Living Christmas company based in California is renting Christmas trees to locals who want to celebrate responsibly this year. It is estimated that about 30 million families kill trees every year during the holiday season. Sure there are states that have tree farms, that plant trees specifically to be killed within seven years, but why kill to celebrate a holiday?
Here in Puerto Rico, Christmas tress are not a tradition, and these trees being killed and imported by big box stores are expensive and sprayed with many toxins for export. There is no reason to import dead trees for no reason. Luckily enough, most Puerto Rican families do not choose to kill nature to celebrate the holidays. Would the few families that choose to have a real Christmas tree be willing to rent one? Check out our poll section to put in your answer!
Want more customers? Or more variety FOR your customers??
OFFER VEGETARIAN FOOD!!
What is a vegetarian??
There are several different types of diets that a person calling themselves "vegetarian" may follow.
fruitarian: eats only the fruits and seeds of a plant, the parts "that were meant to be eaten." Does not eat tofu or other processed products.
vegan: eats only plants and plant products. they do not eat ANYTHING from an animal, including broth, cheese, cream, or any other dairy products. true vegans do not eat honey or yeast.
lacto vegetarian: eats plants and dairy products. anything that does not require the killing of animals or their embryos. mahatma gandhi was this type of vegetarian.
ovo-lacto vegetarian: eats plants, dairy products, and eggs. eating eggs is generally not considered killing animals. common in the US.
pescotarian: eats plants, dairy products, eggs, and seafood.
How do I work with what I already have?
Simple! There are many ways to offer vegetarian/vegan options without changing your menu!
1. If you want a healthier menu, offer less fried foods! It is very important the fried foods you offer be fried in vegetable oil (that is not the same oil used to fry meats and fish). This will open many doors and options to your clients!
2. Offer salad dressings and sauces that are not cream or meat based. This one is very important for vegetarians, vegans, or people who are simply watching their weight. Heavy cream salad dressings add unnecessary fat, while a good balsamic vinaigrette does wonders. A light mango dressing or papaya puree would be so much better!!
3. Watch those beans! Offer beans with calabaza instead of pork or butter (Country Crock). They taste better & and not only are lighter and less filling, but also are much less in fat. If someone chooses to have pork, you can always add it as a side to your beans!
4. ROOTS!! Offer root substitutes for meat. Many dishes have a heavy reliance on spices, and with yucca or plantain, you would not know the difference. The substitute can be offered, if not permanently on the menu.
5. Be creative! Offer your menu items with or without meat, and offer many vegetable substitutes! Remember, vegetables covered in butter may not be attractive to many of your veggie clients… or anyone trying to watch their weight! Also, experiment! The Caribbean offers the most array of exotic fruits and tasty vegetables, don't be afraid of them!
Offer other methods of cooking like baked or broiled. The cooking time might be longer, but the results will be a LOT less greasy!
We love this PDF presentation from the EPA reminding us all of the reasons we should treat our ground soil and ground water with loving care! We would like to add the importance of responsible pest control. Like the PDF states, if you find yourself with a pest issue, it is a sign that your lawn is not getting valuable resources it requires. Spraying harsh chemicals not only pollutes the soil, but erradicates every type of beneficial insect that helps maintain a healthy grass. Be sure to research exactly what pests you are working with, but also lean towards home remedies and organic products to not destroy your yard completely.
A HUGE thank you to the Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales for letting me march with them in the opening parade for SanSe 2014!! It was an honor to help them speak for endangered anyimals to hundreds of people in the streets! Check out more of what they are doing to help our environment on their Facebook page!