February 23rd, 2014 Posted in food, health, organic, vegan | No Comments »
If you’re like most folks in today’s dog-eat-dog, hustle-n-bustle world, you like to take a break every once in a while for some tasty iced cream. But you probably know that standard ice cream, while delicious, is not nutritious.
Also, you have to break the bank to get some store-bought ice cream that traveled hundreds (perchance even thousands!) of miles to get to you. So what’s the eco-savvy,
cheap frugal hu-man to do when they get a craving for that frozen goodness?
I’ll tell you what. You just buck up, grab some ripe nanners, and follow this super easy recipe for homemade, organic, vegan, healthy
Through the magic of frozen bananas, you should end up with a delectable dessert resembling this:
One-Ingredient “Ice Cream”
(AKA World’s Easiest Sorbet) Recipe
1) Chuck 4-5 ripe bananas into the freezer.
2) Once they’re frozen, throw them into a food processor (or good blender) and blend them like your life depended on it.
Makes two manly-sized servings.
That’s it! You’ll be sure to “go ape” for this! *runs off stage as crowd boos*
February 20th, 2014 Posted in energy conservation, green construction, save money | No Comments »
Hey you. You trying to save some money, AND reduce your impact on the good ol’ planet Earth? Well here are some easy ways to do both, by making your home more efficiency and environmentally friendly.
Some notable tidbits from this nifty infographic:
- Up to 40% (almost half!) of our drinking water literally goes down the toilet.
- Low-flow showerheads can use less than half what a normal, wasteful, Earth-hurting showerhead uses
- Installing good insulation can cut your heating/cooling costs by 30%!! Hot dang.
- Putting aerators on all your water faucets can cut your water use by up to HALF!
I’ll let you peruse the rest of it at your leisure; chiggity check the helpful picture below:
Image provided by none other than EcoSmartFire dot com.
February 9th, 2014 Posted in cleaning, contest, eco hero | No Comments »
Welp, ’twas a close race, ’twas indeed, but the first ever 10-minute Litter Cleanup Challenge is over, and it’s time to name the winner.
* takes several minutes struggling to open envelope to reveal winner *
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… the winner is none other than the illustrious Peg Downes of Asheville, North Carolina, who sent in this picture of her accomplishment:
A hearty congratulations and “kudos” to Peg, who has shown how you can take a tiny sliver of time and make a big difference in your community! I hereby anoint her as an O-fficial Eco Hero.
Her mYsTeRy PrIzE for winning the litter cleanup challenge is a Kitchen Crop Sprouter, which will allow her to grow her own organic, ultra-local, vegan food right in her kitchen! Huzzah! Take a gander at it with your eye-balls!
Thanks for all the contest participants, and stay tuned for more challenges of various and diverse types. This is EcoJoe, signing out!
February 2nd, 2014 Posted in cleaning, contest | 2 Comments »
Do you have what it takes to participate in the 10 Minute Litter Cleanup Challenge? Can you clean up more litter than me, Mr. Eco-freaking-Joe? Will you become an O-fficial Eco Hero? Well bring it on!!
Imagine what would happen if every EcoJoes reader stood up right now and took just 10 minutes to clean up some litter outside their house.
Hey, you’re an EcoJoes reader right now, yeah? How about you scurry outside, pick up some trash, and come back in ten minutes? I’ll go outside, too.
Can you clean up more litter than me? You got ten minutes; go!
* Ten minutes later *
Okay, I’m back! Here’s what I found in just ten minutes in the woods outside mi casa:
Bam, most of that’s getting recycled, and some’s getting thrown in the trash. How much did you clean up?
Do You Want to Win?
You have until Sunday, February 9th to send in your picture of what you cleaned up. One contestant will be chosen to receive a special mYsTeRy prize! So hurry up, send your picture (and a sentence or two about what you did) to firstname.lastname@example.org!
January 26th, 2014 Posted in food | No Comments »
You may or may not know this, but I require a cup o’ joe every few hours or so. But sometimes you want some coffee rotch here, rotch now; and I ain’t talking none of that instant coffee. Bam, Dr. Drip Coffee to the rescue.
Dr. Drip is an on-the-go drip coffee system. It comes in little, single serve foil packets (not that eco-friendly), and inside are little single-cup coffee filters that you unfold. Here be a camera photo-graph to visually ‘splain what I’m talking about; please ignore the very Chinese communist mug:
This little, recyclable coffee filter sits on top of your coffee mug. Then you pour some boiling water through it. Voila, instant drip coffee!
The coffee itself is surprisingly tasty. And like all coffee grounds, you can simply compost the used coffee grounds, adding the nitrogen that plants crave.
While the foil-wrapped single-serve packets are not environmentally friendly, the fact that the rest of it can be recycled or composted helps boost its green score. So if you have a chance to taste this coffee, I suggest you give it a shot.
January 19th, 2014 Posted in cleaning, green living | No Comments »
Hoooweee, buddy, you stink! What’s that? You don’t know how to eliminate bad odors in an eco-friendly way? Well, cock yer ear this way, mate, and listen up.
“What Odor?” claims to be “safe for people, pets, and the planet”, and they back this up by being non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-reactive, non-flammable, AND non-corrosive. That’s more “nons” than an Indian restaurant! *pause for laughter*
Besides all that, it’s 100% biodegradable, which means it breaks down safely.
Their sort o’ cheesy name aside, this is a great odor eliminator. Instead of just masking a bad smell with some fragrance, this has active ingredients that break down the odor on a molecular level. I can’t verify that, as I didn’t have a microscope handy, so I did a bit of testing on my own.
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December 15th, 2013 Posted in eco footprint, food, vegan | 1 Comment »
Veganism. No, it’s not some exotic disease. It’s more like the hardcore version of vegetarianism. But did you know it’s better for the environment than the run-of-the-mill omnivorism?
It takes a LOT of natural resources to raise meat (beef, pork, human, chicken, etc.), plus it can cause a lot of pollution from animal waste (for more on environmental reasons for vegetarianisn, por favor click this here link). The United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management reported in 2010 that a global shift toward a vegan diet is critical to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Now, I’ve forayed into the vegetarian world before (such as when I made me some black bean burgers), but I still eat my fair share o’ meat. Recently, though, I was allowed the opportunity to sample some fine vegan products from Follow Your Heart.
I have to admit, I very much Read the rest of this entry »