Small Changes You Can Make This Earth Day

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.

image courtesy of Pure Cleaning Agency

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.)

 

Infographic: ‘Share’ Responsibility for the Planet

Infographic courtesy of Recyclebank

The Gigglin’ Garden Gang #GoGreenNGiggle #CBias


I’ve been trying to become more “green” and really want to help my children learn earth friendly practices. I was excited for the chance to learn more about The Gigglin’ Garden Gang and their eco-friendly line of products. We received a “Go Green and Giggle Set” that included a book, CD, and garden activity kit inside of a tote bag.

Once we took everything out of the tote bag, Jacob wanted to “read” the book to us. He enjoyed looking at the pictures and making up stories about what was happening.

Next it was Daddy’s turn to read the book to Jacob and Lucas. Lucas liked flipping the pages and Jacob pointed things out as Daddy was reading.

After the story it was time to plant our seeds that came with the book. I liked that the directions were pictures so even my three year old who can’t read could tell me what steps came next.

Jacob poured water over the “magic” soil pellets and we watched as the pellets grew. The boys then planted the seeds. They both really liked this step. Lucas, my two year old, kept digging in the soil of the one he planted so Jacob planted the other five.

Once they were done planting the seeds we closed up the container and set it in a sunny spot away from little hands. We then went to listen to the  CD but it didn’t work {I think because our player is old}. I was bummed because I was really looking forward to watching Lucas dance to the music. He does kind of a hop, skip, twirl that is just adorable.

Since most children are visual learners I really liked how the website had pictures of the entire growing process from start to finish. This will be helpful when Jacob is asking questions about our plants because I can show him what will happen next and what our plants will look like in the end.

If you’d like to learn more you can visit The Gigglin’ Gang online. They can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter. You can read more about my experience and see more pictures in my Google+ story.

(Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.)

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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