A little help with being eco-friendly

I am always looking for ways to make it easier to become eco-friendly. I know we all need help at some stage to encourage and motivate us. For people that are new to an eco-friendly lifestyle, they often don’t know where to begin. There are many things to learn and having help in this area can really go a long way. So where to start? 1. Read There are so many great eco-friendly books out there, but here are a few you might like to pick up: Down to Earth - Rhonda Hetzel Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hanscom Green Guide Families: The Complete Reference for Eco-Friendly Parents by Catherine Zandonella The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Kids book, but also the movie version) Easy Green Living by Renée L

CAN PALM OIL BE SUSTAINABLE?

Palm oil is one of the most widely produced edible oils in the world, used in so many products from chocolate and chips to cosmetics, from household cleaning products to pet foods and much more. But unless you have been living under a rock you will know the production of palm oil is causing extreme deforestation, which has had a huge impact on endangered species and to the local environment. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) eighty seven per cent of the plantations are concentrated in Malaysia and Indonesia, where there is less regulation and more illegal logging. Because of the devastation Palm oil production was causing, the WWF set up the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS MADE SIMPLE AND ECO-FRIENDLY

If you are trying to be eco-friendly one of the ways you can make a change is with your cleaning products. We need cleaners around the home, yet a lot of the household cleaners we use get flushed down the sink without much thought for the affect that the mix of chemicals and biologicals will have on our waterways. Toxic chemicals affect the health of many marine life, animals and us humans. The biologicals, like added nutrients, in some cleaners promote the growth of some organisms like bacteria and viruses (e.g. algal blooms). So, we need to consider changing to safer and more environmentally friendly cleaners, but you can’t do that without knowing what cleaners to avoid. This means checkin

CAN COOKING BE ECO-FRIENDLY?

Last week I posted a recipe ‘Great Weekend Food’ which got a lot of attention. One of our lovely subscribers questioned if it might be bette