Green Beer: Not Just for St. Patrick’s Day

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | March 10th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bars, beer, beer bottles, beer cans, brewery, brewing, carbon-footprint, celebration, delivery, drinking, eco-friendly, emissions, environmental footprint, green, green beer, holiday, Irish, local, New Belgium, organic, Oscar Blues, Otter Creek, recyclable, recycling, Samuel Smith, St. Patrick's Day, USDA, Wolaver's

When I told my husband I picked up some green beer, he assumed I meant a brew reserved for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (which is strange since I usually don’t even wear green that day).

No, I bought the other kind of green beer: eco-beer — extra refreshing whether it’s March 17 or any other day. I don’t remember ever seeing ecological beer in the States, so I was intrigued when I saw the label while living in Sweden last year.

How to Eat Local in the Winter

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | December 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: carbon-footprint, eating in season, eating local, food, food miles, frozen food, winter vegetables


Are carrots and turnips getting a bit old? What to eat?! It sure is tempting to reach for artichokes and avocados instead, but out-of-season produce is an extravagance because it is so energy-intensive to transport to your kitchen.

Has Earth Day Lost Its Appeal?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 19th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: bikeshare, carbon-footprint, carshare, clean energy, climate change, Earth Day, Earth Month, economic issues, energy efficient, environment, environmental issues, EPA, fossil fuel, Green Living, hybrid cars, plastic bags, politics, radio show, recycle, reduce, renewable-energy, reusable grocery bags, reuse, save money, solar panels, wind energy, wind turbines

Earth Day

I recently did an interview with a local radio station. I’d been invited on to talk about Earth Month and what we can do in our homes to reduce our carbon footprint.

I offered up my usual advice — neither new nor glamorous, but nonetheless worth repeating. We must, I said, remember that the three Rs start with “reduce.” We absolutely must reduce our consumption of fossil-fuel-burning energy. And then I outlined how incredibly simple — as well as economically sound — this is. If you’re doing it right, I said, living green should, overall, save you money.

The radio interviewer interrupted. “Hasn’t Earth Day lost its appeal?” he asked. “Didn’t it used to be trendy? Don’t you worry now that no one cares?”

Green Your Family: A 5-Step Plan to Success

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 21st, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bicycle, bicycling, bike, car-pooling, carbon-footprint, cars, children, climate change, driving, eco-friendly, emissions, energy, environment, family, food miles, garbage, go green, investing, kids, local, money, new year's resolutions, parenting, planet, power, public transit, recycling, saving, showers, tele-commuting, trash, waste, water use

Family taking out the recycling

Was “go green” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Even if your composter is still empty and there are chemical cleaners still lurking in your cabinets, don’t fret — Only 12 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them for a year. Which, frankly, is 12 percent more than I would have guessed. But if you’re like me and the other 88 percent, what can help us keep resolutions is the support of others.

With that in mind, this Earth Day I’m enlisting my family in the greening goals I set for 2011. And by “greening” (aren’t we all just getting sick to death of that word?), I mean treading more lightly on my wallet, my Daytimer, my blood pressure and Mother Earth. Surely THAT’s a resolution worth fighting for!

Water Has a Footprint Too: 4 Ways You Can Save the Planet and Your Energy Bill

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | March 30th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: aerator, carbon-footprint, energy conservation, faucet, low-flow, rainwater, water conservation, water-saving

Perhaps it’s because I spent 10 years in Colorado, where the dry climate means every drop of water really counts, but I always conserved water just to conserve water. It recently occurred to me that water conservation is about saving energy too.

Boxed Wine: Tacky or Eco-Trendy?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | February 12th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bag-in-box, boxed wine, carbon-footprint, food miles, wine

I am no wine snob. Most of the time, I pick the bottle that has the best label and isn’t shipped from another continent (to reduce carbon miles).

Still, I was a little surprised when I went to a small dinner party a couple of weeks ago and watched my host fill my glass of red wine from a box.

Gordon Brown: Prime Minister of Pollution

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | March 2nd, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Celebrity Planet | tags: Angela Merkel, carbon-footprint, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Photo from Prime Minister Brown's official Website.

Photo from Prime Minister Brown's official Website.

Well this is a title I suspect he’d rather not have!

It was announced today that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown causes more greenhouse-gas emissions than other major European leaders, reports the French environmental magazine Terra Eco.

Why I’m Trying to Put Frozen Produce on Ice

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | February 3rd, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: carbon-footprint, eating in season, eating local, food miles, recipes, winter vegetables

Just because most of my frozen veggies are eco doesn't make them the most environmentally friendly food choice.
Just because most of my frozen veggies are eco doesn’t make them the most environmentally friendly food choice.

For those of us trying our best to eat seasonally, this is the most challenging time of year. The farmers’ markets are closed down until spring in most parts of the country (here in Sweden, too), and the backyard garden looks like a cemetery of plant stakes.

One Flight = HOW Much CO2?! Slashing my holiday footprint …

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | December 3rd, 2008 | 5 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: air travel, carbon-footprint, climate change, green-travel, holiday travel

I did the math in my head. We have one car that barely gets driven, a TV and DVD player that get unplugged when not in use, plus a diet free of meat — and I have to admit that I was feeling a bit overconfident when I plugged my numbers into the carbon calculator at

Living Roundup: SATC Secrets & More

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 30th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News | tags: camping, carbon-footprint, children, city, global-warming, mothers, movie, sex, skin-care, summer, Yoga

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better.

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