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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 that you can easily make your own cleaners that are not only better for the environment but also work well, while being safer for you, your kids and your pets, too? Let’s look at some basic, easy-to-make eco-friendly cleaners. All you need are a few ingredients you likely already have around your house, and a few spray bottles plus, some sort of writing instrument to label the bottles. Wash Your Windows In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of water with 3 tablespoons white vinegar. You can use old newspaper as your cloth to wash the window, or use a squeegee. The vinegar smell will disappear quickly and your windows (or any glass surface) will look sparkly and shiny. Disinfect If you have surfaces that need to be disinfected, such as cutting boards and toilets, you can easily create that yourself in a spray bottle. Just mix 2 cups of water with four drops of any type of natural soap, like unscented liquid castile soap, and 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil
Wait! What's in that delicious muffin you're eating? Or those potato chips you're crunching on? Or that canned soup you're slurping? Maybe, a lot more than you thought! Chemical additives are used to affect flavors or preserve products, and although they do have certain uses these additives can negatively affect your health. It's important to pay attention to and be aware of what is actually in your 'food' and to look for alternatives that aren't filled with harmful additives. Listed below are some common food additives that could be dangerous to your health: 1. Titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is a common ingredient in sunscreens, but it's also used as a food additive. You may find it in salad dressings, powdered sugars, baked goods and other items. The International Agency for Research on Cancer considers titanium dioxide a dangerous food additive and recommends that consumers avoid eating it. The agency labels it as a cl
Organic food consumption has increased in popularity over the years and that increase continues to rise at a relatively steady pace. There is a good chance that you’ve seen an organic food aisle at one of your local grocery stores or driven past a farmer’s market where organic food was sold at one point or another. You may have noticed these organic food options and chosen to pass them by for conventionally produced foods or you may have wondered about what makes them so great. Many health conscious individuals swear by organic food and I recommend them when possible as they can help promote lifelong health and happiness. If you’re uncertain about making the switch to organic foods you may want to consider the benefits of eating organic to make an informed decision about what you’re eating. Environmental Benefits Did you know that organic foods can help the environment? They can because they reduce the amount of chemicals going into food production. Farmers who pu