1. Meatless Mondays: Carrot Apple Muffins

    Posted on April 30, 2012 by Courtney

    Today’s Meatless Mondays recipe comes courtesy of Omega Juicers. Juicers are green products because they eliminate the packaging involved in buying pre-squeezed or processed juice. You can also get the most out of your fruit by juicing — it’s another use for fruit before it goes bad, leading to less waste.   Read more…

  2. 4 Things To Look For When Considering A Green Mattress

    Posted on April 26, 2012 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Thomas Maurer.

    Image: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2550093

    Organic and natural mattresses are now readily available on the Internet and are becoming more and more available in regular stores. The mattress industry can be confusing to many people at the best of times and now, with all these new organic products out, there’s the possibility that the confusion will step up a level when trying to determine the health and environmental benefits of different products.

    Most reputable organic mattress producers are completely transparent about their products. They are confident in its quality and certifications and they have nothing to hide. Others are a little bit more cagey and offer up less information. These are some things to consider.   Read more…

  3. The Beauty of Darkness

    Posted on April 25, 2012 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Jessica Arinella,  creator/writer/producer of the What You Can Do series

    Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blyzz/4146474229/?q=night%20sky

    On my quest to discover one-minute ways to change the world with the What You Can Do series, I have been fortunate to meet many inspiring people. On a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, I learned the importance of protecting the night sky from Dark Ranger Kevin Poe, also known as a “sworn enemy of light pollution”. We all know that sustainable living is critical to fight climate change, but many people don’t realize that the brightening of the night sky is more than an aesthetic issue. Losing the darkness of night affects wildlife, human health and contributes to global warming.

    The International Dark Sky Association defines light pollution as “any adverse effect of manmade light”. Below are some surprising facts about light pollution and one-minute ways to help preserve the beauty of the night.   Read more…

  4. Meatless Mondays: Tempeh

    Posted on April 23, 2012 by Mickey

    Whether you’re a hardcore vegan or you’re just the type who likes to mix it up and skip the meat every now and then, tempeh is where it’s at. Tempeh is made from soy, but unlike its trickier-to-get-right and often maligned cousin, tofu, it uses the whole soybean. It’s basically just fermented beans formed into a cake. To use, it can be crumbled, sliced or grilled like a patty. Like tofu, it takes well to marinades. The reasons to go with tempeh, however, are its superior texture (in my opinion; it’s not squishy like tofu) and its vastly superior nutritional profile: Tempeh, because it employs the whole bean, is loaded with both protein and fiber. Oh, and it tastes good. Read more…

  5. Wean Green Giveaway Winner!

    Posted on April 20, 2012 by Courtney

    Thank you to everyone who entered our Wean Green giveaway! We had 24 comments on Stefanie’s review of these cool glass containers, and after consulting our friend the Random Number Generator, we’ve determined the winner is … commenter #6, who is Lynn!

    Congratulations, Lynn! We’ll contact you shortly and get your Wean Green containers in the mail to you. Thank you again to everyone who entered, and check back soon for more giveaways on The Greenists!

  6. Get Out and Walk!

    Posted on April 19, 2012 by Mickey

    The lady and I were house-shopping recently, and it didn’t take long for me to figure out where my priorities were. Reading the real estate listings, you’d be forgiven if you came to think of ceiling height, closet space and quarried countertops as the most important factors in choosing a home. But I realized that, as we were driving through various nearby towns and their neighborhoods, that I’d been almost unconsciously taking mental notes about the sidewalks, or lack thereof, and distances to transportation hubs and amenities. When we started the hunt, I’d been primarily concerned with the age of the roof and the ability of the yard to support a garden, but now I found myself eliminating a house before we even saw if there wasn’t a sidewalk along the main road to the subdivision.  Read more…

  7. A Slow Clothing Manifesto

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Marisa.

