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Embrace the Unexpected

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | January 6th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: Annie Bond, bedding, change, comforter, cotton, Deepka Chopra, eco-friendly, environmental, fabric, friends, green, life, mattress, Merlin, natural fibers, new, organic wool, Quotes, spirituality, strangers, The Way of the Wizard, unexpected, unpredictable

Woman with her arms open to the skyGifts of Unpredictability

Despite the fact that your ego hates unpredictability, the truth is that you have benefited from it again and again. Think for a moment about the unexpected opportunities that have come your way, offers of help you never anticipated, sudden brainstorms and inspirations, impulsive decisions to move or to talk to a stranger that opened new horizons. This is the natural way to live. “Your life is already organized within itself,” Merlin said. “Life flows from life, the bud unfolds into the flower, the child ripens into the adult. Trust in each stage, celebrate it, and allow the next one to come to you effortlessly.”

Is Going Green Just a Feel-Good Choice?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | November 18th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: automobiles, bats, bird deaths, birds, Canada geese, canoe, carbon emissions, cars, chemicals, climate change, CO2, eco-friendly, energy, environment, environmental toxins, environmentalist, fossil fuels, green, green building, greenwashing, Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, kayak, kayaking, landfills, LEED, LEED buildings, LEED certification, nature enthusiasts, nature photography, nature photos, photography, plastic, power grid, recreation, recycler, recycling, sandhill cranes, save the environment, skyscrapers, songbirds, toxins, transportation, travel, turbines, water sports, weather, wildlife, wind farms, wind power

Sandhill cranes

Buying a kayak qualifies as a “big purchase” for my family, and my husband and I recently took that huge step. Although we’ve had a canoe for a long time, this is our first acquisition of this type of silent-sports, aquatic craft.

Raising My (Almost) Teen to Be Green

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | May 21st, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: eco, farm-fresh, fast food, green, organic, pack lunch, teen, Ziploc

Teen Going GreenMy daughter loves anything that comes individually wrapped. She adores new clothes. She’s mad about electronics. And has never met a nail polish she doesn’t crave.

She takes 40-minute showers. Hot.

She groans at the prospect of riding her bike to school. Begs to go to the mall with her friends.

Let It All Hang Out: A Clothesline Buying Guide

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | May 20th, 2010 | 7 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: cleaning, clothesline, green, home, laundry, line drying, Spring

Hanging Laundry on a CloselineI don’t know about you, but I love doing the laundry when it involves line drying the load outside instead of using the dryer. It’s part pure eco-satisfaction, and I love how fresh the clothes seem as a result. It also appeals to my frugal side, since line drying can save $135 annually.

Other reasons why I love line drying clothes:

Planning a Wedding that Won’t Break the Bank or the Planet

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | April 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: Clothing, favors, flowers, food, green, inexpensive, invitations, simple, sustainable, transportation, weddings

wedding in the woods

Weddings are expensive, both to the pocketbook and the planet. If you’re lucky in love and planning a wedding this year, why not make it simple and sustainable?

Here’s a few money-saving, eco-ideas to get you started:

Invitations

Buy simple invitations printed on 100-percent post-consumer recycled paper. Before ordering them from a large-scale company, research printing shops in your local community. You’ll get the personal attention and detail that you won’t through a commercial company, and your dollars will support a local business.

Beware Greenwashers: Green is Not the New Black!

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | February 26th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: corporate misbehavior, environmentalism, environmentally friendly, green, Greenpeace, greenwashing

It’s not easy buying green, especially since green has been touted as the new black.  Like the “black” of a previous generation, today’s “green” is considered sexy, trendy and it looks good on everyone. And while the branding of green has led to an increased environmental and ecological awareness, which has oftentimes proved beneficial for our planet and her people, the increased awareness has also created a muddled perspective of what really constitutes green. The public relations whiz kids of the corporate world have jumped on the green wagon and, wa-la, companies with questionable environmental practices and policies have been spun from black to green.

Carnival of the Green # 196!

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | September 14th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: blogosphere, blogs, Carnival of the Green, eco, environment, green, treehugger, twitter

Carnival of the Green

Welcome to the 196th edition of Carnival of the Green, brought to you by Gaiam! Thanks to TreeHugger, this week we bring you the best in Green from around the blogosphere and Twitterverse.

Big thanks to EcoTech Daily for hosting last week’s Carnival and keep an eye out for the next installment at La Marguerite on September 21st. For more information and to submit your site for consideration as a host, read this.

Cash for Clunkers – Not SO Green

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | August 12th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: cars, cash for clunkers, enviro, green

Back in June when I wrote about the upcoming Cash for Clunkers program, few observers actually thought many people would take advantage of it. Surprisingly, then, as you’ve probably heard on the news, it was so wildly successful that it used up its entire $1 billion allotment in a single week!

Confessions of a Non-Recycler’s Accomplice

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | July 22nd, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: disposal habits, eco-friendly, environment, green, Green Living, recycling, sustainablility, trash disposal

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He threw one beer can in the trash. Then another. Then at least a dozen more. And I didn’t do anything about it.

“He” is my husband’s brother, and it was his trash and his house. My family and I were guests for five days this summer and accomplices to his unsustainable disposal habits.

Wanderlust Festival: Where Yoga Meets Music and Nature

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 7th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Yoga | tags: 50 Days 50 Yoga Studios road trip, environment, environmentalism, green, Kasey Luber, Lake Tahoe, local food, music, nature, organic, Squaw Valley, sustainablility, Wanderlust Festival, Yoga

wanderlust by itselfThis July, a new kind of festival will bring together the world’s leading yoga teachers and best rock ‘n’ roll performers in a breathtaking setting of natural beauty. The Wanderlust Festival, dedicated to both “spiritual and physical exploration,” will take place July 24-26 in Squaw Valley USA, Lake Tahoe, Calif. Gaiam is a sponsor of the festival, and our Yogamates.com editor Kasey Luber will conclude her 50 Days 50 Yoga Studios road trip at Wanderlust.