Friday, July 30, 2010

120 Ways to Go Green: A Wrap Up

This past week on the Green Living Tips Blog has been dedicated to finding new ways to go green, specifically by sharing some of the articles that I've published on Squidoo. Here, you can read the full 6 part series from the week which links to individual articles (or lenses as we like to call them at Squidoo):

As always, you can catch up with me on Twitter and on Facebook as well. Have a great weekend!

Reusable Living, Vegetarian Dishes, and Tips to Reduce Climate Change

This is part 6 in a 6 part series of my green articles on Squidoo. Each of these articles aims to give you a more earth friendly alternative to the things you are already doing and consuming. You'll come away with at least a few new ideas on going green through this series.

101. If there's any one thing you would like to do to lower your electric bill, try weatherstripping your home first.

102. The natural skin soothing spray is a great way to treat sunburns and bug bites, and it's completely all natural!

103. Traditional perfumes not only cause headaches, but are made with toxic plasticizers, which are a chemically created fixative. The natural alternative to the perfume industry is to find organic perfumes that smell wonderful and won't harm the environment.

104. The fall foliage tote bags found here are great ways to be more festive during fall foliage season!

105. The Reusable Bag Headquarters features several different resuable bag companies and designers.

106. Celebarate Earth Day everyday by following these easy tips on recycling, reusing, and reducing things in your life!

107. Use this bag again and again! Find scary reusable Halloween bags for Trick or Treating. They're even washable!

108. Buy organic shade grown coffee and treat the environment a little bit better (and taste the difference!).

109. Here are a few reasons you should eat more veggies (and it's not just because it's good for you!).

110. This natural acne cleanser will do a great job removing acne without using irritating chemicals that will worsen breakouts.

111. The organic under eye cream will smooth wrinkles, and won't subject your skin to chemicals that redden the skin.

112. These lettuce recipes are great ways to increase the amount of lettuce in your diet -- an important vegetable you should be eating.

113. Clean the air quality in your home just by adding a few of these recommended houseplants!

114. Find your town in Massachusetts and find your tote bag on the Massachusetts tote bags page!

115. The renwable energy bag features a beautiful windmill image, reminding everyone to think of how much energy they use day to day!

116. Find my review of Go Green, Live Rich on this lens, and find a sampling of some of the tips you can find in this easy to read book.

117. Quit throwing away disposable cups and use an eco friendly, BPA free, reusable cup like the Eco Cup.

118. Get on track to fight climate change in 50 different ways with this post.

119. Why buy stale, unfresh grocery produce? Find your local farmers market through this all inclusive list of the 50 different states of the USA.

120. If you're making butternut squash frozen, there's a much better alternative. Try out this easy recipe for homemade butternut squash here, it's only takes a few minutes extra preparation time.

Be sure to visit the Green Living Tips Blog for the rest of the 6 part series! You can also visit A Million Ways to Go Green for more eco friendly tips and advice from the author. Thanks for reading this series, I hope you enjoy the articles I've published on Squidoo (and maybe visited a few of them).

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Natural Organic Products, Reusable Gifts, and Energy Efficiency

The three themes of the title have little to do with each other, but they have two things in commons: the articles in this post were all published by me, and they all feature ways to help green your life. There are simple, tiny things you can do like switch to biodegradable bags, or you can indulge in a little self pampering with the organic facial care products featured here. There are also a few posts on energy efficient cars and transportation. This is part 5 of a 6 part series on my green articles. Enjoy!

81. Find out how to host an online party here. It's the next best thing to an actual party!

82. These biodegradable pet bags are perfect to carry with you on your dog walks.

83. The organic lotion on this page is a great way to make your skin ultra smooth, and the scents are incredible!

84. Find more organic t-shirts and gift ideas on this page.

85. The cherry blossoms tote bag also features black bird silhouettes and a beautiful design that's machine washable!

86. You can take some green tax breaks to save some money on your taxes next year!

87. The recycled gift wrap on this page is a unique way to reduce your impact on the environment!

88. Reusable coffee filters have their own unique taste, and they're a great way to save those coffee grinds (they make great garden soil!).

