What Can People Do Right Now to Save Our Planet, A Tarot Card Reading

Cards I pulled for the question, what can we do now to Save Our Planet?

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Mayra of Solzana.com for a reading to discuss what is currently going on with the planet. The second question was what are we going to do with all the plastic?

What the cards show is that we have to take more action. Every single individual by changing their habits, that will help and also inspiring others. So by you doing something you are leading by example. Doing something will teach others that there is a better way of doing things.

Be leaders and good mentors to our kids. There are more kids being educated about what is going on with the environment and also opening their eyes to what is going on with society. So they have a better grasp of what is happening even at a younger age. It is our job to inspire that.

What can we do to improve things?

  • Don’t get straws
  • Don’t buy plastic water bottles
  • start a garden
  • Don’t buy from companies that use pesticides
  • Learn how to go back to old ways that were more self sufficient
  • Be more aware of our environment and saving animals because we are destroying their habitat.

The moon says that it is all going to happen naturally. Again leading by example. When purchasing something, how does this affect earth? It’s going to slowly happen but more people need to be vocal about it.

We need to keep our own government in check by continuing to hold our elected officials accountable. This is our society and we need to be leaders and spread the word.

Thanks Mayra so much for answering this question. I know many people are working on this issue and I feel more confident now that things will definitely turn around.

Valeria is a halth and wellness coach in Northern California. She’s happy that things are definitely turning around for humanity. Keep thinking positive and things will definitely turn around for the better.

Another Reading for Mother Earth, What about plastic?

Tarot Card Reading for Mother Earth, I pulled 3 cards for each question.

On August 14, 2019 I had the opportunity to sit down with Solzana.com and get a Tarot Card reading for Mother Earth. I really appreciate Solzana.com for doing this reading. The first question was, “What is Mother Earth trying to teach us?

The next question I asked was regarding the excessive amount of plastic that is currently filling up the landfills and the fact that other countries are no longer taking the plastic from the USA. There is already so much trash all over the oceans and in the landfills. There is no such place as away. What are we going to do about this plastic situation?

Cards I pulled for question about what to do with all the plastic on planet.

I picked 3 cards again and Mayra of Solzana.com indicated that there are going to be new individuals on earth that are going to be very enlightened and intellectual that are going to find and create new resources that will create resources that can be absorbed be the Mother Earth. These people will develop new products but what we have now we will have to deal with what we already have (there is a solution for this here). We will be victorious and they will be very passionate individuals and everyone will be rejoicing because this is a card of celebration. (PS here is the answer for plastic.)

Judgement is that it is what it is and we will have to deal with what’s already here. We will have to deal with this mess until it is cleaned up. It’s not just the plastic it’s the radiation from prior nuclear meltdowns. We have to live with this because it won’t disappear automatically. But it will come to an end. There will be new ideas but we have to deal with what we already have created. But it will come to an end.

This is something good to focus on. This is our beautiful world. Let’s clean it up because who likes a big mess?

There’s a lot of political things going on with plastic and it has to do with money and people that are greedy might hinder our progress. There are those people and it’s about the money but that’s why it’s going to take time before it can be removed from our products. But it will come to an end. But with the new people it will be more about having a healthy place to live.

Again I really want to thank SolzanaHealing.com for doing this reading. It was a great reading and There is still more questions to be answered. Stay tuned for the next question and answer. I highly recommend Solzana.com. She’s very kind and just makes you feel awesome!! Did you know she’s a Reiki Master too? Don’t be afraid to reach out and say hello. It costs nothing to say hi. Hellooooooo Beautiful!!!!

Valeria is a Health and Wellness coach in Northern California. She encourages everyone to follow their dreams and enjoy life. Forget the nonsense and focus on the beauty. She enjoys singing and dancing for pleasure. PS IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE EARTH, YOU’RE AN EARTH ANGEL. THANKS FOR CARING ABOUT OUR MOTHER!!

CBD Hemp Oil: Benefits, Uses, & Side Effects

Originally Published on organicfacts.net on March 01, 2019 By John Staughton
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CBD hemp oil has a huge range of potential health benefits and uses, including reducing pain, soothing anxiety, fighting chronic diseases, improving mood, eliminating depression, preventing inflammatory arthritis, protecting the immune system, balancing the metabolism, aiding sleep disorders, and healing the skin, among others. CBD oil can also be used in many different ways and has a variety of applications for natural health.

It may have side effects such as low blood pressure, lightheadedness, fatigue, dry mouth, and slowed motor functions. However, these side effects have been found to be mild according to various studies. Use of CBD oil is recommended if you live in a country or region where the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana is legal.

What is CBD Hemp Oil?

CBD hemp oil is the product derived from the hemp plant, which is high in CBD (cannabidiol) and low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This oil has received a large amount of attention in recent years, due to the growing wave of marijuana legislation and debate in many countries, including the United States. While cannabis and smoking marijuana (which often has a high level of the psychotropic compound THC) is still illegal in many places, as more is being learned about CBD, and its potential effects on health, it is becoming more and more accepted as a legal and safe remedy for a wide variety of health conditions. Since it has a minimal amount of the psychotropic compound THC, use of this oil does not result in a traditional “high”, so its effects are generally considered therapeutic, not mind-altering.

There are more than 80 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, with THC being the primary one, followed by CBD. However, in the hemp plant, which is a different strain of the species Cannabis sativa, CBD is the main active ingredient, and THC is barely present, making its use and legality more widespread. The reason that CBD is such an effective form of support for human health is due to the body’s endogenous cannabinoid system. This regulatory structure of the body has millions of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system, which react not only to plant-derived cannabinoids (such as hemp and marijuana) but also to natural cannabinoids produced within our body. When hemp oil is used and processed by the body, it is effectively boosting the function of the endocannabinoid system, helping our body regulate itself in many different ways.

Not only does true CBD hemp oil contain high levels of cannabidiol, but it also vitamins, nutrients, minerals, volatile acids, and antioxidants that will further supplement your health.

CBD Hemp Oil Benefits

CBD hemp oil has become very popular with people suffering from various health issues including

  • Chronic pain and inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep disorders and insomnia
  • Anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Skin conditions
  • Low appetite and poor metabolic function
  • Weaker immune system
  • Chronic diseases

Relieves Pain

Researchers at the Department of Pharmacognosy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK, basis the study conducted on mice found that CBD oil has analgesic properties and may relieve chronic pain of all kinds . It can disrupt the activity of pain receptors in the body and instead cause a release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine – “feel good” compounds that can ease discomfort and pain, even if the pharmaceutical painkillers have no effect.

