Friday, December 8, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
You can Give Green to your kiddos w/ Eco-friendly Toys. Start them early helping and appreciating the world around them. There’s only 1 Mama Earth, and we need to take care of her. Here’s a list to check out. It’s #1Thing you can do.
Top 10 Toy Brands
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it… Thursday, November 23rd! You could make it extra special doing #1THING to make your Thanksgiving more Eco-Friendly. A Big thing for Mama Earth, and one of the best holiday gifts ever! Shannon shared some Sustainable Tips that will be helpful to do #1THING for Thanksgiving this year! Check them out… Have a Happy, Safe & Green Thanksgiving! Enjoy w your family/ friends! #1THING
Thanksgiving is a time for many of us to gather with family and friends. Your Thanksgiving meal and the activities that go along with it present many opportunities to be sustainable and eco-friendly:
- When shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, keep two words in mind: organic and local. These keywords will guarantee a fresher, more nutritious meal.
- Set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often. Also save and reuse decorations.
- After holiday festivities, put leftovers in recyclable containers, and share them with family, friends, or others.
- Where possible, compost leftover food scraps, leaves, and grass clippings.
- After the meal, fill your dishwasher to capacity before running it. You will run fewer cycles, which saves energy.
- Wash and reuse empty glass and plastic jars, milk jugs, coffee cans, dairy tubs, and other similar containers that would otherwise get thrown away. These containers can be used to store leftovers.
- Show your guests where to put recyclables such as aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers.
- Avoid placing hard, thick, or waxy food scraps down the drain. These materials can clog the pipes or damage garbage disposal blades and send parts of your sink to the landfill before their time.
- Buy products in concentrate, bulk, or in refillable containers. Many items are available in these sizes. They reduce packaging waste and can save you money! Combine waste reducing practices, such as buying coffee in bulk and storing it in your leftover empty coffee cans.
- Instead of firmly planting yourself in front of the TV for the day, consider getting some fresh air or playing a board game. Take advantage of the time together with friends and family while decreasing your energy usage.
- If you going away from home for the holidays, to save energy, turn down your thermostat and put lights on timers.
- November is an excellent time of year to conduct neighborhood food or clothing drives to help those in need.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Rainforest Partnership is hosting an extraordinary Thursday night (10/26) of soul-soothing rainforest sights and sounds, mouthwatering food, and revitalizing drinks. Expect the unexpected at the beautiful and historic 800 CONGRESS! Enjoy a delicious dinner, auction and entertainment by Andean Fusion and Tony Morris, all in support of this amazing locally-headquartered global organization!
Mayor Adler, climate champion, will inspire w/ a speech on importance of Tropical Rainforest Protection. Austin filmmaking legend and Academy Award nominated director Richard Linklater’s video interview on the reality of climate change.
Enjoy mouthwatering South American cuisine served by Lima Criolla, with elegant dessert by Barr Mansion and drink from Tito’s, Materra and Holy Kombucha.
Silent Auction that includes:
- Walk-on role in a Richard Linklater film
- Week’s stay at a luxury vacation cottage in Kauia, Hawaii
- -Week’s stay at a gorgeous Tuscany ranch style home near Marfa, TX
- Kendra Scott mystery boxes
A Fabulous #1Thing you can do to help Rainforests and Climate Change. Get Tickets
Rainforest Partnership’s mission:
To protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature.
Climate Change & Rainforests
Rainforests are the lungs of our planet. Rainforest Partnership joins 90% of scientists who believe in climate change and are concerned by what the future holds.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Tricks to Make Your Halloween a Treat for Mother Nature! A Yummy & Fun 1Thing to try this Halloween
1.) Instead of buying a costume that will be worn once & thrown away, make costumes from old clothes & other items you have around the house. You can also get inexpensive costume materials from thrift stores or yard sales, or trade costumes with friends to get something “new” & different to wear. After Halloween, wash & store your costumes for use in subsequent years, trade with friends, or donate the clothing from which they were made to day care centers, homeless shelters, or charities.
2.) Use recycled & recyclable materials to create your Halloween decorations. Bed sheets hung from the ceiling or tree branches make great ghosts & can be taken down, laundered, & returned to the linen closet when Halloween is over. Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day. Doing so will not only save energy, but will also help your lights last longer. Instead of throwing away your Halloween decorations each year, store & reuse them year after year, just as you do decorations for many other holidays.
3.) Host a Halloween party that features organic, locally grown pumpkins for carving, apples for bobbing, & other pesticide-free, locally grown foods appropriate to the holiday & the harvest season. Set the table with cloth napkins & reusable dishes, glasses, & silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often.
4.) Once the jack-o-lanterns have been carved & the games have ended, apples & pumpkins can be used in pies, muffins, soups, or other dishes. You can also roast pumpkin seeds & serve them to your guests.
5.) If you don’t already compost, Halloween is a great time to start. You can add post-Halloween jack-o-lanterns to your compost bin, along with fallen leaves, food scraps, & other organic, biodegradable yard & household waste.
6.) When your little ghosts & goblins go trick-or-treating, make sure they carry reusable bags or containers that don’t need to be discarded after they are used. Cloth or canvas shopping bags, or even pillowcases, make terrific eco-friendly alternatives to paper or plastic bags, or to the molded plastic jack-o-lanterns many kids use to collect candy.
