Earth Day 2017

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson

Thank you for meeting us here as we celebrate our beautiful home.  This blog is for the activist in you that wants to get out there and do something this Earth Day 2017!  Earth Day was first celebrated in the U.S. on April 22, 1970 and has grown internationally since 1990.  Each year on April 22nd, men, women and children gather to collect garbage, plant trees, clean up the coral reef, sign petitions, show movies, and plan for a better future for our planet. 

Facts about Planet Earth:

1.) More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States each year. 

2.) More than 2 million people globally die prematurely every year due to outdoor and indoor air pollution.

3.) Every year in the U.S. nearly 200 billion beverage containers are sold, two-thirds of which are landfilled, incinerated or littered.

4.) Recycling, reuse and remanufacturing account for 3.1 million jobs in the U.S.

Threading Love is passionate about living sustainably in both small scale and large scale movements.  We partner with many brands that strive daily to make our earth a safer and healthier place to live. 

Did you know Threading Love commits to having apparel for our graphics made through suppliers like Alternative Apparel and Bella Canvas to ensure products are made sustainably?  Alternative Apparel makes 80% of their garments from sustainable materials and processes.  They manufacture with eco and organic fabrics, non-toxic low impact dyes, and G2 wash that uses 60% less water.  Bella Canvas works to make responsible tees.  Their sewing and cutting floors use solar power for operation and each crafted tee is made from 100% combed and ring-spun cotton.  Be different are words that they and we at Threading Love live by. 

Absolutely no sweatshops ∙ Eco-Conscious Manufacturing ∙ Millions of tees are made each year in the U.S.A.

Did you know that making one pound of cotton requires 700 gallons of water? 

We strive daily to bring our customers products that make a difference.  Products that reduce our footprint. Products that make both us and our customers proud.  Our latest partner, Synergy Organic Clothing is gentle on our planet in every product they make.  They use recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton, and other materials to create socially conscious, eco-friendly clothing.  The Synergy family manufactures in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and employs and empowers hundreds of women to give them fair wage jobs in a safe and stable working environment.

Shop Sustainable

Ways to make a difference:

1.)  Shop sustainably – Fast fashion is the second dirtiest industry in the world after big oil.  The great thing is, we have a voice!  Every time we make a purchase, we cast a vote for the type of world we want.

2.)  Recycle – Yup, those 3 R’s from grade school!  Recycling is a simple way to get involved. Start a recycling bin at home or at your job, find a local collection location, and help make a small difference that becomes a large difference when we all do it together.

3.) Reduce & Reuse – We have all heard these before, but it helps to bring them to the forefront of our brain…flip the light switch off, walk or bike when you can, use a refillable water bottle, buy secondhand clothing, turn the water off, share a ride with someone, and look for little changes in your life that can reduce pollution.

4.) Create Awareness – Knowledge is power.  Get to know more about WHY it is important to create less pollution and share with others simple ways to get involved and make changes in our daily routines.  Here is one of our favorites!…Make your kids, co-workers, students, friends, or family these cute “Earth Day” cookies.  You can write a sign beside them that gives facts about our Earth or simple ways for them to make a difference!

Now for some Earth Day baking fun!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Green food coloring
  • Blue food coloring

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  • Divide your dough into two equal parts.  Add drops of green food coloring to one portion and drops of blue food coloring to the other portion.
  • Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls using 3/4 blue dough and 1/4 green dough, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Want to go all natural? —›

To make Natural Blue Food Coloring

INGREDIENTS:

  • Half-head red cabbage
  • Water
  • Baking Soda

DIRECTIONS:

  • Wash the cabbage and cut out the stem.
  • Chop into small pieces.
  • Place cabbage pieces in a pot and add water until the cabbage is covered.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes and then drain. The resulting liquid will be purplish
  • Gradually add baking soda, ½ teaspoon at a time, until you get a nice blue hue.  Be careful, because the baking soda will add flavor to the coloring. If you are using the color for something you will be eating then you need to be especially careful how much you add. Since it is the alkaline quality of the baking soda that causes the red cabbage juice to turn blue, you can also add spinach juice, green tea, or another alkaline ingredient.

Notes: The color in the cabbage juice, itself is not particularly sensitive to temperature, but the mixture of the baking soda with the juice is. So you will want to add the color after the food item has cooled, or else only add it to food items that will not be heated.

 To make Natural Green Food Coloring

Remember kindergarten?  Neither do I.  But I do remember that yellow and blue make green.  Make blue food coloring by following the recipe above and then add yellow in the form of stale turmeric or saffron…or yellow cake.

Resources

1.) Ecowatch

2.) http://www.henslernurseryindiana.com/earth-day-fun-facts/

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