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 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 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...]

Flight of the Hummingbird: An Environmental Parable

In trying to come up with something to talk to a Girl Scout troupe of 12 5th grade girls about relating to the environment, I came across this parable and decided to use it as my opening remarks to the group. I found it at I read it to my kids as well (ages 8 and 10) and they seemed to understand the meaning of the story so pass it on to your kids and lets get the next generation involved!!Flight of the Hummingbird: An Environmental Parable"Here is … [Read more...]

Green Facts

With Valentines Day fast approaching, keep this sweet message in mind! More than 20,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it. … [Read more...]

Home Made Yogurt

Today I decided that since I was going to have the oven on quite a bit doing some cooking and baking, I would use the heat it generated to incubate some home made yogurt. Making your own yogurt is unbelievably easy and so much better for you than most of the stuff you buy in the grocery store. The picture above is the closest I could come to the one I use. Mine was published in 1984 and is a paperback but other than that, same cookbook. You will find all kinds of useful information in to grind your own grain (sorry, not me but I know … [Read more...]

Green Tip of the Day

With the price of gas as high as it is, it makes financial sense to limit the amount of driving we do. Did you know that for every 10 miles you DON'T drive every week, you will be preventing 500 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere? Make a list, be organized, and cut back on the driving. Save money as well as the environment! I would love to hear YOUR green tips! What are some ways you are helping reduce your footprint on this great planet? … [Read more...]

What can I do with that?

I am on the environmental committee at my children's elementary school. We host several recycling drives every year for a number of different items. Before people throw something away they should make sure to ask themselves "What can I do with that?"   I am always amazed at how much trash sits curbside every week in my neighborhood. Check out Earth 911  to find out where you can recycle the things that you would normally throw away. Other suggestions on what you can do with that so called trash you are about to throw away:What Can I Do … [Read more...]