Are 3D Printers Green?

As someone who likes to create new things, I have been following the 3D Printing revolution from the sidelines for a couple of years.  Until now, getting in the game required spending over $1,000 and dozens of hours, which for a toy or at best hobby, was just too much for us.  Now with the […]

Green Holidays Solar Panel Jewelry Giveaway

Welcome to the A Very Green Christmas Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and Brittleby’s Corner together with the Green Moms Network! Each of the participating blogs is offering a green Christmas Gift themed giveaway, just in time for the holidays! There’s sure to be something for everyone on your list. We hope you’ll discover […]

Paying For Plastic Bags

We’re visiting Washington D.C. and today at the Food Court in the Ronald Regan Building (a wonderful find by the way). I saw the following sign: I have seen a variety of efforts to ban plastic bags, but I was not aware that DC had passed this law in 2009.  I mentioned it to the […]

Don’t forget Mothers Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Mom’s love their kids and what you do far more than any stuff you can give them. Here are some tips from Alicia on 10 Last Minute Green Gifts Mom will Love. I have a few things in the works, but I can’t share them yet or I’d ruin the […]

Less is More

A friend shared this great TED Talk from Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger, about how having less stuff leads to more happiness. As a family of five that feels crammed in our own 1,600 sqft home, the idea of living in a 420 sqft apartment is mind boggling, but would certainly be greener.  Take the next […]

Do I Need This?

People are protesting a new coal terminal in the Northwest US.  The terminal is being built to export coal to China.  Why?  China needs more coal. But ask yourself, why does China need more coal? Perhaps because we keep buying things made in China. Now, there are reasons to make things in China, and there […]

Shopping Local – Hold A Craft Fair During Coffee Hour

Jon recently helped organize a small craft fair during coffee hour at church, and it was an easy way to encourage people to buy local.  Below, we give simple directions for organizing a simple craft fair.  It’s so easy, anyone can do it. Buying local is good for the environment because it cuts down on […]

Jon’s Green Holiday Gift Guide – 2012

We are now entering the crazy time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  When Black Friday hits, millions of Americans will go nuts buying things as gifts.  Hopefully more shoppers will think about the joy of giving and less about buying stuff.  As you go out or online to do your holiday shopping, please keep the planet […]

Disney Keeps a Tight Reign on Labor Practices

Have you noticed how you never see bad reports of Disney labor practices in the news? It turns out there is a good reason for this. They have very strict labor practices, and they enforce them. Disney has a Code of Conduct for Manufacturers and it is public and on the web. This code includes […]

Greening the Family Car – Choosing Your Top Features

Back in 2004 when we were new parents of twins, our definition of a green family car was a family vehicle that would carry all of us, including my sister-in-law and was the color green.  We purchased a 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan (middle vehicle) that would seat 7 and carry enough gear for everyone. Honda CRV […]