Step By Step Blueprint: How To Start Living Green

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Green living is becoming quite popular among people of all ages. Due to increasing awareness and media attention of depleting valuable resources, people have become more responsible in an attempt to reduce the use of earth’s natural resources. Using substitutes or altering methods of energy consumption, transportation, water usage and so on can help you contribute in the preservation of natural resources.


Green living aims at meeting present societal, ecological, and economical needs. Water pollution, air pollution, soil contamination, resource conservation, wildlife protection, waste disposal are some major environmental challenges being faced by mankind.


When it comes to achieving sustainability, every individual should play a role. Any person can adopt green living with easy to follow tips that you can practice on a daily basis, without compromising on your lifestyle and routine. Here are some tips of having more sustainable lifestyle and working towards them.


Presenting… “The Green-Living Blueprint”


How to start living green

– for people who are currently destroying the earth :)


Get Out Of Your Car

If you have a car or any other vehicle that uses fuel, it is advised to ditch your car and take bicycle to move around the time. Train your kids or other family members to use fuel-less vehicles to commute to nearby areas. This will be double beneficial for you. First you’ll save on fuel, second you will get time to exercise, even when you can’t afford to hit the gym. `


Forget Plastic

In many countries, plastic bags are banned and using them is against the law. Plastic bags are non-biodegradable and thus do not breakdown. They end up in water bodies and affect our wildlife. In order to prevent damages from this non-biodegradable substance, it is advised to use glass and reusable water bottles and paper bags to store water and carry things. You can also use canvas bags to carry grocery items. Wrap your sandwiches or baked food in wax paper or choose snack bags.


Reduce Usage of Oil/Petroleum/ Gasoline

This is one of the most complex problems in the contemporary world. About 90% of the fuel and energy sources used in modern civilizations are powered and based on awfully finite resource and that is oil. Scientists have already reported that we have passed the “peak oil”, which means that all type of such resources are already on the declining scale. Thus, it is very important to learn using things less that are directly or indirectly derived from oils.


Learn To Grow Food

Producing food in your backyard or garden can prove to be one of the best ways to contribute to green living. There was a time when every family used to grow its own food and today, people are not even concerned to know the origin of food supplies they get to eat every day, in the comfort of their home or office.


Large scale food production has led to substantial increase in pollution, production of more risky food systems, contributing to upsetting loss of biodiversity and encouraging waste of depleting resources.


So, even if you have a small backyard or terrace garden, you can make some efforts and provide for yourself some tasty and daily use vegetables to reduce the burden from large scale productions. You can even talk to your neighbors and start a small food production project in your neighborhood, where everyone can contribute to grow daily-use vegetables.


Beginner Gardening: How To Start Growing Your Own Food

Reuse Water

Water is another valuable and still finite resource. Even though earth constitutes of about 80% water, there is only 5% fresh water that is suitable for drinking. There are number of ways that you can use to save this valuable resource for sustainable living. First of all, it is advised to wash your dishes with hands, instead of using dishwashers as they tend to consume more water. You should restrain from having water fountains and similar things, as they require a lot of water, for both functioning and cleaning. You can use sink-water to flush toilets, greywater for irrigating garden. Best tip is to start water harvesting. Rainwater harvesting is the best practice one can adopt to make successful attempt to green living.


Changing your lifestyle in order to be more eco-friendly and sustainable offers ample of opportunities to prevent abuse of depleting resources, save money, increase quality of life, as well as build stronger local community. Continue learning how to be organic, eco-friendly and live a green life.

Launching An Organic Business? Here’s What You Need To Know

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Every week I get emails from people asking me to promote their organic foods, non GMO snacks, products that are only made with natural materials. Products packaged in biodegradable boxes and bags.

You get the idea.

Now, many of you know that I’m a organic-lover, but what you probably didn’t know about me is that I used to work in the corporate world – I know a thing or two about business ladies and gentlemen!

So, without further ado, let me offer my very best tips for taking your organic business to the top.

First, reaching out to bloggers in the organic and natural food space is a great idea. You’re on the right track there. However, most of the people who contact me don’t even have a referral program!

If you’re going to go the route of having bloggers and influencers promote your organic food, snacks, products, etc. Invest in a piece of referral software like Ambassador.

It makes it easy for bloggers, YouTube personalities and other social media influencers to promote your organic brand.

Second, send them a sample of your product so they can make sure they like it before they go off promoting it. I won’t promote something that I don’t approve of, and if I’ve never tasted your non-gmo, organic snacks, how can I recommend them to my readers?

Third, Hand written notes make all the difference. I’ve known quite a few people who have started small businesses and the ones who were the most successful placed the upmost importance on customer happiness. A handwritten note goes a long way.

