Sustainable Stories

of an Ecolicous Mama

Bamboo:

bamboo is the *new,* eco-friendly product of the season. Used to make everything from blankets to shoes to attractive flooring, bamboo is a versatile and, more importantly, fast-growing and replenishable plant.

Biodegradable:

The ability of a material to decompose through natural processes and eventually be reabsorbed by the natural environment. Biodegradable products include all plant and animal material, paper, food waste and fibers. Materials such as plastic, glass and metals are not biodegradable. However, even biodegradable materials will NOT break down once they are buried in a landfill because they are deprived of oxygen, which is necessary for decomposition. Composting provides optimal conditions for biodegradation. The "Biodegradable" label on products like cosmetics, cleaning supplies, packaging or household items is not necessarily reliable because it is not verified and follows no uniform standards.

biodiesel

a fuel made from vegetables, sunflower, safflower, soybean, palm, cottonseed, rapeseed, or peanut oil or post-consumer grease . Because it is made primarly from crops wihch absorb carbon, it is considered carbon neutral.  It burns substantially cleaner than petrol, releasing 78% less CO2.

Conflict-Free Diamonds:

Diamonds produced without the involvement of violence, human rights violations or environmental degradation. The Conflict-Free Diamond Council examines the entire supply chain—from mine to consumer—before certifying that a diamond is conflict-free. (see the film "Blood Diamonds")

Cork:

Cork:
It may come as a surprise to wine aficionados, but cork is able to do more than keep bottles sealed tight. Cork is found in floor tiles, Ugg boots, jewelry and everything in between. Cork is fully recyclable, flexible and repels water.

cradle to cradle C2C

a term from the 1980's. C2C is regenerative, sustainable, waste preventive designs of systems, in a manner that can be used over and over, without down-cycling. these products are more durable or returnable to the manufacturer for reuse. 0 x infinity or lazy figure 8.

down-cycle

to change a material into something new, with its new life being the LAST life of the material. IE-plastic bottles made into carpet. use post-consumer cooking oil to run an engine. this is also recycling because it uses energy to make or use the material. throwing a banana peel in the trash for curbside pickup, instead of a compost bin.

detergent

 Synthetic washing agent that helps to remove dirt and oil. Some contain compounds which kill useful bacteria and encourage algae growth

carbon offset

credits that are given to any person or company that are told they are making LESS carbon than the last guy. IE- a person can BUY carbon credits so he can (feel better about) taking a trip on a jet airline, he is told that a tree will be planted today, that takes 80 yrs to grow will offset his travel TODAY. or hypothethically, if I take less breathes than you a day, I can get credits, paid to me by you, whom took twice as many. A company can get c.credits for producing less CO2 than a similar company that started up before his.

conventional produce

produce that is grown with the assistance of pesticides, herbicides, and by genetically modified means. The seeds contain genetics that are resistant to the -cides that farmers spray to rid the crops from invaders. Studies show those in this list can have less nutrients because they have lost their ability/immunity to fend off bugs and disease themselves. The ground that feeds them is usually free of worms and other micro-organisms that feed the plants and pay back the nutrients. They are artifically fertilized vs. using cow manure or worm tea.

 

ecology

is the scientific study of the relation of living organisms with each other and their surroundings.

eco-friendly

 or nature/Earth friendly, and green- are synonyms used to refer to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies considered to inflict minimal or no harm on the environment. (solar panels, energy-star products, plastic free, reusable)

feedlot

A confined area for the controlled feeding of animals. Tends to concentrate large amounts of animal waste that cannot be absorbed by the soil and, hence, may be carried to nearby streams or lakes by rainfall runoff.

gray water

Domestic wastewater composed of wash water from kitchen, bathroom, and laundry sinks, tubs, and washers diverted from sewer for post-consumer use in gardens.

insecticide

A pesticide compound specifically used to kill or prevent the growth of insects, including pollunators such as bees and butterflies.

LED light

Light-Emitting Diode technology that uses 70-85% less energy than incandescent lighting or CFL lights, or the hazards of mercury that CFL's carry. They have life span that far exceeds any other artifical light. the energy released is in the form of photons. When a light-emitting diodee is switched on, electrons are able to recombine with electron holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence, discovered in 1907 by the British experimenter.

phthalates

chemical used mainly to extend the life span of scents in their products, and render plastcis flexible. found in cleaners to cosmetics. some are found to cause developmental disorders, cancer, organ damage and allergies/asthma attacks.

leachate

Water that collects contaminants as it trickles through wastes, pesticides or fertilizers. Leaching may occur in farming areas, feedlots, and landfills, and may result in hazardous substances entering surface water, ground water, or soil.

permaculture in polyculture

sustainable, diverse farming/gathering/hunting of the necessities to live, using natural ecosystems-. Allowing ants, bees, worms, birds to do their job while cultivating the land. Having blueberries, strawberries, apples grow year after year with the help of mother nature, while incorporating tomatoes, kale, cucumbers or other seasonal planted gardens that require more tending. using rain water, gray water and natural shade to sustain plant life with minimal man-made energy. preserving food by drying, freezing, canning for when season has passed. composting 'waste' to feed the eco-system. An unbroken loop or cycle of life. (recycling)

monoculure

sounds like a rock band. (wish it was) monoculture is the planting and harvesting of only one variety of plant on acres and acres of land, as far as the eye can see; and year after year. this type of farming requires chemical fertilization and the soil lacks nutriets because that one plant can rape the soil of the necessary micronutrients required to sustain itself. It can lead to the quicker spread of diseases and a uniform crop is susceptible to a pathogens. this is general not the practice of a small farmer who will grow many types over each season, flipping the soil, adding nutrients back for the next crop.

pollen

The fertilizing element of flowering plant, trees, bushes

pollution

Generally, the presence of a substance in the environment that because of its chemical composition or quantity prevents the functioning of natural processes and produces undesirable environmental and health effects. Under the Clean Water Act, for example, the term has been defined as the man-made or man-induced alteration of the physical, biological, chemical, and radiological integrity of water and other media.

upcycle

to refashion any material from un-useful to something useful again, by using a process that is not harmful to the environment. IE-using a jar for a pensil holder. grandma's sweater into leg warmers or new scarf. dad's tshirt into daughter's new dress or skirt. bike tire into a belt. coffee grounds mixed in the garden.

Diva Cup

A woman friendly cup, that is a soft silicone (not bleached cotton) that is used to catch the monthly menses. It can be used at ANY time of the month, whether the female has heavy flow or hardly any at all, or is just EXPECTING it today!! super convenient, as it is always there, with nothing new or disposable to every PURCHASE again. It does not hang out in the bathroom garbage for all to see and SMELL. It also shows a womens amt of flow, so its a health gauge, as OB/GYNS often ask "how is your flow -heavy or light"?

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