a weekend getaway…
leave no trace camping tips

camping

With the end of summer just around the corner, and Labor Day looming, thoughts turn to quick weekend getaways. Camping is an end-of-summer tradition for many, and it’s a perfect chance to get away from all the hustle and bustle, and electronics, of city life. Done right, it’s one of the most eco-friendly ways to take a vacation.

While getting away from it all may seem like the point of a camping trip, most of us are so rooted in the digital age that we just can’t leave all of our devices at home. So why not put them to use to help make an already green camping trip just a little greener. We’ve rounded up some useful apps and gadget gear to help make your next camping trip a green breeze. Continue reading

water, water everywhere…
99 water saving tips

water

From super simple to more complex, we offer 99 ways to conserve water. What are your favorites?

In the Kitchen

  1. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  2. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
  3. For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  4. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. Continue reading

benefits of a green home

Green Homes

Green is the big buzzword in homes right now. From renovations to new construction, everyone is talking sustainability. A cynic could say it’s all about marketing, and in truth, the wise consumer should be on the lookout for greenwashing. But that’s not the whole picture. The fact is, going green is not only good for the environment, it’s good for you as well.

Buildings account for a large percentage of carbon emissions, and it’s easy to see their impact on the environment. Green homes are becoming a popular alternative to traditional construction and provide benefits like lower operating costs and better indoor air quality. Continue reading

plan a perfect Labor Day party…
the green way

Labor Day

Labor Day is just around the corner; a time for picnics, barbecues, friends, family and relaxation. Prep your patio for a picture perfect, and green, party and get ready for some fun. Whether you’re planning a small, family affair or hosting the whole neighborhood, we’ve got you covered with tips, tricks and some great product ideas to keep your celebration in the green. Continue reading

four green fixes…
for $50 (or less)

Quick Fixes

We believe little, incremental changes can lead to big impacts. That’s why we did the post on little things you can do around the house for big green impact. We had so much fun with that one, we’re bringing you part 2!

By now, the concept of switching incandescent bulbs for CFLs and LEDs is standard operating procedure. If you haven’t tried CFLs lately, you’re in for a surprise. Modern bulbs are brighter, better lights with a variety of color options. So, you’ve swapped out your old bulbs for new energy-efficient ones and you’re looking for your next project. If you’re not ready to tackle the big stuff yet (or maybe you’re a renter), there are still plenty of little things you can do to make a difference in your at home energy consumption. We’ve rounded up four simple fixes that can be done in one weekend. And they’re all $50 or less.  Continue reading