Askok and TristinTristin and Tyler have met some amazing upcyclers and recyclers while going on their fun NYC adventures, and meeting Ashok Kamal of the company Bennu was no exception! In the next episode of "Tristin and Tyler's Tales from the City!" the boys meet one of the owners of a cool NYC company taking huge strides in the fight for green!
Last week, I wrote about different ways to reuse and recycle crayons. It got me thinking about pens and magic markers and how they might be a little more difficult to reuse and recycle.
According to Green Eco Services, over 10 billion non-biodegradable pens are sent to landfills every year. Wow. It's time to reduce that number and think about some greener solutions and easy ways to reuse and recycle markers and pens. ... read more
If anyone out there has a toddler, that photo of broken crayons probably looks familiar to you. Right now, my 21 month old doesn't mind coloring with broken crayons, but their lifespans are definitely shortened. There are many simple recipes for melting and reusing your cryon stubs.
Back when I was a Girl Scout, we used to do a lot of eco-friendly crafts. One that stuck out in my mind was making candles out of broken crayons. We used little milk cartons as molds and melted old crayons. I found a crayon candle recipe here. It was a fun art project and we all wound up with crayons to take home.... read more
Catherine, Tristin & TylerCould you turn a broken umbrella into something fabulous? I absolutely, positively cannot but Tristin and Tyler met someone who TOTALLY CAN! ... read more
In the next episode of "Tristin & Tyler's Tales from the City!" you will meet Catherine, owner of Himane. She takes used umbrellas from the streets of New York and works magic on them to create fabulous dresses, purses and tons of other accessories. She also finds fabrics that have been (or are about to be) discarded from factories for her designs. She is truly an upcycling/recycling queen and we were so glad to learn a thing or two from her.
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Today there are more “green” beauty products on the market than ever before – which is great! It gives us a variety of choices (where there used to be few) while sticking to our environmental guns. But not all green beauty products are created equal. Even if the label says “natural,” “eco-friendly” or even “organic,” there are still a few things you should look for. Here's my quick guide for choosing environmentally friendly beauty products:
- Read the labels!! If you don't know what something is or can't pronounce it, it probably isn't very good for you or the environment.... read more
I am all about making small lifestyle changes to decrease my negative impact on the environment. While I may not be able to afford solar panels or an electric car, I CAN by local foods, hang-dry my clothes and do other small things which can add up to a BIG impact by the end of the year.... read more
There is no better time to green your lifestyle that during pregnancy. Common pollutants that barely impact you and I can have a much larger effect on your growing baby, in utero and out. Make these simple changes during pregnancy to establish healthy habits for your kiddo.
A comprehensive study released on July 18, 2011 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) outlines guidelines to help you, the consumer, make wiser food choices. We have long known that certain foods create an abundance of CO2 emissions. What this study adds is understanding the roll of the entire life cycle of various foods, whereas previous research mostly focuses on food production. The EWG research tracks food production, processing, consumption and waste disposal to teach us how to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and pollutions that result from our dietary habits.
“By eating and wasting less meat, consumers can help limit the environmental damage caused by the huge amounts of fertilizer, fuel, water, and pesticides, not to mention the toxic manure and wastewater, that goes along with producing meat,” said Kari Hamerschlag, EWG senior analyst and author of the report. “Choosing healthier, pasture-raised meats can also help improve people’s health and reduce the environmental damage associated with meat consumption.”
Five Worst Foods For the Environment:
1. Lamb, especially loin
2. Beef – choose grass-fed and lean meats to reduce your impact on the environment
3. Cheese (this one shocked me! Total bummer!) - Less dense cheese (such as cottage) results in fewer greenhouse gases since it takes less milk to produce it... read more