Posts Tagged With: Environmentally friendly

The WOTC is Going Green TODAY!

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THE WOTC IS GOING GREEN TODAY!

With the oncoming of Spring, we have tons of homemade recipes. Everything a witch can use from dusting the shelves to killing cockroaches. All of these are homemade, no factory chemical, completely earth friendly.

We are constantly hearing about Global Warming, the holes in the O-zone layer and glacier melting. We have waited to long to take action. The harm has already been done. However, we can start now by using earth friendly products to slow the damage already done.

We hope you can use some of the following recipes. Before reaching for that can of Pledge to dust, give our recipe a try, you might be surprised.

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10 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees

10 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees

 

In the late 1800s, when decorating a tree for the holidays became popular,  evergreens were bedecked with such Earth-friendly decorations as strings of  popcorn, gilded nuts and luminous candles. Today, millions of people carry on  this tradition by bringing Christmas trees into their homes, adding an element  of splendor and festivity to their own celebrations — but also an element of  waste.

After the parties are over and the season has passed, the once-splendid  tree transforms into a browning living-room behemoth, and the job of disrobing  it of its trimmings and tossing it carelessly outside becomes just one more  household chore. Before you follow this unfortunate holiday tradition, take  heed: There are several ways to recycle your Christmas tree, giving new life to  both it and your New Year’s resolutions to live lighter on our planet.

1. Living Christmas trees that come with their roots intact  can, of course, be planted and enjoyed for many years. Pack the earth ball  containing the roots in a bucket with sawdust, potting soil or other mulch. Keep  the soil continually moist. Plant outdoors as soon as possible after  Christmas.

2. A whole Christmas tree makes an excellent bird feeder for your backyard.  Stick the tree in the ground or leave it in its stand. A wide variety of birds  will be attracted by suet, cranberry and popcorn strings, stale bread and dried,  chopped fruit in mesh bags. If you grow sunflower seeds, simply hang the whole  sunflower head on the tree. Your family will discover that chickadees, song  sparrows, cardinals and a host of other birds come for the food and stay for the  shelter.

3. Cut off all the branches and use the trunk to edge a garden. The trunk can  also be strategically placed in your garden as a resting spot for birds,  squirrels and other little critters.

4. Place whole evergreen boughs on perennial beds or nursery rows to protect  them from winter freezes and spring thaws. The boughs provide the steady  temperatures that most plants need. Or, just use the boughs as post-Christmas  house decorations.

5. Many communities throughout the country have tree-recycling programs, in  which trees are collected from residents and then chopped up and used as mulch  for plants in community parks and gardens. To find out if such a program exists  near you, call city hall. Or, have your tree chipped at a local garden center  and use it yourself for ground cover or mulch. (Or promise the gardener in your  life this belated gift!)

6. The trunk can be sawed into logs and burned in your fireplace. Note: Don’t  burn the branches, since they can send off sparks.

7. Both trunk and branches can be used by woodworking hobbyists to make any  number of items, such as Christmas reindeer, birdhouses, candlesticks or  paperweights. Feeling boldly confident? Try whittling your family portrait!

8. Use the needles to make aromatic potpourris and sachets to enjoy year-round. After  removing the decorations, strip branches of their needles, which will retain  their pungency indefinitely in brown paper bags.

9. If you still have your Christmas tree out in the yard when warm weather  appears, there’s still a use for it. If permitted in your community, burn the  branches and spread the ashes in your garden. The branches contain valuable  nutrients and minerals that can enrich the soil and help yield better flowers  and vegetables.

10. Last but not least: You can have a tree for the holidays without spending  money or needlessly destroying an evergreen if you make your own! (OK, so this  isn’t exactly recycling.) You may have plenty of evergreens in your yard in need  of pruning. Simply bundle a few large, pruned branches together and arrange,  tree-like, in a watertight container.

 

 

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Make Your Own Eco-friendly Dog Food

Make Your Own Eco-friendly Dog Food

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Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: 1lb ground chicken (or lamb, beef, liver or tuna) 2 cups brown rice fresh spinach fresh carrots

Method:

Brown and cook the meat. Boil the rice Finely chop the vegetables in a food processor and combine.

*Editor’s Note: Always check with your veterinarian to ensure your pet’s diet is healthy and nutritionally complete.

