Well, it is midnight and I stayed up hoping the THUNDER would win. They lost on a buzzer shot by that other team. Dang. OKC was a great team. Paul George, Westbrook and Steve Adams among others played so well. Sorry Al. Sorry Will.
Onward: There are daffodil shoots and pom pom mums are coming alive in my first garden patch . Today we witnessed two chickadees going in and out of our hanging bird house 🙂
Here is my summary of the Earth Day Survey. Thanks for participating. I learned a lot by creating the survey.
48% believe recycled items are being truly recycled (sadly, I ve been listening to our radio talk show that says the reality is otherwise. Some feel almost none of the recycling efforts are making the land fills less full. Few want to recycle and fewer know how to create something from them. One company is trying to make airplanes from the plastics farmers use to cover their hay bales in the winter. But that’s not a great answer. I heard today you need to recycle 40,000 bottles for each seat occupied on a transatlantic flight. )
85% of you never got a free tree for Earth Day.
I did, but maybe it was for Arbor day? A silver maple. It grew well and became a great shade tree as I grew up.
41% were correct that there are orchid fosters who will try to get your orchid to bloom if you cannot.
53% incorrectly believed that fruit trees were not more beneficial to the environment than non fruit bearing. The logic is that fruit bearing trees provide food for animals, and people in addition to creating shade and carbon dioxide.
35% try to repurpose materials. (Fireman says we reuse cardboard boxes to mail thing to others) that is true but we can do better.
30% do not know what a no waste kitchen means. (it means you give your scraps and leftovers to someone who has a worm farm or raises chickens) A low waste kitchen minimizes all plastics and papers.
44% were correct in putting glass and newspapers and other papers together to minimize breakage of glass which can interfere with recycling.
36% of you have recycled a thrift shop sweater. WOW. That one really impressed me.
67% of you know that buses , which can carry more people, are the better mode of transport for the environment.
and 67% also say that recycling is important but not the most important consideration when we shop or create trash.
I heard on the radio today, that if you rinse your peanut butter jars out to recycle , the energy it takes to obtain the water you just used, is more detrimental to the environment than putting a jar with some residual peanut butter in the recycle bin. Gheesh.
Wow. We have a long way to go don’t we ? I guess every little effort can help. The Lincoln Park Zoo is accepting old cell phones until April 30th. The mining of Coltan displaces Gorillas in the Kongo, and coltan is a part of cell phones. Im mailing mine tomorrow to them. Lincoln park Zoo is a free zoo in the city of Chicago .
One other thing I can do: Send my cleaned mascara brushes to Wands for Wildlife which uses them in Appalachia to clean the feathers of wild birds.
and finally, Im ordered some bamboo toothbrushes. I’ll let you know if I like them when they arrive.
Any other ideas?