Get in the Green Groove
Sunday, December 2, 2007
There are many drums you can bang regarding the health of our planet. You can bang the whole encompassing drum of global warming, or you can take one of the sub-drums and drum on those a bit. That's what we have chosen to do. We have taken the drum of our agriculture system and want to beat on that a bit. This includes issues such as organic agriculture, factory farming, GMO'S, labeling of our food and so on, you get the point.
We look at our shirts and think of walking billboards. Even if we get one person to check out the issues for themselves and start making little changes, we have served a purpose. Isn't it kinda cool to think that just by walking around with a tee shirt on you can start up a conversation and fill some people in on the issues?
We are hearing this from more and more people. One in particular, was a woman who wore the "stick it tee". She wore her's around at a school function and was able to pass on some good information. People will start talking to you, then they will ask "Hey, what's up with your shirt? What does that mean?" Then you just go ahead and share some information, it's that easy! You will be surprised how many people are not even aware of these issues.
See, you don't need to be radical about your activism, unless you want to. If your not one to march up and down the street and yell through your megaphone, just quietly slip on your tee and walk around. Someone just might stop you and ask a few questions, kinda cool. Also, don't sweat it if you don't have all the awnswers, just send them to our website, we have chocked it full of good informantion and a number of links to educate them further.
Another thing to remember is don't think our tees should just be worn on their own. You can funk it up a bit too! Layer it over another long sleeve or short sleeve shirt, put on a funky belt or were some chunky jewelry with it! Have fun. The "Farmer tee" looks great with a jean mini and a big brown belt sinced arond the waist. Very cool.
Last, if you have a club or organiztion that you would like to buy these for, do not hesitate to contact us and ask about special pricing! You can order just 12 shirts and get them for wholesale cost! Also, if you are a farm owner and want to order some for your farm workers to wear at the market, contact us! We could possibly even get your farm name printed on them for you too! Anything, is possible!
Bottom line. We want to make it easy for you to get the word out. If these issues are important to you, what do ya have to lose?
Don't forget! We offer free shipping now! (within the US) So, order your favorite today!
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Have a happy healthy day!
The gals at Green Girl T-Shirt co.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Gotta say that I'm truly grateful for the food we ate yesterday. In relation to our last post - this year I really sat down and considered where our food was coming from, said a silent prayer to the farmers who produced the food, and to our turkey for giving it's life for a meal for the family to enjoy. I really considered HOW much we take so many things for granted. Well...once I packed away the last dish, I went to bed early so I could get up and take advantage of the sales on "Black Friday". Have to say... NEVER have done that before! Got up at 4:00 a.m. But I set my frame of mind that I would relax, enjoy the moment and if I found something to cross off the list it was a bonus. :-) I'll tell ya..."bonus" I did! Landed 8 gifts in 1 hour! A record! But as I stood in line, I was also happy that I had a list and thought a few things out ahead of time. Especially since my awareness in taking care of the planet is stronger these days.
You know, all the talk of being "green"...turn that off, recycle this, unplug that, etc. All terrific ideas...all great things. But have you considered that less is more? That "less" can help the planet as well? Time is tight and being "green" is not easy in a time of convenience, however, there are moments, such as Christmas shopping that we can consider not just purchasing "stuff" to accumulate in the back of someone's closet. This year I am looking at gifts that bring a family together (e.g. movies, games, food items, etc.) and stuff that people can really use (e.g. organic soap and bath gels, soy candles, comfy pjs, et.c) rather than things that will no longer be used in a year or just takes up more "space" on this planet. Let someone else pick out vases for their homes. Besides, your taste isn't always theirs... I've also spoke with family members on shortening the lists and being a bit more practical in helping to save the planet. (Great excuse eh?!?!? ;-) Reducing "stuff" can help cut down on the planet. Have you seen kids closets lately?!?! (or mine a few years back) Look... I'm a VERY busy gal as much as the rest of you are, but if you have to go shopping ANYWAY, why not draw up a list with a terrific mug of organic tea or coffee ahead of time and consider the "stuff" you are going to buy and really think about what a person wants or needs. Or consider accumulating a pile of items to donate for each item of a new gift that you recieve...my mantra this year has been: I got a new shirt, now I must give one away!
