What is silicone? Is it plastic? Is it safe? Should we choose products made from it?
You may have noticed that this soft, flexible, plastic-like material is popping up everywhere from kids’ spoons and plates to baking sheets. It’s touted as our century’s wonder material!
The truth is a little complicated. In fact, I actually changed my viewpoint after I did the research for this post.
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Eco-anxiety and ecological grief are very real concerns for people, and it’s no surprise why. Are you affected? I certainly am.
I’ve done quite a bit of reading and research on the subject lately, so I thought I’d compile a list of some of the coping tactics I find helpful. I hope you find them helpful as well. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Please remember, these are just some ideas, and this is just my personal opinion based on the research I’ve done. I am not a professional therapist in any way. If you’re suffering from anxiety or depression, please seek professional help.
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Dear World Leaders,
Should I have a second baby?
I have a son. He’s two. He’s a sweet little boy with big blue eyes, chubby cheeks, and an endless curiosity for the world. Growing up, I always pictured myself as a mom to two children, about three years apart. That means that now’s the time to start planning for a second baby.
But I’m not so sure. In fact, I’m terrified. I’ve read the 2018 IPCC report on climate change, and I understand, as well as any regular citizen can understand, what the world will look like at 1.5°C degrees warmer than pre-industrial temperatures. I know that we have an estimated eleven years to do something about it, or we’ll essentially be locked into irreversible total climate collapse. We’re not experiencing “climate change”—we’re looking at a complete climate breakdown.
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In 2019 I resolved to drastically reduce my waste–garbage and recycling. I first wrote about it in a blog post in March, three months into the year. Since it’s now June, I figured it’s time for another quarterly update!
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I’m absolutely delighted to share my interview with famed foodie and blogger Anne-Marie Bonneau, also known as the Zero Waste Chef. On her blog and Instagram, she shares how her family lives Zero Waste, while creating the most delicious meals. (I tried to tell her that she’s a legend in the Zero Waste world. However, as you’ll see, she’s very humble and doesn’t believe me.)
Although I’m far from a gourmet chef, my own Zero Waste journey has me experimenting in the kitchen more often, batch cooking and baking for the week ahead, and making more from scratch. Needless to say, I’m very inspired by Anne-Marie!
Her motto and food rules are: “No packaging. Nothing processed. No waste.” Sounds intimidating? Her joyful personality and positive energy will change your mind! Here’s what she had to say about how busy families can join the Zero Waste movement, how to get your kids into the kitchen, and why we should have hope for the future.
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