Some people only think about an eco lifestyle on Earth Day, April 22. However, a little research showed me that every month has a few unique and earth-friendly holidays that can be cause for celebration. Pick whichever ones appeal to you, then get out there and celebrate! August is Water Quality Month. You might never think about the quality of your local water until something goes wrong, but pollution from high concentrations of nutrients in our water is becoming a widespread problem. On an individual level, we can help prevent such pollution by: avoiding pesticides and fertilizers, not dumping chemicals down the drain, picking up pet poop, paving less and planting more. August is also Romance Awareness Month, National Golf Month and Admit You’re Happy Month. The first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week, which promotes the value of breastfeeding and garners support for improved maternity benefits and nursing in … Continue reading
It’s summer. The kids are home, the weather is hot, and, in some cases, the brain is on vacation. Relaxing in a cool, darkened room with a good visual story can sometimes be the best way to unwind or enjoy a connecting family evening. If your inner natural parent feels guilty about letting the kids watch a movie, consider choosing one with environmental content. The first five films in this post are great for little kids. The next five are more for adults or teens. All of them involve a great story that goes beyond a preachy eco message. Enjoy! Family-Friendly Movies: FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) – This animated movie (with humor from Robin Williams) has rainforest inhabitants trying to save their home from loggers and a dark force named Nexxus. One of the loggers is shrunk to fairy size where he views things from a different point of … Continue reading
The popularity of my Eco-Friendly Baby Names post inspired me to write one for pets. So here it is, from the serious to the silly. If you’re looking to bestow your beloved dog, cat, rabbit, bird or iguana with an environmental moniker, try this list of 40 names for inspiration. Nature Inspired Eartha Equinox Fern Forest Gaia Glacier Leaf Luna Oceana Seedling Terra Wilderness Activist-Inspired Ansel (Adams) Butterfly (Julia Hill) Carson (Rachel) McKibben (Bill) Ralph (Nader) Roosevelt (Teddy) Walden (Henry David Thoreau) Place Names Belize Galapagos Kyoto Patagonia Planet Rica (Costa) Sierra Cute and Silly Crunchy Betty Eco Mama Fluffy Tree Hugger Free-Range Granola Green Bean Professor Greenie Green Movement Audubon Bear (polar) Eco Freedom (from oil) Hybrid Prius Solar Zero (waste) What names would you add to this list?
My awareness of my skin seems to increase in summer, the season of allergies, hearty UV rays and hungry little bugs. I used to throw on any old skin product, usually based on whatever was on sale. Since I entered my forties—and learned more about product ingredients—I’ve become more interested in nourishing my skin so that it thrives for the next forty years. Happily, through this blog, I’m frequently introduced to new companies and their fabulous products. Today I want to tell you about Bard & Finch, a family-owned company on the coast of Maine, surrounded by vibrant finches and chatty barred owls. Their focus? Harnessing nature’s nutrients to create nourishing products for healthy skin. The Importance of Our Skin Skin is our body’s largest organ and often reflects our health. The role of skin involves: Protecting our internal selves from bacteria and other environmental pollutants. Regulating our body temperature. Both … Continue reading
Some people only think about an eco lifestyle on Earth Day, April 22. However, a little research showed me that every month has a few unique and earth-friendly holidays that can be cause for celebration. Pick whichever ones appeal to you, then get out there and celebrate! July is Picnic Month. The perfect time to enjoy eating outdoors. Pack up some eco-friendly picnic supplies and head to your nearest scenic spot. Have you ever enjoyed on of these 10 best picnic spots in the U.S.? What places would you add to the list? July is also Ice Cream Month, Independent Retailer Month and Unlucky Month for Weddings. July’s Celebrations by Date July 3 – International Plastic Bag Free Day It takes a plastic bag anywhere from 100-500 years to fully decompose. In the meantime, there are quite a lot of them forming masses in our oceans and clogging our landfills. … Continue reading
While birth control methods are usually judged for their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy or STDs, their environmental impacts are often overlooked. Using any kind of birth control is an eco-friendly action since it helps reduce the earth’s carbon footprint; however, some methods are greener than others. Read my full article—which talks about the Pill, IUD, diaphragm, condoms and more—on ecoRI News. Image: pixabay.com
Summer is a carefree time of sunshine, vacations, picnics and outdoor living. For the eco-conscious person, that outdoor living can bring up questions from “How do I make my own tiki torches?” to ”What natural product will keep bugs out of my garden?” Other times, the casualties of summer (sunburn, bug bites) leave us hunting last-minute for natural remedies. Be prepared for anything summer dishes out with these DIY solutions for your body, home and garden. DIY for Health and Body DIY Herbal First Aid Kit for Summer from Delicious Obsessions Easy Sunscreen Recipe from Scratch Mommy Homemade Sunscreen for SPF Allergies from Life Currents Bug Repellant with Coconut and Essential Oils from Delicious Obsessions Treating Bug Bites with Essential Oils from Mix Wellness Healing Garden Salve from Nourishing Simplicity Strawberry Lemonade Foot Scrub from Richly Rooted Medicinal Yarrow Salve for Cuts, Rashes and Stings from Montana Homesteader DIY Non-Toxic … Continue reading
I’m a big fan of upcycling and creative reuse… and I also love pendant necklaces. So I jumped at the chance to review Bottle & Wood’s repurposed jewelry for The Green Mama. (Manda has a really awesome site and book, both of which you should check out!) Bottles & Wood is a California company that rescues used wine, liquor and water bottles from local hotels and restaurants and crafts them into gorgeous bangles, earrings and necklaces — like this Bombay Sapphire pendant necklace. Read my full review on The Green Mama — and receive 15% off your jewelry purchase!