Sewer Overflows in Spring 2013

As a followup to the post about flooding earlier this month,  this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has some disturbing facts about the effects of April Showers on waste water.  In southeastern Wisconsin, 53 million gallons in sanitary sewer overflows were discharged as an untreated mix into local waterways between April 17-18.  This is in addition to the 525 million…

Week 17 – Buy natural, organic body lotion

After a ROUGH week of work, I needed an easy green change.  Therefore, my green change was to buy natural, organic lotion.  I picked the Aloe Unscented version of Avalon Organics Hand and Body Lotion.  It is 70% organic and does not use synthetic fragrances, phthalates, sulfates, or parabens.  These chemicals must be manufactured which…

Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, I signed up to be an Earth Day Network Activist and took a quiz on this website to calculate my ecological footprint.  My sister suggested the website to me.  By answering questions about my eating habits, home energy usage, driving habits, and other things, I found out that if everyone…

Week 16 – Stop junk mail

I hate junk mail.  What a waste of paper!  In the past I’ve cancelled some junk mail, but now I will start to cancel every piece of junk mail that I get.  In preparation for this green change,  I’ve been putting our junk mail into a folder for the last few weeks, and today I…

Week 15 – Cut off the bottom of toothpaste tubes

In order to use every last smidgen of toothpaste, I will start cutting the bottom off the toothpaste tube.  I already squeezed the tube until it’s all crinkled up, but now I will get even more toothpaste.  This was one of the green changes that my Mom already started.  She got 6 extra uses by cutting…

Thoughts on flooding

For a city like Milwaukee that doesn’t have separate storm water and sewage collection systems, all it takes is a few rainy days and then millions of gallons of sewage are being pumped directly into the lake.  This seems like something you would read about in some distant time or some third world country, but…

Week 14 – Reuse cereal bags as wax paper

The idea of reusing cereal bags as wax paper came from my Mom.  By doing this, I will stop using paper towels to cover microwave food.  Also, I won’t need to buy new wax paper.  Here’s the strategy: 1) Eat an entire box of cereal 2) Take out the bag and dump out the leftover…