April 24, 2015
I hope you’ve enjoyed the “Earth Day” takeover this week. I am beyond committed to living a green life and I hope that we all can make sustainable living a part of our everyday life and not just something we do during “Earth Day.”
Today, as the takeover comes to an end, I wanted to share some of my favorite green living resources and websites.
- Yoli’s Green Living: From products to recipes and so much more, Yoli is such a passionate person when it comes to living green. I highly recommend you start here for all your green living needs.
- Urban Naturale: Deborah of Urban Naturale shared some of her green living tips this week during the takeover. I religiously visit her site for green living inspiration.
- Treehugger: Treehugger is the godfather of green living. A staple in the sustainability movement.
- The Chalkboard: I just started following The Chalkboard, it’s a great green living site for those who want a more chic approach to a green lifestyle.
- Get Green Get Well: This is also a newbie site for me and I love how she covers green living from the perspective of a mom.
- Green Beauty Team: You know I love all things natural beauty, and the Green Beauty Team does a great job of giving tips and solutions to having toxic free beauty bag.
I am always looking for new green living sites to explore, so please be sure to share some of your faves. Do you follow any of the sites above? What other resources do you go to for green living information?
April 22, 2015
Happy Earth Day!!
Today is day 2 of our Earth Day celebration and I’m so excited to have a very special guest post by the lovely Deborah Davis of Urban Naturale. I have been following Deborah since last year and have learned so much from her about green living. From recipes to products Deborah is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to sustainable living.
Today she will be sharing (part 1) of her tips to living a green life on a budget. Take it away Deborah!
People often ask what it means to “live green”.
Living green basically means being aware of our everyday actions, understanding how they affect the environment, our health and the health of our planet, and making conscious choices.
But why does “living green “matter?
The Earth is our home. With serious issues such as climate change, sea level rise and global warming an ever-present reality, it is more important than ever for us to understand how to protect and sustain our planet, conserve precious natural resources and reduce our impact on the environment.
Many people would like to “go green,” but think that it would be more expensive to change their ways than just carrying on as usual. Well, the good news is that you can actually “save money while living green”.
With a little knowledge, you can adopt lots of meaningful, environmentally-friendly habits that will keep a sizable portion of your hard earned money firmly in your pocket.
Not quite sure where to start?
It’s relatively easy to be green!
Take a look at some of the everyday things you can do to a make your lifestyle a lot greener.
- Use Less Disposables: How often do you drink coffee from a paper cup, for example? Do you know how long it takes for one cup to decompose? Some paper cups will never fully decompose! Think about how many cups are in your local landfill site. A greener option is to carry your own thermos or reusable beverage container with you and have your favorite coffee shop fill it up! Or fill a thermos at home and carry it with you. Instead of paper plates, plastic knives and forks, disposable pens, paper towels, throw-away food storage containers, opt for reusable items. Bring your own eco-friendly containers with you when buying take-out or to take home leftovers when eating out–since styrofoam boxes are difficult to recycle. Stainless steel bento boxes make great reusable take out containers. I always carry a mason jar to my favorite juice and smoothie bar and I get a discount on my beverage!
- Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle: Make it your goal to reduce your waste. If you don’t currently reuse, repurpose and recycle products then make it a goal to start. Aim to put out less garbage each week and start composting and recycling. Most towns now hand out free recycling bins. Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones. Fine tune your recycling. Most of us recycle, but you may not be recycling everything you could be. Effective recycling goes beyond just glass, plastic, paper and metal. For example, don’t toss out old electronics. See if they can be donated, refurbished, or recycled. Old appliances can be donated to a second-hand store. Check your local sanitation and recycling facilities for specific procedures in your area.
- Say “No” to Plastic Bags: When you are out grocery shopping purchase cloth shopping bags and use those instead of plastic ones. Many grocery stores are now charging for plastic bags anyway, so the expense of purchasing cloth bags is well worth it. If you are crafty, you can make your own tote bags from old or discarded clothing. You can also pack your produce and bulk grains, nuts and beans in reusable cloth produce bags instead of using plastic. I always pack a recycled shopped tote or two in my bag when I leave the house in case I need to pick up something.