89. The US reusable tote bags feature each of the 50 states. Find your state here!

90. The organic exfloating scrub is a natural way to scrub your face and remove dead skin without irritants.

91. These green travel tips will help you be greener on your next vacation.

92. Super soft Egyptian cotton baby towels are the ultimate way to treat your baby organically!

93. Before your next car purchase, check out some of these hybrid car reviews!

94. You can green your car with these green driving tips. Make your car run more efficiently, it will save you some money too.

95. The Chevy Volt is one impressive car. It's electric, and the mileage it gets is unbelievable. Check it out!

96. Not sold on going organic? Here are some reasons to go organic that might change your mind.

97. You can really taste the difference with this organic chocolate offered here!

98. This natural amonia free glass cleaner is a great way to reduce your exposure to harmful irritants from ammonia.

99. The organic gentle relief toner is powerful, yet soothing and invigorating for your face. It will clean up all the leftover dirt after washing it.

100. The organic multi tea cleanser freshens up your face and cleanses pores completely.

Be sure to visit the Green Living Tips Blog tomorrow for part 6 of the list! You can also visit A Million Ways to Go Green for more eco friendly tips and advice from the author.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Green Solutions for the Planet

Today is part 4 in a 6 part series in helping the planet through some of the articles I've published on Squidoo. On this post, you can find green solutions for the planet like reusable gifts, organic products (that help you and the environment), and ways to recycle your clothing.

Read the series so far:

61. A green solution for your baby is the eco friendly diapers offered on this page. Diapers take up billions of pounds of space in landfills!

62. These are some of the best smoothie recipes I've found online, and I compiled them all together in one place!

63. Wrapping paper is fun, but kind of wasteful. This page features a great alternative, reusable gift bags!

64. The Earth Day contest was a big success in 2009! Find out what was given away and who won on the contest page.

65. The organic moisturizing toner is a great way to naturally clean your face without overdrying.

66. Why pay for packaging materials? Here you can find out how to get free packaging material if you're an Ebay seller, shipper, or if you're just moving across town.

67. Be kind to the earth with reusable bags! The beautiful canvas tote bag featured holds 3 times as much as a disposable plastic bag!

68. It's hand washing gone green with the organic foaming hand soap, available with refill packets to fill it back up!

69. Chemicals aren't good for you, and that's why the organic bathroom cleaner is a wise choice for your family!

70. Yes, you can recycle your clothing by following these simple steps!

71. These green t-shirts are a great way to be kind to the planet and look great while doing it.

72. The organic all purpose cleaner is great for nearly any surface, and smells terrific!

73. The backyard bird count contest was a big hit!

74. Pesticides and chemicals are in our food, clothing and bedding. Why add more? This DEET free bug spray is a great natural alternative that really works!

75. Save money, go green! We could all use a little extra money, couldn't we?

76. In November 2009, we gave away the California tote bag, a green themed reusable tote.

77. The organic body products page features some great organic choices that don't have the harsh chemicals.

78. Go green with the reusable gift ideas here!

79. Organic shea butter really moisturizes better than anything else. If you have extremely dry skin, give this a try!

80. Find more ways to go green with these recommended tips!

Be sure to visit the Green Living Tips Blog tomorrow for part 5 of the list! You can also visit A Million Ways to Go Green for more eco friendly tips and advice from the author.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Go Green with Us and Reduce Your Impact on the Environment

Today is part 3 of a 6 part series of posts on greener living. Today, posts 41-60 will offer more green tips, products, and suggestions that I've offered on my articles on Squidoo. You can click any link to head to that individual article. The goal of each of these links is to help you reduce your impact on the environment and lead a greener lifestyle!If you missed part 1 or part 2 yesterday, please read that first.

