Why should we own chickens?

Read it on Yahoo (and tons of other places too...):Egg recall grows to nearly 400 million Hundreds have fallen sick in a salmonella outbreak linked to eggs in at least three states... 'nuf said...   … [Read more...]

Frugal Tips to Help You Go Green

Going green isn't always cheap. Ever look at the price of organic food? And the way my kids eat (not to mention my husband!)...it's enough to give me nightmares about the grocery bill! I have put together a list of frugal tips to help save money that are also good for the environment. I would like to know how YOU do it! Leave me a comment if you have any other creative ways to reduce your ecological footprint and save a few pennies at the same time.Frugal tips for Going Green  Food (This is a broad category but here goes) 1. … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Seventh Generation Back to School Kit

Well, my kids went off today for their first day of school. Tonight, they will be bringing home homework and I am not too sure I am ready to start that again so soon! It seems like the summer just flew by! They will also be bringing home lots of germs, I'm sure! Last year my son was sick with the flu by early September and I am determined not to go through THAT again! Seventh Generation and My Blog Spark have teamed up to help keep kids healthy this school year by offering a great giveaway: The Seventh Generation Back to School Kit. This kit … [Read more...]

Are Halogen Lamps bad for the Environment?

We have a lamp in our house that looks exactly like the one at the left. We got in in graduate school second hand from someone that was moving and didn't want it any more. Not quite dumpster diving since it hadn't made it to the dumpster yet but you take what you can when you are a grad student, right? That thing has lasted for 15 years and is just now starting to have some issues. It only turns on when it feels like it. If you turn the knob, sometimes light appears, sometimes not. If you walk away for 5 minutes it might choose to come on when … [Read more...]

Recycling for the Home

I realize that I am a bit extreme compared to most people when it comes to eco friendly choices. We have 2 composters in the back yard, I pay more at the grocery store for things that come in containers I know I can recycle, I recycle everything from the toilet paper rolls to the artwork my kids bring home from school. I am the Chair of the Environmental Committee at my kid's school. I get it, I am a little bit nuts. HOWEVER...there are way too many people out there in this world who are doing NOTHING to help preserve this planet for my … [Read more...]

Garage Sales: Frugal AND Ecofriendly!

 I love garage sales...tag sales, yard sales, whatever you want to call them...I like shopping for other people's junk! During the summer, I am home 24/7 with the kids and Saturday mornings I like to hand the kids over to hubby and strike out on my own looking for things I probably didn't NEED before now but I just have to have it now that I have found it...clothes for the kids or some new books to read (that's a NEED, right?)Lately, I have been looking for glasses. Not the kind you put on your face but the kind you drink out of. … [Read more...]

Ecostore USA Review

In my quest for a greener household, I have come across a great company called Ecostore USA that offers a wide variety of ecofriendly products and has a simple mission: "No Nasty Chemicals". It is THAT simple...if you use products that contain nasty chemicals, then you end up contaminating your body and our environment with those same nasty chemicals! There are so many people being diagnosed with chronic and mysterious illnesses and I have to wonder whether the toxins used in most conventional cleaning products play a part.Ecostore USA offers a … [Read more...]

The Dirty Six: Worst Practices in Agribusiness

I have been reading the companion guide to the movie Food, Inc. I have not seen the movie yet since I wanted to read this first and it has been quite interesting (and disturbing!). I have done alot of research over the last couple of years regarding agribusiness and the problems associated with it and this book captures every aspect from genetically modified crops and their impact on small farmers and starving nations to the horrors of the slaughterhouse. One of the chapters is titled "The Dirty Six" and I had never heard that phrase before so … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons of Bamboo

For some reason, bamboo is a common topic of discussion in my house lately.   I thought I would pass on a little information to my readers about the pros and cons of bamboo and whether or not it is as environmentally friendly as everyone thinks!  There are quite a few uses for this amazingly fast growing grass (did you know it is actually a grass?) and I will discuss each one below...(take into consideration, please, that I am NOT a bamboo expert, just passing along information I have found through my own research)Pros and Cons of … [Read more...]

Giveaway and Review: Skoy Cloths

According to Green Seal, a not for profit organization that certifies everything from coffee filters to air conditioners based on how environmentally friendly they are, more than 7,300 tons of paper towels are made each year. This represents 8 percent of the United States' paper production. Approximately 1 million tons of paper towels end up in landfills every year. The solution? SKOY cloths! From the SKOY website: The SKOY cloth is a fabulous, absorbent, biodegradable and natural multi-use cloth. Our re-usable earth friendly cloth is perfect … [Read more...]