- Eat “Local”, Seasonal, Organic: Eat local food whenever you can. I especially love shopping for seasonal produce at our local farmers markets. Local food means the food travels fewer miles to get to your plate or store. Fewer miles mean fewer emissions and less fossil fuel. You will be helping the local economy, and helping to reduce the hidden costs involved in food production, transportation and distribution. Organic food is preferable to conventionally-grown food. Organic food is grown in a sustainable manner, making it a much greener choice. If you’re serious about going green, then organic food is the way to go. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is captured and stored in organic soils much better and more effectively than in ordinary soils. This makes organic foods much more friendly to the planet.
Here’s an example of how good organic growing could be: If we grew all our corn and all our soybeans in organic conditions, some 580 billion tons of CO2 would no longer be pumped out into the atmosphere.
Here’s another money-saving tip: More and more retail chains are producing organic items in-house. Save money by purchasing lower-priced, generic organic products instead of expensive organic brand names.
- Save Energy. Save $$: High utility bills take a big bite out of our budgets. Save on utility bills by reducing energy usage. Buy energy-saving appliances. Unplug appliances when not in use. Turn out the lights when you leave the room. Improve your home’s insulation and reduce your monthly utility bills.
Install energy-efficient lighting. LED bulbs use only a fraction of the electricity incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs use. They also last up to 10 times as long as CFLs and significantly longer than the typical incandescent, so you can save money on both energy and replacement costs.
Visit www.energystar.gov for more information on Energy Star products. Contact your local utility company to learn more ways to save energy and to have your home inspected for energy efficiency.
What are some of your tips to living green on a budget? Which of these do you currently practice?
April 20, 2015
This Wednesday April 22 is Earth Day! In honor of this very special and important day, Losing in the City will be hosting an “Earth Day Takeover.”
For the entire week, we will provide tips, inspiration and advice on what you can do in your everyday life to help save the environment. Living a green life is something that is extremely important to me. I am a work in progress as it relates to living 100% green but I have made a lot of strides in being more mindful about taking care of the environment and always looking to learn more.
We are living in a world where everyday we are seeing the negative effects of not taking better care of our environment. From the drastic climate changes that are happening to the quality of our air, Mother Nature needs our help in saving the earth and we can all contribute to making our world a better and more sustainable place to live.
Here are 5 simple things you can do TODAY in honor of “Earth Day” to start living green.
- WALK IT!: Walking is by far one of my favorite things about living in NYC. You can literally walk to get anywhere. This week for Earth Day, challenge yourself to walk when possible instead of taking the train, driving or taking a cab.
- TURN OFF THE LIGHTS: We are all probably guilty of being in one room of the house but leaving the lights on in another. This week get into the habit of turning the lights off when you’re not in a particular room.
- EAT GREEN: YES, part of living a green life is eating green. Stack up on colorful salads and vegetables this week.
- COOK LESS: Pick a day to do most of your cooking so you don’t have to cook everyday. This helps to reduce your overall energy use.
- GET MOVING OUTSIDE: Take your workouts outside. Now that the weather is finally nice (at least it was this past weekend), rather then going to the gym go outside and ride your bike or take a walk.
- ATTEND THE GREEN FESTIVAL EXPO: If you live in NYC and are looking to learn more about living a green lifestyle, this weekend the Green Festival Expo will take place at the Jacob Javitz Center. The expo is a 2-day event bringing together the best speakers, products and experts in sustainability to educate and bring awareness to the importance of living green. I will be there and can’t wait to learn and preview the latest green products.
The festival is also making stops in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland. You can learn more about the expo and get your ticket here.
I am so excited about Earth Day and I hope you’ll join me in saving the planet.
What other tips would you add to the list? Which of these tips do you already incorporate into your life? Have you been to the Green Festival Expo before?