Wellspring Greener

Changes at the office

The first change that happened was in the  bathroom.  The paper towel dispenser has been replaced with a hand dryer.  This will reduce the amount of paper towels we use each week which reduces our garbage by 50%!

The second change that happened was in the waiting room which no longer supplies plastic water cups.  We have been recycling all of the plastic cups we use since we opened 11 years ago, but by replacing the disposable plastic cups with reusable plastic cups we will decrease our recycling by 75%!

The third change that happened was finding a way to recycle all of the plastic waste from the acupuncture needles.  By collecting and sending away all of the needle wrappers, we will reduce our garbage by another 35%!

In our next blog, we will talk about how we are partnering with  TerraCycle AND YOU to help reduce all of our plastics.

Please check out that blogpost (Friday 2/1), as it gives you a way to get involved too! We will be collecting items at our center and you are welcome to drop off your plastics, wrappers, etc. Stay tuned!

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New Year’s Resolution – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Happy New Year!  Sorry for the late wishes.  We are not quite sure where January went, but as we approach February we are moving forward with our New Year’s resolution to reduce the amount of plastic waste that we produce across all areas of our lives.  We have always recycled, but in recent months Louise’s husband, Tom has been doing more research on the what is actually happening to the plastic that we put in our recycle bin and the news is not good.  

Did you know even if your local trash collector says they are recycling everything you put into your bin, that in fact, some or all of it is probably ending up in the landfill?  Really? That was our first reaction  and here is what our research produced:

In a recent interview, David Kaplan, the CEO of Maine Plastics , a post-industrial recycler, explained about the current recycling practices here in the US.  He said that plastics with numbers 3-7 are absolutely not being recycled and are going to a landfill because China is no longer taking these plastics.  This has been happening since the launching of an initiative known as ‘Green Fence’ by the Chinese government which was to help reduce their pollution.  The policy bans the import of all but the cleanest, most tidily organized bales of reusable rubbish.  The program was supposed to end in November of 2013, but as suspected by the recycling companies, it looks like Green Fence is here to stay.  Mr. Kaplan believes that the plastics #3-7 will continue to end up in landfills until the United States can economically recycle these plastics. 

So unfortunately not all plastic that is put into a bin is getting recycled and only 9% of all plastic even makes it into a recycling bin.  So what happens to the other 91%?  Some of it ends up in a landfill but a fair amount ends up in our oceans.  Around 8 million metric tons go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science today.  That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every meter of coastline (excluding Antarctica).  By 2025 we will be putting enough plastic in the ocean (on our most conservative estimates) to cover 5% of the earth’s entire surface in cling film each year.  Those are some scary statistics.  But what really made us rethink our plastic addiction was the report from The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, which analyzed the flow of materials around the world and predicted that, given the projected growth in plastic production, by 2050 oceans could contain more plastics than fish.

In the year 2050, our children and nieces and nephews will be close to our ages.  We want them to be able to enjoy nature as much as we do today.  Therefore, we are making a change.  At home and at the office we are going to reduce the amount of plastic that we use and at the same time we are going to recycle as much plastic material as we can in order to decrease the amount of garbage that we produce.  It is not easy. Once you stop and pay attention to the amount of plastic that is around, the task seems daunting.  We believe we have to start somewhere! We cannot let this make us complacent, nor paralyzed.

In our next blog we will tell you how we are doing it! Please come back and pass this along to your friends and family.

We are all in this together.

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This weekend! Holiday Craft Bazaar

 

Come meet the people making the products you are purchasing. Get away from the big chain store crowds and noise to shop while listening to live music, nibbling healthy treats, and connecting with artists who create with love and intention.

We look forward to welcoming you and connecting with you!

Anita, Louise, Susan, John, Michelle, Susanne, Teri, Margie, Bud

Rainy day love poem

Grab a hold of what matters.

See the one word written on the arm of

divinity.

Twist something free down in the belly of the

mother –

it stirs,

awakens to a day

when all you need to do is

show up.

Wake the sleeping giant

between your shoulder blades.

Rise up.

The peace lily has decided this is the

moment to bloom.

Follow her white hood as far up as you

dare.

Greet the tree tops.  The red tail hawk

sitting on the naked branch full of

bewilderment.

Why not join her? Bring amazement.

Sit close,

brush the feathers from your own

eyes.

There is a special kind of beauty

to the rain.

~Anita Bondi 2018

Vision Board Workshop – January 6th

 

Vision Board Workshop

Saturday, January 6, 2018

1:00pm-4:30pm $45-

After all the giving to others, take a bit of time for yourself. Start your New Year with reflection, intention, and creativity! (A vision board is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation. )

 

Workshop will include breathing, stretching, guided meditation, journal writing, sound healing, gentle conversation, snacks, and the creation of your own personal vision board.

 

All supplies included. Workshop held at Harmony House in DWG, PA

Space is limited to 8 people. Sign up: anitab@anitabondidesigns.com

 

 

 

 

Thank You

Wellspring Peace

 “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

~ William Arthur Ward

Thank you to everyone who came to our Holiday Open House and Art Sale this past weekend. We do not take your support and your presence for granted – ever.  It is an honor to welcome each and every one of you to Wellspring Holistic Center any day of the week. You are the backbone of our center. We know what a gift it is to have you with us on the journey to health and wellness. So , whether you came to the open house, are coming in this week for a session, or will be in next year, the gift is here waiting for you to open it. We look forward to seeing you and continuing to serve you in 2018.

With love and gratitude,

Louise and Anita

Meet Anita Bondi

The Wellspring Holiday Art sale and Open house is this weekend! We know life is full and busy. We hope you choose to spend a little time with us! Friday 4pm -8pm and Saturday 10am-3pm

Meet Anita Bondi

1. Please give us three words to describe your creations?

intentionally created wearables

2.. what can we look forward to you creating for this sale?

more hand stamped inspirational recycled metal jewelry with healing gemstones, chakra balancing oil, new candle holders, and who knows what else might pop out of my magic hands!

3. what about this particular art/craft makes you feel passionate and excited? 

a chance to use my creativity while breathing intention and presence into my work and my life
4. when you are not making art, where are you most likely to be?

in my healing cave at Wellspring, on my old couch writing poetry, around water, movement, and nature

5. do you have one quote or saying that you are living by these days? 

“how we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard