Jennifer's R.O.a R. on living green.

Recycle, Organic, and Reducing

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Want to learn more about NC solar vs utilities?

Sorry, I haven’t posted in a while, but found this to be an interesting fact for North Carolina. According to Doug Peeples, “it really is not surprising that the utility proposals were not approved. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, $787 million was invested in home, business and utility solar in 2013, an increase of 156 percent over the previous year. The solar association and others rank the state as fourth in the country in installed solar capacity” (January 7, 2015 | By )

I’m happy to see the increase of solar because I believe it can help make Americans more sustainable. That is my dream!


Reducing our Carbon Footprint with Renewable Energy

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National Sierra Club’s short video using infographics to engage the viewer. Coal is making our kids sick with #asthma. People living near #coalash have tons of #healthissues. #burningcoal adds #pollution into our air and water. Forests are being destroyed for coal but we can Reduce or need for coal by supporting Renewable Energy. #Iowa is doing their part by implementing #wind and #solar. I encourage you to support laws chaining the way we use coal and other natural resources for energy. #climatechange is happening and we can help prevent increasing #carbon.

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Plastic vs Nature

The Midway Atoll located in the North Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian Islands is the halfway point for many birds. This video shows the destruction of plastic on birds. Published on YouTube, February 19, 2013 by xXAzetXx.

Please stop and think before you use more plastic.

Our trash is killing animals by the millions.  Birds are one of many animals who become victims to plastic trash, but there is a solution! Properly disposing our plastic, Recycling or Reusing is one of many ways to help with our trash dilemma.

sperm whale

Sperm whale washed up in the Netherlands this past summer. The whale died from “stomach obstruction after accidentally ingesting plastic”(Realnews24, 2013).  Unfortunately, whales have become subjected to increase in plastic pollution. Whales travel thousands of miles across oceans which makes them vulnerable to pollution located in floating islands of trash. March of 2013, “a 10 meter long sperm whale washed up on Spain’s South Coast, This whale had swallowed 59 different plastic items totaling over 37 pounds”(Realnews24, 2013).

Social media can be part of the solution. Sharing with our friends, family and colleagues photos or videos can make a difference in human behaviors. It breaks my heart to see animals dying because humans are careless.  As I stated before, recycling can help with our trash problem. In a previous blog, I shared with you 3 W’s to Recycling – ‘What, Where and Why’. Please try and recycle more each day. Your small contribution can have a huge impact on the future.

Questions to Ponder:

Do you have any cool ideas for reusing plastic?

Did you know most grocery stores collect plastic bags?

Reusable bags are the best practice to reducing plastic bags.

What does cancer and chemicals have in common?

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My mind is overloaded. Every day we hear new research about the potential causes of cancer. Then we hear from other sources the research is not significantly enough to know for sure what causes cancer. What does that really mean,”significantly enough”?  My gut tells me, there is a connection to chemicals and cancer. What does your gut tell you?

You hear about the “C” word all the time. Kids, young adults and mothers & fathers of young children getting cancer.  I feel vulnerable and lost. We want to trust government to do the right thing but I can only wonder if government is being bullied by lobbyist. Why are we allowing “Big Business” to call the shots in Washington, DC?

So far this blog has shared recycling and organic food tips and facts. Conversations about why it’s important to recycle, where to recycle and what to recycle have been helpful to readers, but my heart is leaning towards organic efforts for living green.

Chemicals are all around us, that is why I hope to enlighten you with tips or facts on sustainable practices. The world we live in has more opportunities then ever before to use social media as a tool for changing government and “Big Business” practices. 
 Video published by denisewh1 on March 17, 2011.

I found this great document on safer chemicals. Please open the pdf to read more about what is being said on chemicals today.

Please share your story with me so your voice can be heard………..
  • Have you experienced cancer?
  • Do you know anyone with cancer?
  • Did the doctors recommend organic or chemical free products?

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“The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed…. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait.”
Al Gore

Al Gore gave many speeches about climate change but this quote gives a positive message to us all. 

Organic Foods: Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables can help you stay healthy this winter.

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I came across this article and felt my readers would benefit from it. I truly believe food can protect the body from illnesses. My personal experience with my family and myself is to eat lots of vegetables and fruits to stay healthy.  I love all vegetables and fruits but my kids do not. During the fall and winter, my kids and I take extra vitamin A & C,  along with seasonal vegetables. I have given some photos of vegetables and fruits with their nutritional value.

Gardening in the winter months can be difficult unless you have a green house.  Lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers are usually not in season. I love salads and try to support local farmers but in the winter it’s challenging to buy local salad stuff.  I do not like to buy vegetables that are shipped from long distances.

Solutions to eating seasonal vegetables can be soups, casseroles or baking them.  I love making soups during the winter.  Eating soup during cold freezing weather makes me feel warm inside.  Squash makes great soups and casseroles. Below are descriptions of different squashes.

Please click on the link to learn more on seasonal fruits and vegetables for the winter “Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables can help you stay healthy this winter” posted by Kelly Fitzpatrick on September 23, 2013.  


According to Self Nutrition Data (2013), “cauliflower is a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium and Manganese”.

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Natural way to stay healthy this winter.     grapes

         Grapes provide excellent source of  Vitamin C & K.


According to Nutrition Data (2013), Kiwi is an excellent source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Read More

Do you feel the same way about food

protecting the body from illness? 

Please share your opinions.  Your comments make a difference.

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