By the way, I saw a great deal for wrapping paper at Walgreens (Buy 2 get 1 for free), ripped out the coupon and then thought, hey...how much paper do we use just to wrap presents? Oh man...here I go again! Hmmm...how can we dress up newspaper for wrapping gifts? ;-) Got any ideas? Newspaper isn't exactly "holiday" but there has to be something you clever crafters know out there...Let us know!!! I have a ton of newspapers that I recycle weekly. It would be great to wrap some gifts in it AND save some money.
One final thought during these next busy weeks: Remember, take being "green" a step at a time and just adjust what you are doing on a daily basis anyway. Baby steps.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
It doesn't matter whether it's from your own garden, the CSA you belong to or your local organic market or bakery. It all helps in getting you connected again to your food.
When we start to make this connection we start to get a real appreciation for the true goodness of it all! We should all be blessed and thankful for all the food that is able to be grown within our local communities. It is what makes each community strong and healthy.
Fast food is too assessable to us nowadays and we have lost the true value of good food. We are so busy with everyday living that we don't take the time to even think about what we are eating, where it came from or how it was produced.
Try to change that this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Get in your kitchen and cook up an awesome meal. See it, smell it, taste it! But, most of all LOVE it! Yumm Yumm.
Watch this great video from our friends at Food And Water Watch! Good And Local
Happy Thanksgiving!!! Gobble Gobble.
From both of us at Green Girl T-Shirt Co.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Speaking of all those numbers you find on the bottom of all your plastic goods. Do you know what each one means? It's all confusing to me, but I found this nifty handout that you can print out and save for future reference. Resin Codes. Just remember though, these numbers do not tell you how to use the product they are only used for recycling purposes.
Also, ran across this article from Greenpeace. It also talks about PVC and gives you the plastic pyramid. From bad to worse, I guess. Pyramid of plastics. Plastic, plastic, plastic it's everywhere!! Oh, and don't think that just because you recycle your plastic that you are saving the landfills. That is only a temporary fix and it will find it's way there eventually. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer but, it's true. Most of the plastic recycled is turned into 2nd unrecyclable products, not into another container. Bummer.
Misconception #2: Curbside collection will reduce the amount of plastic landfilled.
Not necessarily. Since most plastic reprocessing leads to secondary products that are not themselves recycled, this material is only temporarily diverted from landfills. Furthermore, if collecting plastic for recycling makes it seem more environmentally-friendly, people may feel comfortable buying more of it (and therefore increase the production of virgin resin)!
Find all 7 misconceptions here.
We all just need to limit our use of plastics and stop being so dependent on that stuff. I know, it's so hard though because they make it so darn convenient!
Well, hope you are having a plastic free day today. Yeah, right.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Just wanted to update you as to why our kids shirts aren't posted yet. I guess, since Halloween was last week, we just fell behind. If you have kids in school you know how time consuming it is to get the kids ready plus do your duties as room mom! Parties, Parties, Parties! Yikes! It also doesn't help to get sick. Hopefully, we are back on track!
As soon as we get the pictures done we will load these puppies up so you can take a look. They will make cute Christmas gifts!
Let's see. I'm trying to think if I have any "green" news to share. Oh, I did find out that the reason why cows produce more greenhouse gases than cars is not necessarily the poo ( that causes a whole host of other problems! as in contaminated water) it is all that belching they are doing. It seems, since the start of the Big AG movement they have been switching cows over to a sort of fast food diet plan. Like eating at Micky D's everyday. Have you seen Super Size Me? We all know what happened to him! He did do a lot of belching.
