Friday, September 25, 2009

"The Brighter Planet Blog"

Today as I was on Twitter I came across a contest that someone posted! I read all the terms and thought why not! So many of us are trying to be sustainable and change our ways! The more we can change, the better off our planet will be. I try very hard in my daily life to buy fresh organic produce (if im not already growing it) and meat from local farmers that are grass fed and organic. I try to find places within 100 miles of me. I shop many differnt Farmers Markets and am always searching for Farms (meat,produce & orchards). I feel this helps my local econmy,lowers my carbon footprint drasticly and creates better food for my family.

I think I will be entering the part of the contest On Food Sources! Heres the following options in that catagory!

Get in touch with your hunter/gatherer roots

 Grow your own food

 Support grocers with sustainable practices

 Shop at the farmers’ market and join a CSA

Support restaurants with sustainable practices
I cant decide between Growing your own food or Shop at Farmers Markets. What do you think? I would be intrested in your feedback! I thought if I did Growing your own food I could Incorporate my Recycling Garden Ideas and how I create my food and how it lowers my Carbon footprint.
I hope that some of you enter the contest!

If you win you could get this...

•The top 5 entries – 1 in each category – will be awarded an Amazon Kindle DX e-reader and a $100 gift certificate to load it with cookbooks.
•The top sustainable cooking experiences will be featured online by Brighter Planet and partners.

•The top entries in each category will receive cooking prizes such as sustainable kitchenware and cookbooks and get credit for their experience on Brighter Plant website.

•Random prizes will be awarded to a striking entries of our choice.

Im excitied to enter this contest! Wish me luck! I will keep you updated as to what I might do! Dont forget to give me your input! If you are a reader of both of my blogs, give me your thoughts about what catagory I should enter under. I think you as the readers would know what you like best about what I write! Thanks and dont forget to enter my Recycled book contest!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

~Eco Monday Tip~

Egg Cartons!

Egg cartons and their many uses! I always keep the cartons my eggs come in. The uses for them are endless.
You can start seedlings in them. Use them to hold fresh eggs from your chickens. They can be used for crafts, holders when dying easter eggs, fire starters or sorting nuts and bolts in large tool boxes.

~Seedling Pots~
Poke small hole in bottom of each egg cup (for drainage).

Fill each egg cup ¾ full with potting soil.

Plant a seed in each egg cup.

Water, put in sunny window ; continue to water when dry. Watch plants grow! (They will need to be transplanted to the garden or bigger pots when they outgrow their pots.)

~Fire starters~
Fill the paper egg cartons with dryer lint.

 Pore melted wax over the lint.

You can tear apart the sections and use for fire starters when you are camping, or in your fire place.

 I use left over candle pieces for the melted wax. You could also use old crayons.

~Egg Carton Ladybugs~

Heres something I saw on the internet that I thought would be cute to make with your lil ones! It looks like a fun craft for when spring arrives!

From what I can see from the picture, All you would need is paint,Fuzzy craft balls, pipe cleaners & googly eyes! I love all the differnt colors. You can even make these and put them in your lil ones Easter Baskets. How cute would they look in the baskets of grass.


Heres a cute idea for Halloween to do with the kiddos also!

If you are feeling really strongly about the Triple R's, you can build your own furniture! I found this picture while doing research on the internet. I thought it was pretty cool.

Happy Recycling!