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Green Baby Food: Making Your Own Baby Food

If you have a baby, one of the easiest ways to go green is to make your own baby food.

By making your own baby food, you can be sure that the food your baby eats is preservative free, fresh, and high quality.  If you happen to have a garden, you can grow things that can easily be turned into baby food (peas, squash, and carrots to name a few).  This way you know EXACTLY where the baby's food is coming from and it really costs you next to nothing.   Otherwise, buy local and organic food to turn into baby food.  You won't be creating more waste from baby food jars and there's a smaller carbon footprint because of the jars of baby food being shipped. ... read more

Recycling Old Toys, Games and Puzzles

You're torn.  You're trying to declutter your home, but you don't know what to do with all those puzzles, toys, and games missing crucial pieces.  You don't want to toss them in the trash to take up precious landfill space for the next few centuries, but who will want them?

You will, that's who!

Remember those popsicle stick picture frames you used to make in Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts/elementary school?  You glued four sticks together, taped a picture on the back, and proudly presented it to a parent or grandparent who smiled kindly and put it away with all the other "special crafts" so it wouldn't get damaged. You can take the same concept and make a frame with the kids that you'll actually want to display.

I've made a few different versions of the popsicle stick frames with the kids I work with.  In one, we've covered the sticks with puzzle pieces.   I recommend doing two layers of puzzle pieces, just so there's more dimension to the frame.  Recycle Old Puzzles, Ideas to Recylce Old Puzzles

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Throw an Eco-Friendly Baby Shower

 Eco-Friendly Baby ShowerWhat happens when you've been asked to throw a baby shower but you don't want to contribute to all the waste associated with it?  Streamers, paper plates, decorations that just wind up in the dumpster?

Or maybe you're a mommy-to-be, and you want to make sure that whoever is planning your shower does it in the "greenest" way possible.... read more

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids to be Green

Sometimes it seems to me that kids are more involved in keeping our planet clean than we are. That being said, there is always room for growth. Here are a few ideas for ways to help your child be more environmental aware:

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids to be Green

1. Toy Swaps: We all know how quickly kids outgrow their toys. In order to reduce waste (and save a little $$ in the process) organize periodic toy swaps. Have all of your parent friends bring toys their children have outgrown and swap out for new, more age appropriate toys. If you can’t do a toy swap, find a consignment toy shop in your area. No need to keep producing new toys when there are so many already out there! As we know, kids learn from the examples we set.

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Green Computing with Google & Lenovo, Water Saving Tips

Wednseday morning quick hits to help all those keen for greeners get over this hump day.  A few quick links, but this time I decided to chose the stories from across the blog-o-sphere.  I am thinking now of making Monday news day, Wednseday blog day and Friday fun day for these quick hits posts.  Tell me what you think and if you hate/love this idea.

New Lenovo ThinkCentre, New GreenTech Approved Desktop: Jeremey Kaplan of GoodCleanTech just reviewed the perfect solution to small to medium size business computing.  It is the The Lenovo ThinkCentre M58p, costing $1,089 for direct purchase.  Read more about why it gets the greentech approved seal from PC Magazine.

Google dribbles out PowerMeter smart-grid servie: Martin LaMonica, the senior writer at CNET'sGreen Blog, put up an update about Google'sPowerMeter program.  Follow this link to read about a previous post on this blog, which talks about the product.

Google Power Meter - KeenforGreen

Government Launches $1-Billion Clean Energy FunGlobe-Net recently ran a piece explaining the new $1 billion fund for clean energy established in Canada.  This new fund will help our neighbors to the north study and advanced clean technology.

An Easy Tip To Stop Wasting Water: And finally, this is a great posts by Beverly Clarke of thegogreenblog concerning easy water saving tips.  I had to post it just for the awesome picture alone.

Children Save Water... read more

You're never too young to "go green!"

Boston.com has a slideshow with pictures of the Earth Day festivities at the Boston Children's Museum.

These pictures were too cute not to share, and it just goes to show you that you can teach kids to care about the environment at a very young age!

Keen for Green Quick Hits- Bio Fuel Regulation ,Conneticut Green & Green Schools

Welcome to the inagural edition of the Keen for Green Quick Hits, a new regular feature providing links to articles across the internet.  Read the articles below and comment.  We would love to hear what you think.

New biofuel rules expected to hamper fledgling green industry: By a 3-1 vote, the California State Water Resources Control Board said that gas stations, fleet yards and others who distribute the increasingly popular "green" fuel can only store biodiesel blends of up to 20 percent in underground tanks, even if the tanks are double-walled. This could limit the possible adoption of this new technology.

Connecticut considers 'green cleaning' in schools: A coalition of health advocacy groups is asking lawmakers to join New York in requiring all public schools in the state to use environmentally friendly cleaning products. A bill awaiting action in the Connecticut House of Representatives would bar school districts from using products that contain various toxic substances.

Lawrence Offering 'Green' Burials: Lawrence has become the first city in the nation to offer "green" burials in one of its municipal cemeteries.  A section of the city's Oak Hill Cemetery has been set aside for such burials, which forbids the embalming of the deceased, and requires the body to be buried in a biodegradable container.... read more

Youth Radio Comments on Goldman Awards

Youth Radio just produced a great segment concerning a group of young people's reactions to the Goldman Awards. All these young people were invited to the awards for their community activism.

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The Greenest Video Games

Green Video Games, Green Wii

For all those that follow video games and enjoy humor among our growing community, please follow this link to Games Radar for their top seven greenest video games of all time.  And after you finish learning why Ecco the dolphin has such a menacing stare, go to Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics to find out what video game systems are the greenest.... read more

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