Mom’s The Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty

Moms the wordI’m so excited that I soon get to see these women perform in their new theatre production, Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty. I’ve been following their careers since they staged the first version of Mom’s the Word, a collection of stories that poke fun at the joys and challenges of raising toddlers.  Their second show in this series – some years later – dealt with raising teens and it was just as wonderful. Now they’re on their third production where their children are leaving the nest (or not).  Their marriages may have evolved as well. Alison Kelly (second from right) and I swapped parenting stories on the side of the soccer pitch for many years so I know first hand where some of her material comes from. Continue reading

Standing up…

standing-up-2… for what I believe.

These are the 2 facts that led me to a plant-based diet over twenty-five years ago.

  1. 1. More than half of the grain grown in the US is being fed to livestock rather than consumed by humans.  The US could feed 800 million people with that grain.
  2. 2. It takes 4,000 gallons of water to support an omnivore diet per day compared to 300 gallons to support a plant based diet.

I knew that by giving up meat I alone couldn’t change the fact that millions of people around the world don’t have access to fresh water and food, but it felt like the right thing to do. Since then I’ve learned that meat-heavy diets create more climate change than all cars and planes combined and I’ve seen photos of the atrocities animals suffer because of our wide-spread practise of factory farming. My resolve to maintain a plant-based diet has only intensified.

Straws ‘Suck’

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The smallest things can brighten my day. Finding these glass straws at a local business did just that.

Single-use plastic straws are one of the top 10  kinds of trash adding to the 20 million tonnes of plastic litter entering the oceans every year.

Enough plastic straws are produced annually to fill over 46 THOUSAND full sized school buses! (enviroglassstraw.ca)

Now that’s a visual.

Glass straws aren’t the solution for beverage businesses that still use straws in their drinks, but they are perfect for home use. (Fortunately there are biodegradable options if businesses still want to offer straws.)

It wasn’t too many years ago that curbside recycling was unheard of, and we all left the grocery stores laden down with plastic shopping bags. Now our blue recycling boxes and ‘green’ bins are full and everyone is remembering to bring reusable bags when they  shop. The impact of these small behavioural changes has made a huge difference to our planet. Hopefully we’ll all move towards either declining straws for our beverages, or opting for glass or biodegradable ones.

“We believe that by making small changes to our everyday lives, we can make a huge difference worldwide.” (Enviro Glass Straw)

I believe that too.

http://www.enviroglassstraw.ca/

Photo credit: https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-globe-mascot-giving-thumbs-up-image23457370

Guilt-free coffee pods

coffee pods 2Anyone who cares about their environmental footprint shudders at the thought of adding even one single-use coffee pod to the tens of billions that end up in the landfill each year. Separating the coffee from the foil and plastic for recycling/composting is painstaking. But these (pictured below) reusable, one-cup coffee pods are the perfect solution. You simply put in a scoop of ground coffee, brew, then tap it into the compost bucket when you’re done.  A quick rinse and you’re ready to make your next cup of coffee in the same ‘pod’.

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