Green is where the Heart Is for April 18th, 2018

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:31

"Recycling is what we do when we're out of options to avoid, repair, or reuse the product first. Firstly: Reduce. Don't buy what we don't need. Repair: Fix stuff that still has life in it. Reuse: Share. Then, only when you've exhausted those options, recycle." ~Annie Leonard

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

If you are reading this and are born in my generation of baby boomers, then you surely remember the days when your parents took the trash outside to the burn barrel and lit the fire to incinerate the garbage.  There were no warnings of toxic fumes from plastic items or explosions of aerosols that I can remember.  The empty cans of beans along with the hidden Playboy magazines (found by my mother under my older brother’s mattress) were all placed in the rusted barrel and the match was thrown to ignite the flame. 
We also had a garbage can, a smaller, silver metal can with lid, which made its way to the curb once a week.  Of course, soda (pop) came in glass bottles along with milk and orange juice and you could return those to get your deposit money back.  Ice cream came in paper cartons which could burn.  Sometime in the late fifties or early sixties, I remember the introduction of TV dinners, a real treat for Friday nights. The cardboard sleeve held an aluminum foil tray of ‘delicious’ meat, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots and that scrumptious dessert, which I am not exactly sure what it was made of but had extra sweetness to it. 
Our straws were paper, striped with red and white.  My mother’s wedding pots and pans were called Wear-Ever and they were made to do exactly that.  To this day (she was married in 1934) I still use 2 of the metal bowls.  Then, one day, something weird entered our home.  Tupperware.  You could store things in it.  It was air tight.  You could burp it.  The colors were pretty and after a short period of time you could locate the bottom but not the corresponding lid or vice versa, so you bought more.  My mother trained me with one mantra to live by.  “You can NEVER have enough Tupperware.”
According to the EPA, outside of the small amount of plastics incinerated, (which you should never do because the toxic fumes will kill you,) every bit of plastic ever manufactured still exists today and is compounding by increasing global production.  Every piece of plastic you have ever used is most likely still here somewhere. has a challenge.  “Up to 80% of marine debris is plastic and comes from runoff, creating a steady stream of plastic into the ocean. In the marine environment, plastics do not biodegrade, they photo-degrade, breaking up from recognizable items of all sizes and shapes into tiny particulates. The challenge is to innovate novel ways to “mine” for plastics, both large and small, remembering that the smaller pieces of plastic are the most challenging ones to capture, and they are also the most easily ingested by marine life. Do you eat fish? Fish eat plastic!”
Living at the ocean has peaked my passion to keep our oceans clean.  There are at least three huge gyres in the oceans that contain swirling plastics.  One in the Pacific, called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is bigger than the state of Texas.  Removing plastics from the ocean is complex but we can start but not allowing it to get into the ocean in the first place.  1.) REDUCE the amount of plastics that you purchase.  2.)  REPAIR what you have if it still has life in it. 3.) REUSE and share when your throwaways may become someone else’s treasures. 4.) RECYCLE especially those plastics which we do NOT want to end up in tour ocean.  Carolina Beach has big blue recycle bins and Kure Beach has green and yellow lidded ones.  The directions are clearly spelled out on the lids.   To learn more find the documentary Plastic Oceans on Netflix.  It is a real eye opener.  Enjoy your time here and do your best to keep our beaches clean for generations to come.  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 Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park 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  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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