Simple tips

Simple tips

Everyone knows the key to fighting climate change and being more green is lowering your carbon footprint. Sounds simple enough, but keeping greenhouse gas emissions in mind during the regular course of your day can be anything but simple. But don't worry the road to being more eco friendly is straighter than you think. Sometimes a few simple tips are all you need to get started. Try these easy ways to fight climate change and soon they will be a part of your everyday life!

Days without meat: the non-vegetarian initiative that convinced 86,000 people to skip meat

Dagen Zonder Vlees

As a Flemish girl, I was taught that a decent meal had to have potatoes, vegetables and meat. But in 2011, another Flemish girl turned my ideas about food upside down. This year, over 86,000 people are following her by eating less meat for 40 days. Meet Dagen Zonder Vlees, a booming Belgian initiative.

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5 green tips for your summer backyard bash

Summer has finally arrived, which means that the weather is finally allowing us to throw our much beloved backyard patio parties. Planning a get-together with friends and family involves preparing supplies, food, beverages, games and sometimes even decorations (if we are getting really fancy). Although it is tempting to take a more convenient route and head to a nearby dollar store to get paper plates and plastic cutlery, or going to a fast food restaurant for a quick and ready meal, those are not the most green options.

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Have you tried the five minute shower challenge?

If you watch the news or read the newspaper you will learn about the terrible drought in California. This is the fourth year California is in a severe drought. California Governor Jerry Brown announced a drought State of Emergency in January 2015 and ordered strict conservation measures statewide. On May 5, 2015 California water regulators ordered tough restrictions on residents' use of water. Californians are required to cut their water usage up to 35 percent or they will face harsh fines under proposed new rules.

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New Year, New Eco Friendly You

Whether you are a college or high school student, someone who's been out of school for a little while or you consider yourself a baby boomer, everyone needs a fresh start at the beginning of a new year. With 2015 in full motion, put your resolutions list to what I like to call the “Green Test”. Unlike some tests we’ve taken in our lives, this one is pretty easy to pass. The only prerequisite is, make sure these tasks are beneficiary to not only you but your environment.
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Tips for a successful farmer's market trip

The Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market [http://desmoinesfarmersmarket.com/] just started up again, and I could not wait to ride my bike down to buy some plants, produce and breakfast. While I've been frequenting farmers' markets for several years, I can remember my first visit to a farmers' market and how intimidating the process was.

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Plant a Tree, Reduce Carbon Emissions

Many people are now aware that high amounts of carbon dioxide pose a threat to the environment. In fact, studies have shown that climate warming is very likely due to the increase of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere produced by human beings (1). While it is important to reduce the amount of carbon emissions we each produce on a regular basis, the act of clearing the atmosphere of already existing carbon dioxide emissions is necessary as well.

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Environmentally Conscious Living in the Age of the App

Technology is providing innovative ways for people to be environmentally conscious and health attentive. While there is an abundance of information on the Internet to browse through at any given time, apps have been able to condense knowledge, and deliver the information in a more concentrated format. Below are four FREE apps that are paving the way for "green living" in our daily lives.

iRecycle
Availiable for iOS, Android & iPad

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Insulated Curtains: Energy Efficient and Cost Effective

As the summers are approaching, it is time to start thinking of ways to make the indoors cooler. And what better way to save energy and change the look of your house than to switch to insulated curtains. Yes, these drapes keep the indoors cool during those long summer days and give your living area a fresh feel for the new season as well. There are many benefits of this energy saving idea and it can fit any budget.

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