April 13, 2011Issue 83  

Mrs. Green's World

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Mrs. Green Wants to Know Why

I have said many, many times that I really don't want to tell people what to think - I just want them to think. I started writing this newsletter doing a Mrs. Green report card for Earth Month but it was boring to me so go figure how boring it might have been to you. If you want to know how I am doing and how I live my life every day relative to my carbon footprint, just ask me. Happy to share. For some reason, I got the hit to ask some questions - many of which I do not have the answers to but are great ones to think about. I want to know why. Here goes...

Why do people STILL use plastic bags when it's so easy not to? Why are they hanging on the trees, blowing in the wind and polluting the planet? STILL?

Why do people still drink out of plastic bottles? It costs way more to buy them than to use reusable ones, the caps end up in the ocean and kill baby birds or end up in landfills which are filling up beyond capacity. The bottles have to be manufactured (energy drain) and have to be shipped (fuel consumption) and we really have no idea what's in most of them. Is it simply because they're convenient? Really? More convenient than simply refilling ones you have sitting on the counter?

Why don't people care that most of the fruits and vegetables they buy/eat are probably soaked in pesticides, insecticides and herbicides? Even if you believe those chemicals don't hurt your body, they definitely hurt the people who have to spray them, the earth they spill onto, the birds who eat sprayed plants and flowers, and our water supply. So why don't people care enough to make some small changes?

Why don't people care about all the products they put on their bodies and on their hair? Why don't they care if those products contain parabens or other known carcinogens? Why don't they care about the harmful artificial dyes and fragrances that are just awful all around for everybody and everything?

Why do people spend more time researching what school their child should go to than they do about processed baby food, baby formula and chemical laden baby care products?

Why don't people start buying ONLY fair trade chocolate? It's delicious, in some cases costs the same as regular "good" chocolate, and no children are abused in the entire "fair trade good chocolate cocoa bean to your mouth" food chain. Why can't people make this one little concession and send Hershey's a "we care about people on the planet" message?

Why don't people think "local" when they are shopping? Why don't they realize that you usually get better service, a fair price and deal with people who will give you that donation for your favorite charity when you need one? Why don't they think about the exceptions to this one and shop consciously when they do have to frequent those big box stores? Which ones are committed to sustainability on a global level and which ones ONLY care about earnings per share? It's easy to find out - just google it!

Why don't people use cloth napkins? Cheaper and nicer.

Why don't people think about waste when they plan events? You save money, you save the landfills, and you can send one heck of a message.

Why don't people turn off the water when brushing their teeth? How could you not care?

Why don't people wake up, smell the organic, pesticide free roses and have some fun doing it?

Why ask why? Phew....enough to think about already... 


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What Are You Doing to Celebrate Earth Month?

Honestly? It amazes me what people are doing. Congratulations and THANKS to Sherry Roethig from Mesa, Arizona, for your submission. Please take a minute or two to share what you are doing with everyone in Mrs. Green's world. We will pick another winner at noon this Friday. You will love your S'well water bottle and Mrs. Green's bag. Probably won't ever leave home without them again. 




Rosie on the House  

Three Things You Should Know About Eclectic Pizza

There are lots of things you should know about Eclectic Pizza but here are my top three:

  1. Eclectic Pizza has the best, most delicious, healthiest spinach salad in all of Tucson, Arizona. And did I mention their creamy garlic and feta cheese dressing?
  2. Eclectic Pizza has so many delicious, healthy, organic menu items to choose from that it's hard to order pizza when you go in there.
  3. People travel from all over Pima County because sometimes the craving for one of their "to die for menu" choices is just too strong to ignore.

You can read all about how to eat well, feel good and why you should visit them with one click of your mouse

Upcoming Shows  


Renee Kreager


Eclectic Pizza - Renee Kreager
You will finally get to hear why Mrs. Green and many of her friends and family rave about Eclectic Pizza and why I am so proud to have Eclectic Pizza as a sponsor. As a family owned business, this family does everything possible to walk the organic, locally sourced, freshest ingredients, and TRULY gluten free walk. Get ready for Renee and I to interrupt each other as we have been known to spend hours together and never complete one sentence. But we will inform AND have fun. This show sponsored by Chapman Tucson.


Lisa Frack


Lisa Frack, Environmental Working Group (EWG)
One of my most reliable sources since the beginning of Mrs. Green is EWG. They publish research about The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen (organic food choices) and they publish information about food safety in general and about safe cosmetics. They care about the health of the planet and they actually help to get bills passed to protect us. Can you tell I can't wait for this one?  This show sponsored by Tucson Electric Power Company

John Smith


Big John - The Toilet Guy
Mrs. Green is live at the Children's Museum Tucson for their Earth Day celebration. I will interview my good buddy and fellow world changer, John Smith. The biggest challenge for this show will be trying to cover all the great, green things John, the first certified green plumber in Arizona, has to share with us. We will do our best. This show sponsored by Big John The Toilet Guy


Michael Pace5/7

Michael Pace - The W in San Francisco, CA.
Hot, hip, USGBC LEED certified silver? Leadership level in the California Green Lodging Program? Sounds like this W, part of the Westin Hotels, has it all going on and then some. Let the questions begin. Wish it was a live remote. This show sponsored by Tucson Electric Power Company.

Mrs. Green5/15

Best of Show
Mrs. Green will be attending the University of Arizona's Commencement Ceremony. Hope you will tune in to hear Best of Show!


Live broadcast from the Habitat for Humanity's HabiStore
The theme for this show is Spring Cleaning. Terry Dee hasn't figured out who all we will interview but I can guarantee you one thing - a good time will be had by all. Hope you will tune in or come on down! This show sponsored by aPriori International.  


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