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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We'll be spending our Earth Day reducing our fabulous carbon stiletto print, naturally.
Apr
21

Earth Day Fun Facts

Brianne

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd (Yah)! And although us Greenista Girls love to celebrate it every day, this day is especially close to our hearts. So do something nice for the planet today and spread the word with these Earth Day eco fun facts.

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch a TV for three hours - it’s equivalent to half a gallon of gasoline.

Earth Day is a relatively new holiday and was first celebrated on April 22 in 1970. More than 20 million Americans participated in this first Earth Day celebration

Earth Day was founded by a senator of Wisconsin and the day is credited for creating the environmentalism movement.

April 22 is the first official day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and of Fall in the Southern hemisphere and was chosen to be Earth Day for this reason.

Never underestimate the importance of recycling: if every newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year. Unfortunately only 27% of all American newspapers are recycled.

More than 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.

Only 11% of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.

The world’s first national park was started in 1872 at Yellowstone National Park in the US.

The first major international conference on environmental issues was held in Sweden in 1972 and was sponsored by the United Nations.

The first wildlife refuge was formed on Pelican Island Florida in 1903.

The patron Saint of ecologists is St. Francis and the first proclamation of Earth Day was made by the mayor of San Francisco in 1970.

Tell us how you’ll celebrate Earth Day on Facebook or Twitter.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne
Image by Inhabitat
Info via Yum Sugar
Bonus Fact: A highlight of the annual Earth Day ceremony at the United Nations is the ringing of the Peace Bell that was given to the UN by Japan. It is made from coins given by school children to further peace on our planet.
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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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Patagonia is a lead manufacturer of recycled polyester.
Jan
03

12 Eco-Friendly Fabrics You Should Slip Into

Greenista Girl Neha

We all know about organic cotton but did you know there are a bunch of eco-friendly fabrics? To be considered eco, the fabrics have to be grown sans pesticides and chemicals, in a sustainable way, be eco certified, adhere to fair trade practices, and is animal friendly. So next time you’re shopping, keep an eye out for these 12 eco-friendly fabrics.

Hemp: A natural fiber that has over 25,000 uses. It requires no pesticides or herbicides and grows at a fast rate.

Jute: Similar to hemp but is made from vegetable fiber.

Ingeo: A man-made fiber derived from corn or fermented corn starches, plus it’s biodegradable.

Calico: Also known as muslin is made from unbleached cotton.

Hessian Cloth: Also known as burlap, Hessian is a coarse woven fabric made from hemp or jute.

Recycled Polyester: Created from used polyester garments. Some companies allow you to recycle your clothes that they then turn into recycled polyester.

Bamboo Fiber: A natural fabric made from the pulp of bamboo grass … it’s also biodegradable.

Organic Wool: This wool is produced using healthier practices for their sheep like no pesticides, hormones, or chemicals.

Tencel: Also known as Lyocell, this biodegradable fabric is made from wood pulp cellulose.

Organic Linen: Linen made from plant fibers rather than synthetic materials.

Fortrel Ecospun: Fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.

Milk Silk: Silk made from actual milk.

Written by Greenista Girl Neha

Photo by A Green Living

Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibers and second to cotton in amount produced and variety of uses of vegetable fibers.
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2 Responses to “12 Eco-Friendly Fabrics You Should Slip Into”

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