Well, cows were created to eat a variety of natural grasses (not grain, and not fast food grass). They have a special digestive system that contains 4 compartments. The rumen, reticulum, omasum and the abomasum. Cows and other ruminants, such as goats and sheep are unique in that they can convert grass into protein. No other animals can do that.
The rumen is like a 45 gallon fermentation tank that allows resident bacteria to convert cellulose into protein and fats. Cool. They were designed a certain way! I think someone knew what he was doing.
Well, in all our invite wisdom (or, wisdom we think we have) we, as people, thought that system wasn't good enough (as in most cases, think of GMO's) We needed cows to grow bigger and faster. We will do this by any means possible even if it means going against creation/nature.
So, the cows natural pastures that consisted of a variety of grasses and flowers was now changed over to the Micky D's of grasses, the perennial ryegrass. This grass grows quickly and in huge quantities. Remember, no time to waist! But, it lacks in nutrients so the cows aren't getting what they need, just a lot of belching!
Now researches are trying to come up with more "ideas" to solve this problem. They want to mix the old way, natural grass, with the new way, cheap grass. They want to bring in genetically engineered plants to help trap airborne nitrogen to improve the soil. They even want to give the cows a pill that will reduce their belching, I guess.
When will we realize that there are no shortcuts in the way animals and plants have been designed. Our creations yes! Cars, buildings, airplanes and all electronics. Yes! tinker with that stuff all you want. But please leave our food, animals and plants out of your "fix it plan". That plan was long ago perfected. What audacity we have to think we can make something better when we don't even possess the original blue prints. I'm talking about the system as a whole. Nature and how it all works together. Synergy
Bottom line. Cows were designed to eat natural grass. Let's not try to convert them into something that is beyond their capabilities just to satisfy our desires. If this concerns you find a farm that rotates it's herd from pasture to pasture to get a balanced diet. I think you will find less gassy cows! As Michael Pollan said. " We are what what we eat eats too."
Cool site for grass fed facts. Eat wild
Speaking of Michael Pollan. Read this article he wrote. It is a great look into the problems of grain fed cows. Power Steer
I found a little diagram of a cow. Just to show you the parts. Cow parts 101.
Have a great day!! Moo to you!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
We just got our order of kids tees in and we are so crazied up about them that we had to give you a little pre-show of the designs. Just a sneak peek though, we are only showing you two of the designs. We will leave the rest for our big unveil, hopefully next week!
We have 5 different designs so everyone should be able to pick a favorite! We have, Miss Apple, Mr. Cow, Mr. Green Bean, Mr. Owl and Mr. Planet. They all share a little saying and a fun little message. Miss Apple,for instance, "Loves her red shoes", Mr. Green Been "Has cool hair" and Mr. Planet "loves his moustache!" Who knew they had such cool personalities!
What more could you want in a kids shirt! A good message, deliciously cute, no chemicals to hurt their little bodies and of course a tad of funny (our favorite)!! They will also be easy on the pocketbook too. Only $15.00 a shirt! Pretty good for all organic and water/based printing! Yippy!!
So, take a look at Miss. Apple and Mr. Cow!
Coming soon to an all organic tee!
100% made in the USA! Sizes will be 2, 4 and 6.
They can only be found at Green Girl T-Shirt Co. (where it's Cool to be Green)!!
PS. Say hi to Phillip. He did our printing for us (or was it the monkeys)!! Thanks Phillip!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Sooo...got the book Aims recommended: Deliciously Deceptive by Jessica Seinfeld. Interesting recipes and opportunities to sneak some veggies in the food. But you know, the concept is also a good idea to get more veggies in the diet then just what you cook for dinner. There is a muffin recipe where you can get 1/4 your daily recommendation of veggies. The trick - will it be any good? So, this weekend I am going to stock up on all the ingredients and give it a try. I'll take some pics too. We'll see what we come up with, however, it won't be considered a success unless I see a smile on Jeff's face. He's my big kid. If it tastes "bad" then we have "good". ;-)
For all you non-toxic cleaning supply people - came across a site that has all sort of useful ideas for vinegar http://www.angelfire.com/cantina/homemaking/vinegar.html .