A Rubbish Free Year…could you do it?

I recently heard about an amazing story and had to do a little research to find out if it was actually true...it was! Matthew and Waveney from Christchurch, New Zealand decided to reduce their trash consumption DRASTICALLY! The challenge was for their household to create no garbage for the landfill for 1 year. They were allowed to fill ONE large trash bag for that entire year, which would then be thrown away at the end of the challenge. They did this in several ways and you can learn more HERE but I will summarize below... A Rubbish Free … [Read more...]

My Earth Day Message…From the PTA

I am in charge of the Environmental Committee at my children's elementary school. Every year in honor of Earth Day, one of the things we do is give all the children a little token to help raise awareness of the environment. This year we got a very kind donation of 800+ packages of seeds and below is the poem I am attaching to each seed package. My hand is KILLING me and I have only stapled about 200 packages.  But, I wanted every child to get an Earth Day message that they could (hopefully) relate to.  If we truly want to change the direction … [Read more...]

EcoFriendly Grilling

Well, down here in Georgia it has hit the 80's this week and we decided to grill our Easter dinner (a nice pork roast from a local farm that raises Heritage breeds of pigs). We actually grill year round and my husband is a fanatic of the Big Green Egg. If you aren't familiar with the BGE  it is a ceramic egg shaped cooker based on an ancient clay cooker called a "kamado". It was introduced in 1974 and is made of a durable space-age ceramic developed specifically for Big Green Egg and is virtually indestructible. This will be the last grill you … [Read more...]

A Garbage Can the Size of TEXAS?

The average American throws away just over 4 pounds of garbage every day, adding up to a whopping 1,460 pounds of trash every year. We Americans make up roughly 5% of the worlds population but create 40% of the waste on this planet. Those numbers seem staggering to me! Where in the world is all that trash going? The obvious answer is to landfills, however studies over the last 10 or 15 years have indicated that a huge amount of this trash is ending up in the ocean. Yes, some of the trash that you throw into your garbage can is actually ending … [Read more...]

Organic wine? And what’s up with the fake cork?

Okay, Friday night has always been my husband and I's "date night". Of course, since we have small children, no family to watch them, and are living on one income "date night" has become a night IN instead of OUT. For the most part, date night is a bottle of wine, some snacks or appetizers and a few good shows we've DVR'd through the week. Ghost Whisperer and The Mentalist are our current favorites. So, in preparation for our night IN, I went to the grocery store in search of a bottle of wine.  I have never bought organic wine before but … [Read more...]

Raw Milk…straight from the tap

This is a cow. For those of you who might not know this, it gives us milk. These critters have been providing us with this vital product for more years than we can possibly count. You would not believe the controversy that surrounds this seemingly innocent beverage. Back in the olden days, a family would own a cow and would, every day, go out and milk the cow and bring the milk back into the house to drink for the rest of the day. Nothing complicated about it, no pasteurization, no refrigeration, just milk to drink for the day. Once people … [Read more...]

Is being a vegetarian better for the environment?

Sometimes I ask myself "Is being a vegetarian better for the environment?" My son has decided to give up meat for Lent. I guess all mommy's ranting and raving about the evils of the traditional feed lot grown animals made more of an impression than I thought. Since I was concerned about protein intake I had a few requirements...I told him I would like him to eat seafood once a week and he had to be open to alternative sources of protein. Thankfully, he is not a picky eater and agreed to these terms.As a family, we have not ALL given up … [Read more...]

Canola oil banned in Europe?

I have been reading a lot recently on the prevalence of Genetically Modified (GM) foods in our diet here in this country. For all sorts of detailed information you can check out An Urban Plot and GM Watch. I won't try to cover all the details here but I wanted to bring one point to mind while you are picking out your next cooking oil...Have you ever seen a Canola plant? Olive oil comes from olives, peanut oil from peanuts...how about canola oil? Did you know that there are groups who want to make canola oil banned in Europe?   Yup, the oil that … [Read more...]

Recycling Resources

I decided to put together a list of recycling resources to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Some of these are great for individuals, some will work better for larger groups. Consider getting the office or your child's elementary school involved in a recycle drive for Earth Day this April!Here is a brief list of recycling resources that you might find helpful! Eyeglasses can be recycled at Lenscrafters Shoes can be recycled through Souls for Soles TerraCylce is a great resource for recycling juice pouch containers, potato chip bags, … [Read more...]