The following are some simple and easy steps you can take at your local market to shrink your footprint and lesson the waste you produce on mother earth.
Buy Bulk: Whole grains, cereal, coffee, snack nuts, etc when bought in bulk save you both money and packaging.
Pass on packaging: Look for products with less wrapping, not more. Some cereals for example come in large recycled bags vs. layers and layers of cardboard boxes.
Rev up your recycling: Many retailers will recycle items that your town may not, fluorescent compact light bulbs, used cell phones, plastic bags, etc.
Bag your own: For less than $1 you can own your own grocery bag that can be re-used over and over and over again. Many markets will actually give you a discount if you supply your own grocery bags!
Finding new ways to recycle and reduce your carbon footprint can be fun and makes you feel good at the end of the day.
Are you concerned about the effects of toxic cleaning products in your home? I was until I started using natural cleaning products, top among them is white vinegar! White vinegar is a powerful anti fungal, germ killer, and also eliminates hard water stains and buildup. I was so excited about this that when I first heard about it I ran out and bought a 5 gallon jug!
Here are some great uses for white vinegar:
1. Shower cleanup. Spray directly on mildew and mineral buildup, let stand for 15-20 minutes and rinse.
2. Toilet sparkler. Add 1 cup baking soda to toilet. Add 2 cups vinegar and watch the eruption! When the bubbles die down scrub and rinse the bowl.
3 Grease cutter. Use directly on surfaces to cut grease and oil.
4. Floor n window cleaner. Mix with water and spray on windows or mop up floors.
5. Remove fruit and vegetable stains from hands.
6. Laundry softener. Pour 1/4 cup in dispenser for softer laundry. Does NOT smell.
7. Neutralize Pet odors. 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Spray on and leave on.
8. Clean that tea cup. Remove coffee or tea stains from the bottom of your cup. Pour in and let rest for 15 minutes.
9. Get salt stains off your boots. Wipe boots with a soft cloth dipped in white vinegar.
10. Clean your dishwasher. Once a month run an empty dishwasher on a full cycle with 1 cup of vinegar.
Have fun and experiment on various household cleaning chores.
Do you love dessert but hate the extra sugar and calories? Me too. I tried this wonderful low cal low sugar treat this weekend and I highly recommend it. Try it you’ll love it! ( I hope)
Banana Walnut Pie
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a blender or food processor combine:
1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
5 large or 6 medium ripe bananas
Pour contents into a graham cracker or Oreo cookie pie shell
Top with some extra chopped walnuts and bake for 1 hour then let cool for 2 hours
Optional: Top with unsweetened home made whipped cream
Delicious! the delicate sweetness comes from the bananas.
It’s a miracle!