Category Archives: Animals
- E-Cards: Save on postage and paper waste by sending an e-card. Try using egreetings or eCardica. If you prefer an actual card, most stores have options made from recycled paper.
- Endangered Animal Adoption: Help out and animal and give a unique gift to your Valentine. The World Wildlife Fund has great animals and adoption packages at different amounts. A Lydony favorite are Polar Bears – just our suggestion!
- Herb & Veggie Gardens: Before you take this one off your list, think of the benefits. It’s a gift that will keep giving long after Valentine’s day is over. Growing your own herbs and veggies from seed can cut back on trips to the grocery store and give a whole new meaning to homemade.
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! XOXO
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We’ve been lucky enough to have a fun house guest this week named Sophie. She’s a beautiful and adorable cat that keeps us entertained endlessly and deserves her own blog. Any way, it made us think about cat care. Although cats are very clean and there is not much that goes into the care for them, there is one way that you can be green with your cat care.
Traditional kitty litter is made from clay that is mined from the earth, but then it goes through a process that keeps it from being biodegradable. There are some kitty litters offered that are made from other materials that are biodegradable by like wheat. Yes you can throw this litter out, or you can toss it in your plants or compost pile. We wouldn’t recommend using the the compost from the kitty litter with your vegetable plants, but you can certainly use it for your non-vegetable decorative plants. Also, unlike traditional kitty litter, eco-friendly kitty litter used clumps can be flushed down a toilet. Check out the shelves for options at your local pet store.
Animals will no doubt be affected, but what will undoubtedly change that will affect humans? Besides our fashion and our weekend plans, our food will change. Yes, crops and vegetation will need to adapt, and if it doesn’t then we may lose some of our favorite foods. Fruit and vegetables will have a difficult time growing. And specialty items like chocolate, coffee, beer, and wine will be affected. Could you imagine a morning without your daily coffee? Or dessert without chocolate?
Other foods that will be affected? Strangely we can expect problems with foods like peanut butter, rice, maple syrup, honey, pasta. And of course, animals and fish will be affected and that may be the biggest affect on our daily diets.
We may not be able to agree on what is causing the climate change, but we should all agree we need to do something about it and prepare appropriately for our future.
In 2009, a documentary caught the attention of many at film festivals all over the globe. It was entitled “Vanishing of the Bees”. This film perfectly encapsulated the bee industry with a main focus on colony collapse disorder, what bees do for agriculture, and the future of honey. Bees are an important link between humans and our food supply, and their existence is vital to that of both mine and yours.
I strongly recommend the film, but in short bees have been dying off in large quantities for unknown reasons. This is referred to as colony collapse disorder or CCD. This has a chain reaction directly affecting our fruit and produce supply in a negative way. Information is due out later this year directly linking a German based fertilizer company and certain products they produce to ccd. Now this does not mean some miracle cure will come about solving all problems with the issue.
One positive to this issue has been that more and more independent bee owners have popped up. From small farmers to the roof tops of NYC, there are bees all around. This summer straight wharf restaurant has entrusted its employees, namely myself and my girlfriend Caroline, to raise a colony of bees. We have teamed up with a local farmer, Dylan Wallace, who has been raising his own bees for over five years now.
It truly is a wonderful site to watch bees establish their community. They seem to have such a distinct sense of order and family even though a colony usually retains 8,000-10,000 bees. We supply the bees with a daily dosage of sugar water that they use to build wax cells in which they fill with honey. In the sugar water mixture we add a pinch of sea salt that acts as an antibiotic. The first year doesn’t tend to yield much honey if any at all, but in the second year one colony can produce anywhere from 75-90lbs of honey!
Over the past decade people are becoming more aware of what they are eating and industry has been exposed. In addition to the olive oil scandal and Kashi foods recent problems, there is also the making of “funny honey”, a process in which honey is heated and thinned out with water and high fructose corn syrup, then run through a series of fine filters to remove pollen. The bee pollen is the only way to trace origin of the honey. It is believed that most of this funny honey is coming from China, but there is no evidence.
With the relative low maintenance of bees, if you have the space look into maybe raising a colony. If not, I am sure there are local honey producers in your area. Local is the way to go when it comes to honey, not just to avoid the fake, but because it often helps with allergies caused by local surroundings (they usually keep within two to three miles of their colony). Think of honey as a delicious allergy shot! Until next time bee good.
You strive to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, why not let your pets do the same. Companies like West Paw Design specialize in making green products for your furry friends.
Based in Montana, West Paw is an eco-friendly company that creates various pet products like bedding and toys that are not only safe and non-toxic for your pet, but are also made from organic and recycled materials. One of their more popular items, the Eco Drop Pet Bed recently even won a Green Spirit Award. The bed’s fabric and fill is made from recycled plastic bottles, is machine washable, and is a soft comfy place for your pet to sleep.
This type of green dedication and manufacturing has helped West Paw give new life to over 6.8 million previously discarded soda bottles that would have otherwise wound up in a landfill. Along with this West Paw uses organic cotton grown free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
With a little help from West Paw and other companies like it, all members or your family whether two or four legged can go green and contribute to preserving the environment for future generations.