Interview with Farah at MANUOSH.com

A few weeks ago at the Park Silly Market we had the opportunity to meet Farah the writer and brains behind a great blog at MANUOSH.com , this blog is full of delicious healthy recipes, great ECO friendly tips, and interviews with different business owners from her travels. This blog is full of good content so go check it out, learn more about ReadyBag, and try out some of her recipes they are delicious and nutritious!

Give Composting a Try!

Composting and gardening is a great cycle to start,  it can be done almost anywhere and with a little effort it can make a big impact on the environment and improve your well-being.

Let’s start with composting; there are lots of good reasons to compost it can save money, save resources, improve your soil and reduce your impact on the environment. Regardless of your reasons, composting is a win/win scenario.  Although composting may seem like a difficult process, when done correctly it’s not as hard as you may think, it only takes a little internet searching to find the best way to process compost for you based on  your location and the amount of space you have to use.  Composing can be done in containers or on the ground so do a few internet searches to find what works best for you. The benefits below are worth the time and efforts.

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Reduce Your Impact!

•Reduce Green House Gases (GHG’s) in two ways:

Reduce Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vehicles used to transport waste

Organics in landfills break down anaerobically (without oxygen) to produce methane gas, a greenhouse gas 21 times more harmful than CO2.

•Reduce the impact of chemical fertilizers that runoff into our rivers, lakes and streams.

•Buried organics can react with metals in the landfill to produce toxic leachate, a potential source of groundwater pollution.

Improve Your Soil!

•Compost returns valuable nutrients to the soil to help maintain soil quality and fertility.

•Compost is a mild, slow release, natural fertilizer that won’t burn plants like chemical fertilizers.

•It also improves texture and air circulation for heavier soils (like Manitoba gumbo) and helps to increase the water retention of sandy soils.

•Provides organic matter and nutrients which will improve plant growth and  lead to better yields.Give Composting a Try!

Save Resources!

•Keeps a valuable resource out of the landfill.

•Waste less water since compost helps with moisture retention.

•Reduce civic costs for waste collection and thereby reduce fuel use.

•Extend the life of landfills. Remember residential waste is 40% compostable materials.

Save Money!

•No need to buy chemical fertilizers. Compost is free!

•Compost helps to retain soil moisture so you water less.

•The nutrients from compost are not washed away by rainfall. No waste!

Let’s all do our part and recycle, compost, and use biodegradable products whenever possible because you can make a difference.

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Bamboo, A Sustainable Product That Has Many Uses

Bamboo is a grass that grows quickly that can be cut for use and will continue to grow, this makes for a great sustainable product

Bamboo shoots can be eatenOnly the shoots of bamboo are edible. The shoot is the part of the bamboo pole early in its growth. Shoots are harvested about 2 weeks after they appear from the ground’s surface or just under 1 foot tall.

LandscapingAs a landscape plant bamboo is nearly unparalleled.  Bamboos basically require only water to thrive.  Unlike trees bamboo culms may be cut to a specific height from which point they never change shape or grow taller.  They make effective wind screens, visual screens, and depending on the thickness sound barriers.  A single row of bamboo takes up very little space but can provide much needed shade.  Rhizomes preferably grow amongst the leaf duff and in the very uppermost layer of soil creating a dense, soil grabbing network.  They plow their way through the hardest soils loosening it as they go, making it easier for other rhizomes and creatures to tunnel.  Feeder roots and culm stabilizer roots fan out and penetrate deep into the soil (6 feet or more) providing air holes and acting as straws for water percolation.  Bamboo roots and rhizomes live short lives, generally less than 5 years, and break down quickly.  In this way bamboo, like other field grasses, such as alfalfa, protects and enriches the soil, increases soil friability and cohesion, and helps water move efficiently.

Building material. More and more furniture, flooring, and even homes are being built with bamboo. Whether people like the look of the bamboo, or the way it holds up, it is becoming a more popular building material that many people are recognizing. The smooth floors hold up well in kitchens and other rooms, and the furniture, bound attractively with rattan or leather, gives any room a modern look.