41. Go green with these eco friendly, organic earth day t-shirts! They're better for the environment and you.

42. Find the green lens of the week and more tips on this green resources page.

43. Go completely organic with the natural, reusable, and earth friendly products from Chartreuse Products.

44. Why use chemicals on your baby? Try this natural diaper cream instead.

45. Reduce your electricity and heating costs in your home with these easy tips.

46. These delicious veggie panini recipes will have your mouth really watering!

47. The soap nuts laundry detergent is a great way to wash your clothing naturally.

48. Freshen up your home with the incredible scents of these aromatherapy air fresheners. The light scent is incredible!

49. Choose a cute accessory for your baby with the best nursery baby rugs that I've chosen here.

50. These earth friendly t-shirts feature some unique designs, on all organic t-shirts!

51. Organic shower gel is a great way to wash your body without chemicals. It's available in three incredible scents!

52. The organic facial care products here include a full facial regiment gone green and chemical free.

53. Find a bunch of vegeterian recipes to choose from and change up your current diet!

54. What chemicals are in your dryer sheets? Switch to a more natural alternative with these reusable dryer sheets available here!

55. These easy to make vegetable sides are great accompaniments to your dinners (and a good way to squish in more veggies!).

56. There are 50 ways you can go green with Chartreuse on this page, from the eco friendly skin care to the reusable products and more!

57. The organic facial cream is a great way to treat your face to a luxurious, all natural moisturizer that's chemical free.

58. Build your own recycling system in your home with these tips.

59. Go entirely organic with your baby's fun time with these recommended organic baby toys.

60. Book an organic home party with Chartreuse to find out more about the eco friendly, organic products offered!

Be sure to visit the Green Living Tips Blog tomorrow for part 4 of the list! You can also visit A Million Ways to Go Green for more eco friendly tips and advice from the author.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

20 Earth Friendly Tips to Help Save the Environment

If you missed it yesterday, I posted part 1 of this 6 part series here, 20 Eco Friendly Tips for a Greener Planet. Today, the blog will continue with 20 earth friendly tips to help save the environment, which range from using greener products that are reusable, to recycling more in your life.

21. Get rid of the chemicals in your ziploc bags with these bpa free reusable sandwich bags. Why throw away when you can reuse again and again?

22. These easy green tips were taken from just one month of my green tip of the day posts!

23. In January 2010, we gave away the recycle tote bag in this contest.

24. Cut back on paper towel waste with the amazing reusable paper towels. You'll love these!

25. Go green on Valentine's Day and do something different (and better for the environment!)

26. This delicious stuffed bell peppers recipe is a great way to get more vegetables into your diet.

27. Soap nuts might seem strange, but they do a great job of washing your clothing naturally without chemicals.

28. Reusable bamboo utensils can cut down on your plastic waste, and they're a lot nicer to eat with, too.

29. Green your baby's bath time with these organic towels, creams, and recommended green baby products!

30. There are hundreds of green tips at a Million Ways to Go Green, the page here on Squidoo.

31. Plastic isn't our only option anymore. Try the biodegradable trash bags and cut back on your plastic bag use today!

32. This incredible organic shampoo is also biodynamic! Read this page to find out what that means, and why it's good for you and the environment.

33. Featured here are some of the organic t-shirts and gifts available from EcoGreenBags.

34. Take a look at some of the unique organic diaper bags available today (and they're truly organic!).

35. This gigantic reusable bag folds up into a tiny compact reusable shopping bag so you can take it with you everywhere you go!

36. There are 50 ways to go green on Squidoo on this lens. Featured are 50 of our greenest lensmasters!

37. Reusable produce bags are a great way to cut down on plastic waste in the supermarket.

38. These customized reusable SIGG water bottles are fully customized with unique designs, and they're BPA free!

39. Not sure where the local recycling center is in your town? This page will help!

40. Organic household cleaners are just a click away with this page, featuring some all natural and organic cleaning solutions for your home.

