Archive for Pillar One: Strive to be Toxic Free

Edina Earth Day 2009-GREEN school open house and community celebration

Edina Earth Day 2009
How Low Can WE Go?
Highlands Elementary School
5505 Doncaster Way
Edina, MN 55436
Wed., April 22, 6-8PM
everybodyhelpsearthday
Raffle Prizes
Edina Bike Clinic
Tour a GREEN School
FREE FAMILY FUN & ACTIVITIES!
Earth Day event sponsors, door prizes and experts:
Davanni’s
Minnesota EcoMoms
Jerry’s Hardware
Jerry’s Foods
Fed Ex Kinko’s Edina
J&S Fitness
Fifty Lanterns
Green Gaurdian-edible lawn
Edina Energy & Environment Commission
Grass Fed Cattle, LLC
MN Renewable Energy Society
Hennepin County ReThink ReCycle
Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board
Community Power grant
EHS Project Earth
Edina Food Service Committee
David Boyce, speaker-Solar 101 for your home or school 7:00PM in the Media Center
Edina Bike
1/2 Price Books
Noodles & Co.
Q. Cumbers
Core Power Yoga & Spa Edina
Highlands PTA
Highlands Green Team
Highlands “How Low Can WE Go?” project team
Xcel
41Pounds-junk mail abatement
Fabkins
Klean Kanteen
Laptoplunches
MiMi the Sardine
Jamba Juice
Highlands Girl Scouts
Ride to Earth Day and receive a FREE bike safety check from Edina Bike experts.  Helmets on sale. Jamba Juice selling “$2 Jamba’s for Highlands GREEN school project fund.”  Collecting: old cells, PDAs, ink cartridges, caps and lids, batteries-see the Girl Scout table for collection bins. Waste-Free lunch items on sale: klean kanteens, laptop lunches, fabkins, and mimi the sardine lunch totes. GUEST SPEAKER, David Boyce 7:00PM in the Media Center-Solar 101 with Q & A. Make and Take non-toxic cleaner for green spring cleaning and Make and Take a reusable shopping bag.  And, so much more!
Fun and free for the whole family.
 
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Alice’s Wonderspray

spray-bottle

Classes at Highlands are discussing the environmental toxins that are present in many of the all-purpose cleaners used at home and school.  The students are mass producing bottles of a safe, non-toxic all-purpose cleaner.

Alice’s Wonderspray is the recipe.  The active agent is good ole’ borax, which is found in nature and does disinfect, without harming the earth or children’s developing brains and bodies like bleach-based cleaners do.

Alice’s Wonder Spray

Ingredients:
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 teaspoons Borax
1/4 cup liquid soap
32 oz. Hot water
20 drops of essential oil
(I am using Lavender; it is an antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal and
antibacterial.)
Preparation:

Combine all ingredients.
Chef: Lorayne Streeter, Lakewinds
3/20/2001

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For Your Information

This was sent in by a Highlands parent. It was several years ago that my father’s oncologist suggested that he not microwave in plastic…interesting.


No plastic containers in microwave.



No water bottles in freezer.



No plastic wrap in microwave.

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers…

This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body…

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food… You get the same results, only without the dioxin So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.


He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons…


Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.

Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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Green Pilot Project Planning Meeting and Green Highlands Conversation Part II

Pilot Project Planning Meeting & Highlands Green Enthusiast Conversation Part II
Thursday, August 21, 2008
RSVP juliemcjones@gmail.com

8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
5813 West 61st Street
FREE sitter and activities for all ages provided
All our welcome to this working session with the pilot project team. We hope you will support and replicate the ideas in your sphere of influence, and volunteer your time and talents to the greening of Highlands.

Please pass this on to interested parties.

Contact me, if you would like to be on Core Pilot Project Team or on the Earth Day Event Planning Team. Julie juliemcjones@gmail.com
Don’t Do What I Say…Do What I Do.
Never has that phrase been more appropriate then when describing my journey to lower our family carbon footprint, with my own children participating (and monitoring) in the process.

Michael Anderson shared with me his desire to focus on SUSTAINABILITY next year and I believe as a collective community we can do our part to model this concept and get the ripple effect going.

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Pesticide Free Schools

Children are especially vulnerable to environmental toxins. Learn more.

In spring of 2007, the Edina school board amended its policy and now allows for pesticides through a contract with ChemLawn/TruGreen to spray all schools and all school areas. If you wish to go back to the days of a pesticide free Highlands, contact the school district and request that they consider a pesticide free turf management plan or write a letter to one of the school board members letting them know that you respectfully disagree with the 2007 amendment. The school board had complaints from neighbors about dandelions and the district was also losing their turf, which can lead to injuries.

Perhaps a natural lawn care contract could be considered as a safe alternative?

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