    By now, you’ve probably heard of the slow movement.  There are many offshoots, from the slow food movement to the slow reading movement.  The general idea is to take more time, be thoughtful about the product or process, savor things slowly, and make them last.  It is something that, in this day and age, when everything is open 24/7, on all the time, and constantly vying for attention, eyes, and pageviews, I can really appreciate.  It is in this spirit that I propose the Slow Clothing Movement.   Read more…

  8. Kid’s Earth Day Party Ideas – Have Fun, and Save the World Too!

    Posted on April 17, 2012 by Chris

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    Though every day should be spent celebrating the earth, Earth Day comes every year on April 22nd. Those most affected by the environment are, of course, our children. Many schools, libraries and zoos around the world celebrate a form of Earth Week, concentrating on recycling, composting and taking care of the planet. If your child has a birthday around this time, or if you are thinking of a spring party, why not turn this into a fun party honoring the earth? It’s easy to do, they’ll have fun, and (shhhhhh), your child and her guests will learn some important lessons they can take home with them.

    Here’s some ideas to make your party a success.

    Invitations and Partyware

    Cut out rectangles from paper bags and fold in half. Have your child draw an outdoor scene on each one, such as trees, a sunset, mountains, etc. Inside, write the party details, and add a seed packet of flowers or vegetables inside. If the party will be small and you can hand-deliver the invites, place the invitations in a small recycled container.

    Have your guests bring something to the party, such as a can donation to a local food bank or some recyclable materials like egg and washed milk cartons (which you can use for an activity – see below).

    At the party, use your own plates and silverware, which will of course be washed. If you’re uncomfortable with this, use recyclable party supplies or even those that can be composted, such as plates made out of palm leaves, corn starch or sugarcane fiber.

    Bugs, Leaves and Dirt

    If you live in an area where spring is well advanced, use this opportunity to have a garden party in your backyard or the park. Encourage guests to carpool, walk, bus or bike to your home or the park. There’s a lot of fun activities to be had here!

    • With a bucket in hand, send the kids scavenging in the park for old leaves, grass and flowers. Have them return to make a nature collage.
    • Go on a nature hike, and bring along a bird or butterfly guide book and have the kids try and find some of the wildlife.
    • In your garden or a local community garden, have the kids plant a row of flowers or vegetables. Give them little watering cans to water their plants or seeds (they can take these home). Send pictures to the parents a few weeks later to show the progress. If they planted vegetables, send them a bouquet of what they planted at harvest time.
    • If you are having a birthday party or even an outdoor tea party, focus on a nature theme – a ladybug party is one idea. There’s also fun themes and ideas for butterflies, caterpillars, farm animals and fruits and vegetables. Pick one and plan your activities and food around it.
    • With paper and water paints, show the kids a scene in front of their eyes and have them create a painting.
    • See if the local park is going to have a tree planting day. You can coincide your park party with it, and encourage all the guests to devote some time volunteering. Hey, if it means shoveling and playing with dirt, everybody will love it! (Our kids did, though they look a bit tired in the picture above.)
    • Set up some picnic blankets or decorate a picnic table for the food. Which leads us to …

    Nature’s Bounty – Earth Day Food Ideas

    What child doesn’t love digging in mud? My 3 year old decided last week to transfer a good part of the flower bed dirt to the patio, where she made “mud soup” – we all pretended to have some. This gave me the idea of “compost tea” which is, of course, a real term, (a liquid compost mix for your plants.) Our will be a bit more appetizing!

    Compost “Tea”:

    • black cookies, crushed
    • chocolate pudding mix
    • gummy worms
    • green coconut shavings
    • cleaned, recycled individual yogurt containers, small, clean clay pots or small glass jars

    Sprinkle a layer of the crushed cookies on the bottom, then pour in the pudding. Top with crushed cookies to make topsoil, then add coconut shavings to make the turf. Stick in two or three gummy worms. If the cups are clear, you can see the layers within, and point out to the kids that this looks like a compost pile.

