1. Simple Ways to Pack a Healthy School Lunch

    Posted on April 30, 2010 by Guest

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    The following is a guest post by Erin.  If you would like to guest post for TheGreenists.com, e-mail courtney at thegreenists dot com.

    When volunteering at my daughter’s school, I’ve become increasingly disturbed by the contents of her classmates’ lunchboxes.   Recently, my kid was the ONLY child in her class to bring a veggie in her lunch, and one of only two children to bring water to drink.  Everyone else had an assortment of pre-packaged processed foods plus a “juice” box of some sort.  What gives?!?

    I get it: we parents are a busy lot.  Family, work, school, extracurriculars, chores, etc. require more and more of a time commitment.  Healthy eating and sensible meal planning have taken a backseat, and the convenience of pre-packaged grocery store offerings is too much for many folks to resist.

    The trouble with all of this convenience food is that while it may be fun and easy to serve, it is unhealthy for both our children and our planet. Read more…

  2. Cape Cod’s Offshore Wind Farm: Yay or Nay?

    Posted on April 29, 2010 by Courtney

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    The Obama administration has given the green light for an offshore wind farm to be built off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Once built, 130 wind turbines will stand in the water and harness the power generated by the stiff winds coming into the coast, tapping a clean, reliable, renewable energy source.

    But is this a good idea or a bad idea, environmentally speaking? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons. Read more…

  3. Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Skin Care

    Posted on April 28, 2010 by Courtney

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    Did you know that most brands of makeup and skin care products contain toxic ingredients that can cause cancer, reproductive problems, disruption of the endocrine system, allergies, and a whole mess of other nasty problems? It’s true. All it takes is a little experimenting with the Cosmetic Safety Database to see how many parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, and other icky ingredients are found in the beauty products you see in corner drugstores. Cosmetics are not as heavily regulated in the United States as they are in Europe, which means if you care about your health, you should be careful and read those labels before rubbing anything on your skin.

    Fortunately, there are some responsible and eco-friendly beauty experts out there who are producing makeup and skin care lines that are safe and make us beautiful. One such beauty expert is Ava Anderson, who has launched a non-toxic skin care line that scores a big fat zero in the Cosmetic Safety Database’s toxicity scale. That means nearly every one of her products is completely safe for everyday use, so your skin can be healthy and glowing without the use of nasty chemicals.

    Oh, and did I mention that Ava is only 15 years old? That’s right — this high-schooler recognized the need for non-toxic beauty products and did something about it. I can say with absolute certainty that I was nowhere near that cool when I was 15. (Heck, I’m still not that cool.) Read more…

  4. How To Turn Wide-Legged Jeans Into Skinny Jeans

    Posted on April 27, 2010 by Courtney

    I recently took an older pair of wide-legged jeans and made them into skinny jeans.  Let me first state that I am a novice sewer so if you have a sewing machine and have ever successfully used it you should be able to accomplish this yourself.  I did this for numerous reasons, mostly because I hate shopping for jeans.  I also hate spending a ton of money on a pair and having to go home and basically deconstruct them to make them fit to my liking.
    Step one:  Turn the pair of jeans inside out and put them on.
    Step two:  Pin the inside seam to desired skinniness. When you do this make sure the outside seam is on the outside of your leg evenly. Don’t make them too tight, you will need to be able to get your foot through the skinniest part. You will also probably want a bit of wiggle room so you can breathe and function in them.  You may want to elicit the help of a friend with the pinning.  I had to do this step twice because I was alone and the first time the pins turned out very crooked and there was no way I could sew a functioning seam.
    Step three:  Take the jeans off while still pinned to make sure you can get your feet out and they aren’t too tight, be careful not to stick yourself.  I was still not comfortable with the pin line I had and was unsure I could sew a good seam still. I put the jeans back on and to make it easier to sew a straight seam I grabbed some tailors chalk and marked a line as straight as I could just inside the pin line, closer to my leg than the pin line.
    Step four:  Take the jeans to your sewing machine and sew them up.  I sewed outside the chalk like, closer to the original inside seam, making them looser than the chalk line since I made the chalk line inside the pins.  I started my seam on top of the already existing seam a bit higher than my marked line so I wouldn’t end up with an odd bunch or dart, starting with a backstitch of course so it wouldn’t unravel. I continued the seam at an angle meeting up with my chalk line and used it as an outside guide all the way to the bottom and ended it with a backstitch as well.
    Step five:  Cut off excess material, you may want to try them on first and make sure they fit to your liking before you permanently cutting them.  I then needed to hem the bottoms since I usually wear heels so they were quite long and gathering a bit too much around my ankles.
    Enjoy your new skinny jeans. It’s like having a new pair of jeans without the hassle of hours of trying on pants only to be disappointed and also without the dent in your wallet.

