And we read a great book called "One Small Place in a Tree". Actually, I found a great website with all sorts of environmental books for children: http://www.childsake.com/
The kids were great. They asked good questions, behaved very well, and gave me a group hug after we were all done.
They also asked for a handout with websites and the recipes for the ice cream and the laundry detergent. So I thought I'd share it with you:
Solid (no bottle) shampoo bars:
http://www.lush.ca/shop.english (Canadian)http://www.basin.com/ (American)
The Environmental Toothbrush:
Glass Dharma (glass straws)
Planet Box stainless steel lunch boxes for kidsIf you’re looking for advice on reducing your plastic consumption, please visit:
Ice Cream Recipe (Philadelphia style)
2 cups whipping cream1 cup milk
1/3 to ½ cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
combine ingredients and freeze as per ice cream maker instructions – yes, unfortunately, you need an ice cream maker.
Laundry Soap Recipe
1 bar Sunlight soap – grated on the small side of your grater
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
Combine all ingredients well. Use about ¼ cup per load – pre-dissolve in hot water. Use less of the soap if you find deposits on your clothes.
Remember, the dryer is the appliance that draws the most electricity (and therefore costs the most). In the summer, a clothesline is a great option … and your clothes will smell great.
*If any of you are interested, I put quite a bit of environmental stuff on my blog at:
Well, you're here, so you know my blog address.
That was it. I plan on adding to the handout and providing it at other events I am involved in. Why not share the information. If you'd like to borrow the list, feel free - but add my blog address back to the bottom, please.
Have a great day.