Small Changes You Can Make This Earth Day

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Kate Harrison, CEO of the Green Life Guides and GreenBrideGuide.com offers tips for kick-starting a green lifestyle this Earth Day 2013. You can easily conserve resources in your everyday life just by making a few small changes in and around your home.

Here are some other ways to green your day-to-day duties:

Grocery Shopping- Green your trash bags: It is so easy and inexpensive to get trash bags made from recycled or biodegradable material these days that there is little excuse not to use them. You can buy a roll at most supermarkets or online. Bring your own reusable tote to the grocery store with you. Leave a few totes in the trunk of your car or stash them away in your purse for unexpected trips.

Skip the Suds- Try a green detergent such as 7th Generation which comes in a recycled cardboard bottle. You can also use a detergent designed for cold water; using cold water for each wash load saves energy, which is good for the earth, and also saves money, which is great for your wallet. Cold water detergents are formulated to fight dirt and stains just as well as their warm water counterparts.

Use a dishwasher instead of washing plates by hand- Buy an Energy Star Rated washer, only run it when it is full and skip the pre-rinse cycle.

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Choose Non-Toxic Cleaning Products- For every commercial and chemical based product on the market, there is probably a greener alternative…or even a homemade substitution!

  • Baking Soda: This is great for cleaning, deodorizing, softening water and scouring dishes.
  • Soap: Unscented soap in liquid, flake or powder form is biodegradable and will clean just about anything.
  • Lemon: A strong food acid effective against most household bacteria.
  • Borax: Cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors
  • White Vinegar: Cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
  • Washing Soda: Cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans walls, tiles, sinks and tubs.
  • Cornstarch: Can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
  • Citrus Solvent: Cleans paintbrushes, oil and grease and some stains.

Green Your Pet- The carbon emissions emitted from the production and transportation of your pet’s food can be quite high; to offset this, look for healthy food alternatives. While organic pet food may cost a bit more, it is made with renewable resources and no pesticides or environmentally unfriendly fertilizers. Whether it comes in bottles, bags or cans, chances are that your pet’s food containers can be recycled. Also, scooping poop is no fun for anyone but you can make it more environmentally friendly by using biodegradable bags, which are available at most pet stores. This is an excellent alternative to using plastic bags which are nearly impossible to decompose.

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About GreenBrideGuide.com

GBG is one of the top sites for Green Wedding and they are launchingGreenHomeGuide.com this spring, which will be all about ecofriendly home décor. GBG’s CEO, Kate L. Harrison, has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master’s from Yale in Environmental Policy. She planned her own green wedding in 2007 and wrote the best selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, 2008). In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change and support the local green economy. The site also has a green gift registry and wedding shop.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Just wanted to pass along the tips.)

 

Target’s Gift Bag For Earth Day *FREEBIE*

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I shopped at Target today and on my way out got handed a goodie bag for Earth Day. I asked the employee who gave me the bag if all Targets were participating and she said yes. I wanted to share what I got in mine so you could decide if you wanted to run out and get one of your own :)

What was in my reusable bag:

Annie’s Organic Chocolate Chipper Granola Bar

yesTO On-the-Go Facial Towelette

Garnier Fructis  Pure Clean Shampoo/Conditioner Samples

Tom’s Natural Toothpaste

Meyer’s Liquid Dish Soap

Coupon Booklet {$53 Savings Inside}

*Please note: Though I was told this was at all Targets, I cannot guarantee your Target will have any gift bags and/or that the items in yours’ will be the same as what was in mine. I am not sure the exact details for this promotion but I assume you have to make a purchase and it’s only one per person.

(Disclosure: I am not being compensated for this post. I just wanted to share because I was excited about this promotion.)

Earth Day Themed Lunch Ideas {Blog Hop!}

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I love themed lunches so I looked around online to get some ideas for Earth Day. I was amazed at the creativity I found! I stumbled upon this awesome blog hop with over 20 bloggers participating and each has posted their lunch for Earth Day. To check out each lunch just click on the button that is in each post and it will take you to the next Earth Day themed lunch.

