slug1.jpgPest Control:
A look at the alternatives


Every summer my mother feeds her garden slugs a nice bottle of beer. It’s not that she is in the habit of placing alcohol out for all the animals around her cottage to enjoy, but that slugs are well known to be drawn to beer, which diverts them from garden vegetables. For the pleasure of their free happy hour, the slugs eventually find themselves drowned in the bowls of beer she’s distributed.  As a result, my mom can harvest her lettuce and other produce without resorting to using harmful chemicals to keep away these invading pests.

 

lunchbox1.jpgGreen Kids: School Lunches

Did you know that the average school-age child with a daily disposable lunch generates approximately 67 pounds of waste each school year? That’s an enormous amount of garbage, particularly if you multiply it by your child’s entire class or all the students in Bermuda – about 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size primary school.

 

But the typical Bermudian school student’s lunch isn’t just wasteful. It also consists of a dangerously high amount of processed food and costs far more money than it ought to.

 

kidsgarden1.jpgGreen Kids: Autumn Activities

This fall, why not embark on some of these planet-friendly activities with your kids? You’ll foster in them a love for the environment and sustainable action, and have fun at the same time.

  • Green is the new black. When your kids pester you for the latest fashions, discuss ways that you can be creative with their old clothes or personalise ones that you buy secondhand at a local thrift shop. Recycle them into new creations by choosing a saying or picture and printing it onto t-shirt transfer paper to iron onto their t-shirts. Add some personality to clothes by using fabric paint to stencil or free-style a design. Sew patches, sequins, trim, ribbons or buttons onto clothes or bags.  Or throw a clothes and toys swap with other families that have kids the same age: ask each family to bring cds, dvds, books, video games, clothes and toys they no longer use to swap for “new to you” items.

windpower.jpgAs electricity bills rise, more and more Bermudians are considering installing solar panels or wind turbines to offset their bills and feel more self-sufficient. In the last few years, the technologies have improved, more local retailers are selling and servicing these products, and consumers are increasingly aware that the set-up costs of an alternative energy system will greatly pay off in the long term. However, there remains a great deal of confusion as to which products are not only advisable to use in Bermuda but have the green light from Government and BELCO. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions on the matter of solar and wind generating products.

sunscreen1.jpgThe Light and Dark Sides of Sunscreen

Putting sunscreen on a child is like trying to pet a hummingbird. Good luck getting a kid to stay put long enough to let you lather it on, let alone with the coverage that the experts deem necessary. And it’s not much better with adults. Across Bermuda all summer long there will be victims of the “forgot a patch” sunscreen crowd. Those with burnt backs but pristine white fronts, blistery noses beneath a sunglass-shaped white area, and painful, aloe-covered calves.

About Greenrock

According to The Footprint Network, which measures the ability of the planet to produce resources and absorb waste, our resource use and waste production is 60% more than the earth can produce or absorb annually.

This overshoot is the result of decisions that we each make every day. We seek to generate debate and to influence people to change their behaviour.We strive to be catalysts: Success for us is when we can Change the Mindset so that sustainable use of resources is included in decision-making for individuals, government or businesses. ... read more


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Telephone: 1-441-747-ROCK (7625)
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