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Nat'l Drinking Straw Day! (Jan 3rd)
Happy National Drinking Straw Day!
It is believed that the very first drinking straws were used by the Sumerians for drinking beer. It is speculated that they used the straws to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that would have sank to the bottom. The oldest drinking straw known to be in existence was found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E. This found straw was a gold tube inlaid with a precious blue stone.
On January 3, 1888, Marvin C. Stone received the patent for the paper drinking straw. In acknowledgment of that invention, each year on January 3, people across the nation observe National Drinking Straw Day.
Through the years our consumer habits have changed and more and more people are using plastic straws with their beverages. As someone trying to live a healthier, greener life, I urge you to celebrate this day with alternative straws that are recyclable, compostable, or reusable…OR use the day to opt out of straws altogether.
Did you know? Within the average household electric dryers account for 6-10% of energy consumption. National Hanging Out Day was established in 1955 to bring attention to energy waste associated with machine dryers and to encourage people to dry their clothes in the open air. Whether we like it or not, chores are an essential part of life and one of those essential, modern day chores is laundry.A simple way to green or laundry routine is to get back to basics and line dry our items.The sun acts as a natural antimicrobial agent so using a clothesline outside when the weather allows is good for your health.For indoor drying you can use a clothes rack.No matter the location of your drying clothes with each load of laundry you’ll be conserving energy and protecting the planet. If you must use a dryer for your clothes, you can conserve energy by keeping your duct clean and well maintained.Using an efficient model of dryer can help conserve energy and water, saving you money.Plus, efficient mod…
Keep America Beautiful (KAB)is a nonprofit organization that has been inspiring and educating people to take consistent action to help beautify their community environments since 1953. April has been designated 'Keep America Beautiful' month since the 1970's and KAB uses this month to celebrate the hard work of their state and community based affiliates, local partners, businesses, public offices, and millions of volunteers who make a difference through their environmental initiatives.
With their corporate, non-profit, and education partners KAB supports several campaigns such as cars to donate, cigarrette litter prevention, the great American clean up, and the give and go move out program. All of their campaigns are designed to help build and sustain vibrant communities.
I encourage all of you to do a little research this month and see what KAB programs you can get your community involved in.
Spring is the time of year when the winter fantasies of gardeners everywhere start to become reality. As the bulbs start blooming and the leaves start budding, garden lovers everywhere become excited to help along yet another year of beautiful flowers and luscious plants. What better time, then, to consider the most eco friendly ways we can do that?
Rain is easy to take for granted, but we sure miss it in our garden when we suffer a dry spell. Why not collect rain water when it's in abundance during a storm and save it for the day you'll need it? That's exactly what rainwater barrels do for you. You can set them up under your gutters, and they can collect up to sixty gallons of rain depending on their size. Then, when the skies are blue and there is not a cloud in sight you can release the water through your hose and right to your plants when they really need it.
Plants and flowers love compost, which delivers life-nourishing organic matter right where they need it most. You…