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Carbon Footprint | Greenhouse Gas Emissions reduction

15 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

15 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Climate change is the result of increasing levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, primarily referenced in terms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The longer we delay action on climate change, the worse its effects will be. Every person, business, organization, and government can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions,…

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10 Affordable Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency at Home ($50 or Less!)

“Work smarter, not harder.” We’ve all heard the phrase before, but likely not in regards to your home’s energy consumption. What is energy efficiency? It’s your home’s version of “working smarter” by continuing to do the same tasks with less power. Creating an energy-efficient home requires a renewed focus on your energy consumption habits. Where,…

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Eco Friendly Father’s Day Ideas

From their sage advice and caring hugs to their ability to fix just about anything (broken windows and broken hearts, equally), we’re supremely grateful to our fathers, grandfathers, uncles and the other special men in our lives. This Father’s Day, show your appreciation, while also keeping Mother Nature in mind. Below are a few of…

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Simple Spring Cleaning and Decluttering

While it’s not officially spring, our clocks are about to “spring ahead.”  Seems like the perfect time to start planning for the annual vernal cleanup of our homes and offices. On order: a good review (and gifting) of what’s no longer needed/used and a serious organizing of all remaining items.  Once you’ve narrowed down the…

Winter Driving Fuel Efficiency Tips

Feel like you’re spending more time at the gas station these past months? It’s not your imagination! Along with the dip in winter temperatures, the fuel efficiency of our cars drops during colder months. Tests show that when temps fall from about 77°F to 20°F, a car’s gas mileage drops by nearly 12 percent. And…

Hut Hut! Your Guide to a Green Tailgate

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No, it’s not Christmas time—it’s football season! Time to don your favorite team’s jersey, dust off your pom poms and pack up those yummy tailgating treats for a pre-gridiron gathering! And just like your team that’s working harder to get to the playoffs (place your bets now!),…

Sweet, Green Bundle of Joy: Your Eco-Friendly Baby

One of the greatest things about babies are their teeny, tiny feet. One of the not-so-great things? Their adult-sized carbon footprints. With our tips, below, you can keep your little one’s environmental impact to a minimum – at least until they’re big enough to start protecting the planet on their own!  Diapers: The average baby uses about 6,000 diapers before potty-training.  That’s a lot of diapers and a lot of trips to the store! If you’d like to scale back on your contribution to the landfill, consider a diapering solution that’s greener than disposables.

The most eco-friendly option for covering and protecting your pride and joy’s tushie is to make the plunge into cloth diapers, which can be washed and reused over and over. For those who find the cloth diaper cleaning process too much to bear, this is how one couple greenly changed their baby’s bum with success.

If you’d rather have a backup for those days when you don’t have the extra time to clean cloth diapers, opt for reusable covers and fully biodegradable inserts. As a perk, many cloth diapers and covers expand as your baby grows. Say goodbye to midnight runs to the store for disposables!

Food: A baby’s first food, mother’s milk, has been proven time and time again as the best-for-baby option over formula. Better yet, it’s totally free and has no environmental impact. But if breastfeeding isn’t your choice, opt for fair-trade organic formulas.

When your baby is ready for solid foods, making your own baby food is the most environmentally and wallet-friendly way to go. Steam up some vegetables and throw them in the food processor for 100% organic and sugar-free baby food.

Cleaners: Every parent (or person who has been around a baby, ever) knows that whenever possible, a baby will put anything and everything in his or her mouth. Given this, it’s critical that your household cleaners are non-toxic and chemical-free, which is healthier for your bundle of joy and the planet! It’s important to remember, however, that just because the label on a cleaning product says “non-toxic” or “biodegradable” doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. Here are a few more best practices when selecting safe-for-baby cleaning products.

Now…carry on with the household baby-proofing and “greening” of your little one!

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