    Here’s some other food ideas. Think of anything natural, organic and unprocessed:

    • water or fruit juice
    • fruit smoothies
    • vegetable and fruit slices on toothpicks. The toothpicks can be composted after.
    • Chocolate balls with blue icing. After the icing hardens, add green continents, and viola, you have mini earths!
    • Trail mix
    • Eggs in a nest treat. Check out how to make this here.
    • Use beeswax candles for the cake

    Earth Day Party Activities

    Plant a plant – give each child a small clay pot or part of a cardboard egg carton, fill with a mix of compost and dirt, and plant some carrot seeds. These they can take home.

    Ready, Set, Recycle! – Remember asking for recycled materials for the party? Now you can use them. Give kids a variety of recyclable materials, such as egg cartons, cardboard, paper rolls, junk mail and clean empty jars or milk jugs. Place the kids in groups, and give them a theme (for instance, make a bridge, a tower or a tree.) Give them some tape and see what they make from it! Take pictures and vote on the most creative project for prizes. After all is done, make sure they dismantle and put everything goes in the recycling bin.

    Gifts and Goodies Bags

    Think of reusing and recycling when it comes to gifts, too. Instead of wrapping paper, use newspaper instead! For gifts, encourage locally-made wooden or fabric toys, something vintage, or even in lieu of gifts accept a donation to a children’s charity. For goodies bags, use brown paper bags or small boxes and fill with seed packets, organic candy, and small wooden or fabric toys. Thank you cards can be crafted from junk mail or, keeping with the theme of the invitations, cut outs from paper bags.

    Enjoy your party, and celebrate the only planet we live on!

  9. Meatless Mondays: Portobello Eggs Benedict, from The Naked Foods Cookbook

    Posted on April 16, 2012 by Courtney

    Today’s Meatless Mondays recipe is from The Naked Foods Cookbook: The Whole-Foods, Healthy Fats, Gluten-Free Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great, by Margaret Floyd and James Berry. The authors, a married couple, believe that preparing home-cooked meals can be easier and quicker than take-out, and much healthier to boot. The recipes in this book include no harmful additives, preservatives, or empty calorie-fillers. And they understand that no one has a ton of time to commit to cooking every day, so they’ve organized the book into three sections:  “in a rush” recipes take ten minutes or less, “every day” recipes take twenty minutes or less, and an “impress the neighbors” section offers more time-intensive recipe selections.

    From The Naked Foods Cookbook:   Read more…

  10. My Favorite Lip Color

    Posted on April 13, 2012 by Allie

    I’m not really a lipstick person.  I always want to be.  I love the elegance of the idea of lipstick.  I wish I could be like those women in old movies who slide into the backseat of a taxi cab, quickly pull a fancy compact and a tube of lipstick from their purse, and voila!  All is right with the world again.

    But I’m really more of a lip balm kind of person.  I adore eye liner, and I rarely leave the house without at least a little mascara, but I always feel too painted and formal when I put lipstick on.  And with all the talk of lead in lipsticks, it’s easier to keep lipstick as a special occasion thing.  Still, a little color is nice.

    Andi from Good Things Green Things sent me a tube of Purple Prairie Botanicals Spearmint Shimmer Tinted Moisturizing Lip Balm, and I love it.

    It has a light pink shimmer that would be flattering to any skin tone, and adds just a hint of color and brightness without looking fussy.  It’s has a super smooth, light texture that wears nicely.  The spearmint adds a lovely fresh scent and a pleasant tingle.  The ingredients are 100% natural and 98% organic, it’s made in the USA, and it carries a level 1 safety rating from EWG.

    Ingredients: Organic Olea europaea(Olive)fruit oil, organic cera alba(beeswax), unrefined organic butyrospermum parki fruit(Shea Butter), coconut oil, mentha piperita(peppermint oil), mentha spicata(spearmint oil).

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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