Earth Day 2010 - I thought it would be really nice to hear what you have done since our last post about Earth Day and see if your family has made any sincere changes towards reuse, recycle, and to post them here. I'll start because I am VERY PROUD of my household - DF and I have made a conscious effort and more than just saving aluminum cans for cash. We have gotten a 55 gallon barrel and check EVERYTHING plastic for recycling then take it to the recycling station ourselves once a month - that became too much so now we go every other week. Even the lid on our fish's food - recyclable. DF has made an all out effort and I'm very proud. Cardboard boxes? Even cereal, pasta, snack, popcorn boxes - ALL broken down now and stacked and recycled. Food scraps? Sorted - I've asked for a dirt maker and a worm bed for my birthday. You actually make your own compost in the kitchen. I love plants, and saving seeds and growing things and the dirt you make is 100% organic. Cleaners? We started using more vinegar and less toxic chemicals. Medicines? We actually called DHEC. Proper disposal is to put ANY unused medications in a baggie (recycled of course) and add some laundry detergent, then add the pills. Set that in the sun for about a week, then take to a class D landfill where they dispose of the bag in a way that isn't harmful to the water table. AMAZING. I think disposal of billions of medicines into our water table has a LOT to do with why our kids are so difficult child today - it will take years to filter out. I'm not adding to it. Also - if you put 'dope' into detergent instead of kitty litter or coffee grounds? Dopers can't sift it out of your trash. DHEC man said so. People will actually ingest it if it's in kitty litter? YUP...he's seen it. SunChips? Gets a 10 in our book - The bag is biodegradable! Hope all the other chip mfgs follow their lead. Glass is our next project. We have been saving our jars.....figured someone would want them for something....Another Craigslist freebie I think. I got a Doggie Doolie (um....look it up it's a dog septic tank) lol. and that's interesting. Yeah....moving on. Oh and my favorite recycling thing? Instead of giving my clothes away as I lost weight? I put them on Craigslist and asked for a donation to any charity of the persons choice. The first time it was - Feed the Children - looked it up on the Angel network and they're pretty well ranked. The 2nd time? We did the animal shelter here locally. The last time this gal chose the local homeless shelter for the men. It's had FANTASTIC benefits. I keep a copy of the check or reply letter back from the organization for those on Craigslist that think it's a scam....so far no one has written me back to say "Oh I see great, glad to see you're honest." Just - a few emails stating it's a fraud. I have nothing to prove but really enjoy sending the ORLY email with the attachment. SO If you have a great thing you've been doing or a super tip - LETS HEAR ABOUT IT.... AND GO MOTHER EARTH!!!!!!!!! It's not to late to start. OH and here is my great tip for the up coming Summer months Your lawn? Needs about 1" of rain a week....so how do you determine when the sprinklers have done their job? Take a glass jar and measure 1" with a ruler and mark it with a Sharpie marker. Set the jar in the yard and turn on the water. Time how long it takes for the jar to fill up to the 1" mark and you'll know for the rest of the Summer how long to water your yard once a week to have a lovely lush yard.....and conserve water. Also - water in the MORNING ONLY......this gives the roots time to soak up the water and the sun time to burn off the moisture. Watering later in the day or at night creates a short root system and gives you sickly grass. (not kidding) If your grass has lots of brown spots? Try sharpening your blades or raising the deck about 1" each time you mow. Also it's a really healthy thing to mow your yard in a different pattern each time. Grass hates the same hair cut every time. HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!