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The Classic Pamela Positive: Do You Have Any Volunteers In Your Garden?

dandelion-411368_640I’m fortunate enough to have grown up with a very small vegetable garden that my parents maintained.  We often ate vegetables for dinner from the garden, picked flowers, grew corn, potatoes, zucchini.  We also had our “volunteer plants,” meaning seeds that happened to pop up, nurture themselves, and volunteer their wonderful offerings to us.  Sometimes it might be a type of berry, a different tomato plant, or a flower. Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: Do You Have Enough Green Light in Your Life?

forest-470531_640Try to use all the natural light that comes to us from our earth.  Green light is light from the sun, and not fluorescent bulbs. Continue reading

How Can You Use, and Reuse, Paper?

pencil-17808_640We can live consciously and thoughtfully about how we use paper.  When you write a note, could you also reuse it again, and use the other side?  When you receive a card, is there a portion of it that’s not written on, that could be used for a casual note to a roommate, spouse or friend?  Or perhaps you could even use it for a to-do list.  When you receive a box of a recent book or item of clothing, you can save it for holiday gifts.  Let’s think creatively about our trees…

A World Without Salt Packets

salt-51973_640There are so many things that are packaged within paper, and the waste can be enormous.  I think about the time, manufacturing costs, the transport, the packaging, when we look at individual salt packets.  My guess is, forty granules of salt are contained within a tiny salt packet.  And we’ve got to enclose it with paper, and then put it in another big package to transport it.  There are so many ways that we use paper that are not allowing us to be effective stewards of our environment. Continue reading

Recycling Is Outdated

recycle-57136_640Recycling is outdated: its time has passed.  I’ve been thinking about this recently.  I know that might seem a crazy statement to some.

Yet we really have to encourage ourselves to reuse, and reuse again.  Here are some creative and inspiring ways to do so:

1. Save To-Go Containers

I’m often surprised in my office when people get lunches to go, how many containers go in the recycling. Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Enjoy When You Can, Endure When You Must”

“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”  — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Two grand lessons today: Enjoy and Persevere.

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