Restaurant Food Waste Facts: How to Reduce Food Waste When Eating Out

Our landfills are straining at the seams and we throw away more and more stuff every year.  From appliances and electronics to household mail and toxic chemicals, humans are wasteful creatures. Some things have to be thrown away but many can find new homes or a new purpose.  I was floored when I started researching restaurant food waste facts.  To throw away something broken is one thing but good food should never be wasted, especially given the staggering number of hungry people we have in this country. How many times have you gone to a … [Read more...]

Practical Money Saving Tips That Help You Go Green

My budget this year is pretty much shot.  Between the $20,000 we have done in home repairs and our recent vacation, we have pretty much depleted our bank account and I'm starting to think I need to start coupon clipping again.  I have gotten spoiled in the last few years and while we are careful with our money, I wouldn't say I have been thrifty or budget conscious.  We will soon be moving into the holidays and I am starting to look into some practical money saving tips to help get our bank account up where it needs to be in case of … [Read more...]

Easy Tips for Grilling Vegetables Perfectly!

If you are looking for healthy barbecue ideas, these tips for grilling vegetables will come in handy this summer.  With grilling season in full swing, everyone is throwing hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill.  What about grilling vegetables?  I rarely see slabs of eggplant or skewers of bell pepper on the grill at my neighborhood pool party. When you imagine a meal cooked over the grill, most people usually think of steaks, burgers and hot dogs. One way to reduce your carbon foot print this summer is to learn how to grill vegetables instead of … [Read more...]

Best Pet Care Tips for Eco Friendly Pet Owners

When we got our first dog, I scoured every book I could find for the best pet care tips.  At that time (20 plus years ago) I was mostly concerned with my pets health and proper training.  Those are still two very important things to consider when caring for pets.  Nowadays, however, I consider some of the best pet care tips to be those that reduce my furry friend's impact on the environment as well.  For many people, going green has become a priority. Whether it be purchasing a more gas efficient car, shopping with reusable bags, or recycling … [Read more...]

Save Our Planet Earth One Fork at a Time

As I go about my day, I often wonder whether there is any possible way for humans to save our planet earth from the downward spiral it's currently on. My neighbors spray chemicals on their lawns left and right.  The traffic congestion and subsequent exhaust in Atlanta is out of control.  Overseas companies are polluting our planet at an alarming rate.  So, what's a green blogger to do?  I can't control what everyone ELSE in the world is doing but I can control what *I* do to save our planet earth.  Maybe it is just using cloth napkins instead … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Grilling Tips: From Food to Fire!

Now that the warm weather is upon us, I thought I would share a few eco friendly grilling tips with you.  My husband and I are avid grillers and no matter what the season, you will often find our grill sizzling with an assortment of tasty foods.  The great thing about the grill is it falls to the husband to do the actual cooking.  I know, I should be some liberal and self-sufficient woman and tend the fire myself but why should I when the hubby enjoys it so much??  So, I prepare the food and he cooks it on our very awesome ceramic Green Egg … [Read more...]

Natural Ingredients in Food You Really Don’t Want to Eat!

If you are a label reader like I am, you have probably come across the term natural ingredients in food that you purchase for your family.  Have you ever wondered what those natural ingredients really are?  You look at the back of the package and see the words natural ingredients and you think 'That must be healthy, right? '  You might be surprised at what the term natural ingredients really covers.  Ever hear of something called Ambergris? Ambergris  is also known as whale vomit and is considered a natural ingredient in food.   According to … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Wedding Tips for a Smaller Budget and Less Waste

If you are working with a small budget and hope to get married soon, these eco friendly wedding tips should be a big help!  Did you know that the average cost of a wedding has risen to almost $30,000 in the United States? Considering the pressure many couples are under to throw an elaborate wedding, many people are left wondering how they can afford to tie the knot. However, there are many ways you can save money and still have a beautiful, luxurious wedding. Thanks to recent research and advancements in technology it is now easier than ever to … [Read more...]

Reasons to Support Sustainable Palm Oil Suppliers

A couple of days ago I received an email from Change.org asking me to sign a petition to encourage the Girl Scouts of America to remove palm oil from its list of ingredients due to environmental concerns. Why?  Because none of the palm oil in them comes from sustainable palm oil suppliers.   My daughter is a Girl Scout...thus requiring me to buy and eat large quantities of said cookies but I signed the petition anyhow.  As long as my Samoas are still tasty I am all for making them more environmentally friendly!  Then, I started wondering...what … [Read more...]

How to Mend Socks and Ways to Reuse Them When You Can’t

Have you ever looked at your feet and wondered how to mend socks? I can't sew...my proficiency with a needle and thread ends at putting a button back on a shirt.  I find this very sad and one day, when I am graced with much more free time than I have now, I would like to learn how to mend socks.  My grandmother used to make my clothes when I was little in addition to the baby blankets that my children are still using today.  She made her own dish rags, rugs, and was proficient at mending socks as well.  Mending socks is a lost art.  Sure, there … [Read more...]

