What if I told you that one of our greatest environmental problems is also our dumbest problem? What if I told you that by reducing our food waste, we could reduce the amount of methane we emit into the atmosphere and reduce an equally stupid social justice issue? I've already talked about food waste and… Continue reading Week 27: Eleven Food Waste Hacks
I used to love getting balloons. It was such a rare treat and I usually only got them on my birthday if I asked for them. I usually hung onto them until the helium migrated its way out and the balloon dragged sadly onto the floor. Still, I've seen plenty of other people releasing balloons… Continue reading Week 26: Balloons Don’t Go to Heaven
Welcome to the 21st century where we treat everything as disposable...including the Mother Earth and her natural resources. From cars to shoes, when something breaks, we are often more inclined to replace things when they break than to fix them. While having shiny new products can be exciting, it takes its toll on the environment.… Continue reading Week 25: Don’t Replace it, Repair it!
Zero waste has become the new buzzword of the green movement. Or at least, I think it has. But I also spend a lot of time on YouTube scouring for other sustainability vloggers. You see people proudly displaying their mason jars containing a year's worth of trash and perusing the bulk store aisles with their… Continue reading Week 24: Going Zero Waste and How to Create a Zero Waste Kit
They came from far away! They grow at speeds you wouldn't believe! They take over every inch of space! They block out sunlight and poison their neighbors! What are "they"? Invasive plants of course! So yeah, let's save the trees...but not the invasive ones, okay? This week's challenge is all about invasive plants and how… Continue reading Week 23: Save a Life, Plant a Native!
This is not exactly what this week's blog post was supposed to be about...I think that topic may have to wait until next week, because right now this is the topic on my mind. When you start making the switch to green living, you may find that the transition is relatively easy on a personal… Continue reading Week 22: Be the Green Sheep
Today as I was flipping through my usual YouTube videos and blog posts, it hit me. Not for the first time, it occurred to me that I live in a bubble. A green bubble if you will. I also live in a bubble of privilege. Whether or not I was unconsciously aware of this growing… Continue reading Life in the Green Bubble
Sometimes, my family and I butt heads over the whole green movement thing. As I've mentioned time and time again...it isn't super convenient. When it comes to my choices for deodorant or shampoo or even food, I often leave my family scratching their heads. However, my family does care about the environment quite a lot.… Continue reading Week 21: Don’t Get Greenwashed!!
Woohoo!!!! 20 weeks into the sustainable living challenge! If you've been keeping up with me so far, give yourself a round of applause! I would do it myself...but somehow writing it just can't compare to the real thing... This week, I have a challenge for you that is not only fantastic for the environment, but… Continue reading Week 20: Get Used to Getting it Used
Happy Monday everyone! I'm back to reality after a wonderful weekend up in Pennsylvania hugging friends and trees and taking in the fresh air. One of the many wonderful things about visiting a bunch of grad students studying wildlife is that it gets you thinking. And one thing I've been thinking about is the idea… Continue reading Where’s the Silver Bullet?