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What's Green with Betsy

Simple steps that make a difference.

Food Waste/Food Loss/Solutions

As a child, I was required to clean my plate. “Think about all the starving children in Africa.” my mother repeatedly said. And so I gobbled up my dinner. Even though that philosophy changed when I was raising my kids, “Keep mealtime happy; they take what they need.”, I still hated wasting food.

Thieves Oil To The Rescue!

After speaking with one of my teacher friends who was frustrated at getting one cold after another from her students despite taking every precaution to keep germs from spreading, including Clorox wipes, I decided to repost my entry about Thieves Oil, an amazing non-toxic germ-killing spray! It is that time of year!

Indulge in a Bit of Nutrient-Dense Chocolate on Valentine's Day!

This Valentine’s Day, indulge in a bit of nutrient-dense chocolate. Hailed as a super food as scientists begin to identify all the benefits of the cacao bean, it’s loaded with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that can help ward off many common lifestyle diseases. The key is consuming the right chocolate – raw, unprocessed cacoa beans or nibs, or at least 70% cocoa dark chocolate. Not your typical candy bar loaded with fat, sugar and other fillers!

Sustainable Food Storage

I’ve just discovered the most wonderful product called Bee’s Wrap. Handmade in Vermont by a young mother and her team, it’s the perfect alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. Bee’s Wrap is made from organic cotton muslin infused with beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. The anti-bacterial properties of beeswax and jojoba oil keep the food fresh and allow the wraps to be used over and over.

What is Your Carbon Footprint?

I’m resurrecting some of my earlier posts which I want to call attention to. “What is your carbon footprint?” is one of them.

Is There Still A Quandary Over Plastic Bags?

As I finished up a telephone call in my car in the Stop and Shop parking lot the other day, I observed a young woman unload her cart, filled to the brim with groceries, all bagged, maybe even double bagged, in plastic. I was really taken aback! With that many groceries, wouldn’t larger paper ones be better if you didn’t have reusable ones?

The Safety of Plastic Dental Devices

A reader asked me about the safety of the plastic used in mouth guards, retainers and other dental devices.

It seems like dentists tell everyone to wear a mouth guard, even my 25-year-old son, because they grind their teeth, which is either a testament to our high stress society or a dentist up sell. I use one because I clench my teeth and it was affecting my bottom teeth. It helps, but I too get concerned about the safety of the material used.

Have You Made Any Eco-Friendly New Year's Resolutions?

The New Year is a time for starting fresh and making resolutions, some of which we keep and most of which we don’t. This year go beyond the “lose weight, exercise more” typical resolutions and add some “green” ones.

Benefits of Buying in Bulk

Bulk food buying is the hallmark of eco-conscious consumers. Buying in bulk [doesn't just mean buying huge quantities of items to save money, which makes sense for staples like toilet paper and paper towels if you have the space. It also means buying from those bulk bins you see in the grocery store. There are several advantages to doing so.