Archive for March, 2013

Green Up Your Routine in Just 4 Weeks with Easy Eco-Tips for On the Go Families

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

We know life is hectic for your family. Between running errands, baseball practice, PTO meetings and school car lines, it’s easy to forget how our everyday choices impact the environment and increase the carbon footprint we leave behind. Surprisingly, with just a few easy-to-implement tweaks to your weekly schedule, you can “green” your everyday routine and get on the road to sustainable living… in just 4 weeks! Here’s how:

WEEK 1: Lose the plastic water bottles.

Got 90 seconds? That’s how fast and easy it is to lose the plastic! Here’s our 2 step plan: First, make a one-time investment in Klean Kanteens for the whole family. A safe alternative to plastic and aluminum-lined bottles, these stainless steel beverage holders are strong, durable, shatterproof and BPA-free. Not only will you recoup your initial investment quickly, you’ll reduce the amount your family recycles and lessen the chance that one of those bottles will end up in a landfill. Second, try using a water-filter, such as a Brita filter, for improved water quality and purity. Put together, you’ve got a plan for staying hydrated that’s not only healthier for you,but healthier for the environment.

WEEK 2: Pack a Lunch Bento-Style.

Talk about waste! From juice boxes, disposable napkins, plastic sandwich baggies, snack wrappers…the list goes on and on. With bento-style lunchboxes, say hello to a waste-free lunchtime Take ‘Bento Buddy’ from LapTop Lunches, for example. You’ll get USA made, BPA-phthalate-and-PVC-free food containers  that are recycled and recyclable, and easy-to-clean. And if you’re concerned about portion control, food allergies, or nutrient content, you can take those off your mental plate (no pun intended), because Bentos put you in the driver’s seat with portable, various-sized refillable containers that are leak-free and keep food fresh. What’s more, LapTop lunches also offers cloth napkins in coordinating colors. We’re talking a totally waste-free lunch.

WEEK 3:  Try a Travel Alternative.

So while it might be tempting to buy a hybrid, we all know that might not be in the cards for this week. But when is the last time you really looked at your weekly travel trip and asked some conscience questions like: Could we carpool? Could we walk or bike? Is there public transportation available? One step in susainability’s direction can significantly reduce your family’s weekly carbon footprint and dependence on limited resources like fossil fuels.

WEEK 4: Tote Your Groceries (And other stuff, too).

Never have to answer the “Would you like paper or plastic?” question again. Bring your reusable tote bags made of recycled materials to the grocery store, and join the new en vogue trend. Keep two or three handy by returning them to the side pockets of your car doors or store them in the trunk. This way, they’re already in the car every time you make a stop. And who says they’re just for groceries? Next time you go clothes shopping, be a sustainable trendsetter and take home your new duds in your favorite reusable tote! Check out Green Girl World for some fun and fashionable designs.

So, go ahead! Take our four-week challenge and implement our super-easy tips one week at a time. With just a small investment of time and resources, you’ll find you’re making big strides in greening up your family’s routine. They’re changes that are healthy for your family and show you care about the earth your kids grow up in, as well.

DurhamontheCheap blog reviews Uncle Matt’s!

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Through the Green Moms Meet program from Kiwi Magazine, DurhamontheCheap blog reviewed Uncle Matt’s products. Read her review here!

Another Reason to Eat Organic

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Just when you thought science was saying organic food has no nutritional value, another study from the University of Granada has found a direct correlation between exposure to pesticides and the risk of type 2 diabetes in adults.

Published in the Journal of Environmental Research, researchers found that people who had higher concentrations of DDE (which is the main metabolite in pesticide DDT) also were more likely to develop diabetes – four times as likely, in fact.

Furthermore, higher exposure to a compound in the pesticide Lindano (beta-Hexachlorocyclohexane) was also linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

Results took into consideration the age, gender, and body mass index of 386 adults surveyed. The findings, however, could help explain body fat’s link with type 2 diabetes. Researcher Juan Pedro Arrebola notes that “human adipose tissue (commonly known as ‘fat’)… can store potentially harmful substances, such as persistent organic pollutants (COPs).”

The direct effect of pesticides on type 2 diabetes is still unknown, although researchers suggest that these compounds can affect the metabolism of sugars. Still, it might be another reason to splurge on organic food. A study from Stanford University found that 38 percent of non-organic food had pesticide residue, compared to 7 percent of organic produce.