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2. Post Albert Einstein's quote on your refrigerator to remind you that your life as a vegetarian or vegan makes a profound impact everyday: "Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." ~ Albert Einstein
3. Let Mother Earth make your deodorant. Read Sister's May 9, 2011 (link here) post on using lemons and other natural alternatives to chemical based deodorants
4. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce soil erosion, reduce carbon dioxide, increase your water supply in your area, and more by becoming a vegetarian or vegan. Read Sister's May 21,2011 post (link here) on how these global issues are reduce by becoming a vegetarian or vegan, and how eating a meat based diet contributes to global issues
5. Clean your home with white distilled vinegar and baking soda. Read Sister's May 24, 2011 Link on how to clean your home with vinegar (Link here). Chemical cleaners can also aggravate allergies, so go natural. Throw the chemical cleaners away, and go natural. Use a combination of 1/2 white distilled vinegar to 1/2 water to clean your home. White distilled vinegar kills most bacteria and germs. The vinegar and water combination is safe for pets, and that is important to Sister with two dogs in the home.
6. Use 2 TBSP of white distilled vinegar per 2 cups of water to clean your vegetables and fruit. Link here for Sister's You Tube Channel on Cleaning your Greens and Vegetables. Use an inexpensive-all natural vegetable and fruit wash. Combine 2 TBSP White Vinegar per 2 Cups of Water in a spray bottle that you designate for vegetable washes only. I keep my spray bottle by the sink for quick vegetable and fruit washes, and label it Vegetable Wash for family members. I spray the vinegar and water solution on my fruit or vegetables, rub, then rinse. I purchased a 32 oz Rubbermaid spray bottle for $2.99.If you need to clean larger size vegetables or fruits, I use a pan or pot designated to clean my fruits or vegetables. I add 2 TBSP of vinegar per cups of water in the pan. I soak my vegetables or fruits in the pan. I then swish the water/vegetables/fruit around in the pan to remove dirt and bugs. Drain the vegetables or fruit in a colander, then rinse in the pan with clean water. Drain again using the colander. Soak in clean water again if needed.
7. Adopt a dog or cat from a shelter. It saves lives!!! I repeat...IT SAVES LIVES! You save money because the dogs and cats are neutered and spayed, have their shots and exams, and some may go through basic training at the shelter to adapt more in situations if they have been abused. All...All...Sister's dogs have been adopted from shelters. The best dogs and cats are shelter dogs and cats. Save a life and prevent a death.
8. If possible, run your dish washer every other day or wash dishes by hand in a sink full of water.
9. Take quick showers, and wash clothes with a full load of wash.
10. Watch for products that are not tested on animals.
11. Use more natural made products,or make your own natural products at home such as the deodorant mentioned above, natural perfumes from rose water or lemons, hair conditioners using avocados or honey, facial scrubs using oatmeal, weekly facial moisturizers using yogurt, and more.
12. Start a vegetable garden; or, buy your produce from a farmers market if not weekly then promise to purchase every other week or month from a local farmers market.
13. Use cloth napkins daily for dinners rather than paper napkins.
14. Purchase a salad spinner to dry your washed greens and salads, and a white cloth cotton bar towel to wrap and store the greens rather than use paper towels.
15. Use reusable bags for weekly or spontaneous grocery shopping. I also keep a reusable bag in my car for spur of the moment shopping trips, and bring 10 reusable bags with me when doing my weekly grocery shopping.
16. If you do have plastic bags from a store purchase, use it to line your bathroom garbage can instead of purchasing small garbage bags.
17. Use baking soda to freshen your carpet when vacuuming rather than chemical based carpet fresheners.
18. Use a natural air freshener rather than chemical based. Here's a recipe from DIY Household tips (for more DIY Household tips link here)for a natural air freshener using white vinegar that controls order:
Vinegar Air Freshener:
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tbsp. White Vinegar
2 cups water
Combine ingredients and mix until the foaming stops, then store the solution in a spray bottle, clearly labeled.
19. Here's another natural air freshener recipe that uses lemon juice from Frugal Fanny (link here for Frugal Fanny's other natural ideas):
Lemon Juice air freshener:
In a regular-sized spray bottle, combine: 1 tsp baking soda,1 tsp lemon juice or a few drops of orange or lemon essential oils,2 cups of hot water
20. Make gifts by knitting, crocheting, sewing, wood-working, and more. Hand-made gifts are more thought based, creative, one-of-a kind, and will be treasured for years as well as passed down for through generations.
May your VICTORY be a beautiful victory this Earth Day and every day! Stay the course. You are not only reclaiming your health, but you are fighting to preserve the environment and restore the environment; fighting to save farm animals and all animals being misused and abused;and, fighting for social justice. You make a difference by being a vegetarian or vegan. You contribute as a individual. You do count!
~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"