Are You A Green Driver or a Fossil Fool?

If you live in Seattle, WA, you can pat yourself on the back for being one of the greenest commuters in the country. According to a new study released in the July/August issue of Men's Health, Seattle ranks #1 in a poll of 100 major cities in the U.S. for minimizing emissions. The study looked at data on gas consumption, measured miles racked up annually, checked air quality (ozone and particle … [Read more...]

Homemade Organic Play Dough

megamind download movie In my research for The Green Parent: A Kid-Friendly Guide to Earth-Friendly Living, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lori Helman, mom of 4, enterpreneur, homeschool teacher, environmental activist, and founder of Momma’s Baby. While we spoke on the phone, this incredible mom’s four young children were playing silently in the same room with some organic playdough that … [Read more...]

Why Are YOU A Green Parent?

Why do you strive to be a Green Parent? The Green Parent asked and you answered.... "I'm a green parent because I was raised by green parents. I was raised to be aware of how I spend the planet's finite resources. Now that I'm a parent, I want to leave my children a clean planet. I want Max to be a responsible steward of Earth's resources." Marti, San Diego CA, mom to 3 yr old Max “I want … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Green, Clean, and Beautiful

You may be surprised to hear that toxins are lurking in your bathroom? And I'm not talking about whatever's hiding on your faucet handles or under your toilet seat. I'm talking about the thousands of chemicals that are found in the very products you use to get clean and beautiful each day. Just how toxic is your bathroom? To date, 89% of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products … [Read more...]

A Bright Idea: Save Money with Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs

Lighting accounts for about 20% of the total energy use in the average American home. It's also an easy place to save energy and therefore save a bundle of cash each month. Here's how: Don’t overlook the obvious: turn off lights when you leave a room. Use a lower wattage bulb whenever possible Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with energy and money-saving, compact fluorescents (or … [Read more...]

Top 10 Ways To Save Money By Going Green

High prices got you down? The politicians can talk all the want but the truth of the matter is that prices are rising faster than paychecks can keep up. The good news is that you can save tons of money each month on your energy bills, water bills, trash bills, and even your shopping bills, by making choices that protect the environment. Here are the top 10 ways to save money by going green: 1. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Ways To Green Your Office

Not long ago, the environment and business were seen as opposing forces. But today, companies both large and small are beginning to see the environmental and economic benefits of adding green to their bottom line. Whether you have a home office, run your own company, or work for a corporation, incorporating green practices into your workplace can save money, boost employee morale, attract … [Read more...]

Al Gore For President in 2008?

What has more twists and turns than a roller coaster and more plot changes than your favorite soap opera? This year's presidential elections! According to sources over at Grist environmental news website, Al Gore will announce his candidacy for president this week. Gore is apparently fed up by the fact the climate change is not getting more attention from any of the candidates (both Dem and … [Read more...]

Turn Out For Earth Hour

Want to make a big impact this weekend? This Saturday at 8pm you could be part of a worldwide movement to call attention to and take a stand against global warming. And all you have to do is turn off the lights. Last year, Earth Hour was launched in Sydney Australia. In that one city 2.2 million people turned off their lights for one hour, resulting in a 10.2% energy reduction. Imagine what … [Read more...]

Buy The Green Parent and Help Plant One Million Trees!

Every year, roughly 20 million trees are cut down to supply paper for books sold in the U.S. Couple that with the extensive amounts of water, chlorine, toxic binders, and petroleum-based inks that are used to create your favorite new title, and it makes for an industry that can be quite toxic to the environment. So I couldn't be happier that The Green Parent:A Kid-Friendly Guide to … [Read more...]

Give Your Car a Gas-Saving Tune-Up

Feeling the sting at the pump lately? You can alleviate some of this misery by making sure your car is properly tuned. Your car should receive a professional tune-up every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first, in order to run at its maximum fuel efficiency. But there are a number of things you could do in between those tune-ups to make sure you’re squeezing the most efficiency out … [Read more...]

Test Your Global Warming I.Q.

Sure, you know that global warming is bad, but what else do you know about this global phenomenon? Take this quiz to test your global warming I.Q. What Do You Know About Global Warming? What are greenhouse gases? Heat-trapping gases found in the Earth's atmosphere Vapors emitted from a green house Smog New eco-friendly fuels for cars Question 1 out of 10 Quiz by … [Read more...]

Toilet Talk: Green Parenting for the Potty?

Are you flushing money (and the environment) down the toilet? In the typical American household, 35 to 45% of all of the drinkable (or potable) water is used to flush the toilet. Older model toilets are the worst offenders, using 7-10 gallons of water with each flush. Newer models are slightly more conservative, using between 3-5 gallons. Flushing gallons of water down the toilet is not only … [Read more...]

It's Good To Share

Mornings in my house revolve around a frenzy of food. Between preparing breakfast for my girls (they are on a cinnamon toast kick) to packing their lunches (PB&J, carrots, and applesauce), and taking a stab at defrosting what we will have for dinner, it seems almost surreal to me that outside my home, throughout my town, my country, and certainly throughout the world, there are mothers who … [Read more...]

Eco Confessions of a "Not-So-Green" Green Parent

I recently heard from one of my subscribers who was thrilled with the info she found in The Green Parent no strings attached movie clothing but felt overwhelmed with guilt because she simply could not do all of the things she thought she should be doing to help protect the planet. So I thought it was high time for a few Green Parent "eco-confessions." Here goes: 1. We live 3 blocks away from a … [Read more...]