Going Green

Monday, May 26, 2008

Last night went to see Lara Paul h and Jim doing fire show for a wedding at Ramon's. Was a great show they were all in sync and the wedding party loved it.

Afterward Lara, Tim, Tina, Derek and I went to Fido's to watch Gino and Jim play.

Got into some great conversation with Jim and Derek on marketing and going green. Found out that Derek met Donny Deutsch one of my favorite people for inspiration. Derek said that he is the same in person as he is on tv - I always pictured him to be genuine and for some reason I was glad to hear that he is who he appears to be.

---More to come on that -power went out earlier so instead of having a rest time and getting my blog done I headed to hideaway to meet the gang and we all went to Hidden Treasures for dinner. Right now I need to be horizontal with remote in my hand.---

When I got home from Fido's I was all inspired and excited. Paul was sleeping so I decided to watch tv a bit. I happened to come across Forecast Earth on the weather channel that caught my attention. David Suzuki was speaking - he was talking about not having illusions that he is going to save the planet - if his grandkids one day say my Grandpa he did the best he could he will be happy. He went onto say how if we all do the best we can that we can collectively have a huge impact on the earth.

They also featured a very interesting woman who came up with a brilliant idea Recyclable envelopes. Instead of having the return envelope with bills she created a system where there is only one envelope and it can be sent back to the company - I think that is a fantastic idea.

It seems like the dots are connecting lately for me on the "go green" area. Recently on the message board there was a great post on Balance and I got a great idea from Sweet Jane and Amanda Syme to take Tupperware instead of collecting Styrofoam containers for take out food or left overs at restaurants. Marty also posted a thread on sunscreen - after reading his post and our snorkel trip to Coral Gardens last Monday, seeing the dry bleached looking state of the coral I could not help but wonder why no one is selling environmentally friendly sunscreen down here.

Did breakfast with Stacy today and Georges and we also got on topic of going green and things like re-usable shopping bags and household cleaners.

I am in love with my spray bottles and I use them often have one for mixing my Dr Bronners soap in, one with just water in case of power outs and for hurricane season I call it my portable shower and another one that I mix coconut oil lavender water and tea tree in as a moisturizer spray. Stacy said she uses a mix of vinegar and tea tree or lavender as a house hold cleaner. I made the decision to give that a try and after I finish my current spray cleansers, I will not buy more as they are too chemical not good for the ecosystem.

We are all still waiting for someone to open a health food store here and have so many ideas to contribute if someone is interested.

Stacy also mentioned that she was at the tennis club pool recently and they need donations of swimsuits. Many local people on the island just wear regular clothing in the water.

The tennis club does not want street clothes in the pool to keep it cleaner so they asked her to get the word out that donations of new or gently used swimsuits would greatly be appreciated so they can give them to families who do not have them instead of telling them they cannot swim.

4 comments:

Addie said...

I am glad to read that you are catching on to the green state of things! It's pretty much dawned on me that going green isn't something we can simply switch on and off in our minds. The world today is such a radically different place, and everything we do has cause and effect. We are the cause of pollution on this Earth, and we are feeling the effects. Rising gas prices, rising food prices, bad economy, more health risks, the war, etc. There's so many things going on that we can't ignore. So it's so important to do everything we can to help our planet. Because as far as we know we're the only intelligent life forms in our immediate solar system, so if we're so intelligent, why don't we sue that to prolong our existence on this physical plane for as long as possible without causing any more detrimental effects to this planet.

Another thing I want to talk about is bioheat, it’s just one small measure that people can take in order to start living a greener lifestyle.

Has anyone ever heard of it, or has switched to it? I want to start taking initiative in turning my home into a greener household, one way I have started is by switching out all my lightbulbs in my home to energy efficient lightbulbs. And I am also seriously considering switching over to bioheat as an alternative to regular oilheat. The thing that I love the most about it is that it’s completely clean burning, and is comprised of a b5 blend of oils which are derived from natural plant and vegetable sustainable resources such as corn, hemp, and avocados just to name a few. If you all want more information on how bioheat works, just go on to http://oilheatamerica.com/index.mv?screen=bioheat I work with NORA to bring this info to you all!

tacogirl said...

Addie thanks for your comment.

While I have always done little things I am realizing that it is time to step up my game a bit more - I think living on an Island has had something to do with that.

I have not heard of bioheat but sounds interesting for those in colder climates.

Energy bulbs are great.

Addie said...

Hey tacogirl! Thanks for your response to my comment. And I agree and think that everyone in the worls needs to step it up in the green game. I understand the island mentality you speak of. I was born and raised in Hawaii, and while it is still pristine, development is slowly turning it into a mini metropolis. But I'm glad bioheat is something you're thinking about, did you get to check out the website and read up more about it?

tacogirl said...

Hi Addie

I did checkout the website but we are in the tropics and the only heat people use here is the sun or putting an extra blanket or long sleeves on if need be lol.

I guess if it was cost effective to do it here you might be able to convince people to use it for hot water, but not all houses have hot water here. We only get hot water to our shower tap and none in our bathroom or kitchen sinks.

Some people have no hot water at all and just get cold water in all taps even showers or have very limited water supply to their house even.