Vegetarian Dee

Monday, May 5, 2014

Earth Day 2014: How a Yummymummy can save the Earth

Last April 22, I was invited to speak at SM Manila for the Earth Day event. My initial thought was-- WHO AM AM I and WHY am I even being asked to speak in front of people about saving the planet? 

Since I was young, I was always a tree hugger. I'd scold classmates for not throwing trash properly in bins. I'd fight with people that wasted paper and used plastic. And then I grew up, had kids and became an earth mama. So yes, I guess I had every right to share how a common person could save the world. 

Yummymummy CEO Denise of Indigobaby

Mr. Roberto Guevarra, president of Earth Day Network Philippines Inc

The idea of saving the planet can overwhelm us and make us say, "Oh this is too grand a plan- forget it." But here are some simple things we can do in our daily lives to help save the baby at a time!

1. Meatless Mondays
The idea of going vegetarian may be too big of an ideal for many, so i propose having a meatless day at home where you eat all veggies and hold off on using or buying meat. if we all did this, we'd save tons on water, food and space to raise poultry and livestock! This is why the yummymummies of INDIDOGBABY and FLOW promote passionate living and the green smoothie/ raw food lifestyle!

One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed."

2. Buy local!
Save carbon footprint and buy local and all natural products that are made by companies that love the earth and people-- like Indigobaby! :P

Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers' markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in."

2. Cloth Diapering for babies; Cups for yummymummies 
I've loved this idea since Benny was young and I use cloth during the day and 1-2 plastic diapers at night. It is not as hard as you may think and it saves soooo much money and protects babies from diaper rashes and infections! 

Also- I started using a reusable cup 3 years ago and will NEVER use sanitary napkins again. I guess when you get used to the feeling of cleanliness, you will never go back to hot ikky napkins. 

By the time a child is toilet trained, a parent will change between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, adding up to approximately 3.5 million tons of waste in U.S. landfills each year. Whether you choose cloth or a more environmentally-friendly disposable, you're making a choice that has a much gentler impact on our planet."

4. Breastfeed and Babywear
Milky is free and available so use it! Babywearing saves you space, time and energy! Plus it keeps your babies close and secure which will eventually make them want to save the planet too!

Just by breastfeeding exclusively for your baby’s first six months you can save the planet from a lot of this unnecessary waste. No bottles, no cans, no packaging, no water to be boiled, no cows to be maintained. It is the perfect renewable resource.  It’s free, comes without packaging, and cannot get used up.  It’s delivered directly to the baby without using other resources and it causes no pollution. Sure breastfeeding moms need to drink fresh water and consume a few hundred extra calories (300-500 calories is recommended), but the environmental impact is very small."

5. Work-from-Home
Of course time management is involved here, but it does save you gas, time and energy:) You can also plan your trips out of the house so you run errands all on one day. 

See if you can work out an arrangement with your employer that you work from home for some portion of the week. Not only will you save money and gasoline, and you get to work in your pajamas!"

All great things start with a little seed and that is precisely what saving the world is about- planting the seeds in minds of yummymummies to create a consciousness of healthy living so that the decisions we make are in line with our ideals. :)

Hugs and kisses! Happy happy Earth Day! :* 

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