Clean on the Green

Clean and green on the golfing scene.

Scottsdale hosts what many consider the greenest golfing event on the calendar.  I love golf.  I love green.  My favourite football team (soccer to many) play in green.  I love Christmas trees.  I love when people think green.  I'm even partial to the odd Grinch or two.  I love the smell of green while searching for a bothy.

When a major sporting event hosts over 600,000 people then it is easy to imagine the amount of waste generated by the fans, vendors and general requirements to host such a spectacle.  Well, the WMPO is such an event that has considered the impact on the environment and here we take a brief look at their achievements.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open

In the last 3 years the WMPO avoided sending any waste to a landfill.  Bold statement and absolutely astounding.  Waste management at its best.

Not a single container or cup. A can or signpost marker.

Broken down: 45% of waste was composted.  About 40% recycled.  There will even be small percentage recovered to energy from waste.

Check this out ! - the 18th hole features a rotating Waste Management logo containing about 150,000 used golf balls and then the balls are donated to a youth golf non-profit.

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Each year these water features are re-used and I'm excited to learn what 2018 has in store and look to see whats new and also spot the re-used features too.

15th hole had a floating logo made with 750,000 recycled golf tees - will this one be back?

How do they do it?

The whole event is dotted with 4000 recycling or compost containers.  There is no place for landfill waste.  Even the energy used is provided by renewable energy sources with an array of solar units to power hospitality tents and solar light towers throughout the course.

Even the vehicles are considered with every effort to make them operate on alternative energy, biodiesel or compressed natural gas.  Every effort to reduce waste, focus on a sustainable source and think green.

Green on the green

Dubbed the "The Greatest Show on Grass" it is equally "The Greenest Show on Turf" perhaps even "The Greatest Greenest Show on Grass or Turf on Earth"

Almost catchy.  But highlighting the background efforts to be green is an important point to be shared. Showcasing to the massive audience around the world, the care and attention to detail to make an event sustainable, green and safe is not only commendable but imperative.

I might just love golf more than before.







Cleaning with Vinegar in the Kitchen

Vinegar – Dieting, Roman healthy brews and 5 kitchen cleaning tricks, it really is a versatile solution!

If one was to travel back in time and discuss eating and nutrition tips with Ancient Egyptians or Romans they would have very familiar ideas to our own current day diet fad followers.  Use some vinegar.  They might not exactly mention that its directly for dieting, like our modern mindset beliefs. However, they certainly understood there was a benefit to be had mixing water and vinegar as a refreshing drink at meal times.

Brief history lesson

Posca – the Romans (and the Greeks) mixed sour wine or vinegar with water and herbs to create this popular drank widely by the Roman army and the lower classes. Although a modern day recipe does not exist, possible ingredients were water, vinegar, coriander and honey.

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Ancient Egypt – storage jars dating back 3000 years reveals evidence of vinegar contained within. Scholars have shown that vinegar was used for medicinal purposes, as an antiseptic, but also as a weight control substance.

Warning! – White distilled vinegar does not offer the same benefits.

Apple Cider Vinegar is the choice product here, made from nutritious apples into apple cider through fermentation, and then made into vinegar.

That's right, in order to make this beneficial ACV, first you have to let the alcoholic and tasty cider to spoil and go to waste before you can make the less attractive tasting and non-alcoholic Posta.

So now we have drank our energising, healthy vinegar mixture. Improved our breathing and boosted our immune system. Now its time to clean. The list of what vinegar can clean is quite extensive but I have opted just to highlight a few.

Some sneaky wee vinegar kitchen tricks!

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  1. Oven – a little vinegar, water and baking soda onto the glass door and bottom shelf of the oven. Leave for a few minutes, watch the magic and scrape and clean to perfection.

  1. Microwave – steam the inside of the microwave to remove stuck on food. 4 parts water one part vinegar in a microwave safe bowl for 5 minutes and simply wipe clean.

  1. White water rings – on wood and leather, vinegar is great for removing these pesky wee stains. A mixture of equal parts olive oil and vinegar onto a microfibre cloth and gently rub and remove that stain and enjoy the like new look.

  1. Coffee Machine – improve the taste of your coffee by cleaning out the machine parts with vinegar. Two cups of water to a quarter cup of vinegar and percolate with out coffee. Then a couple more runs just with water to remove any vinegar taste and boom, fresher tasting morning coffee.

  2. Dishwasher – replacing rinse aid with vinegar gives your glasses a special shine and really can clean those ovens dishes that often still come out with stains.

Complete 5 simple vinegar tricks and then have a dance!

The various uses of vinegar are extensive and there are many many more. Compiling a list of all its uses is a task I intend to complete and post on here to provide a comprehensive list.  Not just for my own amusement but for staff, clients and any interested parties.