Can You Identify Fake Honey? A not so sweet tale of honey impersonation

Have you heard about fake honey?  Did you know that there was a scandal not too long ago about fake honey being sold in stores?  Do you think you can identify fake honey if you saw it? My husband and I have started making mead, a honey based 'wine' that ferments for almost a year before being ready to actually drink.  When we were getting ready to start our first batch, we did a lot of research into what types of ingredients we wanted to include (you can add things like hops or fruit to create different varieties of mead). Obviously, the one … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly School Ideas for Greener Classrooms and Smaller Footprints

Have you ever wished for more environmentally friendly schools in your area?  Did you ever think that maybe YOU could help play a part in creating them? I wanted to share a few eco friendly school ideas for you to research this summer and implement in the fall.  Why do we need green schools?  Most of the time, parents are expected to be the 'teachers' when it comes to their children.  We teach them to walk, talk, use the potty, do their math homework (at least until 6th grade!) and drive a car.  We hope (or pray!) that our lessons are well … [Read more...]

Why Should I Buy Organic Meat? Well, Here’s Why!

Have you ever asked yourself ' Why should I buy organic meat?'  I would like to give you a few reasons that I hope will convince you to make the switch. Recently,  I made a trip out to my local farmer to pick up some eggs.  I love being able to watch the hens foraging and see the pigs wallowing in their favorite mud puddle.  I have been buying all of my beef, pork and eggs from local farmers for the last several years and I have been thrilled with the quality of everything I have purchased.  Is it CHEAP? No!  Is it worth every penny is spend?  … [Read more...]

A New Kind of Immigrant and How to Control Invasive Species

If you have ever had to pull ivy off a tree, you may have wondered how to control invasive species in your yard.  Here in the south, we have a plant called kudzu that thrives in the summer heat.  Haven't ever seen or hear of kudzu? It is often called 'The Plant that Ate the South' for a very good reason! This vine can grow at an alarming rate, taking over just about every surface it comes across. Hills and valleys, electrical poles and trees, houses and cars...nothing stands a chance against this fast growing vine. If the south doesn't learn … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Green Burials : Til a Green Death Do Us Part….

Have you ever considered eco friendly green burials when a loved one passes away? When I was growing up, I lived right next door to a cemetery.  I learned to ride my bicycle along the cement paths and liked to wander through the gravestones and wonder about the life of each of the people buried there.  Now, 30 years later, my parents live in a NEW state...right across the street from another cemetery.  When I visit with the kids, we walk through the paths and wonder about the lives of each of the people named on the gravestones.  My children … [Read more...]

Hanging a Clothes Line? Help Preserve The Right to Dry!

A few years ago, my husband and I decided that hanging a clothes line would be a smart thing to do.  Hanging clothes on the line outside saves money and is better for the environment.  Of course, between the pollen and the humidity, I haven't gotten to use it as much as I would like.  But, despite restrictions from our neighborhood association, installing a clothes line was easy.  There are many people in our neighborhood who want to BAN clothes lines because they are considered 'tacky' or 'poor looking'.  Yes, somehow hanging clothing out to … [Read more...]

How to Celebrate Earth Day? Shocking Facts and How YOU Can Help!

Today is Earth Day and everywhere I look I find tons of information about events, rallies, and celebrations to encourage people to live a greener life.  What originally started back in the 1970's as an 'environmental teach-in' observed by universities across the U.S. is now celebrated by more than 500 million people in 175 countries.  It has gone from a slightly radical grass roots effort to raise awareness of environmental issues to a major holiday in only 40 years.  WHY?  Because people know, deep down, that we are seriously messing up our … [Read more...]

Sustainable Seafood Companies and the Importance of Sustainable Fishing

Having grown up on the coast of New England, I know a thing or two about seafood.  I know that lobster is ridiculously expensive but tastes divine.  I know that absolutely nothing tastes better than a fresh clam roll with tartar sauce and lemon.  And I know that no pantry should EVER be without a few cans of tuna.  But, guess what I know that is even more important than any of those things.  Can't guess?  Well, I also know that our oceans are in danger and when we support sustainable seafood companies, we are doing our part to protect the … [Read more...]

Green Road Trip Ideas for Frugal Family Fun!

I learned many years ago that a green road trip can be both frugal and a ton of fun. We travel by car fairly often...the grandparents all live far away and they like to see their grand kids occasionally.  I look forward to these drives about as much as I look forward to my yearly OB exam.  Days of being cooped up with the kids and nowhere to hide!  To top it all off we usually end up eating fast food, getting leg cramps and headaches, and arrive at our destination with a less than stellar attitude about the whole trip.  I know we should be … [Read more...]