Looking for Sustainability ideas

I thought I find a way to keep costs down while still trying to stay eco-friendly. Trying to keep striving for sustainability. This a record of that journey.

Sometimes blunt and straight forward then sometimes sarcastic

This frugal crunchy hipster single momma is doing what she can to save Mother Earth while not breaking the bank!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Plastic State of Mind....

Bring your own don't you forget dude
And let your reps know too
Ban single use plastic toxic bags!





ivy

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wow Really? Charlie Manson?

Can you believe that Charles Manson had came out and is telling people to be more eco-friendly?  He goes on to say that the polar caps are melting.....

“Everyone’s God, and if we don’t wake up to that there’s going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we’re doing bad things to the atmosphere," telling  Vanity Fair Spain. "The automobiles and fossil fuels are destroying the atmosphere, and we won’t have air to breathe. If we don’t change that as rapidly as I’m speaking to you now; if we don’t put the green back on the planet and put the trees back that we’ve butchered, if we don’t go to war against the problem…”

hummm ok... I mean he is right and all but then having Charles Mason as a spokes person well... doesn't realy seem like a match does it? But hey more power to the man, who is declined parole, he can speak his truth.  Guess it gets people talking.

ivy

Do you Plarn?



Plarn is yarn made from plastic bags. You can weave them into mats or you can crochet using plarn.
. I like this video cause it shows you how to cut the plastic in one long piece.... I have seen directions to cut the bag into small loops and to wrap them together to make the plarn, but that is good for bulky items. I also seen a woman that used her drop spindle and made plarn that looked like tatting yarn!!

This video this artist take the plarn to a whole higher level! Very cool stuff....



ivy

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Earth Day! It.s coming up! This year it is on a Friday...
Part of me thinks that Earth Day is a great idea and the other part of me doesn't. This year there is no all day celebration, just a regular ritual in the park.

I had issues last year with the whole process... People walking around with bottles of water... not reusable containers... not the people visiting the people putting on "workshops". I thought that the whole thing was too commercialized for the whole fact is earth day is to protect the earth not sell more stuff... yea we had some artist there and a couple seed booths. It just seemed that they forgot what the earth day movement was all about...

This year there is the gulf oil spill yes it started before earth day but lasted 3 months, Japan — Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis, animals dying in numbers, and the budget cuts that include the EPA..... what can Earth day become? So knowing me I am doing the ritual this Earth Day. Asking people to pledge a act of going green. Will it last more than a year? I wonder.... But maybe the act of asking people to take a rock as a talisman to their promise to the earth.

Guess I think too much and expect too much because I do understand that habits are hard to change..... But maybe the fact is what I plan to say is true.... even a small change times as many people in the world equals a huge change........



ivy

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ads do they show sexism?

Wordle: Words Used in Advertising for Girls' ToysThis is what a blog cloud of the poplar labels for ads for girls toys would look like......

yea we say when we read the bold words, thing we want to teach our children....

Of course Love, fun, share  and girl yea that is right... then the small words fashion, baking, kitchen and what ever....






But wait this is the most used phases in Boy ads......


Wordle: Words Used to Advertise Boys' Toys

Battle Power!
ivy

Friday, April 15, 2011

Another WOW story



I know it happens in almost every home. Someone throws their coat on a chair.... So a designer named Joey Zele`on came up with a chair made of plastic hangers!!

I know I do it myself... with my  purse also hanging there.
I even got a wire over the door hanging hook thingy... but habits die hard!

Plus where am I going to put the wipe off the wet dog towel??? LOL



How cool is that? a chair that reminds people to use the hanger...
But then I can see my family just lloking at it and say wow that's crazy and throw their coat over it anyway........ LOL
Would you get a chair like this? I would think it would be a good chair for a public place but then that me...
ivy

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Use less...



Doing my eco-friendly thing, I have a old office chair that I sit in as I surf the web.... but the problem is that the  cats also love it.... they have realy really like it...   As you can see, they like to climb to the top of the chair.  Sometimes they  will sharpen their nails on the side there!!!

It kinda bothered me that I had this horrible looking chair, it wasn't broke or really too bad, just has this part of the chair that is torn up!!!

I was reading the Sunday Morning paper and noticed that one store had bucket seat covers on sale. I thought wow that might work.... Oh yea it works.... Yea the back isn't as tight as the cover would be in the car.  I thought I might cut and sew something to help it if needed. But I use that sun pillow because I am short and my legs don't hit the floor while my back is to the back of the chair. 


Aw I have a "new" chair and I didn't add to the landfill! My family laughed when they saw it and asked where I go the just one seat cover... Really they asked if I had the other one... LOL BUt I think they are getting one for their beaten up chair..........

ivy

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