Green is where the Heart Is for July 6th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 06 July 2016 04:00

“I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.  Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.  Otherwise what is there to defend?”   ~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

The Island Women Environmental Committee led by Jennifer Browne has been busy at work creating a PSA which plays before the weekly Sunday movie at the Lake.  Gail and Greg of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce gave the go ahead when she approached them earlier this spring.
Browne went to Carolina Beach Elementary School and spoke to Ms. Connor who had 5th grade students create pictures of their ideas of how to be environmentally responsible.  Their artwork is included in the show.  
The questions had Gail and Greg going.  For example, in the average home, which uses the most water?  1) Flushing the toilet, 2) Filling the bathtub, 3) Taking a 10 minute shower, 4) Washing a load of clothes?  The answer is 3) Taking a 10 minute shower.  Fact:  The shower uses 30-50 gallons of water; flushing the toilet uses 2-7 gallons; filling the bathtub uses 25-30 gallons; washing one load of clothes uses 25-40 gallons.  
The average American family uses 1,500 plastic bags every year.  Plastic bags cannot be recycled unless returned to stores with recycling programs.  Most end up in landfills or find their way to the ocean, where they are a hazard to marine life.  100,000 marine animals are killed each year as a result of plastic bag pollution.  
I get exhausted as I drive down Lake Park on recycle day and witness plastic bags peeking out of the recycling containers.  The lids CLEARLY say, “NO PLASTIC BAGS,” but it is taking so long to educate people to this idea.  In our single stream recycling program the plastic bags get caught in the conveyer wheels and cause the whole production to shut down for repair.  Plastic bags CAN be recycled at Food Lion on the island or Harris Teeter OTB.  
Did you know that 90% of the price you pay for bottled water goes toward the plastic bottle, while the water inside is only 10 of the cost? Save $$$ and the planet with a reusable bottle.
You are probably seeing the 2016 Island Women Reusable bags around town lately. This project was created to promote an environmentally sound attitude on our island and to raise $$$ for projects like Beach Bound, supplying wheelchairs that are accessible on the beach in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Ft. Fisher.  Flocks of Flamingos have been sited recently, also.  Call (412)554-9875 if you want to surprise your friend with a flock.  They are perfect for special occasions, and do well at residents and businesses.  They stay for only 24 hours before they fly away but the fun lasts much longer than that.  
Support this generous group of volunteers.  Their motto is to ‘invite, include, and inspire.”  For more information go to www.islandwomen.org or their FaceBook page Island Women. xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.

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