Source: Mother Nature Network
Here is an excerpt from ShopSmart magazine which identifies what we sometimes think of as “healthy” foods which aren’t so healthy. I find myself eating a lot of these foods as substitutes for my regular fare on Meatless Monday. Who knew???
Try this instead: Have some air-popped popcorn or freshly cut-up veggies with some hummus.
Try this instead: Go for the unsweetened version sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon. Or, better yet, opt for a whole apple. You’ll get extra fiber as a bonus.
Try this instead: Have a bowl of an airy, oat-based cereal, like Cheerios, which topped ShopSmart’s test of kid-friendly cereals. For extra crunch and sweetness, add a sprinkling of granola on top.
Try this instead: Air-popped popcorn is a good source of whole grains, and it’s filling.
Try this instead: A turkey breast sandwich is a better choice. But if you’re really craving that hot dog, read packages and go for a turkey version with the least fat — and skip the bun.
Try this instead: Have a sandwich on whole-grain or whole-wheat bread. Fill it with lean meats and plenty of fresh veggies.
Try this instead: Have a real banana. You’ll get lots of nutrients for half the calories and no fat.
Try this instead: Have bran cereal with low-fat milk. Add some fresh fruit on top, and you have a healthy start to your day!
Try this instead: Choose a light yogurt that’s low in fat and calories or a Greek yogurt that has live, active cultures. Then, top it with some fresh berries.
Try this instead: Buy whole-wheat couscous or opt for a whole grain like quinoa or brown rice.
Did any of your favorite foods make the list?
Earth Day Countdown: 29 Days
Newspapers, magazines, and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry. Plastic wrap, stickers, or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are OK.
RecycleMania trivia question: Paper can be recycled up to _____ times before it is turned into organic waste and breaks down.
Comment on today’s post with the correct answer for a chance to win a prize from the Office of Sustainability. The winner will by randomly chosen from correct answers submitted by 5 pm (EST) on March 18, 2011. (Note: Prize must be picked up in the Office of Sustainability).
33 days until Earth Day on the Plaza….will you participate?
Did you know that beginning in 2012 there will be major changes in the way that you light your home? In an effort to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions the following changes will take place……..
What does the legislation say?
Between 2012 and 2014, standard A-line 40- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs must use 30% less energy, but produce the same light output as the incandescent bulbs most of us use today.
What does this mean for me?
While you won’t be required to throw out your existing bulbs, you may be surprised when trying to find the same replacements at the store. After 2012, you’ll find that these bulbs will have to be replaced with energy-efficient options, such as Halogen, Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs.
How much energy can an energy-efficient lighting really save?
The most common alternative to incandescents used today is the CFL. While the upfront investment is more for these bulbs, the cost is more than offset in money savings and product longevity.
Using a GE Energy Smart® CFL vs. standard incandescent bulb
|EXPENDITURES EXAMPLE||STANDARD 60-WATT INCANDESCENT||15-WATT SPIRAL® BULB|
|Initial purchase price, per bulb||$0.27||$3.77|
|Replacement cost (need to purchase 7 more)||$1.89||$0.00|
|Energy cost (based on $0.10 per kWh over the life of the 8,000-hour bulb)||$48.00||$12.00|
savings in this example = $34.39
How will this legislation affect you? Were you aware of the changes?
35 days until Earth Day…test your shooting skills on the Plaza!
It seems as though the traditional Easy Bake Ovens which hit the market in 1963, use a 100-watt incandescent light bulb to produce the heat need to bake. (Remember 90% of the energy produced by an incandescent bulb is lost to heat…rather than to light). Well in 2012 new energy efficiency lighting standards will take effect and these bulbs will no longer be available. (More on these standards next week).
So Hasbro has decided to “upgrade” the popular toys with the introduction of the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven which uses a more energy efficient heating element. So these toys will not necessarily become extinct…but changed forever.
At least I can say I remember when. What did you make in your easy bake oven? Did you have any idea that new lighting standards were on the horizon?
Source: Mother Nature Network
Photo: The David Blahg
While the article doesn’t give many details, it looks like the White Goat machine turns traditional office paper into toilet paper. In about 30 minutes, the machine converts approximately 40 sheets of office into a fresh roll of toilet paper. The process involves shredding the paper, dissolving it in water, thinning it, drying it and winding the paper around a roll. According to the manufacturers, the White Goat is pricey, retailing at $100,000. The cost to produce one roll of toilet paper however is cheap at 12¢ per roll.
Definitely a steal at 12¢ a roll, I wonder how it compares to Charmin or Cottonelle? Can you think of one item that you wouldn’t buy recycled?
Source: Mother Nature Network
Follow me to Earth Day in 40 Days!!
Source: Simple Organic
Countdown to Earth Day: 41 days left…..see you on the Plaza!
The following is an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.
Making some simple changes to your food buying habits and food choices, can make a significant impact on the environment and your health. Every food purchase you make is a ‘vote’ on how and where you want your food to be supplied.
This statement makes sense to me and could be applied in variety of situations. But since its Meatless Monday I see it as asking for veggie meals in your favorite restaurant (if they are not currently available). Supply = Demand. If enough patrons ask for a certain type of meal, I’m willing to bet that you will see changes to the menu!
Source: Caelus Consulting