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4 Naturally Green Ways to Avoid High Health Costs

There is more to being green than protecting the planet. It is also about health. From the water we drink to the lotions we put on our bodies, the amount of harm we can potentially cause from disregarding environmentally sound practices is scary. But, in a world where, one week, coffee causes cancer, and another it actually provides major health benefits, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what to do to stay healthy. And, as we all know, staying healthy is majorly important for our pocketbooks.

From medical expenses to higher insurance premiums, the need to stay healthy and fit is not just a health decision, it is a financial one. Luckily, some of the best ways to accomplish both goals are actually very natural lifestyle decisions. If taken on fully, these changes can provide major benefits to your current and future health, ultimately saving you money.... read more

Eating Locally Year Round

Of course, we all know the environmental benefits of eating locally grown food.   In much of the country, it's still tricky to eat locally year round.   It's tricky, but not impossible.  

Here are some tips to help you:  ... read more

  • Become a seasonally savvy shopper and learn what’s in season in your neck of the woods and when.  This makes it easier to shop for local food.  Epicurious has an easy-to-use map, making it quick and simple to learn what’s in season.  You can even click on the list to get recipes in case you're stumped.  
  • Whole Foods Markets often have locally grown produce, even in the winter.  Many of these items come from local greenhouses and root cellars.  Even if the local produce pickins are slim, Whole Foods Markets often has other local foods, such as meat, baked goods, tomato sauces, ice creams, and more.  Every Whole Foods Market in the North Atlantic region has a Forager.  Kathleen Connolly, Forager at the Newton, Massachusetts Whole Foods Market explains:  "Every Whole Foods Market in our region has a forager whose duties, in addition to their everyday responsibilities, are finding local companies whose goals and mission are similar to ours and helping them bring their product to sell at Whole Foods."

Going to School the Eco-Friendly Way

Would you be shocked to hear that the greenest ways of getting your kids to school are also the safest ways? Chances are that many parents either use public transport or use a car to transport their kids to and from school.  Getting your children to school safely on time everyday should be your first priority, but if you reply on transport which accounts for the second-biggest release of greenhouses gases you might be causing necessary damage to the environment.

The simple fact is that walking, biking, skateboarding or scooting to school every day will help you’re your child’s development. Obesity around the world is on the rise and if your children’s health can benefit from being more eco-friendly then why isn’t every parent that can do it not doing it?

One of the biggest influencers in the school transport system is the time management. Most parents do not have the time to create a healthy lunch for your child and have the time to walk to school before they start work.  Parents should consider walking at least once a week if the feel that their job and lifestyle is applies unnecessary stress to do it every day.... read more

5 Ways to Get Kids to Be More Eco-Friendly

Deciding to live a green lifestyle is easy for adults – you make the decision and then you execute it. But when you add kids into the mix you can quickly find yourself becoming a broken record of, “Turn off that light!” and “Do NOT throw that paper into the trashcan!” Kids, especially young ones, don’t quite grasp the necessity of living an eco-friendly lifestyle, and can have a hard time understanding why they can’t just throw away things in the trashcan like normal and instead have to take the time to evaluate what it is they’re throwing away. Instead of spending your time yelling at them to do things differently, try these five tactics for getting kids to be more eco-friendly:

1.       Make it easier. Instead of having a trashcan in the kitchen and keeping recycling bins in the garage, make it easier for kids by keeping recycling bins in the house. Consider buying a trashcan that has two compartments – one for trash and one for recyclables. Keep two small trashcans in bathrooms and bedrooms so that kids can put trash in one and paper products in the other. When it’s out in the open it’s much easier to remember to separate trash then it is when they have to walk out to the garage to toss recycling items into their appropriate bins. ... read more

Kids! Take the ENERGY STAR Challenge!

Hey kids!  Want to tell the world about the things you do to save energy, money, and protect the climate?  Here's your opportunity!

