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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

Eco-Friendly Tips for Sports Athletes

Doing the sport you love brings a different kind of fulfillment. It’s a great way to get fit and unwind while developing new skills. However, it is important to note that just like in anything else that you do, you should alway be mindful of how you are affecting the environment when you are engrossed to the game. Don’t be a bad sport to mother earth. Here are some simple ways you can be eco-friendly while enjoying a round of your favorite outdoor or indoor game. 

Avoid plastic bottles

One of the basic items to bring when doing any physically exhilarating sport is a bottle of water. It’s good to know that this can be quickly grabbed from your friendly neighbor 7-Eleven but these bottles are also just as quick in devastating the environment.You may not realize it but a weeklong of basketball can accumulate enough plastic bottles to carelessly create another problem for society. Ditch the plastic bottles and opt for reusable ones instead. You’ll find that reusable bottles are more efficient because of its capacity. Also, whenever you can, opt for water instead of electrolyte replacements which are packaged in plastic containers. ... 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

Trick or Treat: Have a GREEN Halloween!

eco-friendly & green Halloween!Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Can't go wrong with pumpkins, candy, costumes, and ghost stories...especially if you go the eco-friendly way.

Costumes:  Get creative!  Instead of going to the party store and spending $35 on a costume that will probably rip by the end of the day isn't worth your while.  Scour a thrift shop.  Some of the best costumes I've ever seen were the result of a little trip to a local Goodwill.  You can find all sorts of interesting stuff from there that can be made into a cool costume.  If you're crafty with a needle and thread, make something from scratch.  Hand-me-down costumes are another green way to go.  For kids, finding a costume that would also be good year-round as some dress up clothes is a fun idea.

Decorations:  What's the greenest way to decorate your house for Halloween?  Why, jack-o-lanterns of course!  Scoop out the pumpkin pulp, cook the seeds, make some pie, carve a spooky face, then once the pumpkin begins to decay, toss it in your compost bin.  Can't get much more eco-friendly than that.  As far as store bought decorations go, go for stuff that costs a few more dollars but that is durable so you can store it and take it out year after year.
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How to Save Money on Wedding Invitations and More on Bridal Dress

The budget for a wedding celebration is based on priorities. The wedding venue is always at the top spot along with the food and drinks, photographer, videographer and decorations. Where is the budget for the bridal dress? It is often down the list of priorities.... 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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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