And for those of you who are ditching the plastic grocery bags for the recycleable bag - Method cleaning products is offering a free bag if you use their products http://www.givegreener.com/
Save the landfills!
Have a great weekend!
YOUR DIET IMPACTS ENVIRONMENT MORE THAN YOUR CAR
13 PERCENT = The percentage of greenhouse gases created by all trucks, SUVs, cars, airplanes, trains and other transportation. (Gas)
18 PERCENT = The amount of greenhouse gases created by livestock production. (Poo)
Source: United Nations
Moral of the story: Would you rather sit in a barn with a bunch of poo or just with a few farting cows? ( I know, neither sounds pleasant, but the analogy fits!)
Above was a quick fact from the Organic Bytes newsletter. ( I had to add my flash of moral thought though, as you didn't know, right?)
Now, for some ideas:
Find a local farm to get your meat from. They treat their animals with respect and don't create a lot of poo. They are good stewards to the land and don't contaminate our water.
Check out the 100 mile diet. It gives you good information on why you should eat local and how to do it.
Need to find a farm? Check out Local Harvest! Put in your zip, city or state and Presto! You got the goods!
Choose your local restaurants instead of those big chains. Most of the big guys get their meat from all those poo farms.
Well, I gotta go. It seems the dog under my feet has a little gas problem too! Must be the eggs!
Take care, GG Aims
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Do you know what is considered junk food in school? Take this quiz and find out.
Junk Food Quiz
Let's tell the schools we want organic foods in the school cafeterias.
Check out what Hopkins School in Minnesota is doing and also Appleton school in Wisconsin. I wish more schools would follow.
Hopkins Royal Cuisine
Eat well today! :)
Monday, October 15, 2007
Well I just wanted to share a little tidbit I ran across this morning. Kinda uplifted my spirits a little. Now, who doesn't need that?
It was this video from the Earthday Network talking about this school in Washington DC, the Sidwell Friends School. A school that has taken on the issues surrounding our planet and the climate crisis.
You know, as a mother, you can't help but think about what this planet is going to be like for our children in years to come. What have we, as people, done to create such a problem?
It's time to take a step back and see what we can do to help make a change for the better.
A few things come to mind.
First, educate yourself. You won't change unless you are aware of the issues and the outcomes.
Second, make little changes. Buy organic apples this week, cancel your weed killer application for your yard this fall or spring (who says a yard has to be perfect?). Do you and the girls get together once a month? Why not have an organic wine and cheese party! Have each friend bring their favorite glass, share a good book and drink up! Do your kids like all that icky hot lunch food at school everyday? Compromise, let them pick 2 days a week for hot lunch and the other three make their lunch with organic goodies. Another simple thing to do is pass on some knowledge to a friend (the easiest of all)!
Last, slow down. Turn off your tv and play with your kids, take a walk (your dog will like that), be thankful, or make a good home cooked meal for your family with all organic ingredients ( you wont believe the sense of accomplishment you'll get from that!)
Just making conscious decisions in what you buy makes a huge difference! Another thing to remember, is that it takes a little time and effort to find the change between the couch cushions but it's definitely worth it!
So, take a look and see what this school is doing. It's Pretty cool!
Sidwell Friends School
Have a great day!!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Yesterday I just made a chocolate beet cake! Who Knew! It was very very good! The frosting was a bit much but I'll explain in a bit.
First, I saw Jessica Seinfeld on Oprah the other day and she has a new book out called Deceptively Delicious. It's about sneaking in veggies in unsuspecting places. She uses purees so everything comes out moist and delicious. The only thing I have tried was the cake so I can't comment on the other things. I have heard though that it's a more "grown up" flavor to her foods. Maybe good for husbands!