Fabrics and clothing.  A fabulous trend right now is bamboo fibers being used in fabrics and clothing. Bedding made of bamboo fibers is as soft as or softer than most cotton beddings, and drapes with the look of silk without the expense. It is becoming a mainstream trend to have bamboo fabric products or clothing, populating many major chain retail stores.

Consider using bamboo to help to reduce deforestation and the use of plastics, it's great for our planet to use as many sustainable products as possible.

Every Day Ways to Think Green in Your Kitchen

Use reusable drinking mug: Don't purchase bottled water, using tap or filtered water saves money and no plastic bottles to add to our landfills.

Don't use disposable plates and silverware: Used disposable plates should not be added to your recycle and plastic silverware can take up to 500 year to decompose.

Reuse water:  Rinse your produce in a bowl and then use that water for your house plants or in your garden.

Don't use paper towels: Keep a dish towel by the sink to dry your hands and use a dish cloth to clean up spills and messes.

Shop local farmer's market: It's wonderful to meet the people who grow the food you are eating, the food is usually fresher and it's usually local which means it doesn't need to travel a long distance to sell.

Let's all do our part to recycle and use biodegradable products when ever possible

 

 

 

American Gnuity

We had a great opportunity to pitch ReadyBag to Ross Shafer, David Bradford, and Amy Reese Anderson this weekend at the American Gnuity contest. Ross Shafer, and David Bradford liked the product so much they both said they would start using it right away in their own homes, both Ross Shafer and David Bradford saw the benefit of ReadyBag and how it simplified the chore of taking out the trash. Thanks to Ross Shafer, David Bradford, and Amy Reese Anderson for the support and complements on our product!  Now it's your turn to purchase ReadyBag, begin simplifying your chore and helping out the environment! Click the BUY NOW button to purchase your ReadyBag Starter Kit for only $11.99! 

Everyone here at ReadyBag loves the entrepreneurial spirit, so of course we are fans of this competition please support American Gnuity so they can make this show a reality!

8 Reasons To Support Local Businesses

ReadyBag is gearing up for the Park Silly farmers market, we will have a booth there this summer every Sunday 10am - 5pm,  June 8th - September 21st. Come up to Park City to enjoy all the fun activities, food, music this market has to offer, and support local businesses! More information for the Park Silly Market in the link below this article.  Here are 8 reasons why you should support local business.

1. Local Decision-Making

Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

2.  Community Well-Being

Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.

3.  Product Diversity

A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

4.  Environmental Sustainability

Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

5.  Job and Wages

Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

6.  Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

7.  Competition

A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

8.  Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy

Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

For more information on the Park Silly Sunday Market visit parksillysundaymarket.com

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Let's Talk Trash!

Enter to win. @readyproducts we are having a contest . Get a chance to win ‪#‎free‬ ‪#‎readybag‬ system and ‪#‎biodegradable‬ trash bags.

1. Follow us on instagram @readyproducts .

2. Next time you go on a ‪#‎hike‬ or ‪#‎walk‬ pick up some trash.

3. Post your results on your instagram and hash tag #readybag .

Ends on May 31st. Check out Ready Bag at www.readybagonline.com . ‪#‎TheMoreYouKnow‬ ‪#‎gogreen‬ ‪#‎SaveWildLife‬ ‪#‎SaveOurPlanet‬ ‪#‎Mountain‬ ‪#‎adventure‬

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Live Green SLC Festival 2014

ReadyBag attended the Live Green SLC Festival yesterday, it was a fantastic venue and great to find so many people that are excited about  ReadyBag the product that  simplifies the chore of taking out the trash while helping out the environment by using biodegradable trash bags. We hope to see at our next venue so you can check it out for yourself, we will keep you posted as to the next venue date. Let's all do our part and recycle and use biodegradable products whenever possible.  

