Buy less, buy better, keep longer

According to a recent article in the Economist, global clothing production doubled between 2000 and 2014, and we now keep clothing half as long as we did 15 years ago.  That double whammy may be great for the fashion industry, but it’s pretty bad for the planet: on average, the making of one kilogram of fabric generates 23 KG of greenhouse gas emissions. Plus there are other environmental impacts of clothing, such as pesticides used in cotton production and polyester microfibers that end up in our oceans.

So what to do?  Whenever possible:

  • Strive to get by with as small a wardrobe as you can (besides, too many clothes often lead to too much clutter)
  • Choose durable, high-quality clothing over short-lived fast-fashion, and pledge to keep your clothing longer
  • Choose products made of organic cotton, linen or hemp over synthetic materials like polyester and nylon
  • Inquire about brand sustainability when you shop; here’s a list of 35 brands trying to be more sustainable
  • Buy second hand clothing instead of new (you’ll save a bundle too)
  • Give clothing away for reuse or recycling when you’re done with it; many charities have easy to find collection bins

Your wise clothing decisions can make for a cleaner environment!

Salad from your lawn

June 5, 2018

Try these edible ‘weeds’, for taste and nutrition

It’s been many years since I took weed science at agricultural college but I can still recall the simple definition of a weed: a weed is simply an unwanted plant.

But ironically, some of the plants we call weeds are actually quite edible and nutritious.  Here are four:

  • Dandelion: perhaps the most cursed of lawn weeds, it’s actually edible from root to flower. High in vitamins, iron, potassium and zinc.
  • Chickweed: a major pest in my garden, but its succulent leaves taste like spinach. It’s high in beta carotene, calcium and magnesium.
  • Lamb’s quarter: an easy addition to any salad; seeds are edible too if you’re patient enough to pick them
  • Pigweed: same uses as lamb’s quarter

So – instead of fighting weeds in your lawn and yard, why not get the ultimate revenge and just eat them?  Visit here and here for more suggestions of edible weeds, plus photos.

Note: not everything out there is edible, so please be sure-sure of a plant’s identity before you eat it!