Posts Tagged ‘Earth Day’

DIY Summer Spruce-Up

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As my vacation comes to an end, I already feel the anxiety of getting back to a dusty home and the back-to-school craze.  I’ve been a student and a teacher practically my whole life, making September a  month of new beginnings for me. Now with a school aged child the end of Summer and beginning of Fall continues to be my New Year and Spring Cleaning rolled into one.  I like to call it time for my “Summer Spruce-Up.”

Last Fall I began experimenting with several different homemade cleaner recipes. After much trial and error I found that all you really need is water, baking soda, vinegar and your favorite essential oil for scent. So as you clean out those rooms and closets to prepare for a new school year and scrub those floors after a Summer of trekking in pool water and mud, consider making your own eco-friendly household cleaners. This step-by-step easy guide to making your own cleaners from www.brightnest.com will help save you money and protect your family and the environment from toxins and chemicals found in conventional cleaning brands.

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Plastic-Free with PackSack

A few weeks ago I shared an infographic and my thoughts on the use of plastic bags. (To read: Click Here.) So when I learned about PackSack, I knew I had to check out and share. The PackSack is a reusable, eco-friendly bag that is great for anything from grocery shopping to day outings. The company just started up in San Diego, CA and is making big moves to encourage the ban of plastic bags that too often end up in our oceans.

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I love my PackSack. It is made of durable material and holds a lot…up to 45 lbs! The best part is that it rolls up and scrunches into a convenient little pouch that you can fit into your pocket. You can easily store a few in your glove compartment, which sure beats remembering to bring along big totes or paper bags. They even have their own draw string, making it so easy to carry around and store….

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The PackSack line comes in a variety of colors and is very inexpensive.  You can order them online or find a retailer near you by visiting their website: www.thePackSack.com. They make being green so easy and fun….I highly recommend them!

You can also get more info by checking out the PackSack YouTube channel, following them on Twitter, their Facebook page, Instagram and Pinterest.

 

Plastic-Free Bags

 

 

Lately I have been very conscientious of the plastic we use in our home, particularly plastic bags. Plastic grocery bags and sandwich-snack bags are some of the biggest culprits contributing to waste and putting our health, animals and planet in danger. Several stores in certain areas of the country have done away with plastic grocery bags. This effort alone is a good start and a strong statement, but it’s still not enough. I do my part to take reusable bags to the store and pack lunches, snacks and leftovers in reusable containers. There are many great alternatives now that make it convenient and cost effective for us all to do our part to minimize the use of plastic bags. This infographic from ECO SNACKBAG is an eye-opening breakdown of just how much of an impact you can really make by making the switch to eco-friendly options. Make every day Earth Day!

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Going Green with Social Media

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I ran across this infographic from Recyclebank the other day while doing a little research and felt compelled to share. With so many people on social media today, it really is amazing to see that with just one small gesture we can help protect the environment in major ways. Who would think that pinning “green” ideas on Pinterest or shutting down Twitter for just one hour would have such a huge impact on the Earth? You can make everyday Earth Day by just practicing a few, or even one, of the following social media tips.

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Control Your Roll in 2014

Every year for the past 6 or 7 years, one of my resolutions has been to incorporate more ways of being “green.” This year is no exception. With environmental awareness becoming a priority to many and even somewhat of a trend, you can now find a large variety of ways to help reduce your carbon footprint.  Through my blog I have been introduced to some great companies and products that make it easy to go green.  My latest discovery…

Control-n-Roll.

PicsArt_1388719259523When I was first contacted by the company, I couldn’t grasp how there could be a product that would help eliminate unnecessary paper waste, especially from toilet paper and paper towels. I just figured it is something we consciously had to do on our own. Well, as soon as I got my package of Control-n-Roll it all made sense.

Control-n-Roll acts as a brake to stop extra sheets of paper from unrolling. As pictured to the left, the package comes with two square-shaped tubes made out of a foamy sustainable material. You can easily slip them onto the toilet paper and paper towel bars, then slide the rolls of paper on top. They even come with 3 removable inner-cores to adjust the size and fitting as needed.  Such a simple but very effective concept.

I have been using Control-n-Roll in one bathroom and the kitchen for 2 weeks. I already notice a big difference. Every time I reach for a sheet, the automatic “brakes” keep me very conscious of how much paper I am using. My family and I have definitely noticed our rolls of paper lasting much longer than usual. This was extra appreciated during the holidays!  What’s best, before even using the product, I was able to see just how much I could expect to save. By inputting a couple of numbers into the Household Savings Calculator on the Control-n-Roll website, you will get a dollar amount of how much you will save in one year. Even better, you can see just how much you will help save the environment!  A Control-n-Roll set of two sells for just $3.96. Save money on your grocery bills and reduce your paper consumption by up to 50%…such a simple way for anyone to go green.

