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Fun Fact Friday - Give a hoot, don't pollute!

Anyone who grew up in the 70s and 80s remembers those PSAs starring Woodsy Owl.  "Give a hoot, don't pollute!" 

A little bit of trivia on Woodsy:... read more

Change starts in the classroom: benefits of composting programs in schools

Food waste is a chronic issue; nearly one-third of our landfills are piled up with scraps of leftover grub from home kitchens and larger producers like restaurants. While not all of this refuse is actually recyclable, diverting the portions that can be transformed into nutrient-rich fertilizer for gardens and lawns, makes a significant difference. And there’s no better time to get the ball rolling than during the early years of a child’s schooling.

 

When it comes to saving the planet, today’s younger generation is most definitely our future. Schools are the perfect forum for teaching young people the importance of composting organic waste  Lessons on composting allow them to see how  their lunch scraps can have on the landscape. Let’s walk through the ways composting programs can enhance school education, especially in elementary grades.

 

Schools should utilize resources to get students engaged, such as Team Compost.... read more

October 12: The Great Halloween Costume Swap

Who has old Halloween costumes catching dust in their attic?  *raises hand*  

I propose that on Monday, October 13 on social media, mom's groups, school list servs, and local forums (i.e., craiglist) we offer to swap Halloween costumes with other members of the community.  Post pictures of the costumes and see if there's anything out there that you like!

halloween costume swap... read more

Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Shopping

Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Shopping

It's hard to think about this while still in summer mode, but yes, it is that time of year...it's time to get ready to go back to school. 

How can you buy school supplies for your kids in the greenest way possible?

1)  Avoid backpacks made of (PVC) vinyl.  Vinyl contains dioxins, which the EPA says is a leading cancer-causing agent.  Soft vinyl sometimes has di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate, which the U.S. National Toxicology Program has identified as a carcinogenic compound.  Seek backpacks made of cotton, canvas, or even hemp or bamboo!   Pick something sturdy and long-lasting, one that you won't need to replace annually.  LL Bean backpack last forever!  

2)  Buy a reusable lunchbox or bag instead of having your kids use paper lunch bags.  Again, avoid PVC.  We like this Litter-Free Lunch Kit.  

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Fun Fact Friday - Mr. Rogers and an Electric Car

A few years ago, I used to write a weekly post profiling a Keen and Green celebrity every Friday.  It was a fun series to do, but ultimately I ran out of celebrities to cover.  I started to miss having a Friday series to close the week, so today I am starting "Fun Fact Friday."  I'm going to dig up some trivia, interesting information, or a tidbit from history - all related to the environment! - to share with you every Friday.  Enjoy!

Today's fun fact is that Mister Rogers did a number of episodes with a focus on the environment.  Now I want to share this video of Mister Rogers learning about electric cars.  As a kid of the 80s, I watched a lot of PBS and my first exposure to the electric car was from this episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.    ... read more

A Greener Day at the Beach

On a sizzling summer day, why not head to the beach?  Keep yourself and your families cool and enjoy some outdoors time and sunshine. Here are some tips to keep your beach visit as keen and green as can be! 

Picking the beach - I love to go to beaches at state parks.  Even though it's usually not free to park, I like to support state parks and their conservation efforts.  I usually get a season parking pass to our state parks here in Massachusetts and throughout the summer we visit local state parks with ocean beaches, lakes, and ponds.    You can also find the cleanest area beaches on the EPA website.    

Getting to the beach - Look for beaches walking/biking distance, public transit accessible, or the closest to home.  Maybe you don't live near the ocean, but there might be a lake beach narby.  If going with a group, consider carpooling.   ... 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

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

Green Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

Stay away from the hassle of waiting in a long queue just to buy Halloween costume for your kids. Instead of spending money on those ready to wear costumes, why not make your very own? Costumes do not have to be expensive. Most kids just want to wear a unique costume for the trick or treat.... read more

Candy wrappers cannot be recycled

Candy wrappers are not recyclable. Now before someone jumps down my throat, yes they are reusable and upcyclable. There are a couple of places that collect and make stuff out of the candy wrapper material. TerraCycle does this. They actually have a program set up for candy wrappers specifically.

That being said it doesn’t mean people can throw them in regular paper or single stream recycling. The discarded candy wrapper won’t magically find its way with his other candy wrapper friends to their specific recycling program somewhere.

Most likely anyone reading this blog wouldn’t throw his or her empty candy wrapper in the wrong bin. Many of you reading this though, would be very surprised how often people do toss these wrappers into recycling bins instead of trash bins.... read more

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