Compulsory labeling of genetically modified food products, so people can choose to go GM-free.
* Palm oil is often listed as ‘vegetable oil’ on a product’s ingredients list. If the product can sit on your shelf for many months then your vegetable oil is probably heated to a high temperature and is damaged. This is known as a trans-fat and should be avoided.
It’s easy to make your own green cleaners with a few tried-and-true recipes. You’ll be protecting your health by avoiding using toxic chemicals in your home and these are better for the environment. Better yet, you’ll find yourself saving money.
What’s not to love?
Here’s a round up of my posts on how to make your own green cleaners:
I enthusiastically joined my local Transition group and then discovered differing levels of awareness. I wanted a way to capture these great ideas and create a clear plan of action for the group.
I started by collating some of the common elements found in a transition town and then I divided them into different categories. The categories are the ones we use in our Transition group (your group may have different ones).
I then sorted the elements out in to levels. Each level reflects an increase in the level of difficulty, commitment and/or expense.
Level 1 is what you may find in a young transition town.
Level 2 are practices and elements found in a more mature transition town.
Level 3 are practices and elements which are found in local communities dedicated to resilience, self-sufficiency, and sustainability. The citizens proudly view their local community as a system.
I love to see concepts come alive as a diagram, so I created a table to illustrate “The Transition Trail to Resilience”:
This transition tip idea comes from Mark Boyle in his book called The Moneyless Man – a year of freeconomic living.
As part of living without money for a year, he got a notepad and listed every single thing he consumed
“I called this my ‘breaking-it-down’ list. To structure my thoughts, I categorised my list into food, energy, heating, transport, entertainment, lighting, communications, reading, art and so on. The list eventually took up half the notepad – and that was the list of someone who considers himself quite a moderate consumer….
“It became clear, after just a couple of pages, that most of the stuff would involve me having no more than one degree of separation from what I consumed; either I would make it myself or know the person who produced it.”
“My list-making enabled me to establish my basic level of subsistence, the things I really couldn’t do without, and my priorities for the rest.”
Transition tip: Participate in a free gifting system
There are a number of free gifting systems around, with Freecycle perhaps the most well known. Using a website or email group you can give away things you no longer need or ask if anyone has something to give away that you’d like.
These schemes promote waste reduction and help save the landscape from being taken over by landfills.