Earth Day – Small Changes, Big Impact

April 22nd is the 48th anniversary of a movement to make change and create a healthier environment. Let’s make every day Earth Day! Every day we are faced with choices that impact our environment. Will we accept the plastic straw? Will we use plastic bags, leave the lights on…the choices go on. You don’t have to make a drastic, “all in” change, just make small changes over time, the impact is big! Here are some ideas.

  1. Carry a metal straw – Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. – Plastic Coalition
  2. Use rags or cloths instead of paper towels
  3. If you use paper towels look for environmentally wise choices. If we use paper towels; and let’s be honest, there are some jobs that we’d rather use them for, we use Who Gives a Crap paper towels made from bamboo.
  4. We also use Who Gives a Crap for toilet paper. However, I recommend the premium choice, it is soft and thicker.
  5. Use earth friendly disposable plates and cutlery. There are a number or products out there that are compostable or will break down in the landfills, look for these. We have switched to non-breakable plates for our picnics when at home and just wash them.
  6. Carry a bamboo fork/spork. Plastic cutlery is a huge problem for the oceans and planet. 6 Million tons of single use plastics get thrown away every year! – One Green Planet
  7. Use reusable lunch bags instead of plastic bags – we are in the process of phasing these out and have switched to Lunchskins, Bees Wrap, and glass containers.
  8. Use Reusable bags when shopping – Many municipalities are looking into banning or have banned plastic bags.
  9. When considering throwing an item out, ask yourself if it can be re-used? In Greensboro we have a place called Reconsidered Goods who will take many items and let’s recreate new and creative items from things that would otherwise have gone to the landfill.
  10. Turn of lights when leaving a room
  11. Use water sparingly, Try shorter showers, put a basin in the sink to catch water, then use this to water your plants.
  12. We sell and use Shaklee products because we get to make a difference in the lives of others and our own lives. We use the Get Clean cleaners, one starter kit keeps 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills and eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gas. Basic H was the first official Earth Day product! We are very proud!
  13. Shop from companies who are environmentally aware. What is their carbon foot print? Do they use harmful chemicals? Do they give back? Do they use sustainable practices?
  14. Wear your clothes more than once before washing them.

Even with our best efforts there are side effects and environmental concerns, for example microfibers are filling our oceans at an alarming rate. We use microfiber cloths to avoid using paper towels, but have learned that small fibers escape in the washing machine and are often too small to be filtered out before ending up in our streams and oceans. It is all synthetic clothes that are contributing this issue, microfiber cloths are a small fraction of this, but we have purchased the GuppyFriend Bag by Patagonia, which traps the fibers. You then scoop them out and put in the trash. Whatever steps you take remember to do your research and choose an option that has the least negative impact to our environment possible. Your efforts matter – Have a happy, healthy Earth Day!

Share your tips with us. How do you reduce and reuse?

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How to be a Good Garbage Disposal

Our bodies are complex, and sometimes it can be hard to cut through all the scientific/medical jargon to truly understand what is going on. So, get ready for the simplest, most non-jargony explanation of aging you’re ever going to see:

Dr. Sears has what he calls his “sticky stuff/garbage disposal” theory of aging. Aging has two main causes: too much sticky stuff (garbage) accumulates in the body, and the body’s garbage disposal system weakens (immune system) so it can’t get rid of the sticky stuff. Health, therefore, is simply keeping the sticky stuff out of your body and strengthening your garbage disposal system.

The longer we live, the more garbage gets into our bodies through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the stress we store. As we age, our body’s garbage disposal system (immune system) weakens. The garbage that accumulates in our bodies causes the sticky stuff to build up in our tissues. People who maintain their garbage disposal systems and put less garbage in their bodies age better than those who do not.

Three Types of Garbage:

Oxidation: The first type of “garbage” is Oxidation. Our bodies are oxygen-burning machines. Every minute, millions of biochemical reactions throughout the body generate exhaust called oxidants, or free radicals. An easy way to think of oxidation is to think of “rust.” Trillions of times a day, this “rust” or free radicals attack our cells and tissues like little hammers.

Inflammation: The second type of “garbage” is inflammation. Inflammation literally means the body is on fire. Inflammation is the process which results from chemical messengers repairing wear & tear in the body. When the body is healthy its repair system is able to handle all of the wear & tear. Just as a well-maintained road stays smooth because the wear and tear is fixed as it occurs, a body stays healthier longer if repairs are done on a regular basis. But when the wear and tear overcomes the body’s ability to repair the damage, excess inflammation occurs. This excess inflammation is the primary cause of unhealthy aging.

Glycation: As we get older, our cells become less sensitive to insulin, this is called insulin resistance, which leaves a higher level of glucose in the bloodstream. This excess sugar in your blood attaches to proteins, changing their structure and making them stiff and sticky. These are called aging proteins, the medical term we use is “AGEs” which stands for Advanced Glycation End products. AGEs become a sludge in the tissues of your body preventing healthy growth and repair of new tissues. Common places for glycation to occur is in the linings of the arteries – causing heart disease and in the collagen in the skin – which causes wrinkles.

To learn more about “sticky stuff” and how to keep your body running smoothly schedule a Prime Time workshop with your friends or group or email me at lisa@yieldingaction.com.

Copyright: Dr. Sears Wellness Institute