Now, about the frosting. My kids liked the cake but NOT the frosting. It was very strong. You use cream cheese, cocoa powder the unsweetened kind (I think that was overpowering) confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract. Just too much for little taste buds. I even found myself scraping it off. My husband said he liked it though. But, hey, it was cake! He's not going to complain.
Anyway, I will make the cake again just changed the frosting. :)
Maybe that is what you need to do with Jeff. You need to get creative. Another good cookbook you need is the Farmer John Cookbook. This book gives you lots of tips and new ideas for all those goodies in your box. This book comes from the CSA I belong too.
I know, it's hard when you start getting veggies that you have never heard of before. Like kohlrabi. Plus, I still don't know what to do with all my kale!
Well, have a great day! And get to cookin'!
Over and out.
Oops. Forgot to tell you what Green Bags are. They are bags that you put your fresh produce in and they remove the gases to help prolong the shelf life. I think I said before, my strawberries got a funny taste though. They kept ripening. But, they did last longer and didn't get any mold or decay. That's good, because if you do nothing mine start to rot in a couple days! Anyway, they do help. I have heard about little packets that you can throw into containers too. They might be worth a look into.
On a lighter note...what is a green bag Aims?
Oh! So the latest on my end...finally found a local farm/ CSA (find out more what a CSA is on our Knowledge page) to deliver fresh vegetables. The fun part of this is that you don't know what to expect. It's whatever is in season. So my first box contained edamane (i know i spelled that wrong), zucchini, a yellow watermelon?!?!?, squash, small baby tomatoes, etc. - and it's different down here in Florida with our weather so you don't generally receive the same sort of "fall" vegetables that someone in the seasonal states might receive (like my bud Aims) - ok all - here's the challenge though...Jeff (my husband) eats about 2 vegetables at home(but a restaurant or someone's home he'll be more adventurous let's say...) - corn and green beans. So now we have all these fresh vegetables and as I am pulling them out of the box, he is all ready wrinkling his nose. Later that night, I boiled the edamane and shucked them on the couch while we were watching Bionic Woman (not as good as the original of course) and out of the corner of his eye he was watching me. "I'm not eating that crap. Gross!!" he says. I told him if he wasn't careful I was going to grind it up and sneak it his Thurday night beef burrito. So now I have these vegetables (fresh) and how am I going to get him to eat them? ;-)~
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Take a look at this newsletter. It came from Spilling The Beans.
It's worth your time to read it. Do your homework and educate yourselves on GMO's. Your body will thank you, your kids will thank you and so will our planet. :)
Take care and feed your bellies happy!
and to fill you in on the news that's been circulating in my brain.
First, I have started using my Green Bags. They seem to be ok. Still not quite sure about them. One thing that was weird, is that when I put my strawberries in them they seemed to ripen fast. They lost their sweet taste. Not sure why. They didn't rot out or mold, just had a more different taste. Hummmm.. It's like things still ripen they just don't get brown or moldy. I haven't made up my mind about them. I'll keep you posted.
Also, I came across some interesting information that I was not aware of. You know those CF bulbs everyone is telling you to put in your home. Well, they contain a small amount of mercury. Now, I'm not saying don't buy them, I just think people need to be aware of how to dispose of them properly. If all of us start using them and just throw them in the trash we could start a brand new problem with our landfills and contamination. Came across this website. Check it out, lots of good info.
Things you should know
Hope it all helps.
We are so close in getting our kids tees completed. They are deliciously cute!! I can't wait to get them up on the site.
Over and out.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Hello all...This is Jaims. I live in Boynton Beach, Florida very close to the ocean - 9 years - originally from Rockford, Illinois (you can take a girl out of the midwest but you can't take the midwest out of the girl.) I live here with my husband, Jeff, and my dog-son, Cecil Comisky Mershon. (yes, named after the Chicago White Sox ball field).