Be sure to visit the Green Living Tips Blog tomorrow for part 3 of the 6 part list! You can also visit A Million Ways to Go Green for more eco friendly tips and advice from the author.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

20 Eco Friendly Tips for a Greener Planet

Have you ever thought about your contribution to helping out the planet, and what your way of life leaves behind? If you're looking for eco friendly tips to make your lifestyle a little greener, then you're in luck. This week, I'll be posting ways to go green with TheGreenerMe and offering links to all of the articles I've published on Squidoo (they're actually called lenses there). Each article has easy ways to go green and earth friendly advice that you'll be able to pick up a thing or two from. Here's the first part of the list (part 1 of 6):

20 Easy, Eco Friendly Tips

1. Find out how to recycle things on my page featuring 50 ways to recycle.

2. Find things that you can reuse with this list of 50 reusables.

3. Set up an eco friendly baby nursery for your newborn with these recommended baby products and nursery tips.

4. Try the reusable coffee cup, the I Am Not a Paper Cup, to cut down on your disposable take out coffee cup waste.

5. Learn how to dispose of paint properly with these easy tips for your next paint job.

6. Give your baby the best BPA free baby bottles for their health with this list of recommended bottles.

7. Green your charitable contributions with this list of green charities, and how they rank for the amount of money that goes towards the cause.

8. These convertible baby cribs are some of the best available today, and will easily convert to day beds and full size beds down the road.

9. You've probably heard the slogan "reduce, reuse, recycle, right? This page will walk you through a typical day that's been greened entirely, from morning to night.

10. Join the Christmas tree debate and decide for yourself whether you're more of a fake tree or real tree person.

11. Reduce things in your life by conserving, cutting back, and analyzing what you use right now with these 50 tips.

12. Take a look at some of our reusable canvas tote bags, which are machine washable, durable, and perfect to replace your current disposable plastic bags.

13. Daily, I post the green tip of the day on Twitter. This page has compiled some of those tweets!

14. Ever wondered what the world would be like if we didn't recycle? Here are some of the possible consequences of not recycling here.

15. If you're looking for some eco friendly and durable furniture for your newborn, read up on some of these baby changing tables!

16. Cut back on water consumption with these water conservation tips for your home and life.

17. Start recycling more things in your life that you didn't know you could with this list. You'll be surprised at some of things you can recycle!

18. I've done some research, and I've found some of the best organic crib mattresses available, and compiled them together on this page.

19. It's important to get in your veggies, and spinach is no exception. Get more Vitamin K in your diet with these healthy spinach recipes.

20. Which side are you on in the bottled water vs tap water debate?

Be sure to visit the Green Living Tips Blog tomorrow for part 2 of the list! You can also visit A Million Ways to Go Green for more eco friendly tips and advice from the author.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The (Many) Causes of Global Warming

Global warming really can't be pinned on any one specific thing, but it's largely due to an increase in greenhouse gases that have started to deplete the ozone layer. There are many causes of global warming that really deserve more attention than the commonly known and often blamed, like cars and coal fired plants.

What else contributed to global warming? Things like the popularity of beef, use of aerosol, and the invention of plastic have led to a different mentality that has caused a lot of destruction on the environment, and eventually our atmosphere, too. Sure, you might be able to refute a couple of these facts, but how about 50 of them? Read this page on the causes of global warming to get the real facts on what's causing these changes to the ozone.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How to Save Energy with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

To many people, using compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFL bulbs, is nothing new. These bulbs have really caught on in the past decade, and continue to grow in popularity. In fact, it's actually getting harder to find regular incandescent light bulbs, which is a good sign people are using CFL bulbs.

Simply put, CFL bulbs will help save energy. Compared to regular incandescent light bulbs, they use a fraction of the energy and last years longer. Once you install CFL bulbs, you'll also get to enjoy one other thing: not having to change light bulbs! Most last 5 years or longer, and if they don't, they probably are under warranty. To get started with your energy savings, buy some CFL bulbs. Have them on hand when your next incandescent bulbs burn out, and replace them one by one. You could also choose to replace all of them immediately to see the energy savings turn on immediately.

