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Happy 44th Anniversary Mother Earth! Cheers to a Better tomorrow…

April 22nd is a day of global celebration of our home, Mother Earth and with it, brings awareness to help preserve it for future generations. Do you know that this year, in 2014, Earth Day is celebrating its 44th Anniversary? Earth day began in 1970 when one in ten people united together for better protection of our environment. Now, it is a much bigger movement especially due to the effects of the growing demands of our economy and the radical changes of our climate all over the world.

Here are some interesting facts according to Dosomething.org:

  1. Earth Day began in the US but was then globally recognized by 1990.
  2. On April 22nd 2009, Disney released a documentary called Earth. It revealed the journeys of 3 animal families – polar bears, elephants and humpback whales across our planet.
  3. On that fateful day of our first Earth Day in 1970, 20 million people gathered on American streets to protest the industrial revolution thereby, giving birth to the environmental movement.
  4. People around the world celebrate Earth Day:
    1. by planting trees and wildflowers
    2. making nature crafts at school or at home
    3. increasing their knowledge of our environment
    4. holding educational sessions about the environment
    5. teaching children about carrying Earth Day forward so that every day, they are playing an important role in helping the environment.
    6. Recycling more especially as it is now part of our everyday lives
    7. cleaning up litter
    8. purchasing earth-friendly cleaning products
    9. wearing green or brown clothing like our green or brown chefwear and accessories
    10. riding your bike or taking the public transportation system instead of driving your car and lastly….
    11. cooking a fabulous Earth Day Meal

There are many restaurants that participate in Earth Day to promote local and organic ingredients in their menus. Check out this great list of participating restaurants all over the U.S from Chefs Collaborative.org. They have partnered with Organic Valley to sponsor an annual dinner series in honor of Earth Day.

If you can’t make it out to a restaurant, here are some great ideas for an eco-friendly home cooked meal and desserts….

Veggie Stuffed Shells

 

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Chili Lime Almond Crusted Salmon with Maple Balsamic Glaze

 Chili Lime Almond Crusted Salmon with Maple Balsamic Glaze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Asparagus and Green Beans with Chili Orange Oil

Asparagus and Green Beans with Chili-Orange Oil

 

 Fruit Cake

Fresh Fruit Cake

 

Happy Earth Day and let us all do our part in preserving our home today and each day for a cleaner and sustainable tomorrow…..What are you doing for Earth Day? We would love to hear about your plans.

 

Have Earth Day Year Round In Your Kitchen From LiveESP.com (Exclusive Discount)!

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This Sunday, April 22nd, is Earth Day with this year’s theme being “Mobilize the Earth”.  The theme’s intent is to bring power to the people, as there has been public backlash at the shortcomings from governments taking steps toward protecting and preserving our environment.  “Mobilize the Earth” encourages people to use what they have to demand action, their voice!

So we’ll take our own advice and use our voice to tell all of our ChefUniforms.com fans about one of our favorite companies, Essential Safe Products (LiveESP.com).  ESP is a website committed to healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment.  On their site you can find tips and tricks on how to avoid exposure to toxins in food and drink and purchase kitchen and on-the-go products that are non-toxic and food safe.  Our favorite items around the halls of the office are the reusable glass water bottles and stainless steel straws.   They make Earth Day a YEAR ROUND mission (and were featured at this year’s Grammy’s and in the Oscar’s gift bags, so we think they’re pretty cool for that too!).

They’re generously giving our ChefUniforms.com Facebook fans and blog followers 10% off of their entire order from now until 4/30/12; just enter EARTH at checkout for your exclusive savings!

Below is a “Cliff’s Notes” rundown on some of their most popular items and how these little lifestyle changes can have a BIG impact on your family’s life and our planet’s J

Reusable snack bags ~ Because only about 1-3% of plastic bags end up getting recycled and since plastic is not biodegradable, using a reusable snack bag is a great eco-friendly alternative to help reduce the amount of waste you produce. Take a look at the type of reusable bag you use and check to make sure it is free from harmful chemicals like phthalates.

Reusable straws ~ Many people like to use straws to help keep their teeth clean but with plastic straws being thrown away, we end up getting the environment “dirty” at the expense of “clean” teeth. Instead of using a new straw every time you sip on a colored drink, try using reusable straws made from glass or stainless steel.

Reusable bamboo utensils ~ Plastic utensils are everywhere: when you order food to-go, at the office, and in schools. They often end up in the trash, so to help avoid this, use reusable utensils made from certified organic bamboo, a sustainable resource that does not jeopardize the environment when it’s grown.

Reusable food containers ~ Ever thought about bringing your own container for leftovers when you go out to eat? Instead of packing leftovers in containers provided by restaurants, try packing them in a glass or stainless steel food container—an eco-friendly and safe way to store your food.

Reusable water bottles ~ Buying a new plastic water bottle every day is neither cost effective nor good for the environment, since bottles are often tossed into trash bins.  Switch to reusable water bottles made from BPA free glass or stainless steel as a safe, eco-friendly and non-toxic way to enjoy water and stay hydrated.

100% certified organic lunch bags ~ Replace brown paper bags and plastic bags with a reusable lunch bag made from 100% certified organic cotton.  Methods used to grow organic cotton do not use toxic pesticides or fertilizers and have a lower environmental impact than conventional growing methods.

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