Relieves Nausea

CBD oil can cure vomiting and nausea. The non-psychotropic components of this oil activate certain autoreceptors, which causes antiemetic/anti-nausea effects in the body.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

When it comes to inflammation, an animal study by M Lodzki, et al. suggests that CBD oil has the anti-inflammatory potential and may benefit particularly those with advanced cases of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, migraines, joint disorders, and pervasive muscle pain.

Another 2016 mice study suggests that CBD has the potential to provide relief from arthritis pain-related inflammation and behavior. Other studies also suggest the anti-inflammatory effects in case of acute pancreatitis, acute lung injury, inflammatory bowel diseases. However, further studies and research are needed to support these benefits

Reduces Anxiety

CBD hemp oil is well known to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as prevent depressive episodes by increasing the levels of “positive” hormones and neurotransmitters in the body. Although some people claim that marijuana makes them “paranoid” or anxious, that is largely due to the psychotropic THC found in cannabis.

Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

A study published by David Cheng, Postdoctoral Scientist, Neuroscience Research, University of New South Wales, NSW, Australia, says that CBD has a potential as a preventive measure against symptoms of Alzheimer’s. This presents yet another exciting development for medical researchers, given the persistent challenges to finding effective solutions for this condition.

Anticancer Potential

Another major reason why CBD oil has been positively received in some parts of the medical community is its apparent effect on cancer and tumor growth.A study done by the researchers of the Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, University of Rostock, Germany recommends the use of CBD oil (even direct injection into tumors) to eliminate or reduce the size of the tumors. The antioxidants in CBD hemp oil also provide anti-mutagenic properties and lower users’ risk of cancer.

Anti-psychotic

Studies performed on animals and humans have found that CBD oil has anti-psychotic properties too. The research supports the idea that this oil could be a possible therapeutic option in treating psychosis such as schizophrenia.

Promotes Good Sleep

There is a strong sedative quality to CBD hemp oil, making it a popular remedy for people with insomnia, sleeplessness, interrupted sleep, post-traumatic stress disorder, restless leg disorder, and other night-time issues. Dr. Scott Shannon, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA, published a report in the Permanete Journal, in which he recommended either inhaling a small amount of CBD oil, applying it to one’s chest, or even putting a few drops on one’s pillow to help get a good night’s sleep.

Boosts Immune System

The majority of cannabinoids have been proven to have positive effects on the body’s immune system, particularly CBD oil, as it can help regulate overactive immune systems. This means less susceptibility to allergens, and a possible application for autoimmune diseases, which are some of the most difficult-to-treat medical conditions.

Controls Appetite

CBD oil is also known to control the appetite. This is largely due to the release of certain hormones in the body that control hunger and satiety. By optimizing the levels of these hormones based on the actual needs of your body, you can establish a healthy appetite, particularly following surgery, extended illness or injury.

Skin Care

Improving the appearance of the skin, especially reducing the signs and symptoms of acne and eczema, are the great benefits of regular CBD oil use. Topical application is quite popular for this, whether in a diluted or undiluted form, depending on the severity of the skin affliction. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of the oil can also soothe redness, itchiness, and swollen areas of the skin.

Controls Diabetes

A study published in the Autoimmunity Journal shows that cannabidiol present in CBD oil can control diabetes and lower the level of insulin. Although a lot more research needs to be done in this area of study, initial studies have laid the foundation for the use of CBD oil to lower the risk of diabetics.

Promotes Heart Health

CBD oil is highly beneficial for the cardiovascular system too. It enhances the vasorelaxation of the arteries, protecting it against the vascular damage caused by inflammation in a high glucose environment. However, deeper studies need to be made in order to fully explore its dosage and effects on cardiovascular health.

Reduces Drug Relapses

The non-psychoactive constituent of Cannabis sativa, cannabidiol, has therapeutic uses in giving relief from psychiatric disorders. It is used to fight alcoholism and cocaine addiction, which means it reduces alcohol and drug relapses.

Uses of CBD Oil

CBD hemp oil has a number of uses and comes in many forms including capsules, tinctures, sublingual supplements, liquid oil, oil as a paste, sprays, salves, creams and in edible forms, such as candies or sweets. You can also inhale CBD oil from vapor-releasing pens, similar to the technology for e-cigarettes. This variety also provides a lot of controlled flexibility in terms of concentration, making CBD hemp oil useful and desirable for people of all ages, economic means, and personal needs.

CBD Oil Dosage

An appropriate dosage of CBD oil will depend on the individual, as well as the severity of the health condition a person is trying to remedy.

  • Chronic pain – 5 mg per day until the pain subsides.
  • Multiple sclerosis – Patients may take 80 mg per day for 2-3 weeks at a time to soothe their symptoms.
  • Medicinal applications – The average amount for most medicinal applications is 25 mg, taken twice per day.

If this is not sufficient for calming your symptoms, a gradual increase of another 25 mg per day, over the course of 3-4 weeks, is recommended. While there have been no reports of more serious side effects when this oil is taken in larger concentrations, it is best to slowly increase your dose to find a comfortable and effective level, given your individual characteristics and needs.

More and more medical professionals are becoming informed about the potential benefits of CBD hemp oil, and are more commonly recommending it to their patients. Before adding this potent oil to your daily life, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition, speak with your doctor about any risks.

Is Hemp and CBD Oil Same?

Unlike CBD oil, hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant – typically industrial hemp. This means that a number of cannabinoids found in hemp oil are actually quite low. The CBD content of this oil may be close to 0%, whereas the CBD content of CBD hemp oil can be as high as 15% or more!

Hemp oil does have a number of uses and is often marketed as a cooking oil or a product that is good for moisturizing the skin. It is also used in the production of certain soaps, shampoos, and foods. It is also a basic ingredient for bio-fuel and even a more sustainable form of plastic. Hemp has been cultivated and used for roughly 10,000 years, and it definitely has useful purposes. However, a lack of cannabinoids, namely CBD, means that it has little therapeutic value.

Be wary of any manufacturers who try to market natural hemp oil for its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory or other medicinal applications. You will be much better off with CBD hemp oil, which can have critical effects on human health that have been proven countless times.

CBD oil is not legal everywhere. It is banned/restricted by countries such as UAE, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia. Although CBD oil is illegal in many of the US states too, some have legalized its use for medicinal purposes. While the number would be ever-changing, as of 2016 there are 17 states in the US which have legalized the use of low THC, high CBD products for medical reasons in limited situations. These states include Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. It is advisable to consult your local health specialist before use.

