Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Is Time Running Out? Earth Day Thoughts

Happy Earth Day, everyone! (Thank you to IMOTIME on Etsy for this wonderful clock) I'm going to try to keep this actual post relatively short since I want to share some wonderful items from some great shops that are doing their part to support our beautiful planet on this Earth day. Please click on the photos or the shop names to link to the item or the shop!

I have to include this somewhat "harsh" but perhaps true satire by the late George Carlin -

"Oh beautiful, for smoggy skies,
o'er insecticide waves of grain,
and strip-mined mountain's majesty,
above the asphalt plain!
America, America,
man sheds his waste on thee!
And hides the pines, with billboard signs,
from sea to oily sea!"

In my very humble opinion, while people argue on both sides of the fence regarding such things as global warming, saving the forests, use of fossil fuels, and so on - I think that the key to assuring that we can live comfortably and safely for generations to come is balance. And again, IMHO, balance is something our planet sorely lacks.

Symbiosis (which is derived from the Greek: σύν syn "with"; and βίωσις biosis "living") is a term I like to use in describing the relationship between man and his environment. In symbiosis, at least one member of the pair benefits from the relationship. The other member may be injured (= parasitism), relatively unaffected ( = commensalism), or may also benefit ( = mutualism). Ideally, I think a mutually benefitting relationship with our planet should be our goal. How? Well, I think we need to realize that our planet's tangible resources are finite and we need to find alternatives to them or at the very least become more efficient in our use of them. We should recycle, reuse, repurpose and most of all, be sure that what we are doing is not going to have a serious detrimental affect on our environment. (thanks to Anicka's Cottage for the scarf listing!) I am appalled when I read articles about the waste that we have dumped into our oceans, the pollutants we pump into our air, the chemicals that fill our landfills. We can't claim ignorance or naivete anymore because we have the ability to monitor our actions, and I think we need to start doing it on a serious level. Okay, I said I'd keep it relatively short... so, with that -

These wonderful Etsy shops have given me the privilege of promoting some of their incredible and creative Earth Day related items and special offers. Please take a moment to stop by and see some of their wonderful recycled, repurposed, vintage, eco-friendly, organic, and inspirational items! The photos are listed in the same order from left-to-right top-to-bottom as the shops! Enjoy!

THANK YOU to these great Etsy shops for these items:

Earth Heart Large Button - in honor of Earth Day - Psychedelic Tara's Groovy Gift Emporium
Rainbow scrubbies - Angie's SudsNSuch
Around the World in 80 Stamps Upcycled Vintage Bag - Yasmin Bochi
EARTH DAY SPECIAL ECO Create Happiness 4 pack - Earmark
Plag - bag knit from plastic bags - nikki8knits (she's also giving one away on May 1st. See her shop for details!)
Handmade Envelopes from Art Magazines - Studio M.M.E.
Black Leather Purse, Western, Boot Purse - CHRISTIECOTTAGE
The Condor Egg Moss Terrarium - Greenbriar
there is no PLANet B...badge - The Dog Coat Lady
felt and feather earthy brooch - CakeEaters
T-Shirt Scarf - Black and Purple - Philosofickle Totes & Trinkets
Butterflies in Flight Capri Pants Outfit - sz 4 - Chigger Hill Cottage
EARTH and TREE Apron Reversible Go GREEN - B Doodles
Blue and Pink Cotton Lined Dress - jules mae sustainable clothing
ORGANIC Cotton Stuffed Bunny - SK Naturals

Almost forgot...Blee Blah Blah asked that I mention that the Etsy Vintage Market Team is having an Earth Day Salebration through April 25th. Just click on this link or search for vmteamearth!


Christie Cottage said...

Thank you for including my boot purse. I love George Carlin!!

I use as much of every itme that I can and before it dare go to the dump, I post the item in Techniques and Materials to see if anyone else can use it for the cost of postage.

Let's all make an effort to save our planet!


Marianne said...

Thanks for the shout out for the Vintage Market Team! Buying vintage is a great way to reduce, reuse, recycle! Sale ends April 25th for start searching for the deals, Etsy search "vmteamearth"

M.M.E. said...

Thank you so much! These are wonderful artists. Great ideas all around.

MagicMarkingsArt said...

mystic ~ what a nice way to support the earth and your fellow crafters at the same time.
cheers to all of you

Elephunk said...

beautiful selections and a great essay on why it is important to take care of our planet!

Niklyn Designs said...

Thank you so much for adding us!! What a wonderful blog!!

Miss Mish Mish said...

Great selection of Earth friendly listings! Thank you so much for including my upcycled stamps bag!

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