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Making your own fertilizer from coffee grounds
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My mother's 2020 activity has been gardening, which was ambitious for quite a few reasons. We have a huge garden that we've mostly neglected for the last thirteen years, and five of those were a terrible drought (we live in the San Francisco Bay Area). Most of the top soil is gone, and what's left is so hard that it's a wonder how it can even support life. Even after heavy rainfall, the dirt is so tightly packed that it will dry quickly, since it hardly absorbs anything. Enter everyone's favorite partner in crime: coffee. For years I've been reading about how coffee grounds are a wonderful way to add nutrients to your soil, along with eggshells and tea leaves. Healthy top soil does more
What matters most to you when you are shopping for skincare products?
Vegan? Cruelty-Free? Sulphate-Free? There are so many different certifications out there it can be hard to keep track, but its best to figure out what matters most to you when shopping for products. Tell us more about what matters most to you!
Have you pledged to eat less meat?
The meat industry is a major contributor to climate change. Reducing our meat intake is crucial in reducing greenhouse gas emission in order to mitigate our climate crisis. Also, it may even be crucial for our health according to some studies. Check out the link and find out why the end of meat is here: https://hellotera.com/learn/the-end-of-meat-is-here.html
What are some way to reduce plastic pollution?
There are millions of tons of trash polluting our oceans and streets and the problem is only getting worse. However, there are many steps that we all can do as individuals to make a larger impact. Share some ways you have reduced your plastic waste in the comments.
"Recycle Man" creates bricks from used PPE kits and face masks
Check out this interesting article about Binish Desai, India's 'Recycle Man,' to learn how he came upon this incredibly innovative idea. https://thelogicalindian.com/sustainability/bricks-from-used-ppe-kits-face-masks-23252. PPE pollution is becoming a major problem amidst the global pandemic. When I'm driving, walking my dog or even going to the grocery store, I see disposable face masks and gloves littering the streets. Some ways that I've been able to do my part include: 1. Wearing a reuseable face mask 2. Picking up trash on my walks (be sure and wear gloves) 3. Properly disposing of disposable face masks (remember, they are not recyclable). Share with me some of your ideas or articles w
Time to Pay it Forward
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It's time for us to give back to this planet which has given so much to us
What are your favorite green products?
Curious to know (:) I have curated some of mine in the Tera Marketplace - here they are: 1) Shampoo bars - helps me eliminate single use shampoo plastic bottles Ethique has great products https://hellotera.com/bar-minimum.html 2) Skin, animal & ocean/reef friendly suncare like Bare republic https://hellotera.com/brand/bare_republic It is cruelty free, gluten free, free of chemical sunscreen actives, reef friendly, non-gmo, and vegan. 3) Organic mattresses like the ones made by Avocado https://hellotera.com/avocado-green-mattress-twin.html 4) My zero waste Dish Block from No Tox Life – doing the dishes feels so eco-friendly now https://hellotera.com/dish-blockr-zero-waste-dish-washing-b
Anyone else start a Garden? What did you grow?
With COVID we doubled down on our home garden this year and grew chives, green onions, parsley, cilantro, peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, kale, cucumbers, basil, oregano, mint, lemon balm, blackberries, blueberries, and grapes. I didn't have great luck with my cucumbers or kale though. Did anyone else start a garden and what did you grow?
What does sustainability mean to you?
What Is Sustainability? Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—also known informally as profits, planet, and people. Interested to hear from you what it means to you.
Welcome to the Tera Community!
Where we can discuss all things about sustainability and learn together how to live a more sustainable life by sharing our own experiences. Feel free to ask questions. Everyone is at a different stage in their journey to a sustainable lifestyle so the experts will share their knowledge with the newbies. I am looking forward to the journey with you. And growing a sustainable world together. For us, our children and the generations to come. Bernard - Tera Founder