Side Effects of CBD Oil

There are a number of possible side effects to using CBD oil, such as fatigue, dry mouth, lightheadedness, hypotension, and impaired motor functions. However, when used in moderate amounts, most people do not experience these side effects, and none of them are known for being fatal or particularly dangerous. More than 20,000 studies have been done in the past 15 years on cannabis, hemp, and cannabinoids, and the results have been overwhelmingly supportive of the therapeutic potential and viability of CBD oil. That being said, some people should be cautious before using this powerful oil.

  • Blood Pressure: One of the notable soothing benefits of CBD oil is its effect on blood pressure, helping protect heart health and promote calmness in the body. However, if you are already taking medication for hypertension, combining this with CBD oil can potentially cause dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension).
  • Appropriate Use: Since sedation, fatigue, and lightheadedness are known effects of CBD hemp oil, particularly when consumed in large amounts, it is important that you do not use heavy machinery or attempt to drive while under the effects of this therapeutic oil.
  • Motor Functions: The sluggishness that many people associate with being “high” can be a side effect of concentrated CBD oil use, resulting in motor function impairment. This effect is temporary and passes in a matter of hours.
  • Weight Gain: Appetite stimulation, or at least regulation, is a side effect of CBD oil. So, if you are already struggling with obesity, be sure to monitor your intake of food to prevent overeating, snacking between meals and additional weight gain.
  • Oil Quality: The most dangerous aspect of CBD oil is potentially using low-quality oil or CBD oil that hasn’t been properly produced. With thousands of small businesses getting involved in the medicinal marijuana industry, it is more important than ever to research brands and pay attention to consumer reports concerning these oils.
  • Pregnancy: Research on the use of CBD oil during pregnancy is unfortunately lacking, but most experts do not recommend it. Other anecdotal reports support its use, particularly for aching muscles and anxiety or depression. Before using this oil – or any essential oil – while pregnant, always speak to a doctor about your particular condition.

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John Staughton (BASc, BFA)

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

Ecobricks are your simple solution for plastic.

Originally Published on ecobricks.org

An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed to a set density with used, clean and dry plastic to achieve a building block that can be used over and over again. Ecobricks can also be packed with other non-biological un-recyclables that, uncontained, are toxic to the environment (i.e. styrofoam, wires, small batteries, etc.).  Ecobricks are used to make modular furniture, garden spaces, walls and even full-scale buildings.  Ecobricks are an exciting way that individuals, communities, and companies can start their immediate transition from plastic towards ever greener harmony with the Earth’s cycles.

Ecobricks are a stepping stone out of the old paradigm of ‘waste’ and ‘trash’.  Ecobricking gives value to what was once value-less.  Ecobricks are designed to leverage the longevity and durability of plastic, to create an indefinitely reusable, cradle to cradle, building block.  They are made by cleaning, drying and then packing plastic into a PET drinking bottle. This enables plastic to be kept out of the environment, and out of the ineffective industrial recycling system. Once packed solid (with a minimum density of 0.33g/ml) ecobricks can be used to build green spaces for our community, furniture for our homes, and many other practical applications.

This site and our Ecobrick Guides have been crafted to help you get started ecobricking, to assist the training others to ecobrick, and to establish best practices for the making and application of ecobricks.  Our goal is to empower you and your community with the know-how to make ecobricks and build with them.  Our GEA resources are the result of years of research, experimentation and trial and error around the world through the Global Ecobrick Alliance.

 

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Cómo manifesté un coche eléctrico

Cómo manifesté un coche eléctrico
Hace aproximadamente un año compré un vehículo porque me compré a mi cachorro, Amber. Después de eso me di cuenta de que había cometido un grave error y debería haber comprado un híbrido. Pero en cualquier caso, decidí que quería canjearme comprando un automóvil eléctrico.

Entonces, lo que hice fue comenzar a mirar autos eléctricos y concentrarme solo en ellos. Muy pronto los estaba viendo por todo el lugar. Sólo estaba familiarizado con unos pocos coches. Por supuesto, Tesla y el Leaf y algunos otros autos que son demasiado caros o me niego a comprar a las compañías corruptas.

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Avancé tan rápido hasta octubre de 2018 y mi amigo me regaló una revista de coches eléctricos. Comencé a estudiarlo y observé todos los precios y rebajas, etc. Encontré un auto que era un gran precio, todo eléctrico y parecía muy deportivo. El auto en el que estaba interesado era el Hyundai Ioniq. Comencé a buscar en línea y solo los tenían en el sur de California. Así que llamé a un concesionario de automóviles y no lo tenían en stock.

Acababa de regresar de un viaje donde me quedé en Santa Clarita, así que hice clic en el enlace de Santa Clarita y terminé en Parkway Hyundai en Valencia.

Les envié un mensaje en línea y de inmediato recibí una llamada de Manny y él estaba listo para ayudarme. También recibí una llamada de Danny también (sí, sus nombres riman). Les dije qué auto quería, respondieron todas mis preguntas y me aseguraron que podían cuidarme. Dijeron que era un automóvil muy solicitado, pero me cuidaron de una manera increíble. Iba al sur de California a fines de mes, así que concertamos una cita para conducir el automóvil y sellamos el trato.

Le estaba diciendo a Danny que tanta gente quiere autos eléctricos pero son difíciles de encontrar. Mencioné que deberían especializarse en automóviles eléctricos e híbridos. Entonces, ¿qué hizo Danny? Tuvo una conversación con el gerente de su distrito. Su gerente estuvo de acuerdo y les va a dar 10 vehículos eléctricos. Eso es tan fenomenal. Entonces, si no puede encontrar Hyundai Ioniq Electric en el norte de California, realice el corto trayecto en automóvil hasta Parkway Hyundai. Seguro que me alegro de haberlo hecho. En realidad me lo habían entregado.

Estaba tan feliz de tener finalmente mi coche eléctrico. Fue una verdadera bendición. Y el coche es tan asombroso. Quiero decir que en realidad es solo un vehículo increíble. ¡¡¡Tiene algo serio de recogida !! Quiero decir, increíble lo rápido que va y está tranquilo. Me encanta. Recomiendo el Hyundai Ioniq y no tenga miedo de conducir para obtener el automóvil que desea.

No discutiremos la primera vez que lo cargué. Realmente no lo haremos. Pero ahora lo tengo todo resuelto. Si puedo hacerlo, tú también puedes. Y no soy una persona tecnológica. Pero obtendrá la asistencia que necesita. Lo prometo. Así que empieza a soñar con eso.

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Valerie es una entrenadora de salud y bienestar y una instructora de yoga. Le apasiona la vida verde y seguir sus sueños. Ella vive en el norte de California con su hija y su perrito Amber.

We Should Be Pouring Time And Money Into Hemp, Period.

