Check out Trash Chaos. It is a fun, cool, educational app that teaches kids about recycling. You and your kids will love it!
Green Goes Simple: The Green Scoop
What’s My Carbon Footprint?
By Alison Baenen for Green Goes Simple
Greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide emissions, fossil fuels … unless you’re an environmental policy wonk, an earth activist or an ecosexual (a new breed of online singles looking for sustainably committed partners — seriously!), it’s hard to keep all of today’s green-minded jargon straight. Carbon footprint — a phrase that has become as ubiquitous in pop culture as “LOL” — has a simple definition, but for the everyday person, understanding its parts takes some digging.
In short, our individual carbon footprint equals the amount of carbon dioxide we give off. You’re giving some off right now just by exhaling, but what concerns environmentalists are the emissions we release indirectly. Heating your home, driving a car and even buying a carpet (more on that later) all contribute to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Of course, some carbon dioxide in the air is natural — and necessary, since trees and plants absorb it and use it for photosynthesis. But climatologists are concerned that we’re producing too much of it. The result is that carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is trapping heat from the sun and sending it back to Earth, resulting in global warming.
It’s a big problem, but there are ways to reduce your own carbon emissions (carbon footprint sounds much cooler, right?), thus helping decrease global warming. Here are five easy ways to step lightly:
1. Change your bulbs.
Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They last longer, use less energy and will save you money.
2. Take a walk.
Drive less, bike more. Your bod — and the globe — will thank you.
3. Warm up your windows.
Adding a layer of insulation to your windows will keep warmth in and heating costs down.
4. Reduce waste.
Cut down on what you throw away, and use reusable goods whenever possible. If you can, compost your food. Reducing household waste and putting energy back into the earth means less trash in landfills and more land to plant carbon dioxide-absorbing trees.
5. Go for small.
When it comes to rugs in your home, smaller ones require less energy to make. Perfect for your smaller footprint!
Alison Baenen is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her writing has appeared in Style.com, ContributingEditor.com, Epicurious.com and Concierge.com. In addition to editorial work, Alison is a copywriter for Theory, Gilt Groupe and PRPS. She is a frequent contributor to Green Goes Simple.
I was very happy to discover the SEEDSTORE today. It’s an amazing boutique that has many eco-friendly items – upcycled jewelry, vintage clothes, and awesome garage sale art work. If you live in the bay area I highly recommend you make a visit to this store. It is owned by two sisters that both have excellent taste.
is a boutique and collaborative space that brings to the Inner Richmond men’s, and women’s apparel + vintage goods. Born out of love, sweat, and laughter of sisters, Jennifer and Cynthia Huie. We love fashion, music, art, and collecting. Our vision has been to create a space to display the fashion that we enjoy and share the stories of the designers and the love that they’ve put into their creations.
Fashion created with reclaimed fabrics Goodone Biography.
I have been using Method products for years now and recently I got invited to have lunch at their office. I heard about new products and got to hear more about the company’s mission. I was a fan of there’s before they treated me to lunch and gave me some samples of their new product, now I love them even more.
Products I have been using for a long time -
Method Laundry Detergent I LOVE the pump. If you haven’t tried this you really must. No mess and safe for the family. I have saved money since I started using this, 4 pumps per load.
Smarty Dish a non-toxic dishwasher detergent. This is the only dishwasher detergent I want to use, the unscented. Eco friendly, good for the fishes.
New Products that I love -
All-Purpose cleaner I just tried this product for the first time this week and it is amazing. I have the scent Clementine. It cleans like a you wouldn’t believe. So far I have used it to clean up finger paints, grease on the stove, crayons on the wall and it works like magic. They have a new technology called powergreen™. Powergreen™ is cutting-edge green chemistry that harnesses the strength of naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients to deliver a mighty cleaning punch. Corn-based cleaning salts bind to dirt to wipe it away, while coco oil derived surfactants remove grease and grime.
Mickey and Minnie hand soap in lemonade in strawberry fizz. My son loves these, so does my husband, they smell wonderful and make a great bath toy.
Method makes products that work, for us and the planet. They are always improving their products and discovering new ways to be more eco-friendly. And their design…well it’s the best in the business by a long shot.
For more information about Method and where you can buy their products – http://methodhome.com/