If you're still not convinced, read this page which features 7 reasons to use CFL bulbs in addition to the ones on this post.

The product to the left, the  GE 13-Watt Energy SmartTM - 8 Pack - 60 watt replacement , is also by far the best deal on CFL bulbs. They also qualify for super saver shipping, so if you order 4 packs of these bulbs (probably enough for your entire home), you'll qualify for free shipping. At a price of 6.99 for the 8 pack, that's only 87 cents per light bulb, which actually makes it cheaper than most incandescent light bulbs. It's no longer more expensive to buy these energy saving bulbs, so give them a try if you haven't already.

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* How to Decrease Energy Use While You Sleep
* Getting Your House Greener this Winter

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

25 Easy to Make Homemade Vegetarian Recipes that Won't Take Forever to Make (and Still Taste Delicious!)

We all know most of the benefits of leading a vegetarian lifestyle, but if you're used to eating meat, it can be tough to incorporate more vegetables into your diet in a way that still tastes good. Here you can find some hand picked homemade vegetarian recipes that won't take forever to make, and are a delicious alternative to your regular meat dishes!


1. You won't miss the eggs in these gooey vegan chocolate chip cookies! Try making them next time!

2. Stuffed bell pepper, lemon cauliflower, or veggie primavera sound appetizing? These veggie sides are the perfect way to boost your vegetable intake in a delicious way!


3. Eggplant parmesan is a great way to go meatless for an Italian meal. You can take it one step further and find yourself some soy based cheese, or local dairy.


4. Want to go dairy free, even with your ice cream? Try one of the many homemade soy ice cream recipes
featured on this page.


5. Emeril Lagasse has cooked up a winning hot, nutritious vegetarian chili recipe that even meat lovers will love!


6. Peas and mushrooms add extra veggies to this traditional fettucine alfredo recipe. Great winter meal.




7. They're fancy enough for dinner, and tasty enough to have at anytime of day. These veggie paninis will give you some creative ways to spice up your dinner.


8. An easy, fresh tasting homemade tomato soup tastes far better than anything you've ever had in the can. Just replace the chicken broth with instant (chicken-free) broth.


9. Sweet potato pie, zucchini brownies, cheddar broccoli soup and other veggie favorites can be found on these easy to make veggie recipes page.


10. Craving some meat? Have that beefy taste without the meat in this vegetarian beef stew
recipe
.


11. Fried Zucchini is really simple to make, and goes great with many Italian recipes. Especially good when it's in season, in the peak summer.
12. Another great summer recipe is blueberry rhubarb pie. A good (albeit slightly sugary) way to boost your fruit intake a little.


13. Spinach is a pretty versatile vegetable, full of Vitamin K. Try out these healthy spinach recipes listed here.


14. Mushroom, pesto, sundried tomato... there are hundreds of way to go vegetarian with your pizza.


15. Authentic chinese food already has many vegetables in the recipes. Try out these vegetarian chinese food recipes next time instead of ordering out!


16. Sometimes, the appetizer is the best part of the meal. That's why these vegetarian appetizers are such a great choice. They're healthy, yet still have that delicious hour d'oeuvres taste.


17. Ahh, meatballs. It's tough to get a meat-free version right, but this recipe manages to make a great version of vegetarian meatballs.


18. Love a BBQ, but just don't eat meat? This vegan BBQ video will teach you that you don't need beef to have a smokin' barbeque!

19. There are a few dozen tasty vegan slower cooker recipes you can make at home in a snap on this page. Slower cookers reduce fat, and have loads of taste!


20. Lacking on fruits? These healthy fruit smoothie recipes are one of the best ways to squeeze more fruit into your diet.


