Super Bowl Sustainability:  What is Being Done to #Green the Super Bowl? #SB47

Super Bowl Sustainability: What is Being Done to #Green the Super Bowl? #SB47

As the Super Bowl approaches, millions of people are getting ready to watch the big game on TV.  They will eat junk food, yell at coaches and spend a few hours watching funny commercials with friends and family.  However, in New Orleans there is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes to put that game on TV for you.  Fans are flying in from miles away, security is being put in place, food is being prepared to feed the masses and of course, football players are working on plays.  All of this for a game that will only last a couple of hours.  Those few hours will have a HUGE impact on the environment and Super Bowl sustainability has been discussed only sporadically over the last few years. This year, however, organizers seem to be making a conscious choice to reduce the game's carbon … [Read more...]

Fast Food: Can It Be A Part of Your Green Living Plan?

Fast Food: Can It Be A Part of Your Green Living Plan?

I have a confession to make:  I eat fast food.  Not every week of course or I would not fit into my pants but I have been known to go through the McDonald's drive through on occasion and indulge in fries and a diet soda.  I find myself feeling guilty about that some days....how can I possibly say that I am striving to reduce my carbon footprint yet still eat fast food? I am sure that I am not the only one who has a weakness for salty fries or the occasional cheeseburger.  While fast food isn't exactly healthy, it fits in some days to our chaotic lifestyle.  So, I started researching fast food.  Why?  I was curious to see what fast food restaurants are doing to reduce their own carbon footprints and I was actually surprised at what I found.   Think About This Thursday Greener … [Read more...]

Global Warming, Hamburgers and Maple Syrup

Global Warming, Hamburgers and Maple Syrup

The other day I was using Stumbleupon to browse through some websites that focus on a range of environmental issues. I came across 3 sites in a row that seemed to be about completely different topics but were actually very closely linked.  The first website I came to was an article about the downfall of the maple syrup industry.  As a native New Englander, I was horrified at the concept of this world running out of maple syrup.  And NO, I cannot just switch to that artificial garbage in the plastic squeeze bottle with the cabin on the front.  That stuff is an insult to real maple syrup!  If you don't know the difference I recommend you got out and buy some of the real stuff right now.  If you wait much longer, it is going to get harder to find.  WHY?  Because global warming is causing … [Read more...]

Green Living: Make it a Priority in 2013!

Green Living: Make it a Priority in 2013!

This month, everyone is talking about making resolutions to change the way they live.  Some people want to lose weight, others want to stop smoking, and many of us just need to get organized and find a balance between work and life.  I would like to encourage you to make changes in your life that are good for not only your own health but also the health of our planet.  Green living should be on the top of everyone's list of resolutions this year.  WHY?  Because we have  only been given ONE planet on which to live and it is in our best interest to take care of it!  Does global warming exist?  Who knows!  Are organic foods really healthier for us?  Your guess is as good as mine.  However, I DO know that there is not another viable planet nearby for us to live on if we screw this one up … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Fashion: The right choice can reduce your Carbon Footprint

Eco Friendly Fashion: The right choice can reduce your Carbon Footprint

Every once in a while my husband comes to me with an idea that he thinks I need to blog about.  He is very helpful when it comes to my blogging inspirations!  This weekend, he came across an article about fashion designers who are trying to reduce their environmental impact by creating eco friendly shoes, clothes and accessories.  There are a ton of eco friendly fashion companies on the web but this article really focused on the big name brands going green.  Designers are coming up with all sorts of ideas, some of which are still in the developmental stage (like the shirt you can tear up and bury in the garden for compost!).  I was really staggered by some of the statistics quoted in the article (which you can see HERE).  I am not typically a clothing or shoe addicted kindof girl and had a … [Read more...]

A Culture of Cleanliness: A Green Society is a Dirty One!

A Culture of Cleanliness: A Green Society is a Dirty One!

Last night my son got out of the shower (after a good 30 minutes of ensuring his complete and total cleanliness!) and joined his sister at the kitchen table to work on his homework.  Seconds later, I hear hollering....not unusual when both kids are in the same room but I heard the words 'It's raining in the kitchen' and I knew this was going to be bad.  Sure enough, my husband and I ran into the kitchen to investigate and found water pouring down through the light fixture over the kitchen table.  Of course, my husbands first response was to ask my son exactly WHAT he had been doing in the shower to cause such a problem!  Boy child is well known for taking things apart, opening things that shouldn't be opened and generally being WAY too inquisitive!  But, the boy is off the hook....after … [Read more...]

Drive through Funerals?  Our laziness is out of control!

Drive through Funerals? Our laziness is out of control!

It is a beautiful, sunny morning and you have just arrived at the dry cleaners to pick up the one pair of pants your husband owns that cannot be machine washed.  There is an empty parking lot  with plenty of spots right in front of the door.  There is also an empty drive through lane right next to it.  Which one do you choose?  A startling number of Americans would rather use the drive through than get out of the car on a beautiful day and walk the whopping 50 feet to the front door.  We have become a drive through nation and our health and the environment are taking a huge toll.   Think About This Thursday A Drive Through Nation   The drive through did not gain popularity until the 1970's but since then they have become a service that most Americans aren't willing to … [Read more...]

Eco friendly Sports:  What is your favorite activity doing to the environment?

Eco friendly Sports: What is your favorite activity doing to the environment?

As a family, we are all fairly active in a number of different sports.  Our lives revolve around tennis, Taekwondo, gymnastics, and running but I never really stopped to think of how those activities  effected the environment.  We tried to find activities that were relatively close to home and I have even found some great ways to recycle tennis balls but that was about all the thought I gave to the topic.  Then, last week I came across an article about eco friendly sports and how our choice of physical exercise can really increase our carbon footprint. I thought I would share with you a couple of the worst 'culprits' when it comes to their effect on the environment and then give you a few ideas on how you can green up your sports routine. Think About This Thursday  Skiing: One of the … [Read more...]

The Leaf Blower: A lazy person’s lawn manicure

The Leaf Blower: A lazy person’s lawn manicure

I absolutely love this time of year.  Growing up in New England, Fall was always my favorite season.  The brilliant reds and oranges of the maple leaves, the crisp, cool mornings, and the earthy smell of the air as the leaves started to drop to the ground.  Then my dad would hand me a rake and tell me to go clean up the yard.  THAT part of Fall I could seriously have done without.  I can not tell you how many garbage cans full of leaves I hauled out to the woods while I was growing up!  I swore that when I was older, I would buy a leaf blower and never haul away another leaf ever again.  A leaf blower would have been the answer to my prayers when I was 13 but now I think if I hear that annoying buzz one more time I am going to go buy each one of my neighbors a rake! Think About This … [Read more...]

Hummer:  The Military Assault Vehicle of the Suburbs

Hummer: The Military Assault Vehicle of the Suburbs

Living in the suburbs can seem a little bit like an upscale war.  We fight crowds at Walmart, enact military maneuvers to grab the last empty parking space at the mall, and decode the mysterious terminology that comes out of the mouths of our teenagers.  However, I do not see any reason why a person would require a military assault vehicle to drive their kid to soccer practice.  Sure, some of the moms out there are scarier than a 5 star general but are the roads so bad we need a Hummer to make it over the potholes?  I really don't think so.  Yet every time I head out to run errands in my suburban neighborhood I find people driving vehicles that could literally flatten me should I make one wrong move!  I have to wonder every time I see a Hummer whether or not those people are heading out … [Read more...]