Originally Published on forbes.com on September 30, 2018 By Janet Burns

We Should Be Pouring Time And Money Into Hemp, Period

A ladybug crawls on the leaf of a hemp plant grown for medical research purposes at the Royal Agricultural Station Pang Da in Samoeng, Chiang Mai province, Thailand, on Friday, July 6, 2018. (Credit: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg)

For centuries, North Americans have utilized hemp in their homes, diets, and health regimens. For decades, we’ve also turned to imported products to meet much of our growing need.

And now, after years of major change for US agriculture and industry, real investment in this versatile crop stands to significantly elevate our economy and quality of life for generations to come.

The idea of upping hemp production is already common ground politically. As farmers have faced water shortages, unstable markets, and punishing seasonal conditions, communities around the country have pressured lawmakers to help them restore US agriculture with more profitable, sustainable plants.

Hemp has long been seen to fit that bill. Best known for its use in textiles, it offers wide-ranging applications that countless sectors are keen to get in on.

For example, hemp seeds in whole or processed form contain an impressive amount of protein, nutrients, and essential fatty acids, among other things — offering an efficient way to boost nutrition in human and animal diets — while hempseed oil has increasingly become a preferred ingredient in common food, beauty, and health products.

Its sturdy fibers have also been put to growing use in high-quality plastics and auto paneling, durable building materials, and other common industrial commodities. And when it comes to environmental impact, hemp is not only a low-fuss crop capable of flourishing in US farmland; it can also clean up tainted water and soil, bully weeds away, and be converted into biodiesel.

Unlike other Cannabis sativa varieties and hybrids, which are mostly grown for their chemically potent flowers (or ‘buds’), hemp is also legally distinguished from marijuana in the US as containing less than 0.3% of the cannabinoid chemical THC — considered to be the most intoxicating, psychoactive component in cannabis plants, as well as a treatment option for certain serious illnesses.

So while hemp crops can be used to extract the non-intoxicating chemical cannabidiol, or CBD, which has a demonstrated and growing list of compelling health uses, they can’t get anyone high.

In short, it’s no wonder that hemp has been described as an industrial ‘miracle plant.’

See also: Coca-Cola Is Considering CBD For Infused Beverage Line 

For Rocc Johnson, owner and operator of New Orleans’ Uptown Hemp, the plant has become both his calling in life and a way to revitalize the economy in his home state.

“I’m so excited and humbled to be part of the [cannabis] industry that’s coming to Louisiana,” he commented by phone. “For me, it’s not about money at all; it’s about a better way of life, and helping people get the knowledge to help other people.”

Johnson said he got the idea to get involved in marijuana and hemp from his uncle, a member of Louisiana’s National Guard, and from his mother, who died from cancer in 2011 after “never smoking or drinking in her life.”

Prior to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which caused widespread destruction and fatalities across New Orleans, Johnson had moved to California, and spent years there soaking up knowledge and culture around cannabis plants and the industry. After witnessing the pain and nausea his mother experienced during her treatment, Johnson decided to help bring the medicinal and economic value of cannabis back to his hometown, starting with hemp.

Since 2013, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR), and other members of Congress have been gathering support to bolster hemp production through this process; they also helped to pass a 2014 version of the package, currently in effect, with new allowances for agricultural hemp pilot programs.

Like most major bills, the latest Farm Bill has not been free of controversy. At present, legislators have seemingly missed their Sept. 30 deadline to approve the package, which has stirred numerous arguments in Congress over its core principles, funding levels, and a proposed work requirement for low-income recipients of food assistance.

Under the Senate-approved version of the bill, hemp and derivatives, hemp extracts, and cannabinoids derived from hemp “would be treated as agricultural commodities and removed from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Enforcement Administration,” according to CannaLawBlog.

The more recently House-approved version, which introduced the well-publicized provision affecting up to two million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, doesn’t take such steps to remove federal barriers around hemp. It also stipulates that anyone with a felony drug conviction would be barred indefinitely from participating in federal or state hemp programs.

According to many industry members, the latter provision — which would become permanent law, requiring change at the federal level to get rid of — would also exclude key populations from contributing to and benefiting from an enriched industry.

Cannabis entrepreneur and organizer Bonita “Bo” Money called the idea of blocking members of the previous illegal industry from joining the new, legal one “ridiculous” — much like hemp’s continued Schedule I drug status, she said.

Money, who founded the National Diversity and Inclusion Cannabis Alliance (NDICA) and left a Hollywood career to promote equity in cannabis businesses, explained that the programs she helps run in California and Wisconsin take the opposite stance on prior experience.

“Here in Los Angeles, we make sure that applicants to our equity program have had a cannabis conviction, or come from zip codes affected by the war on drugs,” Money said. “For [lawmakers] to ban people with experience working in hemp from doing so again is ridiculous.”

In Wisconsin, she and her team are in the process of setting up the only social equity, Black-owned hemp farm in the state, where they hope to create more jobs for Black farmers, and plan to primarily hire military veterans and ex-offenders under the US’ long drug war — in other words, people with the need and/or skills for this new career.

See also: Canadian Military Green-Lights Cannabis Use For Most Personnel

As in Los Angeles’ equity program, the group will offer participants mentorship, job placement, and help with starting businesses in Wisconsin’s hemp industry, where close to 220 hemp licenses have already been issued under the current Farm Bill; they also plan to provide on-site housing for participants struggling with homelessness, which often impacts veterans and those recently released from prison.

“By not allowing ex-offenders to work, and not giving support and licenses to black farmers and small businesses, [officials] are trying to keep people of color out of a billion-dollar industry that they paid the price for.”

Rather than keeping people out of the industry, Money thinks regulators should focus on helping farmers sell their products: for example, by connecting them with the “biomass brokers” who deal in the fibers, stalks, and seed matter produced by industrial hemp. “What I’m finding is that a lot of farmers in Wisconsin don’t know what to do with their products,” she said. “We tried to get a list of licensed farmers to help connect them with brokers, but the state wouldn’t release that list.”

In the meantime, Money said, the hemp industry is continuing to grow under current legal conditions, though a Wisconsin rule prohibiting hemp extracts had been requiring her to export hemp from the state for extraction. Still, business is good, she said. “We have investors approaching us all the time, wanting to be a part of what we’re doing.”

Hemp activist and entrepreneur Joy Beckerman, who has spent decades building the US hemp movement, and assists many of the world’s leading hemp advocacy and industry groups, said it’s still likely that Congress will pass a pro-hemp version of the Farm Bill in the coming months — hopefully without added blows to communities that have been hurt most by nearly a century of cannabis prohibition.