21. Mexican food is one of the toughest things to try and make healthy. Try these vegetarian enchiladas next time you're craving some authentic Mexican food and cut some calories.


22. If you're in more of a Chinese mood, check out this page for some simple vegetarian fried rice recipes.


22. Back to Mexican! You can find a few dozen tasty vegetarian Mexican
recipes
on this page. The veggie quesadillas sound delicious!
fruit smoothies


23. Start your day the right way! Tofu and soymilk make excellent replacements for eggs in this vegan omelette.


24. When everyone else is eating their hamburger, you can be eating your vegetarian hamburger. These versions are more "meaty" than "tofu-ey".


25. Stuffed bell peppers can easily be made vegetarian. They're usually meat-free anyways!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Using Less Plastic with Reusable Cups

Is there anything better than a nice plastic cup? Chances are, you've never once thought that. Your favorite cups are probably reusable ones that are ceramic, stainless steel, or glass. Despite that, millions of people use billions of plastic cups every year. A reasonable solution to the world's landfill and pollution problems are smack dab in front of our faces, but we persist and still keep using disposable plastic cups.

There are five core reasons why you should be using reusable cups instead of disposable plastic cups.

1. Plastic cups never biodegrade. They might break down, but they never truly biodegrade. Instead, they wind up in the environment, breaking down into tiny, toxic plastic bits.

2. Drinks taste better in a reusable cup. No one ever called them reusable cups before disposable cups existed, but it's true, the plastic affects the taste of water and other drinks.

3. There simply aren't enough resources available for everyone on the planet to get a new cup every time they're thirsty, then throw it away. The idea seems kind of silly when you think about it, doesn't it?

4. The production of plastic has a highly destructive process to the environment. Not only is the plastic itself bad, but the emissions and by product produced are also negative consequences of the process. Even recycling plastic takes more energy and resources that could otherwise be saved by simply using a reusable cup.

5. Plastic contains trace elements of potentially harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates. These are especially harmful to children, but have also been linked to cancer. In Europe, more aggressive measures to avoid BPA and phthalates are being taken than in the USA as the result of many scientific studies.

Besides these five core elements, you'll also see a benefit of cost savings if you bring a reusable cup to the store. It might also encourage others to go reusable with their cups just by watching you use yours.

You can read more about the eco friendly reusable Eco Cup on this page, or shop for reusable stainless steel water bottles, kids stainless steel bottles, and BPA free drinkware at TheGreenerEarth.com today!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Aromatherapy Reed Diffusers - Scent Your Home with Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to fragrance homes. Only in the past century have other ways of spreading scent become popular. Scent is a big business. There are scientists dedicated to replicating natural scents and getting that scent into the products you spray into your home, office, and cars. Why not just use the natural scent instead? Unsurpringly, if you follow the money trail, you'll find the answer. Cheap ingredients mean bigger profits, and scientifically formulated scent is far cheaper than natural scents, in most instances.

Synthetic scents have their downsides for us. They can give us headaches, cause dizziness, and contain plenty of hormone disruptors. From products like plugs ins, spray can air fresheners, and even scented candles, they all contain artificial fragrance and propellants. The worst part is that fragrance isn't regulated by the government, so they are free to use virtually anything they want in their spray cans, including kerosene, butane, and formaldehyde.

Luckily, not everyone has abandoned creating natural scents. Essential oils provide a natural way to fragrance your home, without any chemicals involved. The smell is also a world of difference. Once you've been exposed to essential oils, you'll notice a major difference in the scent, and you'll be able to point out a fake scent. You may also get less headaches, nausea, and dizziness associated with synthetic fragrances.

The natural aromatherapy reed diffusers offered at TheGreenerEarth.com are the ideal way to scent your home, chemical free. Five impressive scents have been released that contain essential oils of sandalwood, bergamot, neroli, rose, jasmine, and lemon. They're also vegan friendly, pthalate free, cruelty free, and made in the USA.

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