7.) When the neighborhood ghouls show up, give them treats that also treat the environment gently. There is a growing variety of eco-friendly candy—from organic chocolate to organic lollipops—available online and from local organic groceries, health food stores, or consumer cooperatives. Choose treats that use little or no packaging. Whenever possible, buy locally produced treats from local merchants.
8.) Rather than drive to other neighborhoods, stick close to home this Halloween & walk from house to house to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution. If you are attending a party, use public transportation or ride your bicycle. If traveling by car is really the only way to join in Halloween fun, try carpooling.
9.) Teach your children to keep candy wrappers in their bags until they return home, or to dispose of them in trash cans along their route. Preventing candy wrappers from becoming Halloween litter on the street is the right way to treat the environment. Take along an extra bag when you take the kids out treat-or-treating, and pick up litter along the way to help clean up the neighborhood.
10.) HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE GREEN HALLOWEEN!
More Green Halloween tips/ideas:
*Halloween Candy/treat ideas click here!
*More ways to celebrate a Green Halloween here
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
InStyle magazine recently released a list of 33 Celebrities who have said ‘NO to Eating Meat’. Adele, Liam Hemsworth and more… Check out why they ‘Don’t Eat Meat‘ or very little when it comes to their diet. They are all doing #1Thing that is helping Mama Earth! Click here to see which celebrities are members of the ‘NO MEAT EATERS CLUB!’
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
It’s #1Thing Liam Payne & friends do for Mama Earth that help keep her waters clean…. What’s your #1Thing? Click here!
Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Green Star Power comes from these popular celebrities. They do #1Things for Mama Earth. Follow them and see what’s up!
Eco- Friendly Celebrities on Instagram:
Monday, June 12, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Daddy’s Day is Sunday. There’s always room for doing #1Thing for Dad & Mama Earth. Here are some ideas…
8 Things to Make it a Greener Father’s Day!
1.) Hit a local trail or park – Check out trail finder, visit a National Park, or make it a tradition to plant a Father’s Day tree!
2.) Pamper Dad the coffee lover. Visit the Rainforest Alliance for eco friendly products.
3.) Get angling – Check out sustainable fishing
4.) Give the gift of sun power – Hand-cranked solar powered chargers.
5.) Green the gym routine – Check out the green fitness guide.
6.) Father’s Day grill – Here are some tips for keeping the “heat” out of summer cooking and preparing the perfect outdoor picnic.
7.) Ditch the disposables Razors – Go for a straight razor or a safety razor. Keep more plastic from getting into landfills and oceans/ waterways.
8.) Green Brew – find out how you can green your brew
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a fun way for familie and friends to connect w/ nature, wildlife and each other. Get unplugged and enjoy camping the way nature intended it. In your backyard, neighborhood, local parks… wherever you feel comfortable and it’s okay to camp there. Make plans to do it Saturday, June 24th.
Many of us are guilty of hunkering down inside playing video games, working on computers, socializing via social media, binge watching shows… Take a weekend and enjoy Nature. Your body, mind and spirit will benefit greatly having outdoor fun.
The Great American Campout is a part of the ‘Great Outdoors Month’ in June. A month to highlight the many kinds of outdoor activities you can do to strengthen your bonds w/ nature and each other. Click here for more 411. Take the pledge to camp.. if you can’t do it Saturday, June 24th, then do it at least once this Summer. You may find once isn’t enough! Here are some more tips on how to Go Green Camping! #1Thing that is fun while helping out Mama Earth.
Monday, April 3, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Springtime after a warmer winter will bring out ‘Pests’, ‘Bugs’.. what I like to call ‘Buggies’. When they come out, it can be difficult to make them… Go Away, so you can enjoy the warmth outside and inside your home. My friends at ABC / Chem Free had a really interesting write up on their blog that was in their email newsletter. The blog contained a bunch of helpful tips on how certain plants can let the bugs know they aren’t welcome, Go Away! Don’t come back to play. Paired w/ their Mama Earth Friendly treatments, your backyard party or just opening up your door to get in the house,won’t be so dramatic because you are getting eaten up by ‘Buggies’. Awesome #1Thing to help Mama Earth, especially during the month of April.. It’s Earth Month!
What to look for when it comes to Mosquito repellent plants. Some of them may help just by being planted near sitting areas, while others are most effective when crushed and rubbed on the skin, or in commercial essential oils.
ABC /Chem Free Mosquito Repellent Plant Suggestions:
1.) CITRONELLA GRASS AND LEMONGRASS – The difference how each one can help for a non-buggie home patio experience
2.) THE MINT FAMILY: LEMON BALM, CATNIP, BEE BALM AND PEPPERMINT -Many different kinds of plants in the mint family are excellent insect repellents.
3.) ROSEMARY –Rosemary can also help run off mosquitoes from your next cookout. Toss a few sprigs of rosemary into the coals.
4.) MOSQUITO PLANT – Rub the leaves on your skin for a bit of an anti-mosquito effect. (NOT the best out of many options)
5.) LAVENDER – Many people love the scent of lavender, but mosquitoes can’t stand it. ( Good to know)
6.) BASIL – The oils in basil that give it its trademark scent and taste are also toxic to mosquito larvae.
Click here to find out how to make these plants work for you. Thanks to ABC / Chem Free! Y’all Rock!