“As data have proven over and over again, the war on drugs has dramatically, disproportionately impacted minorities and people of color, and [bans on ex-offenders] would continue that discrimination,” Beckerman commented by phone.

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Cannabis entrepreneur and activist Bonita “Bo” Money poses with plants in a field of hemp. (Courtesy Bonita Money)Credit: Bonita Money

She also believes that the Senate’s Farm Bill would alleviate confusion caused by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)’s issuance of conflicting “guidance” to state and federal agencies, which leaves them “scratching their heads,” and often “bullies them into making decisions that directly contradict the legislative intent and spirit of the last version of the Farm Bill,” Beckerman said.

“This version of the Farm Bill deliberately amends six different Acts and broadens the definition of ‘hemp’ to fully and finally remove all ambiguities and make way for hemp as an agricultural commodity in the United States of America, with crop insurance and all,” Beckerman explained.

To illustrate how hemp programs can wither without proper support, she pointed to California, where regulators continue struggling to keep up with rules and infrastructure for the more potent (and popular) marijuana industry, from lab tests to license approvals; the state’s hemp operators, meanwhile, are still waiting for their official license application to come out.

Even though Congress didn’t pass such a bill in time to move on from the 2014 version yet, Beckerman said, farmers and leaders can continue under the permanent protection of the current agricultural pilot program pathway to learn how and where to invest their time and resources in the industry, rather than dive in without a strategy in place.

“Folks at the various state Departments of Agriculture are so excited to bring in hemp – excited to introduce any crop, really, and especially to reintroduce this extraordinarily versatile one,” Beckerman said. “But they’re not experts; they’re learning like anybody else. So getting in there, looking at proposed legislation and rules to make sure [proposals] actually make sense for the crop – on an agronomic level, on a regulatory level – and monitoring changes to that legislation, regulation, or industry, is common sense.” She went on,

The repeal of prohibition of marijuana, the repeal of prohibition of industrial hemp, has never been done in the US before. And right now it’s about the chopping of the wood, the carrying of the water, and engaging in the process, and bringing it all the way home. The work is just beginning.

Beckerman also urged supporters of hemp (and of its danker cousin) to be more vigilant than ever about federal and state-level law and policy moves going forward. “Special interests and residual hysteria will continue to try to get in there, to stomp on the little guy, and on consumer rights and safety, and to over-regulate, so it’s more important than ever that we organize and engage,” she said.

“Farmers are suffering around the country; the soil is suffering.”

All told, a strong American hemp industry could provide billions of dollars in renewable revenues and hundreds of thousands of jobs, especially in regions that have been devastated by damaging and/or departed industries and under-invested social resources, Beckerman said.

Money pointed out that hemp is already poised to outshine recreational and medical cannabis production, and that CBD products (which hemp can provide) are currently outselling THC products at a rate of 10:1.

“Moving forward, hemp will be even bigger than cannabis,” she said. “[Lawmakers] need to look at the history: when George Washington was president, people were required to grow hemp. If they didn’t, he’d throw them in jail.”

She continued, “Hemp affects so many industries — its uses are never-ending — and I think the government is afraid of that.”

” Hemp could change the world, not just the US. It will change communities, it will change the way we treat medically. It will improve our lifestyle, completely.”

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to create generational wealth for their families,” Money added, “and to have that quality of life.”

Janet Burns

I’m a freelance writer covering tech, media, science, and culture. My background includes the areas of writing, editing, and education, and I received Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees from the University of British Columbia and California State University, East Bay, respectively. My work’s also been published by mental_floss, AlterNet, Salon, and the Atlantic’s CityLab, among others. For more of it, check out my online portfolio at janetburns.contently.com or my cannabis news and culture podcast at patreon.com/TheToke.

Relájate Todo Estará Bien

Hay muchas personas que están muy preocupadas por el cambio climático, los incendios en California. Todo esto está asustando a la gente a lo grande ! yo era uno de ellos. Yo etaba tan asustada que compré un auto eléctrico,  puse energía solar en mi casa y también un calentador de agua solar.

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¿Por qué hice esto? Porque estoy haciendo todo lo posible para eliminar cero emisiones en nuestro medio ambiente. No es algo fácil de hacer y lo he estado haciendo gradualmente en los últimos años. Entonces, ¿qué hice para calmarme? Comencé a hacer investigación. Comencé a descubrir exactamente qué demonios está pasando.

¿De qué me di cuenta? Bueno, descubrí que Estados Unidos todavía está en el Acuerdo de París. Estados como California, Oregon y Washington y muchos otros todavía están en él. También muchas empresas, locales y naciones están todavía en el Acuerdo de París. En septiembre, revelaron la Nueva Economía del Clima en el Global Climate Action Summum. Me di cuenta de que hay tantas personas en todo el mundo que se están uniendo para frenar el cambio climático. De hecho, están invirtiendo $ 900 trillones para el año 2030 en infraestructura a nivel mundial. ¡Eso es enorme! Después de que descubrí esto pense que hay gente mucho más inteligente que yo trabajando en esto. Así que puedo relajarme y volver a solo comer sano.

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Entonces me di cuenta de que todo mi estrés era una completa pérdida de tiempo. Pero hay cosas que podemos hacer para ayudar a este esfuerzo. En esta lista Solo escribire un par de cosas y escogeré mas mas fáciles. Nada dificil porque a quien le gusta lo dificil?

1) Coma productos orgánicos locales (admítalo, esto es fácil).

2) Relájate y ve a pasear.

3) Prepare un poco de sopa de verduras e invite a un amigo a que venga y disfrute del guisado.

4) Únete a una organización de vida sostenible. OK esto podría ser difícil. Pero podrías si quieres. 🙂 Además, si puedes compartir el automóvil o comprar un automóvil eléctrico, híbrido, caminar, andar en bicicleta o correr, tome el transporte público. Pero si no puedes hacer eso, solo come una manzana y ve a la cama, calmate y piensa:

“Todo estará bien”.

Valerie es una entrenadora de salud y bienestar que vive en El Norte de California. Ella es una apasionada del planeta y es una defensora de aquellos que no tienen voz. . Cuando te curas a ti mismo, curas el planeta. Su nuevo mantra es Relájate y come algo de fruta.

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Valerie es una entrenadora de salud y bienestar que vive en El Norte de California. Ella es una apasionada del planeta y es una defensora de aquellos que no tienen voz. Como el planeta. Cuando te curas a ti mismo, curas el planeta. Su nuevo mantra es Relájate y come algo de fruta.