ReadyBag attended the Live Green SLC Festival yesterday, it was a fantastic venue and great to find so many people that are excited about  ReadyBag the product that  simplifies the chore of taking out the trash while helping out the environment by using biodegradable trash bags.

We hope to see at our next venue so you can check it out for yourself, we will keep you posted as to the next venue date.

Let's all do our part and recycle and use biodegradable products whenever possible.

 

How To: A Sustainable Solution for Recycling Plastic Bottles!

As a Utah local company, we love unique ideas that not only promote sustainability within our community, but that also just make life a whole lot easier! Finding practical use in everyday life for items that would otherwise be taking up space in a landfill is something we could all improve on.

Click on the link to learn more on  this great idea of recycling plastic bottles to grow your own food. Challenge yourself or your family to find use for waste products that could simplify your daily routines!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Self-watering-vertical-garden-with-recycled-water-/

Green Cleaning:"When Life Gives You Lemons... Clean House!"

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Lemons are a great sustainable household cleaning tool, they're kid friendly by reducing the many harmful chemicals many cleaners use today and using lemons can save you $$$$  too .

Below are some easy recipes that use lemons to replace some of the cleaners you use, give it a try for a month and see if they will work for you.

FRESHEN  THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Rid that funky smell wafting out of your kitchen sink by take matters into your own hands, just quarter a lemon, drop it in the disposal, and turn on the hot water. Flip the switch, and it'll be good to go "fresh again.

POLISH METAL POTS AND PANS

Tarnished metal and burnt bottoms have a way of making your cooking pots look old and unclean. Shine 'em up by dipping a half of a lemon in salt and rubbing gently in circular motions. The same will also work  for chrome faucets and grills. Just steer clear of anything brass-plated, which won't hold up under pressure

WASH DISHES

Cut grease on hard-to-clean dishes by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to your detergent. This one's great for that little dish washers who want to help out, but not so good with the scrubbing part yet.

CLEAN YOUR COFFEE AND TEA POTS

Rid your coffee and tea pots of  mineral buildup by slicing lemons and boiling them in the pot. Let  steep for 1 to 2 hours, then stick the pot in the dishwasher. Bonus: Banishing  those unwanted impurities makes for a better tasting cup of your favorite brew.

BRIGHTEN THOSE DINGY WHITES

Revive your  dingy whites by adding ½ cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a regular-sized load of white or "bleachable-safe" clothes. While you're at it, tackle tough spots on polyester and cotton with a stain-fighting mixture that's equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. Rub in the solution (after testing on a small patch), and let it soak in for 1/2 hour. Wash as normal "WOW looking and smelling good".

NATURAL OVEN SPRAY

Avoid toxic chemicals found in traditional oven cleaners. They may work like a charm, but they're hazardous to your health. Try replacing them with a paste of lemon juice, water, and baking soda until it reaches the consistency of gel. Coat the inside of the oven, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse well. Easy and clean "Yes".

EASY TOILET BOWL CLEANER

 When it comes to your toilet bowl, combine ½ cup of lemon juice and a sprinkle of baking soda, and let the magic happen. After 15 minutes, give it a quick turn with a toilet brush, and flush. Fresh as a daisy!

FURNITURE POLISH

Mix a pint of mineral oil with one tablespoon of lemon juice, pour in a spray bottle and wipe down your surfaces really well, now it's clean and shiny .

WASH WINDOWS

Say goodbye to streaking, window grime and handprints with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ cup white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water. Spay on and wipe with that news paper like advertisements you get in the mail every week, a good way to recycle.

SANITIZE YOUR MICROWAVE

 Clean those splatterings by slicing a lemon and dropping the pieces into a bowl or cup of hot water. Turn the microwave on high for 1 minute and immediately give it a couple swipes with a wet sponge. If only everything in life could be cleaned up this easy.

NOW GO AHEAD AND GIVE IT A TRY, YOU'LL BE HAPPY YOU DID!

