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Eco-Friendly Baby Strollers: They Do Exist

A baby might be small, but they certainly need a lot of stuff to make their lives -- and their parents' lives -- a lot easier. New parents might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of baby products they buy and receive, and in some cases, slightly horrified by the impact the industry might have on the environment -- not to mention the safety of their baby.


Stay healthy while your baby stays safe in an eco-friendly baby stroller.

However, some companies recognize that a new life should add value to the planet, not damage it in any way, and have come out with lines of eco-friendly baby equipment, including strollers. Although there's no industry or federal standard for what constitutes an "eco-friendly" baby stroller, you can search for certain sustainable features. ... read more

Summer Boating the Eco-Friendly Way

It’s almost summer time in Ohio, which means it’s nearly time to spend full weekends on your boat—if you’re not doing so already. While you may know the best way to stay tan, you may not know how to stay green while you are out boating this summer. As the general public is becoming more conscious of the environment around them, care has to be used when out on the water to not pollute, litter or disturb the natural habitat in and around the body of water.... read more

Play Green Stay Healthy: Eco-Friendly Toys for Kids

As parents, we spend a lot of time trying to keep them safe.   Who could have imagined that harmless toys would have ever presented a threat to the health and well being of our children?   The North American scare over lead paint and imported children's toys and the new awareness about standards of production (or the lack thereof in foreign countries) was enough to start a revolution.  Demand is consistently growing for eco... read more

5 Ways to Travel Greener

Traveling the world is a passion that most have and few are lucky to actually get to experience. Traveling is a wonderful way to learn and see new things but it can’t always be good for the environment. There are some tricks and tips that you can do to lower your negative impact when traveling:

Transportation: Trains, planes and cars all emit carbon and you pretty much can’t get around that. However, you can lessen your carbon footprint by making a few tweaks and changes while traveling. Opt for flights that are non-stop because they use less fuel and fill ups at these stops. If it’s a road trip and you are driving, take a smaller car and carpool.

Digital: Everything is done online for the most part so when buying tickets and booking activities and what not, opt to have everything emailed and not printed. Also when needing travel maps and books download on your smartphone. Once you have arrived to your dictation you can also take photos of maps and what not to zoom in and use for later.... read more

Reducing your family’s carbon footprint

In an age where we understand more than ever just how important it is to be green you might be thinking about the things that you can do to make sure that you are not contributing to the global problem anymore than is necessary. With this in mind, there are a number of things that you can do to make sure that this is the case, and here we will explore some of them in more detail. 

One of the biggest problems with carbon emissions actually comes from the cars that we drive. You can find out a lot of information about emissions quite easily, and this means that you have the chance to make an informed decision. Generally, if you try to get as small of an engine as your family can cope with, you will be lowering your emissions. Newer cars are being developed to be more environmentally friendly, so try to consider the latest vehicles if you can afford them. In addition, the amount that you use your car is very important. If you are finding that you are using it for every journey, start to consider cutting back. Walking to the shops if you can is a great way to get exercise and lower your carbon footprint at the same time. You may also want to look into carpools for both your work and your children’s school (if applicable).... read more

Green Easter Baskets

My son is almost 5 and a half, and every year I have a blast putting his Easter basket together.  It's easy to fall into the trap of getting lots of cheap candy, plastic goodies from CVS, and stuffing the basket with Easter grass, but there are many tips for making an Easter basket just a little bit greener:

1.  Skip the Peeps and make some homemade goodies!

2.  Forget about Easter grass.  You don't need it.  We usually just skip it entirely, but some alternatives are shredded newspaper or some green yarn.... read more

Three Things Parents Can Do to Stop Climate Change

Psy stormGotta love those noble intentions. Even if you leap out of bed each morning asking yourself “how can I stop climate change today?”, as a parent you’ll soon confront that daily avalanche of carpools, deadlines, kids’ dentist appointments, meetings, etc, etc. You know that scene in the Gangnam Style video where Psy struts headlong into a raging storm of trash and snow? Well parents, that’s us (minus the chicks and the style.) Who has time to work on climate change amidst all that?

Luckily, after years of herding our kids around, we’ve learned radical prioritizing -- how to cut to the chase. You’ve probably had many conversations like this with your kids: “Now, Jenny (Johnny, Janie, whatever), which do you think will help us get to your school on time; continuing to poke that dead worm with a stick or getting in the car?” We can apply this sophisticated logic to other questions like: which do you think stops people from ruining the environment; asking them nicely, or making carbon pollution illegal and expensive? (Hint: we’ve already tried the first one.) Politicians can pass laws making carbon pollution illegal (cap and trade) or very expensive (carbon tax), but only if we tell them to -- often. So, parents can cut to the chase and tell their representatives to vote for the climate. No need to keep poking the climate with a stick.... read more

Farmigo: An online farmer's market

Yesterday Farmigo announced that it has launched the first ever online farmer’s market!  

The online farmer's market is designed to connect communities such as workplaces, schools, or community centers to local farms.  This will help them provide a personalized online farmer's market allowing people to purchase local, fresh food. The first food communities are starting off in San Francisco and New York.  Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago, and Philadelphia will be rolling out soon. 

“At Farmigo, we envision a community-oriented food system in which people and farmers in the same geographic region are connected, and everyone has access to fresh-from-harvest food,” said Farmigo founder and chief executive officer, Benzi Ronen. “The Internet has been collapsing supply chains and rewriting conventional business models for nearly two decades, but until now it has had limited impact on the food industry, which is ripe for change. There has never been a better time to disrupt the status quo and Farmigo is poised to fundamentally change the way food is purchased and distributed.”... read more

Planet-Friendly Holiday Parties

 

By Elizabeth Barker for Green Goes Simple

By making a few easy changes to your party-planning strategy, you can cut back on waste, reduce your use of natural resources and even slash your spending budget. Here, Green Chic author Christie Matheson serves up eight tips for eco-fabulous entertaining:

1. Ditch the disposable goods and use your own tableware. Not enough to go around? Consider renting what you need or borrowing from a friend. You can also check your local chapter of Freecycle.org, an online community where members give away used household items.

2. Hold off on shopping for new serving platters, punch bowls and cocktail plates. "Before you buy anything for your party, see if you can borrow what you need from friends or unearth any hidden treasures from that box of stuff your grandmother gave you," suggests Matheson. If you do need to hit the store, swing by your favorite thrift shop or purchase new pieces made from sustainable materials (such as recycled glass or reclaimed wood).... read more

Seven Reasons to Trash the Idea of Buying Plastic

plastic water bottlesThe world at large has a number of concerns.  The amount of plastic in landfills is a major concern for some, but should be on the radar for all.  Consider the following facts:

-          Global consumption of plastics has increased from 5.5 million tons in the 1950s to 110 million tons in 2009.

-          Today’s average American disposes of about 33 million tons of plastic.  Despite recycling efforts, only 6.5% is recycled.  Another 7 to 8% is involved in waste-to-energy projects.

-          The rest of the used plastic makes its way to landfills, where decomposition takes more than 1000 years.

Despite recycling and energy pursuits, increased usage of plastics is still a serious issue.  While broader global efforts are paramount for the health of our planet, each individual plays an integral role.  The more people work together and take little steps, the more the impact will be.  A little bit of work (even just word of mouth) goes a long way to inspire a bigger audience.  Here’s how you can help curb the accumulation of plastic in landfills.... read more