Give Thanks to the Salamanders

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Hope you all had plenty of yummy turkey and gravy! Today I wanted to do a sort of different post…a post about Chopsticks for Salamanders. 



This lovely organization was founded by Lauren Augustine who I had the opportunity to meet at the National Zoo as a part of the WYSE program. The concept is simple, buy a pair of reusable chopsticks, and contribute to salamander research, + help keep the environment free of waste. 

So, why chopsticks? Well according to CFS…

“Though chopsticks may not seem like a common utensil in American culture, their production is one of the leading causes of international deforestation and loss of critical amphibian habitat. Nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species have been classified as threatened near extinction due, in part, to increasing run-off,  rising ground temperatures,  the disruption of vernal pools and other issues associated with deforestation.”

“By using re-usable chopsticks, consumers take a stand for forest stewardship. Disposable chopsticks are typically made from old-growth forests that are clear cut in search for the perfect straight-grained wood used for chopsticks. A total of 3.8 million trees are produced annually in China for chopsticks. With recent tax hikes on Chinese chopsticks, the United States is now being targeted to become more open to disposable chopstick manufacturing.” 

By contributing towards this organization, more light can be shed on the beautiful and unique salamanders of the world, and we can clean up the Earth! So, let’s spread the word! Anyone up for some Asian food? 😀

Chopsticks For Salamanders Webpage

Fun and Easy Ways to Be Green!

I don’t know about you, but trying to think of ideas on being green is tough. Of course, there is always the whole “Turn the faucet off when you brush” or “Start a compost pile” thing. But that’s no fun! While I was at the WYSE summer program, I came up with a “game” of sorts and heard about an awesome way to get food!

   Here’s my game: It’s called the Fast and Furious Shower!
   How you play: Go to your phone’s timer and start it right as your hopping in the shower! Cleanse yourself AS FAST AS YOU CAN!!!! And see how long you take! Can you get down to five minutes? four? three? I DARE YOU TO TRY IT!
   Ok, now to the other cool way to be green!
   Instead of buying your meats and produce from the grocery store, check out You can use this website to find CSA (community supported agriculture) farms in your area! The cool thing is, for a set fee you get a bundle of goodies each week or month right from that farm! They can also deliver it to your house! Isn’t that awesome! So go and support the people who grow your food!
Got any other cool ideas? Comment and tell me all about them!