Plastic Bags, Still Everywhere

They don't really ask you, "Paper or plastic?" anymore, do they?  They simply offer plastic.  Maybe if you are somewhere hip like Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, you have a paper option but most people at these establishments are bringing their own bags anyway.  ...more
BlogHer Be interesting to see how states banning plastic are packaging their produce.more

14 Simple Tips for Sustainable Living

Moms and dads: remember the 4 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink1. Compost all organic scraps and leftovers from your kitchen and garden including lawn clippings. Stay away from breads and meats as it may attract rats to your composter and home.2. Use plants to filter air instead of an electric air filter: Use natural or ‘organic’ home cleaners: Use less or no Styrofoam...more

What Do Kids "Calculate" When It Comes to Conservation? It's Not $$$!

For Earth Day, author Terra Wellington offers this guest post brimming with suggestions on how to get closer to nature with your kids. You'll find other great ideas in her new book, The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green: Saving the Earth Begins at Home....more

The Joy of Being a Green Kid

On November 8, 1988, I sat in the Hawk ‘n’ Dove bar on Capitol Hill drinking beer with my fellow Clean Water Action canvassers and watching the presidential election returns. I was 23 years old. As the night wore on, and it became apparent that nothing less than a miracle could save Michael Dukakis from losing to George H.W. Bush, a group of loud, big-haired yuppies (it was still the 80’s after all) cheered at the table next to us. One woman in a ruffled dress with big shoulder pads glanced over at our tie-dyed shirts and dismal faces and shouted over the din, “I used to be idealistic like you guys. I voted Democrat and thought I could change the world. But when you get older, you realize that it’s just not practical. You’ll want to keep your money. And then you’ll vote for the conservative guy. You’ll see.” ...more

Green Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas

It's that time of year again: cake, presents, and's Birthday Party time :) And as we all know, planning a child's birthday party can be fun and dreadful all at the same time. A party is a wonderful way to celebrate the life of your wee little one. But with all the waste these soirees can create, it can drive a green parent nuts! ...more

Getting the Back-to-School Shopping Beast Under Control

Any one else out there there trying to keep the back-to-school “shopping beast” under control? My “kids” – a freshman daughter and a junior son - are getting ready to head to college and boy are they beating the drums for stuff they think is “essential” to their academic experience. They’re not talking about books, or even paper and pens so they can take notes. They’re thinking new iPods, new wardrobes, new computers, new sheets, pillows and towels, and anything else preceded by the word – you guessed it – “new.” ...more