To start hoppin’ just click the button below. First up is a lunch for a little “tree hugger” :)

10 Earth Day Activities & Crafts

Tissue Paper Tree from Projects For Preschoolers

Earth Day is this Sunday. Here are 10 fun earth related activities and crafts your children can enjoy doing this weekend {click pictures to be taken to the sites they come from}.

Earth Day Printable from Share & Remember

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Plant Pals from Family Fun

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Tissue Paper Tree from Projects For Preschoolers

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Nature Shadow Boxes from Teach Preschool

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Mosaic Earth {with printable} from Make and Takes

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Earth Day Coffee Filter Craft from Preschool Crafts For Kids

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Free Earth Day Preschool Activities Pack from Itsy Bitsy Learners

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Earth Day Letter "E" Activity from Carrots Are Orange

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Puffy Paint Earth from No Time For Flashcards

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Nature Collage from East Coast Mommy

8 Earth Day Treats

Food is always an important part of celebrations so why should Earth Day be any different? Check out some wonderful Earth Day themed treats and desserts below {click on the pictures to be taken to the sites they come from}.

Earth Day Cake Pops from Vanilla And Lace

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Earth Day Cookies from Tidy Mom

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Dirt & Worm Cups from Meet The Dubiens

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Earth Cupcakes from Under The Table And Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn

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Fruit Tree Cupcakes from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

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Ocean Treat {and an Earth Day dinner!} from Secrets of a Super Mommy

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Earth Day Chocolate Cupcakes from Dessarts

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Earth Cookie Pops from The Decorated Cookie

Earth Day Energy Conservation Tips

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In the spirit of Earth Day this Friday, Siemens – a leading provider of energy efficiency solutions for homes – has shared the following energy conservation tips and facts families can adopt to reduce their carbon footprint and have a greener, earth-friendly home. They are small changes that make a LARGE impact on utility bills. For example, we all know about turning off your light and shutting off the tap, but did you know….

Thermostat

·        Setting the thermostat to the highest setting will not make the house warm up faster; rather, it will just keep the furnace running longer.

·        During the summer, a 5°F higher setting on the air conditioning thermostat will save about 10% on cooling costs; in the winter, lowering the temperature 3 to 5°F can save up to 20% on heating costs (about $180/year!)

Appliances and Electronics

·        Appliances account for about 20% of household energy consumption (taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator).

·        Power strips let you easily turn off multiple products with just one button to push.

Refrigerator

·        After buying a new refrigerator or freezer, don’t put the old one in the garage or on the porch and keep using it. You only think you’re saving money.

·        A 10° increase in temperature around your fridge can trigger 20% higher energy consumption; the refrigerator should be kept at 37 and 40° and the freezer between 0 and 5° degrees.

Landscaping

·        Plant trees that lose leaves in the fall as they will protect your home from the summer sun and then allow winter sunlight and warmth to get inside.

·        For shade from the hot summer sun, plant trees on the south, east and west sides of the home and to stop cold winter winds, create a windbreak with evergreen trees and shrubs.

Cooking

·        If your food needs to cook for more than an hour, there’s no need to preheat your oven.

·        Use an electric burner that is the right size a 6” pot on 8” burner wastes 40% of the energy.

(Disclosure: This is a guest post with all information coming from the company. I was not compensated for this post.)

My Blog Is Now Green

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In honor of Earth Day being this week, I have decided to make my blog “carbon neutral”. You are probably wondering what in the world that means… I know I was when I first saw it!

What is a “green” blog and how can my blog become green? According to the website I found-

“My blog is carbon neutral” is an initiative, originally started in Germany by the “Make it green” programme, that has the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We plant a tree for your blog and thereby neutralise your blog’s carbon footprint for the next 50 years! Everyone can make a small contribution to the environment. Every tree counts!”

Isn’t that awesome!?

To find out how you, as a blog or website owner, can join in click here.

To find out where they are planting the trees click here.

The trees will be planted soon so if you are going to join me in “going green” maybe this week would be the time to do it ;)

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