Sheron Cardin's Input...: Eco-friendly Acts of Kindess Required!

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Eco-friendly Acts of Kindess Required!

According to Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun. I don't think plastic was invented then, or the convenience of sodas and milk cartons. Costco sells food in two's and three's held together by plastic bands.

Saving money and having the convenience of easy to use food and beverages should not cost the planets animals and birds their life or freedom!

    turtle

Anytime you purchase an item wrapped in plastic or held together by plastic rings, please take the time to cut them up into little shreds.

plastic  Plastic cut up

Please!

Namaste

Comment balloon 19 commentsSheron Cardin • May 06 2007 03:09PM

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Here's a question for you: If plastic is not biodegradable, where did it come from, outer space? It has to be comprised of elements derived from the earth and hence, *should* be biodegradable (by my theory, which is brilliant in MY head).

Posted by Deborah Ryman, M.A. Feng Shui Services, Santa Cruz County over 12 years ago
Sheron excellent advise. I usually catch at least one fish a year that is deformed by something thrown or blown into the water. Before it was plastic, it was beverage tabs.
Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) over 12 years ago

Deborah - LOL had the same thoughts myself. But then again, if dirt were biodegradable, where would it go? Sometimes you just have to throw your hands up and say 'it is all beyond me!'. Thanks for the laugh about such a serious subject.

Gary - I have never seen anything like that turtle in my life. Keep scissors handy where ever we go and maybe we can undo some of the harm that others have caused. Poor fishies. Hey Gary, it is Sunday afternoon...why aren't you out fishing?

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron~ 

I looked at the turtle and tears rolled  down-my cheeks. Thanks for inspiring my renewed efforts for animal compassion.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago

Oh my gosh !!  I feel so bad !!  Those poor little animals !!  Thank you for this post !! 

I have done a couple science projects with my kids on Global Warming and that is a huge issue that we all need to be involved in as well.

Posted by Lauren Corna, Broker (Archway Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago
Isn't it heart breaking! The turtle sends a strong message that nature is altered by our unconscious acts.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron-  I saved your photo so that I can share it with students in our schools.
Posted by Lauren Corna, Broker (Archway Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago
Plastic is broken down by ultraviolet rays and ozone.  But before that has a chance to occur the damage may already be done as evidenced by the photos.  Whether you are in to green, red black or blue, always dispose of your litter properly.  Besides looking ugly, it does hurt.
Posted by Roger Stensland, Let's Move! (Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound) over 12 years ago
Thank you Roger for the background on plastic. Who developed plastic in the first place? Can they be held accountable financially? Anyone know?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Lauren - Please post their responses for all of us to share in.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron, what a sad picture and a scary thought that I didn't know about plastic.  That it NEVER breaks down.  We really need to change our way of thinking and doing things....thanks for a terrific post.
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
Carole - there is a reason this turtle lived to tell the sad story...we are witnesses - pass it on.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron

Plastic was first commercially developed at a facility in Bound Brook NJ, now owned by Union Carbide...

It does break down chemically and physically, as Roger said, albeit at a far too slow rate to be effective as a control... Various newer types also break down biologically, Especially well known are those from National Starch And Chemical, also in NJ, which are actually plastics made from starches, and which degrade far more rapidly than the more traditional polymers...

The worst offender in animal life as far as plastics are concerned ARE the can rings used to hold several cans or bottles together... these cause issues like you show with the turtle, but also with birds, fishes, and especially with marine mammals...  we should all be cutting them to break the rings... and of course we should be recycling as much as possible.

Better, we should cease to be a society so focused on packaging... that would save much pollution, and more than just plastic... 

All that said, I have to add that Union Carbide, the company that developed the first commercially viable plastics, also has developed plastics that are incredibly useful... I am aware of a plastic that can be inserted into joints where ligaments have been torn or otherwise damaged, and that allow the tissues to grow over them, and then they dissolve. Brilliant. Other plastics, such as various silicon compounds, are used in artificial organs, etc.

Not all plastics are bad... 

Posted by Paul Silver, Rhode Island full service real estate firm over 12 years ago
Paul - I am happy that you shared your seemingly limitless knowledge with us. I am now cutting anything that is in a circle. Thanks for stopping by and I hope all is well with you.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

have you hugged a tree today?

Really!

We live in times of environmental risk... we should vote, live, and pray ( in whatever way we think appropriate) for better awareness and attention to Green things...

By the way, it only seems limitless... I have a long history with this industry, so I know it well...

Luv all of you who feel that the Earth is worth some sort of energy

Happy belated Earth Day!

Posted by Paul Silver, Rhode Island full service real estate firm over 12 years ago
Ground up Plastic mixes in with the soil to amke a great mulch for the flower beds!
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) over 12 years ago

Paul - tree hugging? Am I from California??? It's the little bugs that I check for first. When you hug a tree, do you look really closely? Lots of little ants and things but I do it anyway. I am an hour from Yosemite and one and a half hours from the Sequoia National Forest. Those redwoods are very cuddly. Very happy to learn you are a greeny :=D

Danny - that makes sense...the plastic can keep the soil aerated. Thank you! It will make a good pastime while watching American Idol and such.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron.....Great post, I will remember to cut up plastic the next time I am Listing a House. 
Posted by Robert McArtor, Top Listing Agent for Baltimore and Harford County (RE/MAX Components - Fallston Maryland) over 12 years ago
Robert - nice to hear you are going to put this tip into action. I have one question...and I giggle...can you explain what you are going to be cutting up while you are listing a house? I just can't picture anything you might be thinking of...but only if you want to share...
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

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