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Green Halloween Celebrations at Local Zoos & Aquariums

green halloween

Even though Halloween is still over a month away, with the local stores displaying Halloween merchandise since August, it's hard not for me to get into the mindset.  I love autumn, I love candy, and I love spooky stuff.

If you're looking for a way for your kids to do something fun, Halloweenish, and green, check out GreenHalloween.org.  Many local zoos and aquariums across the country are participating.  ... read more

Art made with Recycled Materials

Last weekend, we went to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston.   (A very green zoo, btw, from their conservation efforts to many of the recycled items in their gift shops)  Before you enter, there were some animal sculptures (pictured left) made of used containers from the nearby Sam Adams Brewery.  

I thought it was an excellent and unique way of reusing something that would have otherwise been thrown away.  It made me think of the "reduce, reuse, and recycle" adage, and how people are often good about recycling these days, but forget about reducing and reusing.   And what better way to reuse something than to turn it into a cool piece of artwork?... read more

The Seventh Generation Green Baby Giveaway!

Enter The Seventh Generation Green Baby Giveaway!

One lucky winner will get:

That's a great prize, huh?  It's an over $40 value!... read more

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Event in San Francisco THIS Weekend!

Head to Ghirardelli Square this weekend!  It's the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival on September 11th and 12th.  Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day (which I love) will be there, turning the fountain in Ghirardelli Square into a giant Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day SINK!    Visitors will take a “bubble” out of the sink which will contain a Mrs. Meyer’s sample.   For each bubble that is taken, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day will donate $2 to San Francisco’s Clean City Coalition!  

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Pure Play Kids Toy Giveaway -- one more week to enter!

There is one more week left before the Pure Play Kids Toy Giveaway ends!  One lucky winner will win a fun, natural, kid-powered toy from Pure Play Kids.  All you have to do is sign up to be on a mailing list and your name will be automatically entered.  Click here for details.  Good luck!... read more

Green Company Profile: Boloco

Why it's Keen:

Tasty, reasonably priced burritos, wraps, salads, smoothies, shakes, and cookies.  Everything is delicious and they have free wifi.  They have locations throughout New England.  

Why it's Green:

Boloco is a certified green restaurant.  Their "plastic" cups are made of corn and are 100% compostable and their bowls are made of bamboo.  They use LED lighting, low-flow waterheads, and the tabletops and countertops are made from 50 to 100% post-consumer recycled paper and petroleum-free resin, called Paperstone.  

Their ingredients are great, too.  Organic tofu, antibiotic and hormone free meats, humanely raised steaks, and more.  Take a look at their menu.  I'm sure your mouth will water.  ... read more

Michael Amaral Furniture

It's refreshing to see handmade eco-friendly furniture in a day where flimsy, particle board furniture is the norm.  I'm excited to be profiling Michael Amaral Furniture, a furniture designer and builder based out of Rhode Island.  

Why it's Keen: 

I'll let a picture of Michael's beautiful furniture speak for itself.  

     

'Nuff said, right?... read more

Captain Planet, He's Our Hero!

Who here remembers Captain Planet?  It was a cartoon that aired in the early 90s on TBS about a green-mulleted superhero out to save the planet.  I loved the Captain Planet theme song in particular ("Captain Planet, he's our hero, gonna take pollution down to zero!"), and I had a reusable lunch bag with Captain Planet on it. 

Get in touch with your inner 90s kid or grab your own kids and watch Captain Planet together...the episodes are now on the Mother Nature Network!  

Did you know that there's also a Captain Planet Foundation?  They offer grants, resources, projects for kids, games, and you can even become a "Planeteer!"  Check it out!   It's a really cute website and for an important cause.  ... read more

Concord, Massachusetts: the First U.S. Town to Ban Bottled Water

I'm not quite sure how I missed this tidbit of news, as it came out back in April.  

Concord, Massachusetts, home to Walden Pond and the original concord grapevine, has banned the sale of bottled water starting in 2011.  The measured will only allow the sale of refillable containers of water, which could still be sold and delivered in Concord.

The effort was lead by Jean Hill, an 80-something-year old activist.  She lobbied neighbors and officials on the serious environmental consequences of plastic bottles filling landfills and creating more pollution. 

The International Bottled Water Association released this statement about the ban.   I didn't even KNOW there was an International Bottled Water Association!  Their entire website made my blood boil.   Additionally, Joe Doss, president of the IBWA said:  "We obviously don’t think highly of the vote in Concord. Any efforts to discourage consumers from drinking water, whether tap water or bottled water, is not in the best interests of consumers. Bottled water is a very healthy, safe, convenient product that consumers use to stay hydrated." [source]  Oh, okay, Mr. Doss.  ... read more

Start Your Own Gardening Co-op!

homegrown pumpkin

Even though our garden is small, sometimes it's a race against time to eat everything that we grow before it rots. We do try to freeze and can things (we canned our own marinara sauce with homegrown tomatoes for the first time this week -- but that's for another blog post!). If your looking for ways to use all of your homegrown fruits and veggies and try varieties that you don't grow yourself, try a Gardening Co-Op!  Have a "gardening swap" party with your friends an neighbors. 

I love to meet with local gardeners in our neighborhood at the end of the winter, and form a co-op.  Each gardener can plan to grow different things, and then meet a few times a month to swap their fruits and veggies.  This year we had raspberries galore...wouldn't it have been fun for us to share those raspberries and get some, say, blueberries in return?  ... read more

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