Fourth, blog! You see what I’m doing here at GreenGourmetNYC? I’m blogging. I’m building an audience, I’m giving people good content. You need to do the same to establish yourself as an expert in this very competitive industry so people will listen to you and give your products a try.

I’ll be expanding on this post more as time goes on, but just wanted to do a brand dump that I can link people to when they email me asking me to promote.

Need Actors For Earth Day Commercial

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Hello green guys and girls!

I just got a weird (but exciting) email in my inbox and thought I’d post it on the blog for you.

As you know, I’m a green-freak, I’m all about being eco-friendly and spreading the word of my fabulous obsession.

A girl named Lauren who runs her own blog –  Always Auditions – Auditions & Casting Calls

Lauren recently reached out to me and asked if any of my readers were actors and if they’d be interested in filming a commercial for earth day as well as some new and upcoming green and eco friendly products that the company will be getting in stores.

I’m not sure if any of you are theatrical or have experience in commercials, acting, etc, but this might make for a really great opportunity and as you know I’m all for the earth.

You’ll have to head over to her site and ask her more about the project, but I thought I’d keep you guys updated and hopefully I can help some of my readers land a cool gig and also help Lauren as well.

Here’s what I do know:

  • They’re producing a commercial for Earth Day and need 10-20 actors between the ages of 18-25 years old
  • They’re launch a line of green friendly pet food, they need 3 females for that commercial as well
  • They are launching a line of eco friendly, pet safe cleaning products and they will need actors for that project as well.

That’s all of the details I have, best of luck to all of my readers!


Living Green With Pets: Tips To Keep Fluffy Safe and Happy

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Pets tend to be more susceptible than people to toxin exposure around the house. Since pets are small, they are nearer to lawns, carpets, lawns, garage floors, and confined spaces that may have chemical and pesticide residues. Their innate curiosity, along with insufficient consciousness about harmful hazards, increases the likelihood to come across substances detrimental to their overall health. Animals likewise have faster metabolic systems and smaller lungs compared to us. Their bodies must work harder in an attempt to remove these toxins. They are not only processing these chemicals faster, but are also inhaling them more rapidly.



Most owners employ great lengths to take care of their pets, however , there are hidden health risks to pets that are commonly overlooked, but easily avoided. What follows is a list of possibly toxic materials that could be impacting the long-term wellness of your pet.

Flea repellent products branded as natural’ can still be toxic for your pet. The chemical d’Limonene, produced from citrus peels and located in several organic anti-flea products, can be toxic to cats. Flea dips and sprays that contain “all-natural Pyrethrin” could be toxic for some pets, and Pyrethroids , artificial derivatives of pyrethrins, presents your pet to additional chemicals. Employ Electric flea traps, also known as plug-in’ flea traps, that work well for managing flea populations and are also safe with regard to indoor use around animals. These traps are affordable and simple to use.



De-icing salts for ice and snow pose a danger to pets. Whenever a dog licks its paws just after having walked on areas previously treated with de-icing salts they can become sick. Water-proof pet boots’ are advised during wintertime strolls on treated surfaces. Sand, crushed cinder, as well as cat litter can offer traction on frozen pavement, even though they usually do not melt ice. De-icers made up of potassium chloride or calcium chloride are better for pets but are more costly. Calcium chloride costs around three times more than sodium chloride. De-icers advertised as “pet friendly” are recommended for proper use, however prolonged exposure could cause discomfort to pets.

EPA says, 50 percent of illnesses is often linked to indoor pollution, which may be directly linked to the employment of household cleaners. Nellie’s 100% natural Dish-washing Powder uses bio-degradable, non-toxic ingredients to wash dishes safely. Soap Nuts Laundry Detergent substitutes chemical-based detergents using the natural cleaning components of saponin, taken from Soap-berry trees..




Formaldehyde is found in most new furniture, household cleaners and several construction materials. It is actually considered toxic if breathed in or absorbed via the skin. In line with the EPA, formaldehyde was proven to lead to animals having cancer. Dog houses must be made from solid wood. Plywood and compressed wood products must be avoided, but if these are utilized, both sides need to be painted. 

New dog pillows and blankets need to be washed or kept outdoors to let off-gas for a few days before letting your dog sleep on them. Dogs kept in small homes or apartment throughout the day need to have available clean air. Keep a window screen open whenever possible.


Last one… I promise :)


Pets often have strong senses of hearing and smell which alert them to threat, however they do not have defense from the hidden hazards of chemicals in your house. Being a pet owner, you will have to find the existence of these unseen dangers and take safety measures to maintain your pet’s long-term good health.