Tips/Additions:

Most Important: Always consult your veterinarian when you are changing your pet’s diet to make sure you pet gets proper nutrition.

Dogs don’t chew like humans, so vegetables must be finely chopped for them to get valuable nutrients.

You could add bone meal or powdered milk to ensure your pet gets calcium.

Small amounts of garlic can help prevent tape worms.

Add cod liver oil in small amounts for Omega 3’s and a shiny coat.

This recipe was featured on the Big House Big Waste Episode of Wa$ted!

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I Am The Earth

I Am The Earth

The Earth is a healer,
I am the Earth,
The Earth is a Mother,
I am the Earth,
The Earth is a fountain,
I am the Earth,
The Earth is a mountain,
I am the Earth,
The Earth is in sorrow,
I am the Earth,
The Earth is in joy,
I am the Earth,
The Earth She is crying,
I am the Earth,
The Earth has a song to sing:
I am the Earth,
I am a blackbird,
I am the Earth,
I am a river,
I am the Earth,
We are the Earth,
I am the Earth,
I am the Earth,
I am the Earth,
I am the Earth.

(c)1982 Deirdre Pulgram Arthen

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Eco-Friendly Pet Care

Eco-Friendly Pet Care

  • Adria Saracino

With an increasing number of us choosing to make the change to a greener, more sustainable way of life for ourselves and our families, it makes sense to extend our eco-friendly inclinations to caring for our four-legged friends. Our pets are exposed to the same pesticides and toxins as we are, so it is natural for us to want to protect them, too. Here are some environmentally sound ways of caring for your pets.

Eco Eating

A healthy diet is essential for maintaining good pet health. Many of our most trusted brands of “premium” pet food have been revealed to be using low-quality ingredients that would not be fit for human consumption, and if it’s not good enough for us, then it’s not good enough for Fido!

Thus, look for organic options and ask yourself, “do I really know what’s in my pet’s food?” Certified organic pet food must meet strict standards set by the USDA. It is guaranteed to be free from hormones, chemicals, genetically-modified ingredients and artificial flavors and colorings. Luckily, most organic pet foods also tend to be sustainably sourced, so you will be helping local communities in addition to improving your pet’s diet.

Green Grooming

Although looking after your pet’s insides is extremely important, what you put on the outside makes a huge difference to their health and well-being, too. For both bathing and getting rid of fleas, there are plenty of natural options available at retail centers like Native Remedies. This site offers products that provide a gentler alternative to support your pet’s immune system, and won’t contain potentially harmful chemicals which can wreak havoc with your pet’s health if ingested.

 

Conscientious Cleaning

Cleaning up after your pet has the potential to be a much greener activity, too. Did you know that every year approximately 10 million tons of pet waste will end up in the nation’s landfills? Clay-based cat litter is not an eco-friendly product, but thankfully there are many biodegradable and organic alternatives available.

The equivalent in “business management” for your dog is the biodegradable waste bag. Picking up after your dog is essential, but using plastic bags won’t help with your green ambitions. Biodegradable bags decompose naturally and can reduce landfill waste substantially. Also, when it comes to all the little accidents that accompany pet training and muddy paw prints, using natural cleaning products such as baking soda and lemon juice helps to reduce the toxins you’re letting loose in your home.

Holistic Health Care

If your pet was to get sick, there are many alternative treatments that you could try. Chiropractic, homeopathic and holistic remedies are becoming more and more common for pets. Acupuncture, veterinary orthopedic manipulation, massage therapy, hydrotherapy and pet rehabilitation are also available. These types of treatments are thought to vastly increase the comfort of pets that suffer from conditions like epilepsy, cancer, allergies, and injury.

While these options can improve your pet’s comfort and overall health, they tend to come with a price. Thus, look into pet insurance options. Note, not all insurance providers include coverage for holistic methods, so be sure to read the coverage details carefully. Embrace pet insurance is one option for alternative therapy coverage. They offer both cat and dog insurance that includes coverage for treatments like chiropractic, acupuncture, and more.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but it doesn’t have to end there. Think green and enjoy the immense satisfaction you’ll get from knowing that you and yours are doing your bit for the planet. The pets of the future will thank you for it!

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