Monday, April 22, 2013

#Earth Day Tips for EVERY Day!!

Hi every furry! It's Cody and today is a special day! Today is:

 EARTH DAY!

What is Earth Day?

Glad you asked!

From Wikipedia: Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Read more about it here

I was helping Mom read some of the sites that she follows and we came across a great article from Care2.com that lists the Top 10 Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day!
Is this incredible or what?
My dear furiend Nellie
made this for me!
I am circling the Earth
with other KITTY FURIENDS!

Visit Nellie's blog
MY CAT FROM HELL
HERE



Here are some of our faves from the article, with my cat tail spin on it!

USE LESS WATER!!
Did you know that if your humans turn OFF the water when they brush their teeth they will save FOUR GALLONS OF WATER A MINUTE?

AND:

Does your human REALLY need to soak for hours and hours in the tub? Does your human know that when they soak in a tub they are actually soaking in their own dirt?? You would NEVER see a cat doing that, it's disgusting, just sayin'!

I have heard of humans that take 20 minute (or longer) showers! C'mon! Is ANYONE really THAT dirty? Then, humans add to the equation by singing caterwauling the entire time they are cleaning themselves. The noise of that ALONE is noise pollution which affects the Earth and my sensitive kitty ears!

My tip?
Be more like a cat. Use LESS water, take about 5 or 10 minutes to get yourself clean. And do it QUIETLY, you know, like CATS DO!

PUSSYFOOT AROUND!
In other words tell your human to WALK! It is not only good for your human physically, but if they change their routine and shop at places that are reachable just by using their PAWS instead of those loud, smelly, machines on wheels,  imagine the gas they will save!  That will translate to helping our planet AND enabling them to have MORE MONEY to buy YOU TREATS!

RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE!!
According to the Care2 article: 
THE TOP 10 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO RECYCLE (as listed by the National Recycling Coalition Inc) ARE:

  1. aluminum
  2. PET Plastic Bottles
  3. Newspaper---we kitties know about this one for sure! We like to lay on them, crinkle them, we have our humans donate them to rescues, etc.
  4. Corrugated Cardboard-this is also another specialty of kitties! We turn them into SCRATCHING ZONES!! Are we SMART or WHAT?
  5. Steel Cans
  6. HDPE Plastic Bottles
  7. Glass Containers
  8. Magazines
  9. Mixed Papers
  10. Computers-YESSS let's recycle these puppies (and dogs too MOL) but remember to get rid of pawsonal information before you do so! Mom learned from our cable guy last week that if you stick magnets on your modem you will fry ALL of your information and you can do that before you dispose of it!


I am DEFINITELY doing my part when it comes to recycling that is for sure!
 Want to know how?

I found the most PAWFECT toy that is not only FUN, GREAT FOR THE PLANET, INEXPENSIVE, (you can get zillions of 'em for less than a bag of kibble!) and...when you are done playing with it,  your humans can EAT IT! Guess what it is?






POPCORN!!!



I'm not talkin' about that junk that comes in a bag in the store that is full of chemicals. I am talking about the kind that you pop in your microwave, YOURSELF! I'm talkin' the GOOD OLD FASHIONED kind that your humans actually makes in a much HEALTHIER way for themselves.

You can also make popcorn in the microwave the way my Mom does!

1) Get a large glass or microwave-safe plastic bowl
2) Put a 1/4 cup of popcorn in the bowl
3) Cover with a lid (or plate)
4) Pop 3 to 4 minutes (depending on your microwave!)
That's it!
Some seasoning ideas are:
1) parmesan cheese
2) salt or artificial salt
3) Imitation butter spray
4) olive oil
5) garlic powder
6) Italian Seasoning
You can use any or all of these together...or separately! You can also use:
1) Chili powder
2) Smoked paprika
3) cinnamon

Now get popping!!! And....for your toy......

You just wait until your human drops a few kernels (which they are sure to do) and you are on your way!




See what I mean? That is a short video but trust me you will have HOURS of fun!

So my furry furiends, I gave you some great suggestions to help Mother Earth on Earth Day, I hope you will do your part!

Now, enjoy the video that I posted last year that is my favorite rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow! Sung by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole who left this beautiful Earth too soon!

