Tag Archive: nature



This is my first winter on the East Coast and I’m really starting to miss having sunny skies and green plants all around me. I’m going to grow some potted plants indoors using cuttings, found rocks, and tin cans to re-purpose as pots. I have a general idea of what I want, but it never hurts to get some inspiration…

Bring the outdoors in to your home with these ideas for how to make small-scale plant holders, grow self-sustaining indoor gardens and more.

Source: 10 DIY Indoor Gardens for the Urban Gardener | eHow

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Widespread adoption of products labelled “biodegradable” will not significantly decrease the volume of plastic entering the ocean or the physical and chemical risks that plastics pose to marine environment, accord to a United Nations report released today.

Read the full article at: United Nations News Centre – Biodegradable plastics are not the answer to reducing marine litter, says UN

 


[Image of a pile of colorful hemp seeds with the caption: Prama Love Hemp Foods. 10% of our profits go to Silencing the Reality of Systemic Racism Foundation for Health

Source: Sistah Vegan

Another thought-provoking and critical piece by Dr. A. Breeze Harper that challenges the very notion of “healthy eating” in a country dominated by state violence, violence, and the demonization of Black bodies. This quote sums the piece up nicely:

I think about all the symbols and suggestions of healing and health in this Berkeley store that I frequent that put ‘good health’ into a vacuum; a vacuum that is suggesting that all one needs to be healthy is to buy and eat the right organic/natural and local foods. I see so many white and smiling faces on these products or magazines that are void of any conversations around how unhealthy racism and normative whiteness are; that refuse to even try to explain that the food system, health system, and systems of racism are interlocking…and that all the Spirulina, kale, or beets in the world cannot create a healthy USA if the food system– even the local and organic food system– exists in a foodscape anchored on centuries of systemic racism, white supremacy, and the demonization of Black bodies as ‘worthy of being brutalized’.

Read the full post over at Sistah Vegan.


cradle to cradle design

Cradle-to-cradle design. Source: rapanuiclothing.com

Consume less. Live small. Leave no footprint.

A lot of people in vegan/natural living circles strive for these things, and find them noble endeavors. Being the contrarian that I am, I want to challenge that. I don’t want to consume “less”; I want to consume until I am satisfied. I don’t want to live “small”; want to live fully. My footprint may be shallow or deep, depending on how much I weigh, but they’re the inevitable result of being a living being in a living world.

I’m not just trying to be contrarian, though. I want to talk about why “less” is “better”: is it because we as a species recognize an inherent evil inside ourselves that we must keep contained, minimized, so that it cannot hurt others? Is it because we enjoy self-flagellation?

I don’t always take my cues from nature (I crap in a porcelain bowl, for example), but if we look around us, we don’t really see the rest of the universe operating on a “less is better” mantra. In fact, excess and redundancy is everywhere. A tree doesn’t produce “just enough” leaves to catch sunlight: it grows an abundance of leaves so it can capture more sunlight so it can grow more leaves within its capacity. Some of these “excess” leaves become food for herbivores. And when the tree is done with those leaves, they fall and become food for the microorganisms living in the dirt. A lion doesn’t kill the smallest possible animal with the exact amount of calories it needs: he chases and kills the gazelle, eats what he needs from it, and whatever left over is what vultures and other scavengers survive off of. A star doesn’t burn exactly the amount of elements it needs to continue self-sustain…and the excess light and heat makes for a lovely planet like the one we happen to be living on.

I could go on. What I’m saying is, that rather than trying to “minimize” our existence, what if we tried to “optimize” it? What if we lived as freely as we cared to, and the “excess” of our lives fed into the lives of others? What if, rather than seeing our very existence as a threat to nature, we saw ourselves as part of nature, and actually lived within it? What if everything we did was not always as a negative, but as enriching the world around us? Back when I was taking product design classes, I read “Cradle to Cradle,” which kind of got me thinking about this kind of just and equitable living. We can create systems as though our lives move from cradle to grave—a dead end. Or, we can create systems as though our lives move from cradle to cradle, where our footprint becomes the shallow pool for insects to drink from after a rain.


Factory farm with cows, polluted water. Source: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Factory farm with cows, polluted water. Source: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Half the world’s grain crop is fed to animals raised for food, while an estimated 1 billion people are malnourished, and 6 million children starve to death every year. … “Most hunger deaths are due to chronic malnutrition caused by inequitable distribution and inefficient use of existing food resources. At the same time, wasteful agricultural practices, such as the intensive livestock operations known as factory farming, are rapidly polluting and depleting the natural resources upon which all life depends. Trying to produce more foods by these methods would lead only to more water pollution, soil degradation, and, ultimately, hunger.”

via Environment « Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.


A set of various artisan soaps, lotions, and other body care products

All natural does not equate to safe, ecologically sound and healthy.  Bacteria, salmonella, cocaine, and staph germs are natural but I dont want to put them on my skin. Chemicals are not bad. Everything is a chemical. Water is a chemical, oxygen is a chemical, we are chemicals.  Synthetic products are not necessarily evil. I do understand customers concerns about being as close to nature as possible so I offer a range of products fit those needs. I always label my products truthfully, please buy from a soapmaker that is honest.

via Preservatives vs all natural.

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