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Thanksgiving Decorating: How to Green Your Thanksgiving Décor
November 13, 2013
To me, store bought décor just doesn’t make the cut (no pun intended). For one, it can be pricey, and this is one time of year many of us are trying to save a penny or two where we can. Secondly, purchased decor often times lacks character, hominess and warmth. Why would I want my home to look just everyone else’s – that’s pretty boring, isn’t it? Most importantly, store bought décor, be it any time of year, is often made from harmful materials that not only damage the environment, but also our health.
Going green with your Thanksgiving décor has no bounds — it can be as simple as collecting pinecones from your own yard and adorning them with paint and glitter, to a felted and whimsical autumnal wreath like you see above. Here are five simple ways to transform your home this Thanksgiving with effortless eco style…(1 Comment)
10 Steps To Lower Your Eco Footprint
September 6, 2013
10 Steps to Lower Your Eco FootprintOnce upon a time I had no concept of the importance of preserving natural resources. I consumed what I wanted with no thought of recycling, reducing or reusing. I lived my life without consideration of the consequences for my actions or lack thereof. I had no idea what my eco footprint was, or what that even meant. When I realized I needed to take an environmental science class in college I was indifferent. I went into the class hoping for an easy A, I hoped that I could breeze through the class. How little did I know! I never expected that one college course would impact my life on a profound level; that it would change the way I view the world around me and the way I live my life. I had no idea that the course would awaken a passion within me for the environment, preservation and conservation.I began to learn about my carbon footprint within the first day of class. When I realized how my lifestyle impacted the world around me and how someday my children would inherit this world from me I was moved to begin making changes to lower my eco footprint and to educate others about the small steps we can all take to make this world a better place. I would love to share 10 steps you can take to lower your eco footprint in hopes that you can begin living a greener life.Continue reading (1 Comment)
Walking Dead is based on the Environmental Movement
December 2, 2013
Last night I watched the “Mid-Season Finale” of Walking Dead and realized that this Comic Strip turned Television Epoch is actually based on the Environmental Movement. I know what you’re thinking, but bear with me, let’s examine the most recent episode. My point really becomes very clear during the Governor’s challenge to Rick’s group at the prison gates.
Here’s the scene for those of you who missed it: The Governor, standing on a tank surrounded by a heavily armed cadre has two of Rick’s friends as bound hostages kneeling before him. His goal is to take over the prison haven, currently held by Rick’s group. He issues this ultimatum: “Leave before Sundown or I will kill you all,” he decrees from his position of power.
Rick, standing apart from his group, looking small and desperate, responds with an alternative to the deadly proposal: “No, wait, it doesn’t have to be this way! Really, we can all live together, if not harmoniously at first, then after time. He extolls the list of enticements: we have plenty of land, we can grow food, we have walls, we will be safe, we CAN DO IT,” his voice rising and falling like that of a practiced preacher.
During his impassioned plea, the camera watches the face of the only non-zombie Senior Citizen on the show. Hershel’s eyes become calm and his face peaceful as he seemingly envisions Rick’s promise of a harmonious and healthy future.
Camera pans to the small Rick, standing like David before Goliath and there’s the slightest breath of hope…and then the Governor chops Hershel’s head off.
So here’s the parallel:
Tips for a more eco-friendly holiday season
December 1, 2013
The holidays are quickly approaching and with them comes mass amounts of waste. I don't think anyone likes to think about how much we waste with all the paper, decorations, and packaging we use during the holidays but it's true; the holidays are generally not very "green".
The good news is that we can have eco-friendly holidays if we want to! We don't have to buy into all the commercialism and give into all the excess waste. We can have our green holiday and even save some money in the process!
Here are some eco-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays this year.
Healthy Homes, Healthy Families & a Healthy Planet SALE!
November 30, 2013
Don't miss our Small business Saturday and Cyber Monday Sale! We work hard to select artisans & brands that are striving to make a difference in the world. As you shop this holiday season, consider supporting those dedicated to Healthy Homes, Healthy Families & a Healthy Planet.
Lady Bird Johnson Pioneer Environmentalist and First Green Lady of the Land
November 24, 2013
- Ask anyone under the age of 50 and they probably won't be able to tell you who Lady Bird Johnson was, or about her relevance to the Green Movement.Before Nancy Reagan began her "Just Say NO" program, and long before Michelle Obama championed children's healthy eating habits, Lady Bird (actual first name Claudia Alta) began the "Beautification Movement" shortly after her husband Lyndon Johnson assumed the Presidency in 1964 upon JFK's assassination.
- Lady Bird has been credited with pioneering the Environmental Movement in America. This inspiring woman's courage and commitment to this nation's lands was perhaps born out of tragedy.
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