Dear Earth, Will You Be My Valentine?

5 CLIMATE FRIENDLY WAYS YOU CAN SHOW THE EARTH SOME LOVE

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again, when all the singles out there treat themselves to a tub of self-love and/or ice-cream - and the couples rush to find last-minute gifts that attempt to say I love you. Because love, really, is probably the most important thing on Earth, can we get an Amen?

Speaking of Earth, for this Valentine’s Day we couldn’t help but reflect on our life-long relationship with our planet. Do we treat her with respect and show her love every day? Do we stop and smell her roses? For quite some time, we’ve been a pretty lousy partner, and ironically we’re causing more harm to ourselves in the process, since things like hurricanes, heat waves, and wildfires will keep getting worse due to our actions.

Thankfully, it seems as though our political climate is shifting towards more aggressive climate action. As the New York Times recently reported, climate policy is shifting and the government aims “to free up as much as $10 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to protect against climate disasters before they strike.” In other words, FEMA will shift focus on preemption rather than reaction to climate disasters, which got us thinking…

How can we take preemptive climate-friendly action now in our own lives?

Here are 5 easy, but impactful ways you can show Earth some love.

1. Investing in energy efficient appliances, gadgets, and transportation to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Nothing says love like an electric car, a solar-powered lantern, or a gas-free generator. According to the NRDC, “Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost way to reduce emissions.”

For instance, when the power goes out for hours or days during a heat wave, a winter storm, a hurricane, or an earthquake, we often jump to gas-guzzling generators. With this solar-powered generator, you can enjoy up to 7 hours of electricity to power up your basic electronics - without the fumes. 

Nothing says love like an electric car, a solar-powered lantern, or a gas-free generator. According to the NRDC, “Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost way to reduce emissions.”

For instance, when the power goes out for hours or days during a heat wave, a winter storm, a hurricane, or an earthquake, we often jump to gas-guzzling generators. With this solar-powered generator, you can enjoy up to 7 hours of electricity to power up your basic electronics - without the fumes. 

Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator

Jackery Portable Power Station Generator

$249.99

 

Whether used as a camping generator in the country, or emergency power supply during an outage in the city, this all-in-one power station has you covered. Explorer 240 can power a 40W CPAP machine for up to 5 hours. With the optional 50W Solar Panel attachment (sold separately or bundled), you can leave your portable power generator to charge with the sun and come back to a full battery you can use day or night. The sleek and powerful portable solar panel folds open and plugs directly into the Explorer's DC Input, collecting energy to keep you connected. Both the 50W Solar Panel and the Explorer 240 are covered by a 2-year limited warranty.

Specifications:

  • Jackery Explorer 240 is equipped with a 240 watt-hour (16.8Ah, 14.4V) lithium-ion battery pack, no fuel or gasoline needed, no fumes, no clanging! Pack light for your next camp trip with Jackery portable power station.
  • Portable power station specially designed for charging laptops, mini-cooler, drone and other outdoor electronics. Explorer 240 features 1* AC outlet (110V 200W 400W Peak), 2* USB-A ports and 1* DC car port, power your outdoor adventure without worry.
  • Pairs well with Jackery Solar Saga 60W/100W (sold separately), easily get recharged with the efficient solar panel. Pure sine wave inverter portable power station, protect your sensitive devices; Jackery Portable power station with solid handle, easy to carry wherever you go.
  • You will receive 1 Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station (240Wh Portable Power Station), 1 AC Adapter, 1 car charger cable, and user guide.

 

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If you’re good on generators, here are some other ways you can make your life more energy-efficient:

  • Weatherize your home: seal gaps, cover door sweeps, weather strip doors and windows, etc.
  • Unplug all your cords when you leave the home.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water and hang dry.
  • Walk more! It’s not a “romantic drive along the beach,” it’s a romantic walk along the beach! 

2. Printing less paper, using less paper, and going digital to save the trees.

This one’s simple. Paper kills trees. When we kill trees, our air gets worse. When our air gets worse, the planet heats up and we can’t breathe. Not-so-loving.

Americans are especially to blame for this, as we kill more trees and use up more toilet paper and paper towels than anyone else on the planet, over 68,000,000 trees per year! By using less paper you’ll cut back on deforestation, water pollution, and air pollution, and just make the world a happier, healthier place overall.

Some ways you can cut back paper usage:

  • Use recycled paper - and always print double-sided.
  • Bring your lunch in a reusable lunch box, not a bag.
  • Get creative and skip the wrapping paper for gifts.
  • Make digital copies of all your important documents.

While it’s important to have printed-out paper copies of your insurance, medical info, wills, or other documentation for emergencies, just make sure it’s not in excess. Everything in moderation, folks! You don’t need 137 copies hidden all over the place. Just keep one hard copy in a fire-proof, water-proof container or safe, and make sure to upload digital copies into a jump drive and/or in the harbor app.

3. Using a recycled or eco-friendly water bottle to reduce microplastic pollution.

When we use all kinds of water bottles, our oceans get more polluted as well as everything else. For instance, microplastics have been found on just about every corner of the globe, the deepest trenches of the ocean, even our lakes and rivers.

