Greenista Girl Shivani
Costumes can be confusing … make sure you keep an eye on your kid every single second.
Hey, it’s dark out and come Halloween, you’ll be wandering around at night … with kids. Grab a flashlight, will ya! And can you make it a solar one? Ok, we’re done being demanding Greenista Girls but seriously batteries can leach mercury, lead, and cadmium into our groundwater. Yuck! Switch to solar with one of these cute flashlights … just make sure you leave it in the sun the day before so you’re all charged up come Halloween night.
Solar Lite – Hybrid Flashlight ($20) – This solar flashlight comes in perfect Halloween colors … green, orange, yellow, and black. Plus, it’s waterproof and floats.
Sunpak Solar Flashlight and Battery Charger ($19.55) – Not only is it a handy solar flashlight but you can also charge your cell, iPod, and GPS off of it.
Wind Up/Solar AM FM Radio Dynamo Power ($29.95) – It’s a flashlight and radio in one … need we say more?
Written by Greenista Girl Shivani
Photos by Play Outdoors
Statistics show that 88% of mercury found in the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) stream comes from dry cell batteries.
Unlike traditional lights, solar lanterns give off a more soothing glow for a more romantic atmosphere.
Do you know what time it is? Lights out. And by out, we mean outside in your garden. Outdoor solar lights and lanterns are a great way to light up your backyard and have a festive atmosphere every evening. Just pick a spot to light up, stick the solar light in the dirt, and let the sun do its job and power the light. Seriously … it couldn’t be easier. No wires, cords, electricity, timers, or switches. When the sun goes down, the lights come on. Easy peasy. And best of all, no bills. Greenista Girl Shubhra likes to stick the solar lights in her balcony garden, but you can also use them to line your driveway and all around your front or back yard. We love how it works great for outdoor nighttime parties and also keeps areas safely lit without dangerous flames. And the lights turn off themselves when the sun comes up, so no energy is wasted. Now we can all sleep better.
Written by Greenista Girl Shubhra
Photo by Target
Solar power has tons of benefits. It’s eco-friendly since its uses no carbon fuels. It’s a free, natural and renewable energy source, and for every solar light you use in place of a traditional bulb, you will see a drop in your electric bill.
Solar lanterns save money and energy because they are literally free! The battery included in solar lighting is completely recharged by sunlight.
Wanna natural way to light up the night? Here’s a great way to capture your own little ray of sunshine. Soji Modern Solar Lanterns are a chic addition to any outdoor décor. These solar-powered lanterns ($39) come in three beautiful patterns with or without a subtle floral print. Soji lanterns have a mod wave-like finish and create light without unsightly electrical wires and they can be hung anywhere (hello, outdoor party) with a simple hook. When lit, these lanterns give the effect of a glowing chandelier – it’s a great way to increase subtle atmosphere without increasing your electric bill and emitted CO2 emissions. Bonus: Soji lanterns come fully assembled right out of the box – that’s a bright idea.
Written by Greenista Girl Brianne
Photo by Soji Modern
Tree limbs and shade can hinder your lanterns performance. Be sure to keep your lights in a place where they can soak up the most sunlight to keep the battery going at night.
Coal powered energy terrify you? Don’t lock yourself in a hotel in the middle of nowhere – just go for solar power. Last week the Albuquerque’s Downtown Grower’s Market launched the first farmers’ market in the US to be powered solely by solar. The city partnered with CleanSwitch to get rolling panels to give energy to the whole place…we’re talking ATMs, espresso machines, and cash registers. There are four, 240 watt solar rollers totaling one kilowatt of power which is converted from dc to ac power – just like our normal outlets. It’s currently just a trial run but hopefully more markets will catch on so we don’t “redrum” the environment.
Greenista Cocktail Factoid: In just one hour, the earth receives more energy from the sun than the entire world uses during a whole year.
Written by Greenista Girl Brianne
Photos by Keetsa and Whole Foods USA
In just one hour, the earth receives more energy from the sun than the entire world uses during a whole year.