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Day 51: Use a handkerchief!

Remember those days when men used to walk around with a handkerchief in their pocket, with (perhaps) the sole purpose of lending it to women? If you go back even further, everyone had handkerchiefs – moms, dads, kids, dogs, even royalty. It was a thing.

It turns out that before Kleenex was around, people would use square-shaped cloths to blow their noses on, and then wash and reuse them (there were no washing machines either back then, so I suppose they tried to hang onto their handkerchiefs as long as possible). Nowadays, you could just throw a used handkerchief in the hamper without so much of a worry – it’s so small, it could fit into any load of clothes and not waste extra water or detergent.

So why have we stopped using the handkerchief?! Is it because we think it is “gross”? It’s no grosser than a tissue, really. Besides, you don’t have to reuse a handkerchief before you wash it  – you can keep a pack of them in your purse and use them one at a time, putting the used ones in another (reusable) baggy and only deal with them when it’s time for them to be washed. Want to know what I think is gross?


That. That is gross. The destruction of our beloved forests, animals, birds, wildlife – all gone – to make room for eucalyptus trees so that we can blow our noses on them.

And that is why the handkerchief went out of fashion. Kleenex was born, and all of a sudden, it was easier to buy boxes of Kleenex instead of keeping track of your hankies. Except that Kleenex needs wood pulp that have to come from somewhere, and that means killing trees for a business.



Sometimes, we need to go back in time to recuperate the good habits that we lost and adapt them to modern times. The handkerchief is one of those cases.

To save the rainforest, we need to crack down on our consumerist ways and show these businesses that we care. The first thing that needs to happen is for everyone to adopt more sustainable habits – then, these businesses will cease to exist, and eco-solutions will start to pop up. If the people care, then the businesses (and politicians, for that matter) will care too. So do your part – no more chopping down the rainforest (or Boreal forest, or any forest for that matter) for tissues! Check out DIY handkerchiefs made out of pillow cases, use bandanas, or get yourself a nice set that you’re sure to treasure for the years to come.


Doing my part – found a zippered baggy and some napkins. The napkin will likely be used as a hand-drying substitute (check out tomorrow’s post!) and not a handkerchief – I have yet to find a set of suitable handkerchiefs. How about you?





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Day 50: This week (02/19/17) in Earth News

Humans gave the Earth a tough time this week. It would seem that we’re going backwards: what is good is getting thrown away, and what was bad is getting worse. For example, Scott Pruitt, who has sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) several times and is one of its biggest enemies, has now been made head of the EPA. The House passed a bill to make it legal to shoot bears, wolves and coyotes in Wildlife Refugees, like in Alaska. And meanwhile, in Brazil, roads are being paved straight through the Amazon, fragmenting the forest and destroying one of the planet’s most precious biomes. Many more roads are planned to come out in 2017.

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Day 49: No more palm oil! (Part 3)

Palm oil is bad news, and now you know where to find it.  Part 3 takes a look at how you can face the tricky task of substituting palm oil-ladden products for ones that are sustainable, therefore promoting the well-being of orangutans, tigers, and rhinoceros.

It’s always important to keep our objective in focus, so here’s another picture to start this part off.


Sumatran Rhinocerus. Source: Wiki Commons/Willem V Strien at http://flickr.com/photos/21150935@N07/3244891359

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Day 47: No more palm oil! (Part 1)

Palm oil is an ingredient that is found in your pantry, in your household, in your beauty products, and in rainforests. Except it really shouldn’t belong in rainforests – it takes up the place of biodiversity, habitats, and wildlife. Palm oil is cheap to produce and is used in a wide variety of products, which places it in popular demand. However, it comes at a hefty price, which we are going to explore in this part. Continue reading


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