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Mi nombre es Johnny y conocí a Valeria en un recital de Navidad donde los dos interpretamos canciones de Navidad. Valeria me pidió que la grabara con su teléfono y desde allí construimos una amistad. Ella compartió su blog sobre salud y estado físico. Valeria me mostró su perrito Amber y salimos a pasear por donde recogíamos basura ocasionalmente. Hicimos esto porque ambos nos preocupábamos por el medio ambiente. Poco después compré una computadora portátil y ayudé a editar videos de YouTube para Valeria. Ella me envió sus videos de baile y yoga que necesitaban ser editados. Ambos nos ayudamos mutuamente con nuestro trabajo y enviamos comentarios sobre cómo mejorar nuestro trabajo.

Los dos somos mexicoamericanos y queremos compartir con los latinos del mundo un mensaje en español. La información que compartiremos ayudará a sanar el planeta. Queremos que nuestros hermanos y hermanas en América Latina sepan que todo estará bien. Nos preocupamos por ellos y están en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.

Organic Clothing Brands

Originally Published on TheGoodTrade.com

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Sourcing organic cotton is a healthier, more eco-conscious alternative to non-organic materials. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides, fertilizers and GMO’s that are proven to harm the environment, farmers, producers and the consumer.

According to the World Health Organization up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries during the manufacturing process. Pesticides cause a range of health concerns from short-term impacts like headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption. On top of this, conventional cotton production may be the largest water user among agricultural crops.

We’ve taken a close look at the companies supplying organic clothing and included our 15 favorites based on their overall commitment to sustainable and ethical practices, as well as their aesthetic. The brands range across a number of versatile categories from athletic wear and nightwear, to dresses and basics.

Clean Up Your Closet With These 15 Organic Clothing Brands

1. Thought

Best For | Timeless pieces
Based In | London
Price Range | $$

Thought is a natural clothing company with a simple philosophy—to design and make beautiful, timeless fashion while caring for our environment. They sell women’s and men’s organic cotton clothing, bamboo clothing and hemp clothing. The brand has developed long-lasting relationships with their factories and suppliers working to ensure that every person who touches their clothing is treated respectfully with fair wages and working conditions.

2. Synergy

Best For | Outerwear & dresses
Based In | Santa Cruz, CA
Price Range | $–$$

Synergy is committed to using the highest quality organic cotton from farmers who are well paid and work under healthy conditions. This commitment goes up the supply chain, too—from the weavers to the people who pack product in boxes, Synergy ensures that everyone has a safe, healthy and fair-wage work environment. They also endeavor to empower communities, especially women, in Nepal through giving back to nonprofits. While they offer everything from skirts to outerwear, we love their soft, recycled dresses as the perfect piece for both work and play.

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3. PACT

Best For | Affordable men’s & women’s basics
Based In | Boulder, CO
Price Range | $

PACT is pretty obsessed with making clothes that make the world a better place. The certified B Corp goes to great lengths to make sure their entire supply chain, from the growing and harvesting of their organic cotton to the final sewing of their garments, are as clean and responsible as possible. Their super soft tees, dresses and underwear are all 100% pesticide-free organic cotton.

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4. Shift To Nature

Best For | Range of sustainable textiles
Based In | Australia
Price Range | $–$$

Shift To Nature sources the best eco-friendly brands that have a strong commitment to the sustainable and ethical production of beautiful clothing items. Their products are made from certified organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and other sustainable textiles and that are also made through sustainable and ethical fair work production and business practices. You’ll find basics in luxury organic cotton leggings, beautifully-made organic cotton t-shirts, dresses in unique luxurious hemp linen, and organic cotton activewear.

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5. Brook There

Best For | Undergarments
Based In | Portland, ME
Price Range | $–$$

Brook There is our go-to for minimalist everyday undergarments that keep us comfortable in our clothing. Their durable and super-soft lingerie is designed, cut, and sewn in the USA from GOTS-certified organic cotton, and some sets include gorgeous silk trims. They love using organic cotton because of the twofold benefits of a reduced environmental impact and for their customers health. If you’re looking for lingerie that goes back to the basics, this is it!

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6. Kowtow

Best For | Women’s workwear
Based In | Kolkata, India
Price Range | £££

With 100% Fair Trade certified cotton fabrics and great working conditions and employee benefits, Kowtow produces high quality fashion that you will feel proud to wear. Kowtow never uses genetically modified seeds, retains water efficiently, and conserves soil through crop rotation. This healthy system creates a sustainable, earth-friendly model for their business. Plus, a portion of their profits support projects such as Girls Education, Cow Shed and Cow Donation programs. We love their dramatic knitwear and bold prints on their classic pieces.

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7. Groceries Apparel

Best For | Affordable basics made in the USA
Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Price Range | $

Groceries Apparel is thoughtful about the materials they use—they trace their organic cotton from seed to skin, ensuring it’s grown fairly and with a minimal carbon footprint. They make all of their clothing sustainably and responsibly in Los Angeles, where they work to reduce waste and recycled materials whenever possible. Their organic collection ranges from activewear basics for men and women to stunning maxi dresses, and we especially love their vegetable-dyed products for a one-of-a-kind look.

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8. Beaumont Organic

Best For | Contemporary women’s wear
Based In | Manchester, UK
Price Range | $$$

Beaumont Organic specializes in luxury casual pieces, most of which are made from 100% organic cotton with GOTS certification. They work exclusively with factories that are within the EU, paying fair wages and providing good working conditions for their staff. Beaumont Organic introduces two collections a year along with a collection of accessories that encompass the brand’s clean look and contemporary styling.

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9. Bibico

Best For | Women’s knitwear
Based In | UK
Price Range | $$

Bibico creates easy to wear, fuss-free, well-made clothing with 100% natural materials. Their “back to basics” approach to fashion is focused on creating clothes that are timeless, rejecting the idea of fast fashion. In addition to high sustainability standards, Bibico is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization. We love their chunky knits and cozy cardigans, all made from natural materials in a fair trade environment.

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10. Bhumi

Best For | Activewear
Based In | Australia
Price Range | $–$$

Bhumi, which means “Mother Earth” in Sanskrit, is on a mission to comfort, nurture, revive, and sustain—all through using 100% organic cotton. Their sheets and clothing are luxuriously soft and all of their products are Fair Trade Certified. We love their wide range of functional, breathable activewear, tops, bottoms, and nontoxic undergarments for both women and men.

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11. Sorella Organics

Best For | Maternity & sleepwear
Based In | Australia
Price Range | $$

Every piece of Sorella Organics 100% organic clothing is kind to the wearer, the farmers who grow it, and the planet. Their clothing is made in a fair-wage environment and produced in small batches to ensure minimal waste and to ensure worker’s capacity to partner with other brands, which leads to sustainable employment. Sorella Organics offers soft & minimalist loungewear for both men and women, and offer an ultra-comfortable maternity line as well.

