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A Greener Easter Basket

My son is almost 5 and a half, and every year I have a blast putting his Easter basket together.  It's easy to stock up on stuff like plastic eggs, candy, and Easter grass from the drug store, but it's even more fun to think creatively and keep your easter basket Keen AND Green!  

Be practical.  I like to include stuff that my son will really play with, instead of something that will end up broken or in the garbage by the end of the week. Things like a t-shirt, some lightweight spring/summer pajamas, or a reusable water bottle.  I also like to include things to ring in the warmer weather, like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, or seed packets.  ... read more

Flushable Wipes Bad for the Sewers

flushable wipesPre-moistened "flushable" wipes have increased in popularity over the past few years.  They're convenient and easy, but unfortunately, they don't break down as claimed.  London has been seeing some serious problems with their sewer system as a result of these flushable wipes.  

“The baby wipes and the so-called flushable wipes — that we say are never flushable — help bind [the fats] together, like bricks and mortar, and eventually what you end up with is a large mass of fat that is rock hard. It goes hard like chalk. And once its in there its hard to get it out," explains Craig Rance of Thames Water,the company managing the public water supply in the London area. A 15-ton "fatberg" in Kingston, a London suburb, required Thames Water to dig up the roads for six months to remedy the problem.... read more

Planting Seeds for Spring

springtime gardeningSpring has officially sprung and it's time to start planning your garden!   Here in New England where I live, we still have some thawing out to do, but now is the time to begin seedlings indoors for some crops, including onions and tomatoes which are two of my favorites.  Nothing gets me more into the mood for spring than starting to plan which things to plant and then starting some of our seedlings indoors.  ... read more

Springtime Tips for Conserving Water

rain conservationWelcome, springtime!  Our days in New England have yet to warm up, but I know that the warmer weather will be right around the corner.  Soon, my days will be filled with watering our garden, filling up the kiddie pool, and collecting raindrops in our rain barrell.... read more

Reuse Old Socks

One of the most important ways of maintaining a green lifestyle is to reuse items and get as much use out of them as possible.  For instance, what do you do when your socks get holes in them?  Or when the washing machine seems to make just one sock magically disappear?  Don't throw out those old, holey, or mismatched socks yet!   There might be a little more life in them.  There are many ways to reuse an old sock and get the most out of it.... read more

Composting in the Winter

If you live in a climate with cold winters, do you compost year-round?  Should you compost year-round?  The answer is, YES!  You can compost throughout the winter.  We usually do, though I've been known to take a break when it's really snowy making it difficult to access our compost bin.  Feel free to keep composting.  

Your compost will stop breaking down during the colder temperatures, but once spring arrives, it will continue.  The University of Illinois Extension explains:  "Low winter temperatures will slow or temporarily stop the composting process. As air temperatures warm up in the spring, microbial activity will resume.”

However, when the temperature drops, microbes that cause your compost to breakdown can sometimes remain active in the compost pile.  The middle of your compost pile can still be warm and actively breaking down because of heat generated by bacteria.  ... read more

Solar Energy in Cold Weather

Sunlight Solar, a solar installation company, dispels many misconceptions about solar energy in their blog.  One of the most common myths about solar energy is that it doesn't work in cold weather, such as a New England winter. With much of the country bracing themselves for yet another big snowstorm, I thought I'd discuss the reality of solar energy in cold weather.

As it turns out, solar panels can be very effective in a cooler climate. In fact, solar panels can be more efficient in a cold climate than in hotter places with stronger sun, such as Arizona or California. "Solar panels actually work more efficiently in a cooler climate because heat degrades electricity," the Sunlight Solar blog says.... read more

Preparing Your Garden for Spring - even if it's still winter!

I saw something very exciting at the grocery store over the weekend: a display of seed packets!  We're stuck here in the teens in Massachusetts, but the display of seed packets was like seeing a little ray of sunshine - right there in Stop & Shop!  Seed packets for sale can only mean one thing...spring is in the foreseeable future!

Even though it's nowhere near spring in many parts of the U.S., thinking about your garden is definitely a reality.  

How can you get your garden ready even if it's still winter?... read more

What’s so bad about plastic bags?

Plastic bagsLots of municipalities are banning plastic bags.   My city, Newton, Massachusetts, has just jumped on the bandwagon and I'm really excited.  I'm hoping to see less plastic bag litter and pleased that there will be less plastic bag waste coming from our city.  

Here are some quick facts about WHY plastic bags are so bad for our environment.  

- The US uses 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year.  These bags are made from an estimated equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil.  

-  Plastic bags will take an estimated 300 to 1000 years to biodegrade.

- Anually, tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals, and turtles die from contact with plastic bags that enter the ocean.

- Recycling one ton of plastic bags costs a whopping $4,000. The recycled product will then be sold for $32.

- The production of 1 pound of plastic for shopping bags produces about 6 pounds of CO2.  ... read more

A Greener Valentine’s Day

It seems like I'm still putting the Christmas decorations away, but I'm noticing Valentine's Day stuff in the stores.  It's only a month away!  Surprise your sweetie with some green treats this Valentine’s Day!  Here are some gift ideas.  

Chocolate:

Order some fantastic chocolate from Endangered Species Chocolate.  They have chocolate bars, gourmet chocolates, and gift sets.  They support a bunch of really important eco-causes, too, so you can feel good about buying your chocolate from them!  


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