Posts Tagged ‘Green Living’

Turn Halloween into HallowGREEN

Monday, October 26th, 2009

I know “green” isn’t exactly the color that you think about when you picture Halloween, but here are a few ideas of how you can be a bit more mindful of the waste and help reuse more items each year.

Instead of letting your kids take plastic bags Trick-Or-Treating, get
them each their own reusable tote. You can even get one and
decorate it for Halloween to use every year! An old pillow case is
great for Trick-Or-Treating.

Reuse and recycle costumes with your friends. Instead of going out
and buying a new costume, save money and resources by getting
creative. Find out what the kids want to be and ask around to see if
anyone you know has it. Don’t forget to look in your closet for some

Host a Halloween party! Didn’t think that would be too “Green”, did ya?
This way, you can provide all of the treats to the kids in your home.
That means that there will be less individually wrapped candy bars
and you can actually monitor what kind of treats everyone is getting.
You can also use items made from recycled materials and try to serve
as much local/organic food as possible.

      • Don’t be one of those parents that follow their kids around in a car as they are Trick- or-Treating. If you are worried about their safety, get out and walk with them.

        Use nature for your decorations. You don’t need to buy plastic and cardboard decorations: Use leaves, branches, pumpkins, hay bales (which can then be used on your garden for the winter) to give your house a pretty fall look. If you do buy plastic Halloween decorations always remember to save them for next year instead of buying new.

      These are just a few ideas of how to keep this fun holiday less wasteful and damaging to the earth. Help by telling your neighbors these tips to make this years Halloween a much more green one!

      Steps Towards An Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

      Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

      Have you been wondering what you can do to be more environmentally friendly?  You’re in luck, there are many things that you can do to decrease your negative impact on the Earth and many of these things can be done just by taking steps to change your previous practices!  Take a look at this list and start changing your practices today!

      1) Reduce: one simple step you can take is to stop using paper for unnecessary things:  many times you could text yourself your grocery list on your cell phone instead of writing it down on a new sheet of paper.

      2) Recycle: Make sure you are fully aware of items that can be recycled in your city and take full advantage of these options.

      3) Reuse: Anytime you can get multiple uses out of an item, do it!  There are many things that can be remade into new items!  Check out this website for reuse ideas!

      4) Turn it off: Whenever you leave a room turn off the lights and utilize the power-saver function on computers!  You would be surprised on how much energy and money this saves!

      5) Shop local: Support local farmers and buy local products!  There is nothing better than using your money to support local businesses and to buy fresh foods.

      6) Talk about it: Tell your friends, family, and anyone around you what you’re doing to be eco-friendly and how you feel about it.  Also, be the vocal consumer that encourages businesses to make eco-friendly practices a priority!

      These steps are very simple and can create a world of difference!  Take the necessary steps and begin today!!

      10 Amazing Recycled-Trash Homes

      Friday, May 1st, 2009

      Are you seeking a “green” way to build your next home? We’re operating on the principle that one person’s trash is another person’s castle. While trash isn’t always free, using cast-offs to build a home is a great way to recycle. While the homes below use tires, cans, earth, plastic water bottles and other items – or a combination of these items – the possibilities are as limitless as your imagination and your local building codes.

      If you’re expecting “trashy” results with this recycling effort, we hope that our choices listed below will surprise you with their depth of creativity, beauty and charm. Although the homes are listed in no particular order, this does not mean that we favor one trash method over another or one design above any other layout. (more…)

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