Tuesday, July 22, 2014
After volunteering all Saturday under the hot sun for Keep Atlanta Beautiful, I was looking forward splashing around in some chilly river water.
I was expecting to go right after my stunt with KAB, but with the day getting late, we decided to wait until Sunday.
That night I pack up Zero Waste snacks; tortilla chips, hummus, grapes, a veggie sandwich and a mason jar full of water and dreamed of wading in the water the very next day.
The weather forecast expected possible rain, but either way I would be backstroking in the Hooch, so I wasn't too bothered. I left the house around 11am to meet my friends at the North Springs Marta Station. They scooped me up and we rode to the Chattahoochee National Park in John's Creek.
Before getting out the car, I had shed my outer clothes and re-checked my book bag for everything I needed.
We walked through the trails a bit, climbing large rocks and stepping over rotted tree bark. While walking, we sung some 90s R&B favorites and picked at moss growing from the trees.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Citizens of Fort Negrita! Today you are in for a treat as there are five visitors in the Fort today. Five bloggers from Plastic-Free Tuesday, a blog that skips plastic on Tuesdays to help reduce the plastic footprint. I really wanted to share experiences about their home countries to show how similar (and different!) Green culture is in other countries.
They all seem to have to put up the same fight just like I do while grocery shopping and eating out, and they all have a continuous passion that will not stop! Check out the entries below, and visit PlasticFreeTuesday.com. If you are interested, take the Tuesday challenge and go plastic-free on Tuesdays!
Monday, June 23, 2014
There’s a riddim in his bounce as one foot raises, knee nearly pointing towards the clear blue sky, then stomps down on the bare-cracked patch of land. A slight dirt cloud rumbles underneath the tattered black Nike SBs dressed with green and red accents. The gait is profound as if every step is premeditated, and the moment in between each stride is a firm decision to step on Babylon.
Honey-brown ropes of hair sway back and forth against his khaki shirt, and then the trance slowly sobers up as he touches the fuzzy leaf of a plant then looks up with his slit-like eyes and says “Search My Heart.” As his worn hands pluck the stems, he tells a few uses of the plant including heart health, which is probably how it got its name.
A humble king of Westmorland, Sinco is the best teacher of the Earth’s natural remedies. He can eyeball any shrub; tell you the name and one of his personal favorite ways to use it. He’s independent in the truest form and dismisses any Bob Marley listenin’, crochet garment wearin’ individual that claims to be Rastafarian, but doesn’t grow his own food.
Sinco depends on no one to feed, clothe, and shelter himself, and over my five days of being with him, I quickly ordain him as the Zero Waste Godfather.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
More than wanting to sit on the drool-worthy beaches of Jamaica, I really wanted to put my Zero Waste skills to work in another country. Just from reading fellow Zero Waste blogs I knew the standards vary from place to place.
So how did I do for eight days in Jamaica? I only garnered five single pieces of trash independently. That's two sets of flight tickets (ATL>MIA MIA>MBJ MBJ>ORL ORL>ATL) and a receipt. But the group visited a super market (bad idea!) the first day we arrived and everything came packaged.
Here are a few tips for staying Waste Free in Jam Rock.
With planning for my 8-day trip to Jamaica, I wanted to minimize the amount of bags I took. I certainly didn't plan to check a bag, and decided to challenge myself to a single book bag.
Why you ask? Well, #1 I wanted a light load. I could have grabbed my overnighter, but there are no wheels on that bad boy, which would mean lots of stress on my shoulders. #2 I am far too familiar with packing and traveling, that I knew I would not use much of what was in my bag.
The initial place we were staying was an privately-owned rental, and luckily there was a washer. This helped with minimizing my belongings.
Here are three ways to help you minimize your traveling bag:
#1 Only bring what you need. Yes, the most obvious way to eliminate a bunch of trivial items in your bag is to avoid the unnecessary.
#2 Share with your travel buddies. One thing my friends and I do is call each other a few days before departing, we see who can bring what so we can share toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo.
#3 Eliminate the Just-in-case items. What's the likelihood of you getting a stomach virus, stung by a bee, having something stolen and running out of clothes in one trip? Just chill, and pack an extra $20 for emergencies.
Here’s what I packed!