Love, Cody


63 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tips, Cody!

    My human has a recipe for Kettle Corn she wants to try - even though you need to make it on the stovetop, it is not that much more work than microwaving it.

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    1. @Sparkle you are welcome! Mom said she would LOVE to see your Kettle Corn recipe! Making popcorn on the stove is good too!

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  2. Ok, now I'M hungry.
    No popcorn in my hotel room though.
    What's a girl to do!!!

    That's one of my all time favorite versions of Over the Rainbow. (((love)))

    Happy Earth Day!
    xo, GG

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    1. Oh nooo! You need a microwave in there!!! I just love that song too and particularly Israel's version.
      HAPPY EARTH DAY!!
      xoxoxo

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  3. Great tips Cody! Love the image of you and your kitty friends circling the Earth. I kind of agree about the bath thing. In fact, sometimes when I used to take baths, I just felt like taking a shower afterwards! I haven't been able to take one in a long time because our tub has been out of commission for a few years now - only showers.

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    1. Thanks Ann! Showers are the way to go. Mom said to tell you that baths are particularly BAD for women but she said for me not to go into detail here :)
      Love, Cody

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  4. Happy happy happy Earth Day!!! These are fab tips to help Mother Nature!! And we love the clip of you sweet Cody chasing popped popcorn!! What fun! take care
    x

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    1. thank you Old Kitty! Mom had a better video of me playing but she lost it MOL!!! Love, Cody

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  5. Happy Earth Day to you too. We are very diligent about recycling. Yummy popcorn. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. YAY about recycling!!! You have a marvelous Monday too!

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  6. Your post is really inspiring. I love the gif from Nellie!

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  7. Great tips Cody, Mum cheats with the popcorn, she buys it in a microwave bag..BOL Happy Earth day xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. Tell Mom she can make her own in a brown bag and save A LOT of money doing so and not have all of the chemicals that are put into the processed kind :) Love, Cody

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  8. We are going to revisit your post with the kiddos later so we can pass on your tips!

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  9. Great post! Happy Earth Day to you and Cody!

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    1. thanks so much!!! HAPPY EARTH DAY to all of you!

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  10. Mommy says she could eat corn everyday. She loves them! But rarely as popcorn. MOL.

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    1. that's funny, Mom doesn't eat REGULAR corn cause it gives her a tummy ache but popcorn doesn't!

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  11. Happy Earth Day Cody! We love the .gif Nellie's Mom made - we asked permission to use it on my bloggy today too - it's fabulous! As for popcorn - I think it's tons of fun.....Mom and Dad always drop a kernel here or there when they make it and I am always close by so I can grab it and play with it! Almost as much fun as the "popcorn" that comes in some big packages/boxes!!!! Have a great day Cody....give your Mom a hug from me will you?

    Kitty Hugs, Sam

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    1. Thank you Sammy happy earth day to you too! We LOVED your post!! YAY! See? You know about how fun popcorn can be! I gave a hug to my mom and please give one to yours too! Love, Cody

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  12. My human loves this song! And this rendition is lovely. Thanks!
    Have a great day =^.^=
    Purrs

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    1. thank you Texas my Mom does too. You have a great day as well!

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  13. Great post (and you're made me hungry!) Sharing :-)

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  14. Excellent tips! We recycle a lot more since our city went to single stream recycle cans. We can pile everything into one big can and just roll it out to the street on Monday.
    Happy Earth Day!! We loved the kitty/earth gif!

    The Florida Furkids

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    1. Thank you guys!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of "single stream" recycling...then you don't need so many bins, right? Happy Earth Day to you too!

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  15. Great Earth day post. We really do need to take care of the earth and the water. Love the videos. Have a great day.

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  16. Thanks for all those great tips, Cody! The mom recycles a lot of stuff but she needs to do more!

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    1. you are welcome guys! My Mom needs to do much, much more!

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  17. Great post! If you work like me then don't forget to recycle your toner cartridges too! Office Depot will even give you a credit for up to I think 10 per month! Yea! Oh I live that version of Over the Rainbow too!

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    1. Max I never knew that about Office Depot, thanks for the info!!

