Minnesota EcoMoms-Chapter of the EcoMom Alliance

EcoMoms control on average, over 85% of the household purchases…With that amount of purchasing power, can EcoMoms avert another ice collapse like the most recent one to the Wilkins Ice Shelf? What will you do to slow climate change?

The Linden Hills Coop, which hosted our last EcoMoms Alliance meeting has 11 things you can do IMMEDIATELY to make sure you are pulling your weight to preserve our planet.

Eleven Easy, Earth-Friendly Ideas

Be a Locavore
The typical mouthful of American food travels 1,200 miles from farm to consumer. That means that a lot of fossil fuels are burned to power vehicles that transport food – thus contributing to global warming and air pollution. Eat local seasonal produce!

Grab a Waste-Free Lunch
Pack a no-waste lunch! Use a reusable lunch box or bag, and fill it with your lunch in reusable containers. Toss in a cloth napkin, a stainless-steel beverage bottle, and some bamboo utensils—and don’t forget to bring everything home again so you can use it the next day.

Corn Gluten Weed Prevention
Suburban homeowners in America use more house and yard pesticides per acre than farmers use on their crops. Check out alternatives to toxic pesticides at Linden Hills Natural Home.

Alternative Transportation One Day a Week
If only 1% of car owners in the U.S. did not drive for one day a week, we would keep 840 million pounds of C02 out of the atmosphere. Get on your bike, take the bus, burn a little shoe leather or come test-drive the ZENN car.

Bulk is Best
Did you know that each person in Minnesota generates about SIX POUNDS of garbage a day? Of that six pounds, one-third comes from packaging. Put together your own home “bulk department,” using empty glass pasta sauce jars, metal tea canisters, empty spice containers, and other reusable containers. Shop the bulk aisle and cut your garbage to the bone.

Cold-Water Washing
When doing laundry, wash full loads in the coolest water effective. Set the wash cycle for 4 minutes. Add clothes and detergent, and agitate for one minute. Then, turn the machine off and let the clothes soak while you do something else. When you think of it, turn the machine back on to finish the cycle.

Save Water, Shower with a Friend
Baths use more water than showers—justify that leisurely soak in the tub by reusing the water to mop floors, wash driveways, or shampoo dogs. Don’t use bath water to water houseplants, and make your own bath soaks or choose natural options over chemical ones.

Enjoy a Cuppa
Reusable products save you money! Consider buying a washable, reusable “coffee sock,” or muslin tea bag or metal tea infuser instead of paper filters or pre-bagged teas. Your one-time investment will pay for itself quickly!

Coffee Should Be Made in the Shade
Traditionally managed (shade-grown) coffee plantations support over 140 species of birds. Sun fields can have as few as five or six species. Both Peace Coffee and Equal Exchange, our primary coffee suppliers, have a commitment to sourcing shade-grown coffees that are also Fair Trade and organic.

Choose Organic
By refraining from using toxic chemicals, organic farmers may contribute to the survival of populations of songbirds, bees, fish, bald eagles, wetlands species, and many other species that have been hurt by chemicals in the environment. Read about Cedar Summit Farm’s experience with going chemical-free.

In the Bag!
By using cloth or canvas bags at the co-op, LHC shoppers kept 32,000 bags out of the waste stream—that’s a total of 46 fifteen-year-old trees that didn’t have to be made into paper bags. We also gave nearly $2,000 from Green Patch donations to two local “green” groups, chosen by member-owner vote: Youth Farm & Market Project and Land Stewardship’s Farm Beginnings Program.

Partnering with the EcoMom Alliance means aligning with an authentic and powerful voice for positive change. We are already making a difference:

Huge Antarctic ice chunk collapses

(source CNN)

  • Antarctic ice chunk seven times the size of Manhattan collapses
  • Rest of ice shelf is hanging by a narrow beam of thin ice
  • Larger, more dramatic ice collapses occurred in 2002 and 1995

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