Sunday Morning Coffee // 03.23.2014

Sunday Morning Coffee is the place where I sit down with a big cup o' joe and recap the past week's events - from my favourite blogger posts, to the happenings here at t.o. & fro, and even share my "Eco-Tip of the Week" to encourage you to live a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. So please, grab your Sunday morning poison and join me...

Happy Spring! The weather was looking pretty promising this past week, and then I woke up this morning... there was snow on the ground. Really Mother Nature? It's March 23. I'd expect this in AK, but Toronto? Get it together. 

This is March 25 last year in AK... Not too too far off from this year in T.O.

Despite the crummy weather, I'm proud to say that I made it through the entire winter without catching any of the nasty bugs that kept rotating through my work. I thought for sure I was doomed. Thank you immune system. Another perk of working with children.

This week I:

Must reads:

To be more responsible:

Eco-tip 09. Water

Yesterday was World Water Day and I shared some interesting water facts.

Water is something we, as North Americans, all take for granted. Here's the proof: 
  • American residents use about 100 gallons (380 L) of water per day.
  • Nearly 65% of our indoor water use occurs in the bathroom.
  • The conventional toilet uses 18 L of water per flush.
  • The average dishwasher cycle uses over 100 L per cycle.
  • If you drink your daily recommended 8 glasses of water per day from the tap, it will cost you about 50 cents per year.  If you choose to drink it from water bottles, it can cost you up to $1,400 per year.

But did you know, over 1.5 billion people don't have access to clean, safe water?

There are many things that we can do, both at work, at home and in play to be more conscious of our water use:
  • Install water-efficient toilets and faucets.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Use a reusable water bottle.
  • Water your lawn in the early morning to prevent evaporation.
  • Fix any leaks.
  • Be aware of what you are putting down the drain.
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Water is life. All living things depend on water to support life functions. So, whether you are drawn to it like me, or absolutely terrified of it, please take a moment today to appreciate water.

If you have a good tip for greening your life, or even a photo of your living a more sustainable lifestyle, I'd love to hear about it and even feature it as my "eco-tip of the week" during Sunday Morning Coffee! Please leave a comment below or email me at with your tips and photos.

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