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Water Wisdom: How to Conserve Water Every Day

Green Goes Simple: Conservation at Home

 

By Cynthia Ramnarace for Green Goes Simple

If there is a sound that immediately drives me insane, it’s that of a running tap. And because you have to tell kids the same thing 5,000 times before they get it -- “You don’t need the water on when you brush your teeth!” -- I hear a lot of water waste as I go through my day.

It drives me nuts not only because it’s money down the drain, but also because water is such a precious resource. I was fortunate enough to see this firsthand during a trip to Kenya several years ago. When you’re living in a drought-prone region and the only water you have comes from collected rain water, conservation is how you survive.... read more

Green in the Classroom

Green Goes Simple: Conservation at Home
 

Conservation in the Classroom
 

By Elizabeth Barker for Green Goes Simple

Raising environmentally savvy kids is one of the most powerful ways to help them enjoy a protected planet. To foster your children’s eco-education, encourage their schools to go green.

As part of National Green Week (an annual program developed by the Green Education Foundation), schools can devote any week from now until Earth Day (April 22) to projects that help create a more sustainable classroom and community. “One of National Green Week’s goals is for schools to start making environment-focused changes they can stick with for the rest of the year and beyond, so that the program can truly have a lasting impact,” says Green Education Foundation president Victoria Waters.... read more

Thinking and READING Green!

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Tristin and Tyler LOVE books. Big books, small books, superhero books, fairytale books, you name it, they love it! Their first, and now favorite, green/eco book is called THINK GREEN! by Jeanine Behr Getz. Jeanine self-published the book via her company Kids Think Big. In this episode of Tristin and Tyler's Tales from the City! the boys learn that they too can impact the earth, even though they are little guys!... read more

Getting Knowledge is Green!

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Sometimes going green is about NOT accumulating more stuff that would end up in a landfill! How about experiencing something, or learning something new?

Well, that's what Tristin and Tyler did in this episode of Tristin and Tyler's Tales from the City! which you can check out below. In this episode, the boys head to socialsklz, a company dedicated to teaching kids the "tools to thrive in the modern world."  The boys learned everything from how to properly shake hands to proper phone and table manners.

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Faye Rogaski, the founder of socialsklz, and her team did an amazing job of teaching the kids social skills in a way which allowed them to retain it.  It has been a while since they attended the course and they still know how to shake hands and introduce themselves properly. How cool is that? 

Faye and the boys!Faye and the boys!

Check out the episode, and make sure to play the memory game and see how many social skills tips and tricks you can remember!

What do you think about using experiences and education as a way to help the environment?... read more

Are Applesauce Pouches Recyclable?

I'm sad to say that I developed an unkeen, ungreen habit in 2011.   Sometime after my son's first birthday, he went from eating almost everything served to him to being the type of kid who would prefer to exist off yogurt, mac and cheese, and crackers.  Sigh.  

Frustrated, I'd wander the supermarket aisles trying to think of what I could possibly feed my picky son.  Then at my local Trader Joe's, I noticed these:

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Pouches of applesauce - some plain, some with carrots, some with bananas.  To my surprise, my son loved them.  These pouches (and also the GoGo Squeez which I could buy in bulk at Costco - and a few other brands like Peter Rabbit Organics) quickly became my son's favorite snack while out and about.  Healthy, mess-free, portable...I could stuff a bunch in my purse for a quick snack on the go.  Genius, right?... read more

Being a Greener Diaper User

cloth diaperIn an ideal world, everyone would use cloth diapers and these cloth diapers would be self-washing!  There are many reasons why an eco-friendly parent might opt not to use cloth diapers - poor laundry facilities, a daycare that doesn't accept cloth diapers, a low threshold for cleaning poop, whatever.   There can be many different reasons why.

That said, even for parents who aren't willing to make the commitment to cloth diaper, there are many ways to make your diaper usage a little greener.

Compromise

Buy a few cloth diapers.  For a low-maintence type, go for a one-size or all-in-one diaper, like a Rumparooz or Easy Fit.   Commit to using one cloth diaper a day instead of a disposable.  It's totally doable and it will keep 365 diapers out of the landfill a year.   ... read more

Upcycling Candy Wrappers

Does that picture look like a familiar scene to anybody else?  Trick or treating was awesome, but now we've got all these little pieces of candy...and little wrappers, too.  So wasteful!  It's time to think of some ways to upcycle those wrappers.

- Stuck with a lot of Starbursts and feeling crafty?  Make a bracelet from Starburst wrappers!  ... read more

UPcycling Your Pumpkins!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing the term upcycling all over the place lately, despite not being quite sure why the new trendy word.  In fact, it wasn’t until just recently when I finally searched the definition that it started to make sense, and I kinda got really excited about it!  (And since we’re talking upcycling pumpkins here, I thought you might like to know what it is too…)  Upcycling, at its basic core: is to reuse something in a way that cretes something of higher value or quality than what it started as.  Oooh!  Snazzy!  Instead of getting rid of something in a better way (recyling), here’s to a creating a whole new and improved item!  Love it.  So, since it’s October and we here in the U.S. are about to burn through approximately 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin, I thought it only appropriate to offer you some UPcycling ideas.  (Otherwise that’s a whole lotta pumpkin sitting in landfills…)... read more

National Costume Swap Day: 10/8/11

When I was a kid, my mom would always get me those cheap, flimsy Halloween costumes.  You know the kind -- the plastic smock, a plastic mask with a rubber band.  They'd usually fall apart halfway through trick-or-treating and when the grown-ups would ask, "What are you dressed up as?" I'd have to explain that I was dressed as Barbie...until my mask broke.  I don't even think they make those kinds of costumes anymore, and thank goodness for that, because what a WASTE.  All that difficult to recycle plastic, inhaling PVC with that mask on, and only to be thrown out after just a few hours of use.  ... read more