The statistics are astounding—the average American generates 4 pounds of trash every day, which adds up to a whopping 1,460 pounds in a year. It takes a plastic water bottle 450 years to break down in a landfill. And in every single square mile of ocean, there are more than 40,000 pieces of floating plastic debris.
As I watched my girlfriend plant the asparagus roots in the freshly tilled soil this past weekend, the thought finally hit me: I might yet stand a chance.
Seeds are amazingly simple in design for what they are meant to do. Soil, water, warmth and a bit of faith creates a plant that provides food, generates more seeds and nurtures the soil, all while cleaning the air and water. It was the cultivation of a few seeds that gave me a completely new perspective on absolutely everything in my life.
The best physical results come when you take care of the whole person — mind, body and spirit! You could say I am a big fan of anything that will help change your mood and attitude, like affirmations, meditation and, yes, flowers too. In Minnesota, where things have been pretty drab and covered with snow for months, it is mood-changing to see all the flowers and foliage blooming.
After asking you to vote on four composters we selected from your suggestions, the first round of the Gaiam Compost-Off has come to a close and only two composters remain standing. Here are the results:
Orb Composter – 51% Votes
Earthmaker Composter – 29.5% Votes
Green Cone Composter – 15% Votes
Wigwam Composter – 4.5% Votes
If you’re a Gaiam fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or are a member of Gaia, you’ll recall that we recently asked for your input on how to make the best compost, best materials to use for composting, and suggestions on your favorite composters. Why, you may ask? Because we want to step up our selection of composting products to make it even better — and we want you to help us pick the next composter we should carry in our catalog.
Organic seeds and seedlings are becoming more widely available for home gardens. You still pay a little more but it’s worth it for the health of your family and the planet. So if your values were green when you forked over the extra cash to start your garden, you definitely don’t want to turn yellow in the face of a few measly bugs that may be threatening your crops.
I could barely contain my surprise when my brother asked me a few months ago which compost bin he should buy from Gaiam. We’re talking about a guy who arguably has the cleanest fingernails on the planet (he’s a heart surgeon) and who has absolutely no tree-hugging tendencies. His SUV gets 13 miles to the gallon. He doesn’t have a single compact fluorescent light bulb in his entire house. He occasionally bikes to work, but mostly to avoid becoming like one of his patients. But his 13-year-old son came home from Boy Scouts one day and said, “Dad, we have to start composting.”
My water bill doubles when we turn on the garden irrigation system. Which is why the buckets of rain that have been pouring down the last few days have turned my attention to rainwater catchment systems.
Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better. We didn’t post last Friday, but here are some of last week’s best conscious living links.
As much as I love wintry comfort foods like pot pies and stew, I can’t help but be happy in the warmer months when I see watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes (organic, non-tainted ones, natch) and other summer produce come into season.