Category Archives: Holidays

All holidays, all times of year, make it sustainable

Alternatives to Fireworks on the Fourth


Have a wonderful 4th of July this year, but consider skipping the fireworks.

I know, this has always been a favorite part of the celebration for me as well. But then I learned about all the negative environmental and health impacts that fireworks have. Heavy metals, chemicals in the air and water, and not even mentioning how scared it makes pets and wildlife with all the explosions.

So as much as we have enjoyed fireworks in the past, we have decided to adopt a different ritual this year.. outdoor movies! Our neighbor sets up a big, blow-up outdoor screen and using an LCD projector, we watch movies in our backyard. It is totally fun without the impact.

Some other ideas?
Attend or create a laser show.
Go stargazing and count shooting stars.
Build a campfire.
Have a barbecue on the beach.
Watch fireworks previously recorded on You Tube!

Enjoy the holiday but maybe take a break from the boom! Boom! Pow! of the fireworks this year.

Lean, GREEN, Workout Routine

For many of us, the New Year welcomes a renewed mission to get healthy and adopt better habits.  For me this includes a return to eating more vegetables and working out more.  This year, I took a look at my work out regiment to discover solutions that are good for me and the environment.  Here are some ways that you too could “green” your workout routine.

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Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s is not a blow-the-doors-off party for us.  We take time with the family and enjoy a quiet evening together and a bonfire (weather permitting of course).  After all the busy rushing around, it is our time to reflect on the past year and ponder how we want to approach the fresh start that the New Year offers.

Beyond the traditional diet promises that we all make only to abandon them 2-weeks later, we look for one little thing we can do for the planet.  Your resolution choice is completely up to you, but to make things easy we have listed some of our favorite, simple things you could commit to.  After all, no point in starting really big and feeling like you have a mountain to climb.

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Wrapping up Christmas: a guide for gift giving

It is that time of year.  The scramble for the big Christmas day is underway!  You are in one of two positions this time of year: One, you are frantically trying to get your shopping done (or started) or two, you are struggling to get everything wrapped.

For the first, I wish you the best of luck and encourage you to check out some of my last minute sustainable gift ideas, or websites like World Vision, Uncommon Goods, and Ten Thousand Villages for unique and environmentally-friendly gifts.

For the second, I found myself in this boat and looking for some better solutions to wrap all the holiday gifts this season.  According to the EPA, from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25% and it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills (EPA and Use Less Stuff).  That doesn’t feel good in a season where we are trying to give better lives.

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