No Straw Please

When did we become a society of disposable “one use only” plastic items like water bottles and straws? Have we all become so busy that convenience has taken precedence over common sense?

Recycling isn’t the answer. There is so much more we can all do to continue to respect our planet.

Take a few minutes to watch this video and be inspired to do a little bit more today.

Zero Waste No Packaging Supermarket

I came across a video recently that was labelled “Genius Germans Invent Supermarket So Radically Simple You Don’t Have To Speak German To Get It.”

It’s true and so worth watching.

While the two ladies do speak German, there are English subtitles and you absolutely do get it without knowing the language. The concept is brilliant and I hope that it catches on world-wide.

World Oceans Day

If there is one thing in our world that connects us, it is our oceans. Today we celebrate their wonder.

I always find it inspiring to look out over a huge body of water, watching the waves build and break on the shore and contemplating the bounty of life they contain. It saddens me to think about the amount of garbage the oceans now contain and how we have harmed the corral reefs and sea dwelling creatures.

Today is the perfect day to pledge to do better – to reduce the amount garbage we throw away by recycling, composting, reducing and reusing products.

We can also pledge to eat only sustainable seafood. David Suzuki Foundation’s website Eat for Healthy Oceans makes it easy to find out how to do exactly that.

Let us truly celebrate the wonderful world of oceans by blessing and taking care of them.

Ocean at Essaouira, Morocco

View of the ocean from Essaouira, Morocco

Celebrating Our Beautiful Earth

Today is Earth Day. Let us give our heartfelt gratitude to this beautiful planet in which we live.

Our Gift of EarthTake the time to go for a walk and look around. Notice the sparkling blue sky, the colors of the season, the diversity of the landscape, the flowers and plants coming alive.

Listen closely to hear the insects, birds and animals speaking to us.

Breathe deeply and inhale the scents that come from the earth; enjoy the feel of the air in your lungs.

While you drink and eat your meals, remember where the food came from and how our earth sustains us.

When you stop and think about it, we truly live in paradise. All our needs are taken care of.

Give thanks to our amazing world. It is a gift to cherish.

With a heart full of gratitude, quietly vow to give back to Mother Earth, as she so graciously gives to us.


Eat Real, Eat Local, Eat Canadian

Hellmann’s recently created an “Eat Real, Eat Local” campaign for Canadians. They inform Canadians about food that comes from far away – how it is not as nutritionally sound than that which comes from local farmers. As well, it looks at how much of Canadian farmland is being replaced by urban sprawl – for good or bad.

Do you know where your food comes from? Get informed. Watch the video “Get the Facts” on

The company answers “Why Hellmann’s?” with the following statement:  “Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise uses Canadian eggs and canola oil from the prairies. And we’re working on new ways to make the ingredients of many Hellmann’s products as real and natural as possible.”

Consumers can applaud a positive alliance that has been created between Hellmann’s and Evergreen ( This alliance means that Canadians are being urged and encouraged to create and/or help sustain healthy urban land areas. From increasing the number of Farmer’s Markets to eliminating evasive species to making school yards out of natural materials instead of asphalt or concrete to turning vacant lots into parks and/or habitat spaces.

Money talks – and with an economic impact of $3.09B (yes, that’s Billion), farmers’ contribution to the Canadian economy is being recognized and supported. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has come on board with the buy local food stuffs campaign with support of a new national organization, Farmers’ Markets Canada, its new website

Supporting your local farmers, who in turn support their local economies, is actually good for you. Good for you applies not only to your own personal health, but also to Canada’s stewardship of our portion of Mother Earth to keep it naturally healthy – literally and figuratively. The Airdrie Farmer’s Market starts in June 2010. Find out more at

Hellmann’s tag line says it perfectly:

It’s Time to Eat Real.
It’s Time to Eat Local.

Eat Local

I never really liked green beans. They always tasted waxy to me. Then I bought a bag of “just picked” green beans at a Farmer’s Market. What a difference fresh makes! Or perhaps it was the fact that they weren’t sprayed with all kinds of chemicals. Whatever the reason, I was sold on the “buy local” and “buy organic” when it comes to food for my family.

Now we have even more reasons to shop and eat local. The average food item travels 1,500 miles to get on our dinner plates. That means they have to be sprayed with preservatives to keep them fresh longer, they contain more packaging and the shipping itself adds more emissions into our air.

Look for a Farmer’s Marketing in your area and give them a try. Not only will your taste buds be in for a treat, you will be doing your part for the environment. And while shopping at our local grocery stores, take a moment to look where the food is coming from. If you have a choice between a local grown tomato or one shipped from across the country, do your part and choose the one closer to home.

Offset Emissions

Winter is here and many families will be leaving the city for warmer weather and a much needed break. One way to reduce emissions while vacationing is to offset.

A “carbon offset” is a way of reducing (offsetting) emissions by purchasing credits from another organization’s project that results in less carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. You can buy carbon offsets for just about anything to minimize your impact on the climate.

Here’s what David Suzuki’s web site recommends:

  1. Reduce your emissions as much as possible yourself by turning down the thermostat and driving less
  2. Choose which remaining emissions you wish to offset (e.g. flight)
  3. Calculate your emissions by using an online carbon calculator
  4. Purchase the necessary offsets
  5. Review annually to find ways to reduce your emissions even more

Find more information on carbon offset visit David Suzuki’s web site at and search for “offset”.

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