It's Sunday and rainy here today. Love it! It's rare to have it rain all day - most days it's too sunny to spend the day in sweats (you feel guilty to be inside and it's not the same) soooo, I'm in my sweat pants, drinking my fair trade coffee, and was reading the latest issue of Plenty Magazine (green reading). I also finished up reading the latest issue of Real Simple. They had a cool reference to a website that has eco-shopping in one stop online. www.shopgreen.pricegrabber.com - apparently the site has over 20,000 products!
Not bad for green awareness today. And that's the key to this blog when you read it. How 2 people are becoming more aware of taking care of our planet (air, soil, water, food sources, animals, etc.) and the day to day struggles as well. (Because a green life is not perfect - I just turned my air conditioning down because it's SO humid today! But offset this pleasure for no shower (saved water) - but hey?!?!? who needs a shower on a rainy day when sitting in my sweat pants! ;-)
Well catch "y'all" (my only southern attribute I've picked up in 9 years in southern florida) later - going to enjoy my air conditioning with a pot of chili and turn on some football. Da Bears!
Friday, September 28, 2007
I'm a stay at home mom with 3 kids and one big kid, my husband. It's a crazy household we live in and I can not keep the darn house picked up! I have WAY to much going on and my brain is always thinking of the next thing to do. In some crazy way though I like it. Hum, who knew? I also think I have developed ADD since I became a mother. Again, I think it is because of all the things I have going on. Tasks, just don't seem to get accomplished like they use to.
Example, cleaning out the fridge. As I was grabbing the butter out of the fridge this morning, (I made pancakes for everyone today, no school.) I found a shriveled up pepper. I had to laugh and even took a picture of it. It was kinda cute. I guess organic peppers shrivel up just like the others! I got some of those Green Bags -Evert-Fresh Green Bags. I'll let you know how they work and if they keep my little peppers from shriveling up. I just have to remember to put my stuff in the bags. I usually just run home quick and throw everything into the fridge. Plus, I think you have to make sure everything is dry when you put it in the bag, no moisture at all.
I belong to a CSA and I'm hoping this will help me keep my goodies fresh longer. It's hard when you get all this good produce and it rots in your fridge because you can't use it fast enough. What a waste eh? Again, more planning that my brain is having a hard time keeping up with! Or maybe it's me. I can't keep up! Ha Ha
Well, hope you all are having a great day! I have to go and take care of my kiddies. A mothers job is never done.
Oh, speaking of kiddies. We are working on a new line of kids tees. They are way to cute! I can't wait to get them out. I hope you will like them. Sizes will be 2, 4 and 6. :) We will keep you posted on how it's going with them. Our creative brains are working. Good News!!
Hey Jaims! How is your day going? Any shrively things in your fridge??
over and out. Aims
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Thanks for stopping by and checking out our Green Girl T-Shirt Co. Blog.
We will be writing about "living the green life", or at least trying to, and the challenges we face in doing so.
Ya know, it's a tough world out there and maybe if we share our story, you won't feel so bad! We all have struggles with what food to buy, what light bulbs to buy, what clothes to wear, what to recycle and what to just pitch. It's crazy!
Don't sweat it though! We got your back. At least we are all trying to make a difference. Isn't that what matters most?
We hope you enjoy a laugh or two, life is too serious sometimes, and enjoy finding your own Green Groove!
Amy (Aims), Jamie (J'aims)
oh, about our names. We have been best friends since high school (please don't ask us how long ago that was) , and those (Aims and J'aims) were our nicknames. I guess we just thought they were cool. Maybe we thought we were too, who knows! I guess, they are kinda corny now, but oh well. We still like to use them. It must bring us back to our high school days! Ah, the days of yesteryear! Ha Ha. Don't worry, we're not that old! Anyway, we respond to either or and we may use them interchangeably. :) Have a super day!
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