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Going Green For Back To School

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Believe it or not it’s almost back to school time again. This year while you are getting the kids ready to hit the books again why not take the extra time to make the whole process a little bit greener. Here are some tips:

Take Inventory Before You Shop – There is no rule that says little Johnny must have a brand new book bag every year if last years is still perfectly serviceable. Neither does he have to have two dozen new pencils if he already has a pencil box full of them. By being realistic about what your kids really need to be ready to go back to school – instead of giving in to what they want – you will reduce waste and save some money.

Go Green Clothes Shopping – New clothes are probably the biggest expenditure Moms and Dads have before every new school year begins. Thrift stores are a great place to find clothes fore back to school and at most of them even your fashionista teenage daughter will be able to find clothes that she approves of. While you are there why not drop off the clothes she has grown out of as well so that a younger girl can take advantage of her superior sense of style.

If you must buy new look for environmentally friendly materials like natural cotton, hemp and wool rather than disposable fashions that’ll wear out (and wear down the planet’s resources) before spring graduation

Be Paper Conscious – Paper still rules the day in moist schools although most of the rest of the world has almost forgotten what taking notes in a notebook (other than the laptop computer kind) actually is. This said you can still make greener choices when buying your kids stationery supplies. Buy products with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content possible, that is processed chlorine free (PCF), such as New Leaf Paper for printers, and Mead Recycled Notebooks for use in school.

These are just a few tips for adding a little green to your back to school routine. For more great tips about all things green, or to add your own, please visit Tip the Planet, the fastest growing Green Wiki on the Web.

Easy Ways you can Help Preserve our Oceans

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The continuing devastation caused by the recent Deep Horizon oil rig spill has served to remind many people just how important it is to conserve and protect ocean and marine environments everywhere. Even if you live miles and miles away from the nearest coastline what you as an individual does can have an impact on the health of marine environments. Here are a few simple ways you can make that impact a positive one:

Reduce the Amount of Plastic you Use – Almost all the garbage cleared away during the average beach cleanup is plastic. Drinking bottles, plastic shopping bags and utensils all find their way to the beach and not only clutter up the landscape but endanger the marine life as well. If you are going to the beach make you leave with everything you took there – including your garbage if there are no suitable disposable facilities nearby.

Choose your Detergents Carefully – Apart from the fact that green detergents are better for you and your family’s health anyway it is well worth remembering that what goes down the drain may very well end up in the lakes, streams and even the oceans, perhaps miles away from where you live.

Buy Seafood with Care – Whether you are out a restaurant or strolling the aisles of your local grocery store try to buy seafood that has been sustainably harvested. When eating out if your waiter does not know where the fish came from order something else – or find somewhere else to go for dinner.

Vacation Responsibly – When choosing a hotel take the time to make a phone call to ask the staff what happens to their sewage and swimming pool water, and if they source their restaurant fish from sustainable sources. If you are taking a trip to the beach stay off fragile sand dunes and resist the temptation to take home pieces of the beach for souvenirs.

Do you have more marine preservation ideas to share? If so please add them to the green wiki Tip the Planet and share the knowledge with others.

Going Green for the Summer

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Summer is here and most of us will be spending plenty of time outdoors, so it only makes sense that people ‘should’ be thinking greener than ever. Here are some great ways that you can enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer while still doing your part to keep Mother Nature happy:
Clever Cooling – As soon as the temperature begins to heat up its tempting to blast the AC day and night. It does not have to be that way though. No one is suggesting that you have to give up your air conditioner completely but by following some of Tip the Planet’s clever cooling tips, you can save money and stay chill all season long. For instance, did you know that by installing light-colored awning s some studies report that you can reduce heat gain in your home by up to 77 percent?!
Buy Local – Planning a couple of cookouts this summer? Help the environment and your local economy by seeking out local foods to throw on the grill whenever possible. Tip the Planet has some wonderful tips for getting the best bang for your buck when buying local produce.
Be Nice at the Beach – We all enjoy a great day at the beach. And that is the way it should be, but pollution caused by careless humans makes a trip to some beaches a not so pleasant experience. It is every individual’s responsibility to keep the beaches clean and safe for everyone to enjoy for years to come. This means doing a little more than just remembering to take your empty cans, bottles and dirty diapers home with you (although all of those things are a great place to start).
Before you head out for your next day of sand, sea and fun make sure you read Tip the Planet’s beach environment tips to learn more about what you can do to help preserve the summer fun for us all.
Relax Responsibly – Need new patio chairs? Deck furniture looking a little the worse for wear? Before you head out for the local home store or the nearest Wal-Mart check out Tip the Planet’s guide to choosing environmentally friendly furniture that can help you relax responsibly without having to sacrifice style or comfort.
Tip the Planet is the fastest growing green wiki on the Net. Have a great green summer tip to share? Add it to Tip the Planet and help educate us all.