Minnesota EcoMoms-Chapter of the EcoMom Alliance

An Evening with Richard Louv-The Last Child in the Woods
PMpTue, 26 Feb 2008 17:43:06 +000043Tuesday, 16, 2008, 12:56 pm02
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An EcoMom sent me this…The author of The Last Child in the Woods. Richard Louv speaks on the disorder called the Nature Deficit Disorder.

A bit slow at times, but really good! Anti-Ipod, over scheduling, videos in cars, video games and pro access to nature, parks, woods and family promotion of natural encounters. He speaks on “stranger danger” and our current culture of fear which has encouraged families to keep their children inside and out of the woods.


No Plastics Pledge
PMpTue, 26 Feb 2008 15:56:54 +000056Tuesday, 16, 2008, 12:56 pm02
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I love it when stars use their stature to do good! Like Bono and the ONE campaign or this eco-message You Tube with Leo and Cameron Diaz. Leonardo has made a film called The 11th Hour and has launched a website encouraging us to avoid using or buying plastics.

Take the no plastics pledge.

In 2006, Americans drank about 167 bottles of water each, but only recycled an average of 38 bottles per person, which equals about 50 billion plastic bottles consumed, with only 23% being recycled. That leaves 38 billion water bottles in landfills. Each year.

Vermiculture:Worms Eat My Garbage

A few months ago we set up our kitchen vermiculture or vermicomposter or worm bin. I watched a “how to” You Tube and bought my red wigglers on-line. I chose to buy mine from a woman named Worm Woman because I liked the name and because of her prices.

My worms arrived and I used a Rubbermaid storage container for their home. I drilled 1/8 inch holes all over it for proper ventilation, then propped it up on 4 cups, and threw in some newspaper for “worm bedding.”

Voila! Kitchen scraps no more. The castings the worms throw off are dubbed “gardeners gold” which is sold in premium gardening stores, this gold will go in with the outdoor garden compost and help feed the organic vegetable and herb garden.

The vermiculture lives inside during the winter and outside near the outdoor composter the rest of the time. Eggshells, coffee grinds, fruit rinds and peels, scraps from uneaten sandwiches and other food get thrown in but not meat or dairy.

The worms munch up about 8 lbs. of our families waste a week.

This is the worm woman, Mary inside of her worm bin! http://www.wormwoman.com/acatalog/maryinbin.mov

Here is my vermiculture:


U.S. Green Building Council Green Schools
PMpSat, 23 Feb 2008 15:20:39 +000020Saturday, 16, 2008, 12:56 pm02
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GREEN Schools

Generation of Respect for Education and the Environment Now

green schools

Earth Day Network’s successful history of working with teachers, PTAs, students, and school administrators has led us to develop a long term, national campaign on green schools. We have partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which has also expanded its well-known green buildings projects into the school setting, to green all of America’s k-12 schools within a generation. To learn more about our ground-breaking campaign, click one of the four program icons below:

If he had a single tear yesterday…
AMpSat, 23 Feb 2008 11:36:43 +000036Saturday, 16, 2008, 12:56 am02
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I was thinking about the Indian and how he was really sad about all of that litter. That video impacted me as a child and I wondered if there really were Indians canoeing around the city in full regalia. If he had a lone tear 30 years ago, he would probably have a full blown nervous breakdown after watching the Story of Stuff. We as a society have gotten better about not throwing garbage out of car windows while driving down the highway but the industrial pollution is far worse.

The Indian weeps because we have gotten so far removed from nature. It something to be revered and we as a society have stretched its resiliency beyond capacity.

There is hope. People are realizing this and making an about face. They are recycling more than ever, and have become informed consumers. Taking the time to examine where, who and how something was made before you blindly throw it in the cart. That reflective act is a powerful thing we can do to comfort the Indian in us all.

EcoMoms: Your Invited to attend a Conversation
PMpThu, 21 Feb 2008 18:12:31 +000012Thursday, 16, 2008, 12:56 pm02
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EcoMoms Conversation-Monday, March 17th at 7:15-8:30PM-Linden Hills Coop (lower level) RSVP required. Space is limited to the first 18 EcoMoms. Please view this 20 minute video before the meeting, if you haven’t seen it yet!

Moms control over 85% of the products, produce and materials that come through their thresholds. EcoMoms have a tremendous amount of power and influence.

Now, for the education, advocacy and activism. Let’s get greening. Our homes, our kid’s schools, neighborhoods and lives. An opportunity to hear about the zero-waste class room project and other “greenifications” that are being developed by teachers, parents and students in schools and homes. People are writing grants with school administrators and composting their kitchen scraps with red wiggler worms.Families are driving less and buying bikes. They are boycotting certain companies and buying eco-friendly toys, clothes and products. Families and schools are reducing, reusing, and recycling their stuff. Kids are bringing zero-waste lunches to school and becoming acutely aware of their excess.

Further education needs to be done until our community lives in more sustainable ways, but the momentum is in full swing and I say, “strike while the irons hot.” Simply put…more need to “live simply so that others may simply live.”

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”-Ghandi

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birthday, baby, & hostess gifts..any ideas?
PMpWed, 20 Feb 2008 21:18:02 +000018Wednesday, 16, 2008, 12:56 pm02
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My son has a double header this weekend. Two birthday parties to attend. Excluding buying anything made in China, narrows the search.

What is safe and responsible to buy for kids who don’t really need anything? Here is a list of companies that are now PVC-free but not local or entirely eco-friendly.

  • Small World Toys (makes PVC-free teething toys and “Gertie” balls)
  • Early Start
  • BRIO Corporation
  • APRICA Kassai Incorporated
  • Lamaze Infant Development
  • Little Tikes (Rubbermaid)
  • Ravensburger
  • Turner Toys
  • Lego Toys
  • Toys R Us, in November 1998, announced its ‘immediate plans for the worldwide removal of all direct-to-mouth products for infant use containing phthalates, such as teethers, rattles and pacifiers.’

Any gift ideas? Allegedly, Playmobil is safe now too. What do you like to give for gifts that is safe, local or made in the USA? Pro education is a good way to go. How about for elementary age? I like giving a bottle of wine for friends. Giving it and receiving it!