Creative Ideas for Daily Living

Who Turned on Summer?

Who Turned on Summer?

Who turned on summer? The effects of global warmingHere in the Northeast, the calendar says April, but the thermometer shows mid-summer heat. What’s going on? In short, global warming is affecting the weather. According to the National Wildlife Federation, “Global warming is making hot days hotter, rainfall and flooding heavier, hurricanes stronger and droughts more severe.”

The National Wildlife Federation warns that the effects of global warming will be realized through:


How can I reduce my carbon footprint and help lessen my personal impact on global warming?

Global warming is a huge environmental problem. One of the biggest contributors to global warming is the burning of fossil fuels. Did you know that there are simple ways that you can use energy more wisely and help reduce global warming?

Buy local produce and reduce your contribution to  global warming

  • Buy organic local produce.

    In today’s market, produce of all varieties is trucked-in from lands afar year-round. While this makes it convenient to make Strawberry Shortcake or fried tomatoes during the dead of winter, it’s not so good for the environment. Generally, food travels an average distance of 1500 miles, primarily by air and truck, before reaching your table. Local, seasonal  produce not only tastes better and supports local farmers, but also eliminates the fuel required to import food, which in turn reduces CO2 gas emissions.

  • Pay attention to packaging.

    How many items have you purchased that were suffocated  in layers of plastic packaging buried in a box four-times the size of the product?  When shopping, look for products with minimal packaging–the manufacturing process produces a lot of pollution and contributes to global warming.

  • Eco Friendly Product? Do your research

    .  Bamboo, a renowned renewable resource, is manufactured into many products. However, the use of an eco-friendly material does not guarantee that the product is a green product. I recently came across some bamboo yarn and was excited about it, until Melinda informed me that the chemicals used to convert the Bamboo into yarn are very harmful to the environment, and that there are better options. Just because a product seems green, doesn’t mean it is–investigate the manufacturing processes before making a decision.


More Easy Ways to Reduce Your Impact on Global Warming

Green Cleaning Supplies

Make Your Own Homemade Green Cleaner

Planning Your Garden? Make Biodegradable Seed Starters

Planning Your Garden? Make Biodegradable Seed Starters

Drive Less

Drive Less

Buy Less Bottled Water

Buy Less Bottled Water

Upcycle an old T-shirt into a no-sew tote bag

Use Reusable Shopping Bags

Don’t Trash It: Sell / Donate / Repurpose Unwanted Items

Electronics draw electricity when not in use. Plug into a surge protector and switch off when done.

Un Plug It!

Blue massage sponge against white towels

Reduce Drying Time

Amy (91 Posts)

I am a Freelance Graphic Designer full of creative interests! In my spare time, I love to create something new from something old, embark on home decorating and renovation projects, try out new recipes, and attempt to garden. Beyond the artistic pursuits, I have a love for music and enjoy playing the piano and handbells.

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