Kids who submit an essay about saving energy to the Share Your Story ENERGY STAR page and click on the "DoSomething Team ENERGY STAR Challenge" immediately become eligible for a number of prizes, such as:

·      The new Lorax DVD, which will go to the first 100 kids to submit essays

·      25 winners will receive ENERGY STAR qualified electronics products donated by LG Electronics, including computer monitors and televisions, smart phones, and mouse scanners

·      Top winners will also be featured in New York's Times Square on the LG billboard.

·      Some winners may have a chance to participate in ENERGY STAR Day in October with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.... read more

Combatting the Water Waster

The bathroom accounts for over 70% of the water used inside the home; from extra-long shower sessions to a few too many full baths per week, it’s fair to say most of us are at least a little guilty of using water excessively in the bathroom. Although our habits may bring us those few extra minutes to relax or a more convenient experience, few people realise exactly how much effect they can have their water and heating bills. In this article we’ll be looking at a few of the bad habits many bathroom users have, and the quick and convenient solutions to change bad bathroom habits into a money saving and ecologically friendly attitude. ... read more

Sustainable Dental Products for Consumers

all natural toothpastesOrganic, natural, and green have become huge buzzwords across industries, especially in the personal care industry. There is a growing demand for eco-friendly and non-toxic products, and we’ve rounded up some of the best dental products for consumers that fall into those categories. Here’s a look!

Radius Toothbrushes Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss, 50 meters, $4.50. This organic silk floss is spun in natural vegan Candelilla wax and has been designed with enhanced softness to reduce bleeding gums. It's also smooth, which allows for easy glide between tight teeth, removing plaque effectively.

Tom's of Maine Natural Waxed Flossing Ribbon, Spearmint, 32-Yards (Pack of 6), $14.88. Designed to easily glide, this floss is made without synthetic waxes, artificial sweeteners or preservatives, no artificial color or flavor, and no animal ingredients. It has a refreshing spearmint flavor.... read more

San Francisco Bay Area's Be the Street Video Contest!

Do you or your kids want the opportunity to be a part of something BIG?   If you live in the Bay Area, here's their chance!  

Be the Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the Bay Area clean and safe is offering an opportunity for youth to make a difference in the world by participating in an anti-litter campaign.  ... read more

Green Back-to-School Giveaway

It's our GREEN BACK-TO-SCHOOL giveaway!!

Say good-bye to brown-bagged lunches, Ziplocs, and other single-use lunchtime products and get on board with the Litter-Free Lunch Kit!   The Litter-Free Lunch Kit contains an insulated lunch box, a beverage container, and 4 snack/sandwich containers.  Your kid can go back to school KEEN and GREEN by winning this fantastic lunch kit.  

Litter free lunch kit

Win a Litter-Free Lunch Kit!

Here are the giveaway rules:

1)  "LIKE" Keen for Green on Facebook.  

2)  "LIKE" New Wave Enviro on Facebook.  

3) Comment on New Wave Enviro's FB page telling them what your favorite product is on their website.    Go to New Wave Enviro's website to see their products.  

4)  Email to let us know that you've become a fan of both and commented on New Wave's FB page.  ... read more

4 Tips and Tricks to Recycling

Today, mostly everyone is into recycling. We all want to do our part to help save the environment. Below are some tips and tricks to help you in the process and to give you some ideas too.

Eco-friendly gift wrap

Credit: Flickr, CityMama

Make it Fun

Get your whole family involved in recycling. Make it fun, easy, and quick or it won’t happen. First, check with your local recycling center to find out specifics on what they accept and how it needs to be packaged. If you do not have to put twine around your newspapers, don’t. Make it easy. Next, choose a convenient place, such as the garage, to stash your bins (some places do not even require sorting).  Have them marked with what goes in what bin. Then, all you and your kids have to do, is simply throw stuff in. Last, if your neighborhood accepts curb-side recycling, do it otherwise drop it off at a designated recycling center. Make sure you drop it off when you are out doing something else. You want to make sure you save gas and energy too.... read more