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Things You Can Compost

potato peels are compostableAre you new at composting?  Or are you a long-time composter unsure of what exactly you can compost?  I've been composting for about 6 or 7 years now and it has really helped my garden thrive.    At first, I was being very conservative with what I'd throw in the compost bin, but after a while I realized that there were a lot more I could be composting.

Here are some common household items that you can compost.  Some might be obvious, but some of these might come as a surprise!  ... read more

Green Tones Eco-Friendly Wooden Musical Instruments Giveaway!!!

eco-friendly instrumentsI'm so excited to be giving away these wooden, eco-friendly toy instruments.  My son loves them and so do I!  Read my Green Tones Eco-Friendly Wooden Musical Instruments review!  

Now here's your chance to win!!  Enter below!... read more

Greener Bathroom Habits

greener bathroomLet's face it -- the bathroom is not always the greenest room in the house.   There can be a lot of water consumption, harsh cleaners, and less-than eco-friendly personal care products.   Here are some tips for making the john a little greener:

Reducing Water Consumption:... read more

  • While the shower water is warming up, put a bucket under the shower head.  You can reuse that water in your garden or to flush the toilet with.

  • When it comes time to install a new toilet, consider dual flush.  It has two flushing mechanisms:  the one for pee uses less water than the one for solid waste.   

  • If your toilet isn't low-flow, put a brick in the tank to reduce how much water it uses.  

  • Make your showers short and sweet and turn off your sink while you're brushing your teeth.

  • When it's yellow, let it mellow.  Really! 

  • Look for low-flow shower heads.  

  • Opt for showers instead of baths.  A quick shower will use a lot less water than a soak in the tub.   

Green Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away!  I wanted to give some green gift ideas to our readers from a fellow eco-minded mom.  (Me!)  I would also love to hear your suggestions!

For the coffee-drinking mom:

Buy a membership to a coffee CSA through CoffeeCSA.org.   Coffee CSA is 100% owned and controlled by the farmers that they feature! Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to get involved with the farms.  You can even pay to plant a tree on a small coffee farm as an extra gift!  The coffee is organic, fair trade certified, and all proceeds go directly to the farmer! The best part?  The coffee will arrive at mom's doorstep via UPS.

For the soda-drinking mom:

Help her green her soda drinking habits with a SodaStream!  You can pick up the machine and the syrups at Bed Bath and Beyond.... read more

11 Ways to Go Green at Home

Doing our part to reduce landfill waste, create cleaner air and protect Mother Nature isn't as hard (or expensive) as it seems. As Earth Day (April 22) approaches, boost your eco-friendly lifestyle with these easy tips and tricks for going green.

Plant a Garden

Not only will a garden serve as a subtle reminder of where food originates, but you'll reap the benefits of having fresh produce at your fingertips. Start with seeds or even try re-growing vegetables from store-bought leftovers. For example, Mother Nature Network instructs how to re-grow celery from the base of a used stalk. Using a similar technique, you can do the same with the onion bulbs.

Change Light Bulbs

Slowly phase out your incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs. These use up to 80 percent less energy than incandescents and can last up to 25 times longer, according to Earth911.com.... read more

Why is Hemp So Great?

hemp is awesomeFirst of all, hemp is awesome.  There are so many uses for hemp from food to fuel to home insulation.

One thing is that hemp is extremely versatile.  You can use either the seeds or the fiber.  From hemp seeds, you can make milk, oil, or other foodstuffs.  It’s a source of omega-3s, protein, and calcium.   The fiber is used for paper, clothing, jewelry, and lots more

Hemp has been used as a material throughout time.  The Western Han Dynasty in China used hemp paper as far back as 200 BC and historically hemp ropes have been used by sailors.  In recent years, hemp has been making a comeback in terms of popularity because it’s touted as an eco-friendly alternative to a variety of common materials.... read more

Pepper Guide

Earlier this week I posted about beginning to prepare your garden for the spring.  One thing you can do - even if temperatures are still freezing and there's still snow on the ground! - is to start deciding what to plant and order your seeds.

Right now, I've got peppers on the brain.  Last year we grew jalapenos, and it was awesome.  We canned salsa galore, threw the peppers into all sorts of yummy food we were making, and we even did pickled peppers.  This year, I'd like to grow even MORE peppers!  But, sometimes it's kind of confusing.  Which peppers would best suit our needs?  Spicy?  Sweet?  There are so many kinds!... read more

Different Uses for Hemp

hemp usesHemp is a versatile, eco-friendly plant with many uses.  Some of them you might be familiar with, others maybe not.   Interestingly enough, hemp was used throughout history for a lot of these uses.  It's used less often now, but who knows?  Maybe with its eco-friendliness, it will continue to make a comeback.  

Here are some things that can be used with hemp.

1.  Clothing

My favorite sweatshirt is made from hemp.  It's warm, durable, and pretty much awesome.  And hemp has been used in textiles for a very long time.  Samples of hemp fabric in China date back to 8000 BC!  Hemp is also gaining popularity as a material in eco-friendly shoe brands.  Hemp jewelry is another popular use of hemp.

2.  Food and Drink

I'm sure you've seen hemp in food in your local grocery stores over the last ten years or so, since it began gaining in popularity.  A whole hemp seed is about 25% protein and is also a good source of calcium, iron, and omega-3.  ... read more

Reusing your Christmas tree -- creatively & green!

Christmas is over, it's almost the New Year, and you still have your tree sitting proudly in your living room.  I almost feel bad for Christmas trees...last week, they were the centerpiece of the holidays, decorated with garland, lights, and ornaments, with presents beneath it and children excitedly gathering around it.  Today, it's a reminder that the holidays are nearly over and that you need to remember to discard it.

Most municipalities offer Christmas tree pickups in January.  However, I have a few fun alternative things you can do with your old tannenbaum: ... read more

Upcycling T-shirts into Bags

With the holidays around the corner, I've been thinking of some more green ideas for more eco-friendly gift wrapping options.  Recently, a friend of mine mentioned that there's a way to make tote bags out of old t-shirts.

Intrigued, I immediately looked online for instructions.  What a perfect idea -- reuse an old t-shirt, use it as a gift bag, and the gift recipient can use that bag for shopping -- so it can be used again and again!  I found this Today Show segment which instructs viewers on how to create a bag out of an old t-shirt.  You don't even have to sew.  All you really need are scissors, duct tape, and a stapler.  It's quick, too.

Check out the video below.... read more

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