Thanksgiving is a great time to remember the things we are thankful for and to appreciate the world around us. This year, say thanks to Mother Earth by preparing a locally-sourced holiday meal.
Halloween is just like any other holiday…it creates a lot of trash. From the disposable costumes and decorations to the candy wrappers and plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat containers. Don’t make one scary night turn into a scary future for our kids. Go green this Halloween with these five easy tips:
Celebrate the nation’s birthday this year by throwing a green Fourth of July BBQ party. Here are 5 tips to help make your Independence Day shindig a little more sustainable.
Happy Birthday America!
What a prefect time to go green, if you haven’t already. Show the world you care about the planet with these five easy tips for conserving energy, water and waste.
Happy Earth Day!
I love all those natural pampering bath products, like soaps, body scrubs, lotions, oils… They smell like heaven in the shower when I use them and they make my skin feel great, but they are all so expensive.
So I decided to see if I could create my own.
After a little experimental trial & error, I finally came up with two DIY exfoliating body scrubs that are similar to store bought products, but are from ingredients on hand in most kitchens.
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup (or so) Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Vanilla or Almond Extract
3/4 Cup Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
2 Slices of Lemon
2 Slices of Orange
Make your Valentine’s Day dinner party extra special this year by decorating your tableware with edible paint & glitter. It’s super easy, completely edible and eco-friendly. All you need are a few ingredients that you most likely have in the pantry and some plain jane dishes to dress up.
Let’s get started…
Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar and a few drops of liquid food coloring until the color is evenly distributed. (You can also substitute salt for sugar, however the grains of salt give off less sparkle than the sugar.)
Line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Pour the colored sugar onto the baking tray and spread the sugar thinly and evenly on the tray. Preheat your oven to 300ºF. Place the baking tray with sugar in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove tray from oven and let the sugar cool completely. Use a fork to break up clumps of sugar that may have formed.
Mix 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of water, and 2 drops of liquid food coloring.
Apply with a paintbrush to plain dishes, mugs or even glassware.
Sprinkle your homemade suger glitter on the paint while it is still wet to add a little extra sparkle and shine to every dish.
And when it’s time to clean up, just wash your dishes like normal. The paint and glitter will just melt off in hot water.
Have fun! Get creative! The sky’s the limit to color scheme & design.
As 2011 comes to an end, it is time to reflect on the past and make new resolutions for 2012 and the future.
One of my resolutions every year is to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. I achieve this by making a new goal for the year and taking baby steps at making it become part of my everyday routine.
A few years ago, that goal was to use reusable shopping bags every time I go to a store. The year after that, was to recycle or upcycle everything I could. The next year, I promised to shop more consciously, to look for products that are local, packaged in eco-friendly packaging and are natural or organic.
Now this year, my resolution is to make my home more energy efficient. I currently have an old thermostat that requires me to manually turn up or down the heat. Of course, I often forget to turn it down when I leave for the day or at night. So this year my goal is to install a programmable thermostat and save some energy.
What are your green living goals for 2012?
The holiday season is a great time for fresh starts and new traditions. If you haven’t started living a green lifestyle, now’s your opportunity. Here are the top five tips for creating a green Holiday Celebration.
It’s Thanksgiving week! What better way to celebrate than with green DIY crafts. If you’re looking to green up your table decorations or just have some fun with the kids here are some eco-friendly Thanksgiving craft projects.