In today's episode of The Positively Green Podcast Becca (Organically Becca) and I are talking all about how to get started with composting. Starting to compost can feel like such an insurmountable task, that's why we wanted to break it down for you step by step in this episode.
Let me begin by saying I was where you are once. In 2008, I watched Forks Over Knives and was utterly appalled. So impassioned by my realization of what factory farms have done to animals, the environment, and public health - I launched into four years of veganism, even bringing my immediate family along with me. I was a healthy vegan too, no Oreos and french fries here. I cooked with organic vegetables, tofu, and brown rice. I stayed away from processed vegan cheeses and franken-meats. I steamed everything and shunned saturated fats from animal sources. Hear me when I say I read all the vegan books, plant-based blogs, and worked hard to understand the problems with factory farming.
So the reason you are here is that you left a comment on one of my posts, sent me a DM, or emailed me and said something related to veganism. I am writing this so that I don’t have to exhaust myself every single time I am met with a vegan and their opinion. Please read all of this before you respond, that way we start on the same intellectual page if you still choose to interact with me.
If you are here as an omnivore in hopes of diving into my perspective more, welcome! I hope you read to the end as well.
I’ve been met by a number of statements and arguments by vegans that I want to flush out so you don’t jump to conclusions about me, our farm, and sustainability as a whole.
After taking the time to share what we learned in 2018, I figured we should also share what we have planned for 2019 at Green Willow Homestead, from farming to living sustainably. I’m a firm believer in setting big goals every year (like publishing a book!!). So without further ado, here’s what we have up our sleeves for the next year…
In this episode Becca (Organically Becca) and I interview Melissa Gallico and learn about all things fluoride. Melissa has studied the negative effects of fluoride on the human body and our environment and discusses ways we can detox and be more informed.
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Why launch Packaging For The Planet?
It is incredibly frustrating to be shopping for your favorite products, from food to clothing, and find that the packaging is non-recyclable.
This happens to me all the time, and I see it more and more as I learn about the recyclability of certain plastics. A company may be non-GMO, organic, fair-trade, etc. and yet their product comes shipped or wrapped in plastic wrap, packing peanuts, or other single-use plastics, all of which has to go right in the garbage. Groan!
I've taken this frustration and decided to reframe it. Instead of phasing out that product, I asked myself: why not send a friendly email to customer service and ask if they would consider more earth-friendly packaging options - either fully recyclable or compostable?
Then I thought, why not get a bunch of other earth-lovers on board? Then we all could send in an email on the same day and together we could put gentle pressure on the companies we love to do better.
That's what #PackagingForThePlanet is all about. Woo!
How does #PackagingForThePlanet work?
The way #PackagingForThePlanet works is:
I love this because it requires only a few minutes of your time twice a month and together we have the potential to make a massive change for our planet.
What's the goal of #PackagingForThePlanet
My hope is that by putting well-meaning pressure on our favorite companies, we can nudge them to explore, and ultimately choose, better packaging products that are either universally recyclable (including #2 plastic, cardboard, paper, glass, and metal) or are fully compostable (sourced non-GMO).
When companies are receptive and open, we will ask them to take a #PackagingPledge that simply states they understand that earth friendly packaging is important and they are working towards solutions. Packaging is a complicated issue and change doesn't happen overnight, knowing this, we will check in with the company every six months to see how progress is going.
In the face of climate change, it's heartbreaking that our government is not taking action and making necessary changes. I've stopped counting on them and realized we have other options - ones that act faster and are much more willing to change. Let's look to the companies we love and ourselves to be the solution.
Are you ready to make some sustainable waves in the name of our planet in 2019?
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Thanks for stopping by Green Willow Homestead! From chicken rearing to composting, we've got our hands full and we love sharing what we've learned along the way. Follow along as we turn the 80 acres we call home into a farm that serves its community and a homestead that nourishes us throughout the seasons.
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2. Braiding Sweetgrass
3. As Long As Grass Grows
4. The Small Scale Poultry Flock
5. The Zero Waste Solution