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The Big Plastic Bummer: Don’t Want to Live With it. Can’t Live Without It

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
January 25, 2012
File under: Culture, Eco-Friendly Activities, Environmental Concerns, Goals, Health, Home, Lifestyle, Recycling

Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg
These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE . . .  ABOUT PLASTIC?

Last February Rodale threw down the challenge to a handful of green living bloggers – live “Plastic-Free” for a month. With uncharacteristic arrogance, I jumped into the fray. I, who mostly remembers my reusable shopping bags, uses glass containers for kitchen storage and generally chooses wood, steel or glass above plastic whenever possible; I was sure this wouldn’t be so awful. Ok, the rules were fairly clear about not bringing in new plastic into the house. Oh, the denial . . .

My first challenge came when I went to the grocery store to shop for Super Bowl party food. I usually pile up my veggies in my cart without putting them in individual baggies – check. But, there were a couple of items that inevitably came in plastic and it was just impossible to avoid. Well, I suppose I could’ve tried to find a live chicken and done the butchering myself, but being that I’m a vegetarian and only indulge my family in chicken under duress, that wasn’t really an option.

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Don’t Lose your Sense of Wonder

By Linda Brown-Kuhn
January 25, 2012
File under: Goals, Health, Lifestyle, Personal Care

I’m typically a glass half full kind of person though I can get knocked low by any number of current event depressors: the economy, the state of the environment, taxes, etc.

But when I’m feeling negative I’ve learned what to do. I take myself into the woods, walk with my senses on alert and soon I find some amazing creature or plant that blows the curtain of cynicism from my eyes like a fresh breeze. …read more of Don’t Lose your Sense of Wonder here

 
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6 Low-Stress Ways to be a Better Eco-Citizen in 2012

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
January 4, 2012
File under: Culture, Eco-Friendly Activities, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Concerns, Family, Food, Goals, Home, Lifestyle, Recycling, Saving Money, Stress Management, Transportation, Waste Reduction

 

GD Meg & Hubby Experiencing a California Sunset

Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg
These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.

 

This post isn’t exactly a “Why Should We Care.” It’s more “Hints on How To.” I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but my husband and I have gotten into an annual habit of reviewing the year that is passing and imagining the year ahead. While we prefer to dwell on the winning moments of the past, we take the time to focus on areas that could use some improvement and strategize ways to manifest better versions of ourselves in the coming year. Always keeping in mind advice from some wise friends – progress, not perfection.

Here are a few ways we will be improving our green diva (and green dude) status in 2012:

…read more of 6 Low-Stress Ways to be a Better Eco-Citizen in 2012 here

 
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Easy Earth Day Activities for Everyone

By Cherl Petso ecomii.com
April 15, 2010
File under: Environmental Concerns, Goals

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Excited for Earth Day?  Not sure what to do?  What if you don’t have the time or there just aren’t any local events that interest you?  Not to worry, there are plenty of things you can do from your home or on your own time.

For $10

 
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Keeping Earth Day Alive

By Linda Brown-Kuhn
April 15, 2010
File under: Environmental Concerns, Goals, Lifestyle

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I always look forward to Earth Day because I know that it’s a moment when the concerns of the planet take center stage.

But what if the health of the planet remained in our minds and in our actions from now on? It would be kind of like the difference between going on a diet and dropping some pounds that you gain back when you return to your old ways … or losing weight for good by changing your way of eating to focus on wholesome, healthy foods.

This year I’m going to try to adopt one new eco-friendly habit a month until next year’s Earth Day rolls around. Here are some simple ideas that don’t require a lot of effort but could produce some grand results if done en masse:

 
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