I like to think of my home as a refuge. It's where I return at the end of a busy day to relax and unwind. It's where I feel safe when the weather is bad outside. But what if your home wasn't really as safe as you thought it was? What if your home had hidden dangers that you weren't aware of and weren't prepared for? Is your home making you sick? There are several toxins you may be exposing yourself to unknowingly in your home. Here are a few things that you should be aware of. Your ... Continue Reading
Watch out for hidden toxins in your home.
Fracking may be the cause of health issues, earthquakes, and contaminated water. Get involved today.
Natural Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing Natural gas has been used as a source of light and heat for more than 100 years. Historically natural gas been touted as one of the best eco-friendly fuels for wide-scale use. Relatively this may be true, however we are also beginning to see a darker side to the future of the industry. Natural gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel but because it is a fossil fuel it is also a finite resource. The natural gas industry developed new drilling techniques, ... Continue Reading
Learn about the GMO debate and how you can get involved in signing petitions for labeling standards.
In my last article “Activism at Work: Farewell to Pink Slime” there were a number of comments stating this as a number one reason individuals have chosen a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Not knowing what is in the meat products currently on our store shelves is a huge factor in changing your diet. Unfortunately we don't always know what is in our produce either. Our produce has been inundated with genetically modified organisms and currently produce companies do not have to label these ... Continue Reading
Make your next trip to the beach a green and environmentally-friendly one.
It's nearly summer and you know what that means: time to head to the local lake or beach for some fun in the sand and sun. Here are a few tips to keeping your visit to the beach as environmentally friendly as possible. Teenie Greenie Bikini If you are a bikini-loving lady, look for a green bikini. Yes that's correct - there are green bathing suits on the market that are not only stylish but environmentally friendly. Here are a few companies that make stylish and eco-friendly bikini ... Continue Reading
Barbecuing season is upon us – here are some ways to make your grilling a little more green.
With summer fast approaching we are getting into one of my favorite times of year - barbecuing season. I love barbecuing - whether I'm grilling up some traditional pork ribs, grass-fed beef hot dogs, or grilling some eggplant, the grill is a staple in our backyard. However, grilling and barbecuing are not always the most environmentally-friendly activities.Here are a few tips to help make your barbecues a little greener. Don’t Over-Buy If you are having guests over for a good old fashion ... Continue Reading
Eco-friendly crafts take on at least one green aspect with the goal of reducing our impact as much as possible. Here are some key considerations.
Spring is one of the best times to get out into nature with your kids again and get crafting. Eco-friendly crafts take on at least one green aspect with the goal of reducing our impact as much as possible. Key Considerations and Ideas For Eco-Friendly Crafts Reused. Reusing an object that might otherwise go to waste is a great lesson for kids. Whether or not an item has multiple uses helps when thinking about buying something in the first place. Use old containers to show off freshly cut ... Continue Reading
Learn the benefits of using a rain barrel during a drought or to conserve water.
I live in an area that is prone to drought. There have been many times that water has been rationed. Watering your garden or washing your car was strictly prohibited. Any use of water other than for hygiene and consumption was prohibited as well, and those households found over-using water were fined. Water is also a public service in most areas. It is not free and every month you pay a water bill for your consumption. What if I told you there was an easy way to cut down your water bill and ... Continue Reading
Creating a compost bin is a simple way to reduce waste while helping the environment.
April is Earth Month, and to celebrate, I would like to share a smart and simple way for you to help our planet – composting. It seems the general public has been made aware of so many key terms concerning environmental awareness, like genetically modified organisms (GMO), Bisphenol A (BPA) and Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC). While learning about all the new research can sometimes be overwhelming, what’s important to remember is that we can all do our part. This may involve using cloth diapers, ... Continue Reading
Three energy reduction tips (and money saving tips) using the sun.
Spring is the perfect season to cut down on your energy consumption and go a little more green. The sun can be your best friend and help cut your energy bill significantly. You don’t have to employ solar panels or expensive equipment to use the sun’s energy. Here are some of my favorite energy-saving and money saving tips that use the sun. Ditch The Thermostat If the weather is nice outside the temperature inside will easily follow suit. Opening your doors and windows to let in fresh ... Continue Reading
For Earth Day, check out these untraditional ways to improve our environment and our health.
Earth Day is April 22, but really, every day is Earth Day. It is of course our home and we are all in this together. As moms we get busy (very busy) and other than throwing a jar in the recycle bin, I think we forget how much power we have to reshape our surroundings and ultimately our children’s future. You probably already do a variety of things: take your chic reusable tote out shopping, turn off lights when you are not in a room, and recycle your plastic and tins. We wanted to ... Continue Reading