For more info on Control-n-Roll and how much you can save visit their WEBSITE

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Go Green with TreeSmart

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At the end of August, as Summer vacation came to an end, I wrote the article “Top 10 Green Tips for Back-to-School“.  I wrote a similar article for the GreenDeals Go Green Blog, “Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for Back to School“.  Last month I even hosted a couple of giveaways and wrote an article on ways to green your child’s school lunch. (To read: Click Here.)  Since then I was introduced to a great line of products that I had to share with my readers.

TreeSmart makes recycled school and office supplies for the entire family. I received the supplies pictured above to sample and, have to say, my daughter and I just love them. Her favorite is the colored pencil kit that is easy to carry in her back pack and store in her desk. The pencils are made from 100% recycled rolled up newspapers!  I love the regular pencils which are also made out of recycled newspapers. Sharpening them is so much smoother and easier than than conventional brand pencils. I use them often in my own office. I really like the neat and simple newspaper print much better than the typical loud and distracting designs. The ruler we received is small enough to fit in my daughter’s pencil case and I really appreciate that it is made from recycled newspaper and plastic. The best part is knowing that I am protecting my daughter from any further exposure to toxic plastics and chemicals.

TreeSmart offers a variety of supplies, including: mechanical pencils, artist pencils, pencil cases, school supply boxes, deluxe sets, and more. Their prices are very reasonable. Best of all, TreeSmart offers custom imprinting and fundraiser programs. Remember, it is never too late to protect our planet by greening up your school and office.

Children’s Earth Book

IMG_20130706_135602My daughter’s love of reading and our green lifestyle often leads us to choose books about Earth and the environment. We were recently introduced to author Dawn Wynne and her children’s book Earth Remembers When.  I immediately connected with Dawn.  A school teacher, certified Health Coach, and green and organic living speaker and writer, we share a lot in common.

Dawn’s book, Earth Remembers When, is not the typical children’s book. It is filled with facts about the environment, written in rhyme verse and in a way that can be understood by young children. It is also beautifully illustrated by Gloria Pineiro. Earth Remembers When addresses a variety of topics related to ways in which the Earth is being endangered. From climate changes to pollution to endangered species, the author explains to children the importance of these issues and how many occur from human influence. Her comparisons of past and present in relation to the possible future really send out a strong message. She then also offers ways that we can all contribute to helping restore and protect our planet.

My 6 year old daughter asked me to share her opinion on Earth Remembers When….

She says, “I like that it rhymes and has pretty pictures. I like that the pages flip open and that you have to find the pictures of the hidden Earth on each page. I also like the crafts and recipes in the back. I can’t wait to make the mac and cheese.” 😉

Indeed, the clever way the author put the book together kept my daughter (and me!) very engaged. I really appreciated the practical tips she included on each page, which even the youngest of readers can understand and accomplish. Dawn also offers healthy recipes and eco-friendly activities in the book, on her website and her blog. They truly help reinforce the idea that children are an integral part of creating a planet with clean air, unpolluted oceans, and real food. No child is too young to make a difference.

If you are looking for environmental awareness books to add to your family’s library, we highly recommend Earth Remembers When by Dawn Wynne.

For more information about the Author and her work visit the following:

Home site ~ http://www.dawnwynne.com/

Blog ~ http://www.theeverydayenvironmentalist.com/

Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/Irememberwhenbook

Twitter ~ https://twitter.com/DawnWynne1

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Earth Remembers When
Earth Remembers When
by Dawn Wynne
Edition: Hardcover
 

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Lesson on Protecting the Earth, July 6, 2013

By Daniella M Puccini on July 6, 2013

This review is from: Earth Remembers When (Hardcover)

Dawn Wynne’s book “Earth Remembers When” is filled with facts about the environment, written in rhyme and in a way that can be understood by young children. It is also beautifully illustrated. The book addresses a variety of topics related to ways in which the Earth is being endangered. From climate changes to pollution to endangered species, the author explains to children the importance of these issues and how many occur from human influence. Her comparisons of past and present in relation to the possible future really send out a strong message. She then also offers ways that we can all contribute to helping restore and protect our planet. My 6 year old daughter says, “I like that it rhymes and has pretty pictures. I like that the pages flip open and that you have to find the pictures of the hidden Earth on each page. I also like the crafts and recipes in the back. I can’t wait to make the mac and cheese.” Indeed, the clever way the author put the book together kept my daughter (and me!) very engaged. If you are looking for environmental awareness books to add to your family’s library, or perhaps cover a lesson on the importance of protecting our Earth, I highly recommend “Earth Remembers When” by Dawn Wynne.