Feb
17

How do you clean your water?

Greenista Girl Shivani

Mavea Water Purification System

I just saw this at Whole Foods and thought I’d try it out.  I just moved a few months ago and don’t have a major water filtration system built into this house like I did in my previous home, and at this point I have not researched what are the best options for that.

SO in the interim, I thought I’d try this.  I wasn’t sure if Brita is the way to go, or if there was something better out there, so I’ll let you know how it goes.  I got purple, hoping to inspire myself to drink more water.

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Oct
05

Great Way to Go Eco: Heat Things UP

Greenista Tasha

Giving your heating/cooling system a break will also take a load off of your wallet, since most households spend 50-70% of their energy budgets tinkering with the thermostat. For every degree you turn up the temperature on your air conditioner, you’ll save 1-3% of your energy budget. Keeping things cool during winter by lowering the thermostat will not only help to save the environment, but it’ll put green back into your pockets too.

Relax a little more, control the climate a little less, and start making a difference by making less of an impact.

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Sep
23

Great Way to Go Eco: Kick Junk Mail to the Curb

Greenista Tasha

More than 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce junk mail. Producing and shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 9 million cars. The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year, 44% of which goes to the landfill unopened, and wastes 70 hours each year dealing with junk mail.

Kick junk mail to the curb using these eco-friendly tips:

-        Switch to paperless billing

-        Opt out of direct mail marketing by contacting the Direct Marketing Association (DMA)

-        Remove yourself from lists that send credit card offers, mortgage refinancing offers, and other preapproved offers by calling 1-888-5OPT-OUT or visit www.optoutprescreen.com

-        Finally, cancel all unread catalogs and mailings

Remember that these specialty mailings often use high-gloss color-printed paper or cardstock, which wastes even more resources. Start cancelling your junk mail now, and make a difference by making less of an impact.



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Each year, more than 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated just from Easter egg packaging and cards alone.
Apr
18

4 Ways to Green Your Easter

Brianne

The little Easter bunny is hopping closer and closer and as with every holiday there is excess waste. With Christmas it’s the wrapping paper, at Halloween it’s the costumes … so this upcoming, follow our 4 tips on how to have an eco-friendly Easter.

Organic Chocolate: Skip the name brand bars you’re used to and stock your Easter basket with organic chocolate. Not only will you not be ingesting pesticides, chemicals, and preservatives but you’ll also be supporting countries in which chocolate grows – most organic chocolate is also fair-trade, shade-grown, and part of the Rainforest Alliance. Our favorite brands are Green & Blacks and Newman’s Own.

Eco Easter Grass: Forgot that plastic Easter grass you still find 6 months later and instead fill your basket with old shredded paper or fabric. You can even grow some grass in a tin and use that as your “living” Easter basket.

DIY Dye: Food coloring is loaded with chemicals and can cause a myriad of illness. Although you’re not eating the eggs you dye, your hands are still coming in contact with it and the dye can leach into your skin and blood stream. Instead make your own dye from natural food items. Get the recipe for Easter egg dye.

Reusable Basket: Instead of that plastic basket that’s petroleum-based, use something that’s reusable or eco-friendly like a tote bag, bucket, or jute basket … the possibilities are endless. Get creative!

Tell us how you’ll green your Easter on Facebook or Twitter.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Image by She Knows

This year, for its annual Egg Roll, the White House is using wooden eggs that have been crafted in the United States from Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwood.
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Seedballz are hand rolled by people with disabilities.
Mar
01

Show off Your Green Thumb

Brianne

Need a little help in the gardening area? Turn to Seedballz, little balls stuffed full of seeds. Traditionally, seed balls are a method of growing seeds by encasing them in a mixture of clay and compost. This protects the seeds from drying out in the sun, getting eaten by birds, or blowing away in the wind. Well, Seedballz have reinvented this tradition with a proven formula of all-natural ingredients. Each of the ballz is loaded with seeds that germinate inside the ball with just a little watering and create a cluster of flowers. They come in 15 varieties including black eyed susans, herb mix, butterfly and humming bird mix, and more. Get your garden started today!

Traditionally used to keep birds from eating their corn seed, Native Americans would roll the seeds in clay.
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