Day: Share Nature With Children

Posted by noelskitchen | Earth Day | Thursday 16 April 2009 7:03 am





As a parent, I feel it’s important for our children to learn how to protect our environment. After all, they are the next generation. One exciting and fun event for the family is the Nevada County’s Earth Day celebration at Lake MacBoyle at upper Loma Rica Ranch. (12190 Loma Rica Drive, Grass Valley 1st left on Loma Rica Drive)

For the first time ever, Nevada County’s Earth Day celebration will be co-produced by four Nevada Union High School seniors as their senior project. Fittingly, this year’s theme celebrates “Sharing Nature with Children.” Keynote speaker will be Joseph Cornell, world renowned author, environmental educator and advocate for bringing children and nature together. This year, Cornell’s landmark 1979 book, “Sharing Nature with Children,” marks its thirty year anniversary with international events. Cornell will share his efforts at our local Earth Day this year with discussion, children’s nature walks, and related activities, free to all.

Established in 1979 by naturalist and author, Joseph Cornell, the Sharing Nature Foundation uses creative nature activities to give people joyful and inspiring experiences of nature.  This is a GREAT event for your entire family.

The FREE celebration includes eco displays, local artisans, non-profit and Earth-friendly business vendors, LOTS of good food and drinks, and kids crafts. Enjoy speakers and live music, all in a beautiful grassy setting, perfect for a picnic!

Vendors and attendees will help celebrate this ZERO WASTE event by bringing your own dishes “ there will be lots of recycling bins, but NO trash cans!

Encourage school,youth groups, art/restoration projects, and local non-profits to get that booth application in right away, or call for details!

Music lineup, speakers and other presentations will be announced soon. For event updates, booth applications, or posters (soon!), Visit Earth Day’ at:

 To volunteer, or for info, call Beth at 274-0360 or

Good Luck Beth on your fantastic event! Thanks for sharing such a Great opportunity for families.