As Scientific American reported, “In the United States, microplastics are found in 12% of freshwater fish in the United States. They are also found at a rate of 112,000 particles for every square mile of water in the Great Lakes, and 1,285 particles for every square foot of river sediment.”

Using a water bottle that’s reusable or recycled is definitely the kinder option.

Some other ways to reduce plastic usage and increase Earth-love:

  • Say heck no to plastic straws and use a metal straw!
  • Bring your own canvas grocery bags to the store.
  • Drink that cup of Joe in a cup that’s your own.
  • Stay classy and bring your own to-go container to your Valentine’s Day meal!

While it’s important to have printed-out paper copies of your insurance, medical info, wills, or other documentation for emergencies, just make sure it’s not in excess. Everything in moderation, folks! You don’t need 137 copies hidden all over the place. Just keep one hard copy in a fire-proof, water-proof container or safe, and make sure to upload digital copies into a jump drive and/or in the harbor app.

4. Wasting less water, and heating your water with renewable energy when possible to save energy.

According to the EPA, “It takes lots of energy to pump, treat, and heat water, so saving water reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Saving water around the home is simple. Three percent of the nation's energy is used to pump and treat water, so conserving water conserves energy that reduces greenhouse gas pollution.”

There are many ways to do this, such as: 

  • Take shorter showers and baths.
  • Check for leaks around faucets and toilets, as this can cause 100s of gallons of water to be wasted.
  • Don’t overwater your lawn and install a rain barrel to collect water.
  • Invest in solar panels to heat your home and water.

To start out though, as you assemble your emergency supplies and Go Bags, you can start amassing more eco-friendly gear. For instance, you can add this nifty Solar Shower to your emergency inventory in case you’re ever left with contaminated water after a natural disaster.

This is an especially awesome product because most emergency shelters only have one shower per 25 people. Skip the crowds; enjoy the sunshine with this:

Solar Shower (5gal)
Solar Shower (5gal)
Solar Shower (5gal)
Solar Shower (5gal)
Solar Shower (5gal)
Solar Shower (5gal)
Solar Shower (5gal)
Solar Shower (5gal)

Solar Shower (5gal)

$25.00
This solar shower is an absolute must have in any preparedness kit or bag. With a heat absorbing design, the shower bag is made with environmental friendly and leak proof materials. It heats water to 113°F (45°C) in 3 hours depending on direct sunlight.
Features:
  • High Water Capacity: This camping shower bag can carry up to 5 gallons water for showering outdoors, or hauling water to basecamp for other uses.
  • Accessories: Includes reservoir hose, a flow controlled shower head, and a built in thermometer (°C/°F) directly attached to the bag.
  • Wide Use: in addition to disaster preparedness, this camp shower is suitable for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting.
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5. Wasting less food, and eating only what your family truly needs.

We get it; sometimes our taste buds get tired of leftovers. Rather than eating up all of that perfectly good two-day-old spaghetti, we’ll opt for something new. Eating a variety of foods is a luxury and joy in life, but the thing is - throwing out food is detrimental to our planet.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, “about 11% of all the greenhouse gas emissions that come from the food system could be reduced if we stop wasting food. In the US alone, the production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions.”

So be honest with yourself and assess the amount of food you normally buy. Is your family eating most of it? If not, it might be time to change your strategy.

Here are some Earth-loving ways to reduce food waste:

  • Take a look at your shelves and your fridge before you shop.
  • Use your freezer more to keep leftovers or stop food from going bad.
  • Make more healthy shakes by freezing just-about-to-go-bad fruits and veggies.
  • Make your food last longer with Mylar bags like this one:
Mylar Bags
Mylar Bags
Mylar Bags
Mylar Bags

Mylar Bags

$39.99

 

These ShieldPro Mylar bags combined with oxygen absorbers, when stored in a rigid container, have proven to be the ideal way to store dehydrated goods for long-term storage. Mylar bags protect your food investment from the effects of oxygen, moisture contamination, and light penetration. They are excellent for the long-term storage of dehydrated foods because they have a FDA approved sealant layer and can be heat sealed with a standard clothing iron on the wool setting, or a hair straightener. Simply add the dehydrated food to the mylar bag, place appropriate number of oxygen absorbers on top, and push out as much residual air as possible before sealing the bag.

Features:

  • This set includes 60 one gallon mylar bags (10" x 14" in size) plus 60 oxygen absorbers. 
  • Hundreds of times more protective against oxygen and moisture than any clear vacuum or poly bag.
  • 3.5 Mil Mylar offers awesome OTR and MVTR (Oxygen and moisture transfer rates).
  • Bags are heat sealable for the best protection.
  • Factory-sealed absorbers, not the repackaged 'pocket packs' other vendors sell.
  • Includes 60 300cc Oxyfree Oxygen in Absorbers, in 3 packs of 20 each

 

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No matter what, don’t worry, be ready, and give the gift of eco-consciousness this Valentine’s Day.