You don’t have to be a devote environmentalist to begin phasing plastic out of your life. There are several simple swaps that anyone can tackle. Some are more extreme than others, but every little bit helps so you should never feel overwhelmed. It’s as simple as one step at a time. I’ve put together this list of plastic-free swaps that I have integrated into my life over the course of 3 years. Many of them took some getting used to, but now they are simply a part of my day-to-day life. Every lifestyle is unique and we all can commit differently, but you can make a difference!! Something as simple as using a reusable grocery bag can prevent 1,500 plastic bags from being thrown away annually. Every single one of us is part of the problem, so decide to be part of the solution.
The Grand Valley we call home has striking beauty around every corner, but there is even more to see when you venture an hour or two in any direction. Whether you need a solo adventure, a romantic getaway for two or a trip for the whole family, here is quick list of some of my favorite places to go and the activities that I love to do while I’m there.
Every year, an astounding 1/3 of all food that is grown and produced, ends up as waste. A 1 trillion-dollar value, trillion with 12 0’s ($1,000,000,000,000). This then leads to wasted water, oil, and energy. Over 90% of food that is thrown away ends up in landfills, where its energy and organic material is completely wasted. Food waste happens at multiple levels, but we as consumers can fight it. Simply being conscious of the food we toss out is the first step. Composting has quickly become the best way to combat food waste at home, but it certainly is not the only way. Here are 4 different ways that your kitchen scraps can benefit you instead of rotting in a landfill.
Herbs have been essential to humans for thousands of years. Whether for healing a wide range of ailments, providing good luck or simply giving a delightful herbal essence to our cuisine. Culinary herbs can be dried and ground, eaten fresh, brewed into tea or even juiced and added to wellness elixirs. No matter how you use them, most of us use herbs enough to justify growing and preserving them ourselves. This provides year round access to some of the most desirable flavors that nature has to offer. Whether you are a professional chef or a casual home cook, there is common ground to be found in the vast world of herbs. To get you started, here are some tips and tricks to grow and preserve 10 very useful culinary herbs. Once you know the basics, you can grow hundreds of different herbs!
As amazing as we humans are, we simply cannot grow crops without pollinators. Nearly 95% of all flowering plants rely on pollinators to reproduce; This includes all of our yummy fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Common pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds are all vital to not only our food systems, but to our raw materials as well. As much as half of the world’s raw materials come from plants that need regular pollination. Unfortunately, habitat destruction and pesticide use are on the rise, resulting in a dramatic decrease in the number of pollinators. But fear not! All of us can do our part to help out these petite creatures by planting a pollinator garden, and this is just the place to learn how to do it!