Earth Day- Start Using Reusable Grocery Bags


Happy Earth Day everyone! Start using reusable shopping bags today.

I wish that Earth Day was not just a day but something that lasts all year. Imagine if everyone was mindful about recycling, saving electricity and conserving water and gasoline. The world would be a better place for our children and grandchildren in the future.

One thing that everyone could do that requires very little effort and expense is to start using reusable shopping bags when they shop. Every store now sells them but I seldom see anyone using them. America seems to be addicted to those little plastic bags that choke the landfills, pollute the roadways and require fossil fuels/oil in the manufacturing process.

If you do not currently use reusable bags I challenge you to start. Just purchase a few and place them in your car. When you arrive at the grocery store take them inside with you. When you are finished shopping and head to the check out have them ready for the bagger. When asked “paper or plastic” say “neither, I brought my own”.

When I go grocery shopping with my wife it seems that she is the only one using reusable bags. It’s really sad in my opinion. One day those little plastic disposal bags may be illegal. I certainly hope so.

Do you part to help the Earth. Start using reusable shopping bags today.

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Hemp – The Environmentally Sustainable Alternative

Hemp has over 25,000 product uses that help the environment including paper, plastics and food. Hemp paper saves the forests and hemp plastic does not require oil. Henry Ford made an automobile body out of hemp plastic. I remember seeing the video of him hitting the car with a baseball bat.

The plant is easy to grow and requires no fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. It canhemp also thrive growing in poor soil and better than ideal environments. It also grows very quickly compared to trees which makes it a great source for making paper and wood.

We have purchased hiking shoes and other clothing made of this remarkable plant and found them both fashionable and durable.

Why has it been illegal in the USA up until recently? This is the industrial version. Not the kind you smoke. When the tornadoes wiped out the very old pecan groves in south Georgia they talked about the years it would take to produce pecans again. Why not plant hemp and receive a profitable cash crop quickly?

We use it in our composting toilets at the inn. It is crazy that our government bans this wonderful plant.

For more information on our yurts visit our yurt site.

For more information on industrial hemp visit https://www.agmrc.org/commodities-products/fiber/industrial-hemp

Rain Barrel or Water Butt


With the droughts of past years a distant memory and the frequent recent rains we have had many are not probably thinking about water conservation. Last year rain barrels were popular and many found they were hard to find due to market demand by people wanting to save rainwater for garden irrigation.

We added a metal roof onto the inn to catch our rainwater but have not added the required gutters and rainwater chains. Rain barrels are also part of the project.

In the United Kingdom rainwater barrels are called water butts. They come in various shapes and sizes like the rain barrels you can purchase in the USA.

One company has made a rain barrel or water butt in the shape of a persons bottom complete with butt crack and a tattoo above the thong line. They even come in several skin tone colors.

Unfortunately they cannot be purchased in the US. Can you imagine some neighborhoods trying to deny the use of these water butts in the deed restrictions?

What’s wrong with looking at a good butt? And a butt that saves precious water?

If you are interested in ways to be more eco friendly visit our conservation page.