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4 Easy Steps to Carpooling
September 4, 2008, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Commuting Without Consuming | Tags: , , , , ,

1. Create a chain of communication! Carpools should be determined based on a common goal, whether it transporting your kids to and from school, ride sharing to work, or running house hold errands. Compose a list of members, with emails, phone numbers, addresses etc. This will make things easier when determining a schedule or making any changes.

2. Establish driving responsibilites: If your group wants to rotate on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, and the times at which people are expected to arrive. Punctuality is a must!

3. Decide when enough is enough: as a group, come up with a system that eliminates people who are habitually late. If and when there is a no show figure out the protocal. My personal policy is 3 strikes, you’re out.

4. Finally, be picky. Don’t arrange carpools that are out of your way. Try establishing systems within your community, this way, no one is paying too much for high gas prices. Localize yourself! Remember, localization=empowerment



Energy on the Dance Floor
August 24, 2008, 6:06 pm
Filed under: Green Fashion

So, I was getting my daily fill of news on Current TV and ran across the most ingenious idea ever. As of last month, an eco club called Bar Surya has just opened its doors in London. It is the only one of its kind. The walls are made of old cell phones, the tables out of magazines, and the dance floor uses quartz crystal and ceramic tiles paired with some modern science to convert the energy from dancing into electricity. Best of all? Bar Surya vows to give excess electricity to its neighbors for free!. You can see Current’s video here. Along with all of this, the wine served there is fair trade and organic. I love my refillable wine jug from Whole Foods, but now I can actually go out and not stress on where the wine I’m sipping on came from and whether or not the farmer got a fair price! To find out more about Bar Surya, you can visit this website.

I haven’t been yet, but you can bet I will be attending soon! Pictures to come.

I hope that this sets a standard for more clubs and bars in more cities. With just a couple of renovations, it is easy to make something as indulgent as a nightclub a fantastic eco conscious investment.



Let’s Go for a Walk.
August 21, 2008, 11:18 pm
Filed under: Commuting Without Consuming | Tags: , , , ,

Commuting without consuming is one of my favorite topics to discuss. I hate driving, not only because of what kind of carbon footprint I leave behind as a result, but also because generally speaking, I am a terrible driver. It’s been about 5 years since I’ve been behind the wheel of a car, and I like it that way. At times, it’s been frustrating, made me late for appointments, and has left me without enough hands to carry home groceries- but these everyday issues become tiny adventures, and make life more interesting. This will be an open forum to discuss public transportation, hybrids, ethanol, bio fuel, and everything else that falls into the realm of sustainable transportation. Enjoy!



Dinner’s Ready.

I am a Wholefoods junkie. I admit, my snacking vices include, but are not limited to: wasabi peanuts, chocolate covered soy nuts, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and Lay’s potato chips. With all of these amazing grocery stores around, there is definitely no need to buy anything that has a list of ingredients more than 3 lines long. What I am aiming for are simple, tasty recipes that are substantial and organic. I am vegan, so there will certainly be tons of vegan and vegetarian tips in here, but if you are a carnivore have no fear! We will cover the cheese/meat/dairy issues as well.



Come on in!
August 21, 2008, 12:45 pm
Filed under: Green Fashion | Tags: , , ,

Welcome to my first green fashion blog! My interest in green fashion began the day I met my husband. He was wearing hemp shoes with soles made from recycled tires. They were fabulous, they were Simple, they were also from Nordstrom. I asked him about them, and decided then and there that shoes should not only be ridiculously fun to shop for and wear, but that they should also be conversation starters. Everything I wear should feel substantial and hip. Not only that, but now I demand the product be sustainable. Simple Shoes is a great example, but there are so many more products and stores to explore. I hope this will be a useful resource for those of you looking to do the same. Let’s save the earth, one closet at a time… ok, well, that’s a bit of an overstatement, but you get the picture.



A Family Affair

Sustainable living is one of the biggest lifestyle trends right now. It’s so important to make sure that kids understand the value of the choices they make, and hopefully with good food and fun games, parents can make the transition from twinkies to muesli a little bit easier. We live in an age where family dinners mean KFC around the television, and it has to stop. With childhood obesity rates sky rocketing, the best thing you can do for your children is to engage them in an active lifestyle. With any luck, this blog will be a useful resource for those of you who are looking for some interactive games, and perhaps it will even spur a dialogue among readers. Let’s have some good old fashioned fun with the family!




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