Let’s Make Earth Day Everyday!

Earth Day!
Earth Day is like an official Pacific Sands holiday. Since we make eco-friendly products, practice a green manufacturing style and care about our planet, it just seems natural to us.
Here are some fun facts about Earth Day:
Earth Day was created to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment and occurs each year on April 22nd. The first Earth Day was in 1970 and was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in for school children.
Gaylord Nelson was inspired to bring attention to the environment after seeing the damage done by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
Earth Day created public support for the creation of the EPA which in turn created The Clean Air Act, The Water Quality Improvement Act, The Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws.
Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.
Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
One of the most fascinating (and little known) facts about Earth Day are the Moon Trees!
During the Apollo 14 moon mission in 1971, astronaut Stuart Roosa brought with him hundreds of tree seeds including Loblolly Pine, Sycamore, Sweetgum, Redwood, and Douglas Fir. Roosa and his seeds orbited the Moon 34 times in the command module Kitty Hawk.
The experiment seemed like a lost cause when, during the post-mission decontamination process, the seed canisters broke open and the seeds were thought to be useless. However, most of the tree seeds were still fit for germination and were successfully planted and cultivated. These trees were planted around National Monuments, as well as in sites all over the world. After decades of growing side-by-side with their Earth cousins, the Moon Trees showed no differences at all. On Earth Day 2009, NASA, in partnership with the United States National Arboretum and American Forests, planted a second generation Moon Sycamore on the arboretum’s grounds in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about the Moon Trees and where you can see them, check out this site:
https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/moon_tree.html
We are honoring Earth Day with a sale on all of our products (Since they are eco-friendly). Use the code earthday25 to save 25% off your ENTIRE order! This coupon code is only good on Sunday at: www.pacificsandsinc.com
How are you honoring Earth Day? Let us know!

Those darn party balloons!

Let’s stay on the party theme for this blog too and let’s talk about balloons. Beautiful, colorful, shiny balloons.
Balloons kill wildlife and pollute the Earth. It’s just a sad fact of life. While some balloons burst, others just gradually deflate. But they all fall back down to Earth where they can wreak havoc on wildlife on land, sea, and air.
I’m sure we have all seen the graphic pictures of dead animals and what they have found in their stomachs. Marine animals like turtles, fish, dolphins and whales, as well as animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and more have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It will slowly starve to death. Animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat.
Do not fear! There are alternatives to balloons that will still make your celebration look beautiful or be meaningful. Let’s just list a few to get you thinking.
For birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations why not use colorful flowers, signs and banners make out of recycled paper or cardboard instead of balloons? These can be used over again or when they get looking a bit ragged, they can be recycled.
Besides, as you get up in age do you really want that many balloons at your party, so everyone has a visual of your age? At this point (at least in my life) the person holding the helium balloons might actually float away!

Globophobia-Fear-of-Balloons
Bubbles! Who doesn’t love watching bubbles floating in the breeze on a warm summer’s day? There are plenty of homemade recipes on the internet and non-toxic bubbles that you can buy. Try making a bubble frame from out of something you have lying around that will blow giant bubbles! Those are the most fun to watch!

big bubbles
When having a remembrance or memorial, do a tree, bench or flower garden planting instead of a balloon release! Who wouldn’t want a mighty tree planted in their memory? The tree will provide shade, beauty, oxygen and a home for birds and animals for decades after your loved one is gone.

tree and benchmemorial garden
There are so many alternatives to the dreaded balloon! It’s worth looking into to save an animal’s life and the life of our planet.

We all need to do our part to leave our planet in better shape.

It’s easy being greener!

It’s the Little Things that Count!

We decided it was time to start a blog. There is so much to talk about when it comes to our Planet Earth, recycling, upcycling, nature, art, gardening and any of the other “green” subjects that we post about on our social media pages.
So many times, while reading other people’s blogs, we get overloaded with too much information, too many links and sometimes just a massive amount of dry, boring facts that we lose interest and move on missing out on information that is useful.
We’re going to try to be different. Shorter blogs with a bit of humor thrown in. Life is too short to take even important subjects and ideas too seriously!