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  18. Those are great tips, Cody. We're lucky to live in a city that has a compost program, so all food leftovers, including meat, poultry, etc., and tissues and paper towel can be composted. Really cuts down on garbage. Too bad they can't find a way (yet) to do something with kitty litter and kitty waste.

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    1. thank you Fuzzy Tales! I think that composting is a great idea! They need to do that where I live.

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  19. Those are great fun tips for earth day. Love the popcorn idea.

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  20. Hi Cody!

    We guess our mom is doing some good for the Earth. Hers walks a lot and takes the bus (mainly because hers can't drive, but it still counts...right? :)). Hers doesn't like having a bath. Hers actually says she doesn't like sitting in hers own dirt! We totally agree with that, MOL! Mom needs to find a place to recycle stuffs, though. Thanks for the reminder!

    Thanks for sharing the great tips. We hope more humans will do their part in helping the earth stay healthy and beautiful!

    Purrs,
    Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

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    1. Hi Carmine, Milita and Jewel, your Mom sure is doing good! Taking the bus is a good thing! (even if she can't drive!) She and my Mom agree about the bath for sure!
      You are most welcome and thank you for reading!
      Love, Cody

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  21. Great tips! We recycle newspapers and magazines.

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    1. thank you! That is great that you do that, you can also give them to the vet and rescues...they ALWAYS need newspaper!

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  22. That popcorn is scary stuff and makes us run when that noise starts MOL! Happy Earth Day!

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    1. You scaredy cats!! MOL!! Doesn't scare me one bit! HAPPY EARTH DAY! Love, Cody

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  23. Good tips. We're big recyclers. Happy Earth Day! Come on over for our purrfect Earth Day Mancat style.

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    1. I loved your Earth Day post I was there this morning! :)

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  24. EXCELLENT information, my friend.

    We're into recylin' here, too. You should see some of the stuff the peep recycles. She even has little baby rose bushes planted in old yogurt containers. Weird but good, I think. purrs

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    1. Thank you Nerissa!! That is a great idea that your peep does with the old yogurt containers! Love it!!

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  25. A high paw for your earth day tips!

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  26. We don't know about the popcorn idea but we do use chicken feed for our litter - comes in 50 lb bags for all us cats! Great post!!

    cats of wildcat woods

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    1. Chicken feed for litter!! Great idea and thank you!

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  27. Oh Cody! What great tips! Especially the popcorn! Mommy says popcorn is the bestest food ever! And Mommy LOVES baths! She makes her own bath bombs (LOVES the explosions) and finds that it is great for aches and pains!
    And Happy Earth Day!
    Kisse
    Nellie

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    1. Hi Nellie! Thanks so much again for the gif! I love it!! Oh yes we love popcorn here but not baths! Happy Earth Day! Love, Cody

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  28. Grrreat tips Cody! but then cats are naturally recyclers aren't you? you cover your waste, make fun toys with recycling what humans may throw away, and you keep yourself clean & tidy!
    Does your mawmee eat the corns you play with??? my kitties used to play with popped corn too ;) thanks for stopping by & leaving me a comment on my Earth Day salute (purrs & hugs)
    Faythe @GrammyMouseTails

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    1. Hi Faythe! I didn't think of the covering our waste part! Duh!!! Yep Mom sure does eat the corn I play with MOL!! I actually play with unpopped corn!!! Have a great day!

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  29. Didn't we have great fun going round the earth!!! I'm in a tizz now though!!

    We have to recycle here otherwise we can get fined, so we have about 6 different bins and boxes and a very complicated collecting system. You need a degree in math to do it right!! :)

    Love Austin xx

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  30. What a fabulous post and we love the kitties circling around Mother Earth! A very happy Earth Day to you Cody and Caren!

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  31. I'd never heard of Earth day until today, love the cats circling the globe, yummy popcorn.

    Happy Earth day.

    Sheba.

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  32. Hey Cody!

    Lots of excellent points and humans could learn a lot about getting in touch with nature's natural balance. Happy belated Earth Day!

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! xx

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  33. Those kernels seem like a very sensible and fun way to conserve and celebrate Earth Day. Something you do not think of.

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