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Living in an urban environment is hard, especially for those of us who don’t have yards for gardening. If you have a green thumb like I do but previously couldn’t exercise it, try out these hanging plant pots made of cleaned milk cartons!
The Pacific Ocean – Lifeless?
A revised comment on the article… Please click on the link above to read about the Pacific problem.
The extinction rates of species have been increasing lately. I don’t think there is solely one culprit to death in the Pacific, such as Fukushima. Surely Fukushima has contributed to the problem, but the root of it all (in my opinion) is consumerism. The public demands products, and the companies deliver. The farmers, the factories, you name it, produce the items by hacking up the land and eliminating Earth’s wildlife. Workers do insane labor for terrible pay. They process the ingredients, make the product, and that releases toxins into the air, the water, the soil, etc. The consumers use that product, and toss away the extra. Our oceans are littered with garbage, the things that don’t just “dissolve away.” Plastic remains, being eaten by fish, being eaten by us… the cycle continues.
This is something we can’t ignore. We aren’t just hurting the environment and animals, we are slowly killing ourselves. We depend on our environment. We can’t afford to destroy it, or hurt other people constantly. The solution starts with the individual… into teams, into cities, into states, countries, governments. Environmental change is scary, but we can’t keep saying it’s acceptable to ignore it. Facing our fears will fare a better future.
Posting article to make up for lost posts.
I don’t have the time to write a lengthy post today, but I thought this article about geoengineering might interest those of you who like the nitty gritty science aspect of the climate change debate. Enjoy!
Fun DIYs and Ways to Reuse
Stumbled upon this page on StumbleUpon. Here’s the link to many fun crafts and interesting ways to reuse certain items. 🙂
- Marshmallow cupcake frosting
- Growing lettuce from “old” purchased bunches of lettuce
- Instant sunburn relief with Aloe trick
- Color gradient eggs for Easter
- Easy embossed jars
- Faux stones on a concrete patio
- Magnetic scrabble wall board for an ongoing family game
- Pallets to patio furniture
- Paint swatches to homemade calendar
- Pallets to puns signs
- How to make a polka dot cake
- Reclaimed window coffee table
- Bunk bed into stargazing tree house
- Rose petal tea light
- Harmless fresh scent for a bathroom
- Old tire to an ottoman
- Funky ice cube “tray”
- PVC pipe hair appliance holders
- Colored tape for highlights
Cool finds like these remind us how easy it is to give a new life to our used items. This is important. Think of how many things we throw away a year that could have been put to a nifty use? A lot, that’s how many. Fun DIY projects not only reduce waste, but give you a sense of accomplishment. A sense of accomplishment gives us that extra “umph” to get through the daily grind, a true necessity. If we don’t feel like we’ve accomplished anything, we’ll just feel stuck and glum! So get crackin’ and have fun!