My child won third place in the Unique category at the Rain Gutter Regatta (cub scout competition in which the scouts design sailboats and race it down a rain gutter using their own breath as a source of wind). We used a recycled nail polish container as the boat, a straw as the mast and two plastic cups as the sail. We were very excited to see the interest level in using recycled materials and hope that future cub scout events will leverage and recycle materials as well. Our cub scout pack already supports eco-friendly efforts by collecting gently used uniforms and books from previous cub scouts and distributing them to the next group of scouts. It is exciting to see my children embrace recycling efforts.
I never envisioned myself as a runner until I started running this past spring. I decided as a goal this year that I would run a half marathon in the fall. Now the race is less than five weeks away and I have been running at least three times a week. I started out slow (barely finishing a mile) and gradually building up endurance and picking up some speed. However, I will still classify myself as a novice runner since I have only ran four 5k races to date. Today, I surprised myself by running in the rain. I've always been the "lay on the couch and read a book kinda person." Somehow, the sudden dip in temperature and cool rainy day enticed me to go for a run. It has been the best run I've had so far. Instead of feeling like I'm dying of thirst, I actually enjoyed the run. I am looking forward to the fall weather and lacing up my shoes.
Running has given me more energy to do other things as well such as waking up energized and able to pack my kids' lunch instead of having them eat school lunch.
I have officially retired and discarded my bath towel of ten years. The following has been the many uses of my bath towel over the years.
- Used after bath
- Used as a beach towel
- Used as a bathroom floor mat
- Used as a rag (cut in half) to wipe down kitchen counters and dining room table
- Used as a bike rag to clean/wipe down my bike
Another school year, another round of PTA activities... The following are some easy and effective eco-friendly ideas to make PTA efforts less costly and better for the overall environment.
- Eliminate all paper based communications (only supply paper communications to parents who do not have any internet access. For the few paper based communications, use only white paper.
- Perform fundraising efforts online (in addition to Scholastic Book Clubs and Target, a number of your local restaurants and community organizations have their own website presence and can easily offer a percent of their sales to schools as part of their overall advertising and marketing efforts). Great establishments to approach include your local pizza and fast food chain restaurants, local arts/crafts stores, sporting good stores, etc.)
- Organize recycled clothing drives (where the older children can donate their out-growned clothes to younger elementary school children.
- As you approach the end of the school year, organize a school supply donation project where PTA members and teachers collect binders, scissors, rulers and other non-perishable school supplies to be used for next year students.
- When organizing fundraising events such as outdoor festivals, instead of visiting the local dollar stores to buy toys/prizes, visit the local goodwill/thrift shop for such items.
- For all signage, remove any reference to the event date and year so that you can reuse the signage for many more years to come.
I have been training for my first half marathon and running a few times a week. Am very excited about my progress given that I have only started running this year (as part of my overall fitness workout). It is very hard for me to plan my meals because I have a sensitive stomach and cannot eat too much before a workout but if I run on an empty stomach, I tend to have less endurance. I discovered that eating organic nutritional snacks from Navitas is a great snack option for me. I've tried the Cacao Goji power snack and the Citrus Chia power snack. These bite size snacks provide the right amount of mixture of protein and carbohydrates. It also satisfies my sweet cravings. As always, Navitas snacks are 100% US certified organic and contain the most healthy antioxidant loaded ingredients available. Just a few bites from the bag is satisfying and delicious.
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Eco-friendly activist trying to make more healthy eco-friendly choices for my family.