Sep

17

Green Tip #27: Put a Value on Nature

Check out this amazing TED talk on all the unseen benefits we get from nature: From ted.com: Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think […]

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Sep

03

Green Tip #26: Small Things with Great Love

After reading Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love, I’ve been studying A Course in Miracles. Part of the power behind these two works is their emphasis on staying in the present – not being stuck in the past or trapped by anxiety over the future. Living in the present moment is something that usually escapes […]

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Aug

13

Green Tip #25: The 90/10 rule

Some people are going to take issue with this, but when it comes to sustainable living I have a 90/10 rule. I feel like American culture is pretty all or nothing, so many people might feel like they have to be perfectly eco-friendly or there is no point in trying. I’m fairly green, but not […]

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Aug

06

Green Tip #24: Plants!

Ever since my friend the Holistic Health Nerd wrote this amazing post, I’ve had houseplants on the brain. I have what you would call a black thumb. Even cacti have failed under my erratic and inconsistent watering habits. But the incredible benefits of living with something green outweigh my fears of yet another yellowed, decaying, […]

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Jul

16

Green Tip #23: Leave It Better

I was walking home today and there was an abandoned towel on the road. I walked past it, thinking that I should pick it up but worrying about what people would think. Then a car pulled away and the street cleared, so I walked back and picked up the towel. I’m going to wash it […]

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Jun

25

Green Tip #22: The No (Sham)poo Method

This is quite possibly the worst name for the best thing to happen to my hair care. No Poo means no shampoo, because many of us have enough problems with constipation, which I am not encouraging. Using baking soda & vinegar is a dirt cheap way to renovate your hair care, leaving your wallet full, […]

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May

28

Green Tip #21 ~ REDUCE: The most important R

This Green Tip might be the most important of all: the easiest to talk about and the hardest to implement. REDUCE.  We often have more than we need in our daily lives: food, comfort, climate-controlled temperatures, resources such as water and fuel. But from a global perspective, our resources need to be cultivated and preserved […]

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May

14

Green Tip #20: Simple Clean

Nothing is more satisfying than the easy, one-two bunch of homemade cleaners. Sustainable, safe, and effective, I don’t have to worry about recycling tons of plastic bottles or harming humans, animals, or earth with chemicals. I clean my entire apartment with baking soda, vinegar, lemons, essential oils, hydrogen peroxide, and sometimes (intentionally or otherwise): tea. […]

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Apr

30

Live Below the Line Challenge: $1.50 a day

We often hear some form of the statistic that 80% of the world lives on less than $2 per day. But what does that mean? Turning a person, a family, a people into a statistic cuts off our empathy and understanding. We make excuses, saying we’ll contribute next time or that homeless person is just going […]

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Apr

09

Green Tip #19: Stop that Junk!

Sadly, all the junk in my life is not in my trunk, but in my mailbox. BUT there are two solutions I can take to resolve this problem – more squats and taking a few minutes to declutter my mailbox and save some paper. I’ll be talking about the latter in today’s Green Tip. I […]

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