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    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Mudnessa, who blogs at mudpuddle.

    I recently took an older pair of wide-legged jeans and made them into skinny jeans.  Let me first state that I am a novice sewer, so if you have a sewing machine and have ever successfully used it, you should be able to accomplish this yourself. I did this for numerous reasons, mostly because I hate shopping for jeans. I also hate spending a ton of money on a pair and having to go home and basically deconstruct them to make them fit to my liking. Read more…

  5. Oh, So SOFT – Giveaway Winner!

    Posted on April 25, 2010 by Melissa

    Congratulations to Erin, winner of our Green Baby Clothing Giveaway from SOFT! Erin will be receiving her oh, so SOFT organic Growl Onesie just in time for her new baby. Thank you, SOFT, for making this giveway possible!
  6. A/V Fridays: The Danger of Science Denial

    Posted on April 23, 2010 by Allie

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  7. It’s Earth Day, If You Insist

    Posted on April 22, 2010 by Mickey

    I have to admit: I’m not a huge fan of Earth Day. It’s not that I’m against it, exactly, because I’m really all for any excuse to get people talking about ways to be better citizens of the only planet we’ve ever so much as sniffed. I can’t pinpoint precisely what it is that bothers me about Earth Day, but I do know this: I’m loathe to acknowledge it. As in, if I were reading this paragraph out loud, I would pause before every utterance of Earth Day, make a face like the godawful fermented mutton smell of our neighbor’s cooking has just wafted through an open window, and sound out the words Earth and Day like I’m learning a phrase for the first time in Esperanto, or possibly Klingon. I get tripped up the same way with words like hiking (fancy, unnecessary word for walking), jogging (fancy, unnecessary word for running) and Lady Gaga (I just don’t think a grown man should say things like that. Also, Goo Goo Dolls.) Read more…

  8. Fruits and Vegetables: Better for Us and Better for the Economy

    Posted on April 21, 2010 by Courtney

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    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Tara, who blogs at Go Green Street. If you would like to write a guest post for The Greenists, e-mail courtney at thegreenists dot com.

    Fruits and vegetables aren’t only good for you, they are good for farmers and local workers as well. There’s a new study, done by Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and it found that increased fruit/vegetable farming in the northern part of the Midwestern U.S. can increase jobs and productivity when compared with an equivalent acreage of soybeans or corn. Read more…

  9. Green Home Tips From A Top Realtor

    Posted on April 20, 2010 by Guest

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    The following is a guest post from Steven Matthews.  If you’d like to guest post at The Greenists, e-mail Courtney at TheGreenists dot com for more information.

    Nowadays, everyone wants to go a little “green,” especially in their homes.  Not only does greening your home help the environment, but it also saves you money in the process.  “Green” homes are in demand now more than ever, so when it’s time to sell your home a more energy efficient choice is always better for buyers.

    Whenever a client of mine is getting ready to sell their home, I tell them to take some simple steps to make their home more eco-friendly.  It will make the home more attractive for perspective buyers.  Alternately, when a client of mine buys a home, I give them simple tips to make their home more eco-friendly, which can save them a lot of money over the years in utility bills.

    Below are a few tips that you can take to be a little more green at home: Read more…

  10. Spring Is The Perfect Time To Begin Eating Locally, Why Not Start With Strawberry Asparagus Salad?

    Posted on April 19, 2010 by Dianne

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    One of my favorite aspects of spring is when it’s easy to start picking up local produce making it that much easier to eat locally! In warmer climates it’s easier to eat completely locally year round. For those of us who live in cooler climates it is a bit more difficult, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. The season varies depending on where you live, but right now you can start finding greens, broccoli, cabbage, peas, various herbs and in some places you can start finding two of my favorite earlier in the season gems, asparagus and strawberries!

    Read more…

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

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According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.


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