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12. Noctu

Best For | Loungewear
Based In | Bath, UK
Price Range | $$

Noctu is a family business committed to organic textiles and simple, minimal, and beautiful design. We love their line of comfortable luxury nightwear and loungewear for men, women and kids, inspired by nature and the purest materials. All of Noctu’s cotton products are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and all of the cotton they use is Fair Trade Certified from seed to stitch.
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13. Nomads

Best For | Comfortable travel clothing
Based In | UK and India
Price Range | £–££

Nomads, inspired by Indian culture, creates clothing that is soft, flattering, comfortable, and feminine. They use exquisite, original prints that showcase traditional textile techniques such as woodblock printing, traditional embroidery, textured handloom and exquisite tie dye. With fair trade values and ethical fashion guidelines, “Nomads creates clothing with the individual woman in mind. For someone who sees life as a wonderful adventure.”
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14. Kuyichi

Best For | Denim
Based In | The Netherlands
Price Range | $$$

Kuyichi was founded on the idea that socially responsible work conditions and environmental considerations aren’t just trends, but a way of the future. Kuyichi works directly with the Peruvian farmers who supply Kuyichi’s organic cotton. In addition organic cotton, Kuyichi uses other sustainable materials like recycled cotton and polyester from discarded water bottles to create their garments.
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15. Loomstate

Best For | Uniforms, bulk tees
Based In | New York, USA
Price Range | $$

Founded in 2004, Loomstate is a pioneering sustainable design house using 100% Certified Organic Cotton. The NY-based company has gone beyond environmental sustainability, to create garments that fully benefit everyone in the production process through living wages and safe working environments. In addition to their men’s and women’s wear, they offer 100% organic uniforms and bulk tees.
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How I Manifested an Electric Car

2019-ioniq-hybrid-ext-13-symphony-air-silverAround a year ago I purchased a vehicle because I got my puppy, Amber.  After that I realized I made a bad mistake and should have purchased a hybrid.  But in any case I decided that I wanted to redeem myself by getting an electric car.

So what I did was just started looking at electric cars and focusing on them only.  Pretty soon I was seeing them all over the place.  I was only familiar with a few cars.  Tesla of course and the Leaf and some other cars that are either too expensive or I refuse to buy from the corrupt companies.

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So fast forward to October 2018 and my friend gave me an Electric Car magazine.  I started to study it and look at all of the prices and rebates etc.  I found a car that was a great price, all electric and it looked really  sporty.  The car I was interested in was the Hyundai Ioniq.  I started looking on line and they only had them in Southern California.  So I called one car dealer and they didn’t have it in stock.

I had just come back from a trip where I stayed in Santa Clarita so I clicked on the Santa Clarita link and I ended up at Parkway Hyundai in Valencia.

I sent them a message on line and right away I received a call from Manny and he was ready to assist me.  I also received a call from Danny too (yes their names rhyme).  I told them what car I wanted and they answered all of my questions and ensured me they could take care of me.  They said it was a car in high demand but they took care of me in such an amazing way.  I was going to Southern California at the end of the month so we set up the appointment to drive the car and we sealed the deal.

I was telling Danny how so many people want electric cars but are difficult to find.  I mentioned that they should specialize in electric and hybrid cars.  So what did Danny do?  He had a conversation with his district manager.  His manager agreed and is going to give them 10 electric vehicles.  That is so phenomenal.  So if you cannot find Hyundai Ioniq Electric in Northern California then make the short drive to Parkway Hyundai.  I sure am glad I did.  Actually they had it delivered to me.

I was so happy to finally have my electric car.  It was a real blessing.  And the car is so amazing.  I mean really it’s just an amazing vehicle. It has some serious pick up!!  I mean like amazing how fast it goes and it’s quiet.  I love it.  I highly recommend the Hyundai Ioniq and don’t be afraid to drive to get the car you want.

We won’t discuss the first time that I charged it.  We really won’t.  But now I have it all figured out.  If I can do it, so can you.  And I’m not a techie person.  But you will get the assistance you need. I promise.  So just start dreaming about it.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor.  She is passionate about Green living and following her dreams.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter and doggie, Amber.

 

An eco-friendly lifestyle made easy

Originally published on worldtravelable.com  on March 24, 2018 By Ella

An eco-friendly lifestyle made easy

Reduce, reuse, recycle… Rings a bell? Why is it so important? With events like the Earth Hour being celebrated worldwide, have you thought of the importance of your own impact on the environment? And if there is anything you can do at your level?

In this article, I want to discuss all this from my own perspective. I live in Spain but those tips can apply to you no matter where you live!

I am nobody to say what should be done, I am still learning and nobody’s perfect! But if you love travelling like I do, you will realise that caring is the only way to preserve the beauty of our planet! And even small and easy steps can actually make a huge difference!

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The importance of education in sustainability

Before I wrote this article, I wondered when I started to actually care about the environment.

I would say that it goes back to my childhood.

When I lived in Germany, you could get a fine just by throwing a paper on the ground. And I never did. I do not know if it’s effective, but it worked for me and all the kids I knew. It just became a habit to simply keep my stuff in my pockets until I found a bin. It would never occur to me to throw trash on the ground! And when I went to live in France and I saw children of my age doing that, it bothered me deeply!

I also have clear memories of learning how our democratic system works. I think I was about 9 years old, and I was living in France at that time. I remember thinking that when I grow up I would vote for the Green Party. So in my case, it started very early.

Perhaps that is the key: education.

Caring for our planet: more than recycling

When I was a kid, protecting our planet seemed very simple to me. I thought it was enough to place the garbage in the bin and not on the ground, as it was already an effort that many people around me were not doing.

I also knew that I should return glass bottles in the store, and would even get rewarded a few cents. I actually never understood why this method was abandoned. I hope it will be implemented again soon in France and extended to other materials, like plastics! It is indeed already happening in other countries like the Netherlands.

But I was far from imagining that my daily actions could have such an impact on our environment.

It took me over 30 years to realize that the problem was much more complex and that I could do many more things to help our ecosystem.

Step 1: Recycling

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Recycling is a first step very easy to implement.

In Germany, I learned that recycling was not only about sorting glass and plastic bottles, I found out that we could actually recycle a lot more!

Compost is a good example and it’s great for the garden! Something totally unknown to me until then.

Initially, I felt that recycling so many things was complicated, but now I realise it’s just a matter of habit and organization.

