Simple Sustainable Swaps

by Alison Riggs

Climate change and plastic pollution are catastrophic problems that seem overwhelming. Can ordinary people actually do anything to make a significant impact? Yes! There are simple sustainable swaps that really make a difference in our environmental and future well-being.

Our Down to Earth Organic & Natural stores are focusing on sustainability, especially this November, to provide information and inspiration—all of us can make a difference with easy shifts in our daily lives. Join us in making real change and a real positive impact, one simple sustainable swap at a time:

Fighting Food Waste: Individuals Take Action

by Sabra Leomo, RD

Let’s talk about food waste. I will be completely honest--I am writing this article for my benefit as well as yours. I am definitely guilty of contributing to the food waste problem and need a little push to make changes. Maybe having one too many food safety classes in college, now combined with a busy life, has contributed to my challenge but food waste definitely occurs in our home. Whatever your reason, we as individuals can make a big difference and I will join you in making a sincere effort to reduce the amount of food waste my household contributes to landfills.

Food for the Future: Local and Sustainable Food

by Sabra Leomo, RD

Think about the last thing that you ate. Do you know where it originated? For most of us, the answer would be “no”.

Imagine eating an apple banana and knowing exactly what farm it came from. The locally-grown food movement does just that. It connects consumers with food grown in their communities, food that is distributed over shorter distances than those common in industrial food systems.

Saving Our Mother

by Tracy Rohland

Mother Earth has taken a beating when it comes to her health and appearance. The destruction of woodlands, the pollution of beaches and oceans, and the depletion of the ozone layer are making it increasingly difficult for her. People often take for granted the abundance of resources that are reaped from the earth and forget that it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of the world in which we live. Though many may feel powerless to halt the destruction of the earth, there are small contributions that can help maintain the health of the planet.

Reducing Waste For Our Mother

by Michele McKay

It is no surprise that the United States is the leading consumer society in the world. Most Americans have become accustomed to living by the motto, “Out with the old, and in with the new.” But wastefulness definitely takes a toll on the health of the earth, as well as the health of its inhabitants. So, we invite you to celebrate Earth Day with Down to Earth by taking action to reduce waste, reduce water and energy consumption, and help protect our planet. Curbing Waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Celebrate Earth Day - Veggie Style

by Tracy Rohland

With more than 6 billion people living on planet earth using her water, her oil, her plants and her air, she is very overwhelmed. She is desperately hoping that we, the people who traverse her soil on a daily basis, will be more courteous and careful.

April 22 is Earth Day, a perfect opportunity to salute Mother Earth and remember how vital it is that we take care of her.

Celebrate Earth Day… Every Day!

by Michele McKay

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and over the past 40 years it has grown into a worldwide observance. Earth Day provides an annual opportunity to celebrate our planet and renew our commitment to building a healthier and cleaner world… but we don’t need to limit our commitment to one day out of 365! Good environmental citizenship can easily be a year-round practice of eco-friendly living.

A Simple Resolution

by Michele McKay

This New Year comes with a bonus: a new decade! Even if you aren’t the type that goes for resolutions, you can use the occasion to get behind something simple… like freeing the world of pollution, poverty, and environmental destruction. “What?” you might be thinking, “That’s not a simple resolution – it’s an impossibly colossal undertaking!” But consider this: Every time you make a purchase, you are influencing the design of our world; your choices are the equivalent of voting with your dollars for the global model you would like to help create.

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