A nice subway art piece for you to share, print and pin!
We here at Playful Planet hope your year is off to a great start! We have been taking time to spend time with our families and make plans for this year and Playful Planet! We hope you will join us on our journey this year as we hope to bring you new and exciting things as well as share with you resources that will help with your family lifestyle towards a greener, and wiser planet!
Join us on facebook and twitter and be sure to catch our weekly Simple as ABC updates, along with our library of Playful Tube Videos that will open your mind and heart and propel you to take action! Be sure to come over to Playful Planet often as we enjoy all our guests!!!
May your year be filled with new journey and new ways of looking at the world!
Forever Stay Playful!
On this Eve, and the Winter Solstice on her way, we here are Playful Planet want to wish you all a happy holiday wherever you may be on the great blue marble of ours.
(picture courtesy of Ocean Champions)
With the events that happened today in Connecticut, we are filled with extreme sorrow and sadness. Any time is a bad time at hearing such news, let alone around the holidays. Our hearts go out to those families who lost loved ones. I admit, I have had tears most of the day thinking about this.
There are no quick answers to this…only time. But we can pray, send our thoughts, and take the agonizing time to heal. Please send your thoughts to Connecticut. Send your thoughts for peace. Light a candle….do something to not only heal their hearts, but ours as well.
Hi again from Rani! I’m back with a Grateful Monday Post and asking What Inspires You?
The other day I was perusing Playful Planet’s Playful Tube Videos and was simply in awe by the genuine words of caring that came from these celebrity and expert interviews. Here is a quick screen shot of their front Playful Tube Page.
There are some fantastic people being interviewed! Please take some time to listen to what they have to say….about the environment, our children, our future!
One of them is Cesar MIian…yes..the Dog Whisperer! In this piece he discusses the need for children to have and find balance through exercise, discipline and affection. The idea is not to work against the nature of things…be it a child, a person or an idea.
I was struck by the simplicity of this notion and yet how meaningful and real it is. Applying it to my own girls means finding time to play, be outside and making that a natural part of our everyday living!
Please share what inspires you? A cool video? Nice art on Facebook, nature itself….or a person….
Thanks for reading and sharing!
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Going Green for the Holidays Inspiration and Advice for Setting New Eco-Friendly Traditions By Sandra Ann Harris Contributing Writer / ECOlunchbox Founder
LAFAYETTE, Calif. – When it comes celebrating the holidays sustainably this season, the old adage “waste not, want not” offers great guidance.
“There are lots of great ways to go green for the holidays,” says ECOlunchbox Founder Sandra Ann Harris, whose company specializes in no-waste lunchware. “With some eco-friendly thinking, it’s easy to come up with ways to avoid wasting money and resources around the holidays.”
A few sobering statistics about holiday waste are helpful when it comes to getting motivated to go green for the holidays.
More than 30 million living Fir trees are cut in U.S. for Christmas each year. There’s no eco relief, however, in choosing a fake trees instead, because these plastic trees often contain non-biodegradable PVC and possible metal toxins, such as lead.
When it comes to paper waste over the holidays, keep in mind that a whopping half of the paper consumed in the U.S. annually is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. Adding to the paper waste, enough Christmas cards are sold each year (about 2.65 billion) in the United States to fill a football field 10 stories high.
“We can try to hang on to the status quo-living a Wal-Mart life so we can buy cheaply enough to keep the stream of stuff coming. Or we can say uncle,” says author Bill McKibben, a contributing writer to Mother Jones and co-founder of 350org.
“Let’s say goodbye to wasteful holiday celebrations,” says Harris. “When it comes to green gifts, there’s nothing better than making choices that result in less trash, less toxins, less carbon footprint, less expense and less impact on Mother Earth. Less is definitely more when it comes to giving green.”
To get started, here are a few green gift and holiday ideas:
- Agree with family and friends to skip gifts – and spend time together doing something you both enjoy! A walk? A cup of tea?
- Come up with a list of your personal favorites when it comes to tools for eco-friendly living. Inspire your friends to go green with you all year long by giving them practical reusable items, like a stainless steel bento ECOlunchbox, machine washable artisan napkins or a plastic-free stainless steel water bottle.
-Go to you local Christmas tree lot. Don’t buy a tree- instead buy inexpensively or possibly pick up for free extra branch trimmings. Use indoors for decorations or in vase.
- Dust off a present you received but didn’t need or want – and re-gift it!
- Buy a potted Christmas tree – and either plant it in your own yard after the holidays or find a home for it at a friend’s house or local park.
- Bake double your favorite holiday desserts – and give the extra dessert away!
“Selecting green gifts is a gentle way to encourage friends and family to consider adopting new sustainable living habits,” Harris explains. “Did you know a typical family throw away 4,320 pieces of trash during lunchtime and spends more than $400 on plastic baggies and other packaging waste? Our stainless bentos and artisan lunchbags make awesome green gifts!”
ECOlunchboxes specializes in waste-free, plastic-free, lead-free, BPA-free, PVC-free and vinyl-free lunchware that’s healthy for people and the planet.
ECOlunchbox is sold through The Container Store, select Whole Foods, independent natural groceries, children’s boutiques and at www.ecolunchboxes.com
Sandra Ann Harris lives in Lafayette, Calif. with her husband, two school-age children, three chickens and terrier Hobow. She is the founder of ECOlunchbox, which specializes in eco-friendly, no-plastic lunchware.
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