 

 

 

Earth Day: Sustainable Ways to Do Your Part


John McConnell was a peace activist who first proposed Earth Day in 1969 to celebrate Earth’s life and beauty. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) is credited for making Earth Day official because he proposed a bill asking Congress for a nationwide celebration to be held annually.
The day April 22 was chose to be  Earth Day because it is the first official day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and of Fall in the Southern hemisphere.

The first official Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 when as many as 20 million Americans participated in nationwide environmental rallies, demonstrations and other activities. Since then, Earth Day has transformed from a grassroots movement into a worldwide citizen crusade. In 1990, Earth Day went global when 200 million people in 141 countries participated in activities and events.

From 1990 to 2000, recycling and global warming became major messages on Earth Day. Today, more than 5,000 environmental groups across the world participate in Earth Day to help spread the message of conservation

 

Below are some facts of why we need to recycle,

  • 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year.
  • Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day.
  • In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
  • Approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up.


Here are only a few examples of how long it takes some things take to break down.

  • plastics take 500 years,
  • aluminum cans take 500 years,
  • organic materials take 6 months,
  • cotton, rags, paper take 6 months.


Try using some examples below in your every day life to help to reduce the amount of waste going into our land fills. Also, consider the use of sustainable products that get the job done, but are much more eco-friendly.

1. Say goodbye to plastic bags. Single-use plastic bags represent a threat to the environment. Not only do they take up a huge space in landfills, but they also interfere with the ecosystem. Take along a reusable canvas bag when shopping. It’s a quick and easy way to “go green.” It’s also a great example to show your kids that you care about their future and the future of our planet.

 

2. Recycle unwanted items. Have your kids outgrown their clothes? Do they no longer play with certain toys? Rather than throwing them out to take up space in a landfill, consider donating them to charity. Not only will you get a tax deduction for making a charitable donation, but you’ll also help out a deserving organization.

 

3. Set up recycling receptacles. In your kitchen and anywhere else in your house where recyclable waste is generated (e.g., home office), to make it easy to keep recyclable materials separate from the trash.

 

4. Support Local Companies. You may also choose to help the environment by supporting local Utah companies and products. Supporting local companies not only benefits the environment, but it also helps to boost your local economy. 2 for 1!

 

We hope everyone will do their part to leave the Earth a better place than when they arrived, think green, think clean.

5 Simple, Sustainable Saving Tips

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that your household chore efforts were supporting sustainability? Sometimes the smallest acts of “doing-good” provide the satisfaction needed to really go the extra mile around the house.

These five simple tips are great reminders and will not only support your green-lifestyle, but they will also help conserve some green in your pockets as well!

TIP #1 - FRIDGE AND FREEZER UPKEEP

It is a great idea to vacuum the coils of your fridge and freezer (recommended biannually) in order to make sure that they continue running efficiently and to prevent inefficiencies that could eventually lead to greater problems. 

TIP #2: - DISHES

This is one that mom always reminded us of, but we avoided hand washing at all costs. Running the dishwasher only when it is full will save water and energy. Sure, there maybe some hand washing involved, but it’s a simple chose that goes a long way to support savings and sustainability.

TIP #3 - LAUNDRY

Wash your laundry loads in cold water. Your clothes will come out just as clean and you won’t be wasting money and energy in reheating the water in the water heater.

TIP #4 - DRYING

If you feel like your dryer runs forever, but your clothes still aren’t dry, some lint filter maintenance might be a good idea. Be sure to always empty it after each cycle. Washing the lint filter several times a year will prevent unnecessary buildup and keep your dryer’s efficiency in tip-top shape.

TIP #5 - COOKING

Cutting foods into smaller pieces will allow them to cook faster and use less energy. This may seem tedious, but over time, all the energy saved will be money saved. 

Whether it's taking out the trash or running a load of laundry, there are simple and sustainable solutions around every corner.