1. A/V Fridays — How Much Clothing Do You Throw Away?

    Posted on April 29, 2011 by Courtney

  2. A Green Approach to the Biggest Hassle of Driving: Finding a Parking Spot

    Posted on April 28, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Jacklyn.

    When you drive somewhere, you have to park somewhere — and that’s not always green. Currently, up to 30% of city congestion is attributed to people circling the block in search of parking. Even more alarming, one study found that over the course of just one year in a small Los Angeles business district, cars cruising for parking created the equivalent of 38 trips around the world, burning 47,000 gallons of gasoline and producing 730 tons of carbon dioxide.  Read more…

  3. Insights and Ideas from 5 Schools that Are Living Green to the Utmost

    Posted on April 27, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Maxine Dee.

    The more I realize that our future depends on protecting the health and well-being of our children and the planet, the more I’m convinced that I must educate my children (the new generation of citizens) with the skills to solve the global environmental problems we face. But while we all know education starts at home, it certainly doesn’t end there. This is when it hit me that it is important to send my kids to schools that share the same principles as I have about green living and sustainability. After a little research, I found out there are now hundreds of these schools in America alone.  Read more…

  4. What’s Going On

    Posted on April 26, 2011 by Allie

    The Good Human talks about the future of polar bears.

    If you’re gardening this year, Rob’s World would like you to plant an extra row to help feed the hungry.

    One Green Generation helps us find the last frost date to keep seedlings safe.

    greenUPGRADER has some creative ways to reuse jars.

    Inhabitat reports on a car in Kentucky that runs on bourbon.

    There’s still time to participate in the Planet Shoes Earth Month Tree Planting Campaign!

  5. Toys With a Little Less Packaging

    Posted on April 25, 2011 by Jacob

    B. toys sent a few items from their line to me recently for review. Actually, they weren’t really so much for me as they were for my 3-year-old son. From the wide range of toys made by the company, we received the H2-Whoa, the Stackadoos, and the Okideoke. One of the positive things about B. is they really focus on creating greener packaging. In addition to using recycled materials for the packaging, soy-based inks and water-based varnishes, the company really minimizes just how much packaging is used for each product. Most of the packaging for the Stackadoos we kept to store the bristled building blocks together when we put them away. The Okideoke toy microphone’s packaging is actually reversible so that the box turns into its own gift wrap. I really liked that feature. After unpacking the three items, we had a smaller pile of stuff to throw away than we would normally from just one toy. Read more…

  6. Happy Earth Day!

    Posted on April 22, 2011 by Courtney

    Image credit: http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-2222548359

    Reduce, reuse, recycle.

    You know that mantra, right? It’s been burned into our brains since way before the modern green movement, when recycling was still a new idea. But did you know those three terms are in that order for a reason? It’s true — they’re listed in order of importance. The first step in being green is reducing the amount of stuff you use. If you must use something, try to reuse it again in another capacity. And if that doesn’t work, toss it in the recycling bin.

    The first, and most important, step to being green is reducing. So, in honor of Earth Day, The Greenists would like you to keep this in mind today: Use less.

    • Using the dishwasher? Use less energy: Turn off the heated dry function.
    • Eating lunch at the office? Create less waste: Bring your lunch in reusable containers instead of disposable bags, and skip the fast food today. Or go on a picnic!
    • Doing some cleaning this weekend? Buy less: Use washable rags and homemade cleaning products instead of paper towels and toxic chemicals.
    • Cooking a meal? Lessen your impact: Buy local produce from a farmer’s market or join a CSA.

    Once you get used to the idea of living with less, it’s quite liberating to be free from a lot of the stuff you used to think you had to buy. It’s good for your soul, your wallet, and the planet. And who knows? Give at least one of these things a try, and you may find yourself living like every day is Earth Day.

    What will you do to celebrate Earth Day today?

  7. Less is Less

    Posted on April 21, 2011 by Mickey

    Here at The Greenists we’ve been trying to come up with one thing, just one perfect thing, one big important-yet-elegantly-simple thing to ask our readers to do on Earth Day, for Earth Day. Which is Friday. Tomorrow. Well I thought of my thing, and I don’t think it needs to wait until tomorrow. Or maybe I just don’t like to give away post ideas.

    Here’s my one big Earth Day request: Use less.

    Okay, okay… You’re right: That’s kind of something we hammer home in one fashion or another nearly every day here, or if we don’t it’s because it seems so fundamental as to no longer be worth mentioning. Besides, if The Greenists is already part of your daily internet time-wasting you not only don’t need to be told this, but you have the phrase “Use less” or some variation tattooed somewhere it can be easily viewed by the rest of the hippies in your drum circle. Or at least on the bumper of your microbus. Read more…

  8. Book Review: Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

    Posted on April 20, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, TMC.

    Susan Freinkel takes us on a spin through the history of plastics in her new book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story. Using seven common plastic items (a chair, comb, disposable lighter, bag, IV bag, beverage bottle and a Frisbee) she navigates us cleverly through the earliest of marketing efforts for the “new” material, points out particular plastic polymers that have caught the attention of environmentalists, and likens us to babes in plastic incubators, stuck needing the very thing that’s contributing to our illness.  Read more…

  9. Pentel Recycology Giveaway Winner!

    Posted on April 19, 2011 by Courtney

    Thanks to everyone who entered our Pentel Recycology giveaway! We had 12 comments on the post, and after consulting our friend the Random Number Generators, we’ve determined that the winner is … commenter #3, who is Emily!

    Congratulations, Emily! We’ll be in touch shortly to get your Pentel Recycology office supplies to you. Thanks again to everyone who entered, and check back soon for more giveaways on The Greenists!

    UPDATE: Oops! We actually have FOUR winners in this giveaway! In addition to Emily, the three other winners are:

    Commenter #10: Lynn

    Commenter #7: Amy

    Commenter #8: Jeremy

    Congratulations to all our winners!

  10. Rummaging Your Way Green

    Posted on April 18, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Michael Samsel.

    Image credit: www.flickr.com/photos/rexroof

    My college-bound children are exhibiting some behavior which I hope represents a larger trend.  When needing a new item of clothing, or something for their dorm room or apartment, their first notion is to check out the Goodwill, the Salvation Army store, or the Saturday flea market. Now, I’m not saying this is necessarily environmentally driven, but the notion that “used” just makes total sense is inspiring.

    As you’re probably well aware, one of the 3 “Rs” is “Reuse” and it is the ultimate form of environmentalism. I’m not sure this is necessarily spelling disaster for retail chains at this point, but living small, living with less, and living on less seems to be a defining characteristic of the “Millennials.”   Read more…

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


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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