Most importantly, I realized that I spent a lot less time bringing the garbage out of the house. Why? Because if we recycle well, paper and plastic can be kept a long time since they are generally clean materials. And the compost is in a mini trash which is great since it is actually what usually annoys the most due to its bad smell. So in the end, it’s a win-win situation! In Barcelona, the recycling containers are very easy to reach, just opposite my house! And it was the same in Germany, so no excuse at this level either! In Ireland, they came to pick it up at your house once a week. Each country or city has its own way, so just get informed!

Recycling is good, but I quickly realized that it’s not because I recycle that I am eco-friendly. Remember the RRR logo? Well, it actually starts with reduce. How? It starts with reviewing the way we consume. That’s the most powerful tool to reduce our impact.

Step 2: Our consumption

This is where everything shifts. Yes, money always has the last word!

So think before spending! Your dollars are powerful: the companies who own products that are unsustainable would be obligated to react and take care of their impact if you ban them!

Tip nº1: Think local

Whether buying clothes, food or furniture, there are often local solutions to avoid the “Made in China”.

I know, even with the best intentions, it’s not easy to escape that trend!

Ready-to-wear fashion brands are often much more accessible, in terms of price or location. But alternatives not only exist: they are growing!

For example, I remember buying a jumper made in Italy from one of the major brands! I found it incredible because I usually see Bangladesh or China on the labels.

There are also big brands that sell products made of organic cotton or even of recycled products! I worked at one of those brands for a while and that’s the only thing I would buy from them.

A company like Inditex may be considered local for a Spanish people because it is the nationality of its founder, Ortega. However, it is far from a local business as you know! Globalization has made it a monster, and we could debate for hours to discuss pros and cons.

But it’s not the point I wanted to make. All I am saying is that if I have the choice, I would rather buy local and avoid all these big brands. And if I buy from a big brand, I would only buy the clothes made close by, and from recycled or organic materials.

And yes, it exists, small neighborhood shops that make quality products and made in the country.

In my neighborhood, Poblenou, I found 2 clothes stores that make quality products and remain very affordable, which also helps run the local economy.

For furniture, it also seems very complicated. We immediately think of Ikea or any other big brand when we have to buy a table. You might say it’s still European if you are living in Europe! But maybe there are other solutions. Ask around, there are lots of people with recycling projects, to give a second life to objects. I have heard of this type of shops in France for example.

I even have family members who love wood and create furniture.

Another thing you can do is to simply try to repair before replacing. Make your shoemaker work for example! In my case, he did a great job with an old suitcase I was about to throw away! Be creative and observe your environment! There are other ways to consume!

Tip nº2 : Think Quality

If you think of food, quality is going to make a huge difference for your health.

There are so many options available: local markets, cooperatives, farmers who sell their products on the road, those who open their farms to pick up their products directly from the field! Yes, I assure you, it exists!

Tip nº 3: Remember to focus on seasonal products

I know… I get lost too! We are so used to seeing the products available all year long that we do not know anymore what is in season.

If you have a doubt, ask! And if you do not like to ask, go pay a visit to Sir Google, as my aunt would say! In fact, I prefer the search engine Ecosia for the initiative to plant trees!

Tip nº 4: Follow the proverb: seek and ye shall find!

I know what you are thinking: organic food is way more expensive…

Well, I must admit that when I went shopping in Paris, I got a slap in the face! But it’s just a matter of time. You have to keep looking, and you will end up finding something more affordable, believe me! In Barcelona, it’s the same, I had to search and compare shops.

Another point I wanted to make: going to an organic store like Veritas or Whole Foods Market may be more expensive than going to a traditional supermarket like Mercadona or Walmart… But as I often say, I prefer to eat less and eat better. Focus on quality rather than on quantity. My taste buds are so much happier than with processed food! So at the end of the day, I do not spend much more. It often happens to some of my relatives to tell me that when they eat at a fast food restaurant, they are hungry again after an hour… There seems to be a reason for that… And not a healthy one according to a study presented here…

Try to think of small convenience stores. They are not necessarily expensive.

Zero waste shops start to appear everywhere and it’s good news! Here we do not care so much about the brand. We care about the quality of the products. You come with your jars and you fill them in. In Barcelona, we have a small chain like Goccia Verde where we can buy all household products that way. We also have grocery stores where cereals, herbs, starchy foods, dried fruits, legumes etc can be bought in bulk. A real pleasure not to have piles of plastic around my products! If you do not have jars, they give you some! And at worst, there are paper bags available! See if this kind of shops exists in your city!

And that’s a lot cheaper since we do not pay for packaging or marketing the brand anymore!

Same thing for our cosmetics. I thought I was making the right choice by buying from Yves Rocher, because I thought their products were more natural, until I read an article from a study of a famous French association doing a customer review…

My husband and I joined a German company to become a distributor of their health products. I try to make him work as much as possible when it comes to the health products. It’s local in a sense as we do not go through intermediaries. And they have certified quality products, especially the Aloe Vera line.

I also like to check the products of my neighborhood herbalist’s shop that are often organic and work better than what I find in the supermarket! It is amazing to see the natural power of apples, aloe vera or bamboo!

Step 3: Transportation

That’s a chapter that could take pages. But to summarize, you should avoid the car as much as possible. Take public transportation i.e. metro, bus, tramway. Or carpool if you have no other option. There are also ecological taxis in Barcelona, I’m a fan! It does not cost much more, they have an app, it’s very responsive and you can pay by credit card and ask a charger and the Internet! And they only drive hybrid or electric vehicles!

Personally, I cannot live without my Bicing subscription to move around the neighborhood by bike or to make short trips. My back does not allow me to do a lot of cycling but I do what I can, and at my own pace! We must also be aware of our impact during our travels.

As for vacation, I’ve already talked about it in the article to travel responsibly. It’s not a simple matter when you want to discover the Globe. In an ideal world, and if my boss allowed me to take 3 weeks in a row, I would travel far away only when I have enough time to be able to truly appreciate a country.

Our hectic pace and work do not always allow it, but let’s think about it. I try to take the train rather than the plane when I go to Madrid or France for example. It’s more expensive but if you think you should also go to the city centre then, there is some time saving and in terms of my business trips it can save me a hotel night! Plus travelling to airports is usually very expensive. When I take the train I spend less money to reach the city centre.

I also really liked this article about slow travel.

In short, all these small actions, if added by millions of people, can have a very positive impact on our environment! Try to think of it with creativity and openness! I know I do not always make the right choices, but at least I’m trying. This is a first step towards the right direction.

And you? What other habits do you feel are helpful for our environment? Maybe it’s as easy as switching off the lights in the office when everybody’s at lunch! Or sharing my article to raise awareness within your community! Feel free to do so! And do not hesitate to share your comments below, and add any other tips you feel are simple to implement in your day to day life!