It’s a new season at Enviro Girl’s house. The basketballs have been put aside, the baseball gloves and soccer balls are out of storage. Because she’s got 3 growing boys, Enviro Girl is used to shelling out for sporting gear as her kids play on a variety of teams. But she’s also thrifty and environmentally-conscious. Instead of buying her kids’ (or her own) gloves, cleats, clothes and other sporting equipment brand new from a local Big Box store like Dick’s or Scheels or even Target, she recommends the following: Continue reading
As the Easter Bunny gears up to hop through and deliver baskets in a few weeks, Enviro Girl’s busy giving free advice on how to make those egg hunt/basket traditions a bit more environmentally friendly. Continue reading
Enviro Girl was at a party the other night and again found herself explaining Habitat ReStore to someone. It blows her mind that everyone living in her area isn’t already aware of this awesome shop. When a Dunkin’ Donuts opens up, people line up around the block. But Habitat ReStore, a place twice as fabulous as any donut shop, still seems to fly under everyone’s radar.
On Monday, Enviro Girl posted some terrific tips on eating healthy meals on a budget. Recycla’s family shops, cooks, and eats the same way and they eat very well without a lot of hassle.
One little thing that Recycla does is make breadcrumbs instead of buying them. Buying breadcrumbs at the store appears to be mostly an American thing, as Recycla’s friends in Europe have told her that they don’t have breadcrumbs in stores there.
It’s no surprise to learn that food prices are on the rise. Severe weather prevented many farmers from planting and harvesting as usual, most of the U.S. has experienced drought conditions affecting crop and cattle production, and rising fuel costs and demand all combine to make it more expensive than ever to feed our families. Continue reading
Enviro Girl lives with a husband, three sons and a dog. If you don’t think air quality’s an issue, think again! Between the dirty laundry, sweaty shoes and (shudder) bathroom issues, things can get pretty stinky in her world. How do you keep the air smelling clean when odors abound? Continue reading
Enviro Girl has little patience for manufactured holidays because they stand for everything bad for the environment: waste, consumerism, pollution and packaging. She despises the aisles full of Valentine’s Day crap pitched at people–perfumes, stuffed animals, candy and heart-shaped trinkets. Her family only celebrates Valentine’s Day by default. Enviro Girl’s sons bring cards to their classmates and send cards to the grandparents. That’s it. But IF Enviro Girl’s husband were to suddenly get struck by Cupid’s arrow, here are ten loving gestures that she wouldn’t snub: Continue reading
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we might all be looking for a little “green” love to share this holiday.
The Green Queen has a few pinspirations to share that might be just the ticket to get you going toward recycling, repurposing and reusing.
Do you have a stack of books sitting around the house that you just can’t part with but you’ve read one too many times to put the time back into them? Well here’s a way to have them help put time back into you. Simply turn your books into a shelf. This green bookshelf will end up helping you in more ways than one. By getting organized with the help of these old books, you just might find that you have a few more minutes in your day to do the things you’ve been putting off, like reading a new book.
And, if that’s not enough to get you reusing your old materials laying around your house, how ’bout this craft?
You can make scratch paper from recycled books. If you want to find out how, just pop over here.
The other day Enviro Girl was talking to another mom at their sons’ basketball game. This mom has 3 little kids and hasn’t invested a lot of time in updating her wardrobe. “When I shop, I always end up getting stuff for them. It’s just so overwhelming even getting started on shopping for myself. I know my closet is hopelessly outdated. I don’t even know where to start.” That’s the gist of what she said, anyway. Enviro Girl saw her opening.
A lot of people hibernate in winter–they renew health club membership or invest in a treadmill for their basement. They forgo the fresh air and sunshine to get their heart rate up in climate controlled space under fluorescent lights. Environ Girl encourages you to EMBRACE the silent season–snow and ice can be your friend and the best thing about winter sports? They’re mostly cheap or free! Once you give them a try, you’ll be WANTING the weather forecast to tell you more flakes are in the forecast! Continue reading