Posts tagged ‘Earth Hour’

2018, March 23

8 ways I am being more eco-friendly

With Earth Hour being tomorrow evening around the Globe, and in past blog posts talking about how to spend your time during Earth Hour, I thought today I’d share a few of the things I’ve done/started doing throughout the year to be more eco-friendly (aside from recycling efforts).

  1. Use a reusable water bottle. We have water coolers at work, so I don’t need to buy my water. I’ve opted a few years back for a glass water bottle instead of using the disposable plastic cups, and I make tea or coffee in my own ceramic mug. To take it even further, I actually acquired the Starbucks mug from work – a colleague left it behind when they left the firm and no one else claimed it.
  2. Use up leftovers and waste less food:
    Freeze fruits or vegetables about to go off. I slice or chop them, if needed, and freeze for later use. Vegetables I use for stew, soup, Quiche or almost any kind of casserole. I also freeze green leaves like parsley, basil, lemongrass, etc. The fruits I use up when baking cakes, cooking fruit soup or especially when making smoothies or Chia pudding.
    Last week, I noticed a huge bottle of chili sauce was about to go off in two weeks, and given the bottle was still full, I decided to pour the sauce in ice-cube trays and freeze them; I’ll use one or two cubes when I’m cooking dishes they go with.
    Bake a casserole or Quiche to use up left over slices of bacon, salami, cheese, etc.
  3. Buy local, be it food, clothing or home ware, as much as possible.
  4. Reducing meat and dairy intake. On the one hand, it is really beneficial to the environment even if it’s just a dairy or meat-free day once a week. On the other hand, I love vegetables and can’t wait for mid-Spring when all the fresh produce will be in season over here and I can start having salads for dinner every evening again!
  5. Walk instead of drive. I don’t drive myself, but living outside of the city and because of our schedules it is a necessity to take the car when we go to the office. However, we started walking a lot more, biking and using public transportation at least during the weekend. I also love walking overall and feel better if I’m more active, so I walk instead of using even public transportation when I go visit mom or while running errands.
  6. Use less and refuse plastic when ever possible. I started refusing plastic bags a while ago and take canvas tote bags, a backpack or recyclable shopping bags when going for groceries.
    More recently I started refusing straws and plastic cutlery when I go out for drinks or dinner, take my own thermos if buying coffee on the go, or my Tupperware when grabbing lunch to refuse the Styrofoam containers the establishment offers.
  7. Switched to LED light bulbs. Everywhere but the bathroom, where our wiring just refuses them for some reason and the fan stops working… We need to sort that out.
  8. Turn off lights/unplug things when not using them.

What are you doing for Earth Hour this year? And what are some of your ways of being more eco-friendly during your everydays?

2010, March 11

What are you doing during Earth Hour 2010?

EarthHourLanternAs you all know Earth Hour is in two weeks (or at least I hope you all know and will also be turning your lights off), on March 27th at 8:30 PM.

Look at the cute lantern I made on the Earth Hour website :) –> 

Anyway, this post isn’t about my creativeness, you get enough of that from my weekly posts of homemade stuff and my creative writing.

This post is about things to do to pass time while you’re doing an unselfish thing like joining the cause and giving at least an hour per year to help the planet breathe for what is just a second for the Earth.

While there are numerous things you could do, let me list just a few of my favorite ideas for making the best of this:

  • A romantic candle lit dinner either indoors or in your back yard if you have one – you can even use floating candles which will only increase the romance. Even if you don’t have a significant other in your life at the moment, a candlelight dinner is a way to add something different to dinner time.
  • Candlelight bubble bath – why not take the chance to just relax for an hour having a nice warm scented bath by candlelight, again a romantic idea or simply just something different from the usual shower.
  • Go star gazing – either in your back yard, on the balcony or on the flat’s rooftop (for me at least) looking up at the starry sky is always an amazing experience.
  • Go for a long walk – it’s healthier both for the environment and you.
  • Talk – communications is important in any relationship, so share what’s on your mind either by phone or in person.
  • Meditate – why not?
  • Go to bed early – sleep is important for a healthy body and mind.
  • Listen to the radio or music – on your phone, iPod.
  • Play games – by candlelight you can really get creative.
  • Spend “quality” time with your significant other (you know what I mean) ;)
  • (Or do what our upstairs neighbors did at 3 AM one night during a power outage: hand saw something.)

So, any other ideas? What will you guys be doing during Earth Hour 2010?

2009, March 21

Earth Hour! 2009


This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
Latest news here.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations!
VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

It’s as simple as a flick of the switch! See your world in a whole new light!

PS: the text on the website was so great I didn’t have the heart to alter it. But I am taking a stand, told my family, all my friends, etc. about Earth Hour and it’s importance!
YOU TRY IT TOO! It most certainly won’t be a waste of time, Earth (and us with it!) need all the help we can provide!

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