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.

Reduce Your Footprint By… Renting?

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So my spouse and I are currently hunting for a new home and it got me to thinking… one of the ways people are most wasteful, leave the biggest ‘footprint’ and do the most damage to the environment isn’t the car they drive, it isn’t the hair products they use, it’s the home they choose to live in.


I did some research and check out the data I found:

In 1950 the average single family home was 983 square feet.

In 1970 it rose significantly to 1,500 square feet, which I believe is the perfect size home.

Fast forward to 1998 and the average single family home was 2,080 square feet.

The most recent data I can find shows that 2004 the average home was 2,349 square feet!

Source: National Association Of Home Builders.

2004 was over 10 years ago, so I’d be willing to bet that the number is quickly approaching 3,000 square feet.

Note: If anyone can find any actual statistics on anything after 2004 feel free to send them my way and I will include them in this post.


So what has changed so much over the past 60 years? I’d love to come up with a better word than ‘greed’, but that’s kind of what it is.

The American way is simply that “Bigger is Better”.


I’ll admit, the first home we put an offer on was 2,250 square feet. It had 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a finished basement.

Thank God the offer didn’t go through, because a week after the offer was declined we were laying in bed counting our blessings that we didn’t end up with 3 extra bed rooms and an enormous basement, basically an entire home that we had no use for and couldn’t afford to even furnish.


We’ve continued our house hunt and we after a serious heart to heart we’ve cut our requirements back by about 1,000 square feet with plans to start a family soon.


Here’s why we’ve decided to go smaller:

  • History shows that our parents and grandparents got along just fine in much smaller homes.
  • The price of the home will be significantly cheaper
  • The price of the utilities will be significantly cheaper
  • Our home will have less of a negative impact on the environment (electric, gas, etc.)
  • We’ve been living in 1 bedroom apartments for the past 3 years. We aren’t exactly used to having a huge home.
  • We love being close to each other. I don’t know about you, but I can get lost in a 3,000 square foot home!
  • I personally believe that it will help instill good values and financial wisdom in our children. I didn’t grow up with a lot of money. We didn’t have a big house, I had several siblings and we got along just fine in a small ranch style home. I think that being close to our kids, in a small home will help them to appreciate the relationship they have with us. I also think it will learn the value of a dollar and the difference between what you need and what you want.


If you’re not quite ready to buy a home, then I’d say wait a while and just keep renting.

If you’re Michiganders like us, we always Rent Hayman – they have a lot of properties around Michigan which is great and they own the properties so they’re not like the big celebrity endorsed aparmtent websites, they can offer you thinks that those guys can’t.


If you’re looking for a house, I highly recommend reconsidering your needs. Do you need 3 bathrooms? Do you need 4-5 bedrooms?


We almost made a mistake and I wouldn’t want one of my readers to do the same.


Good luck on your home hunt, let me know how it goes!


Green Home Improvements You Can Make

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When it comes to making energy efficient home improvements, there’s no better choices than high efficiency windows.

After all, windows will decrease your energy bill, meaning you will use less heat and air conditioning.

Ultimately you’re going to be leaving a smaller footprint and doing less damage to the environment.


I have been doing a bit of research on replacement windows to find out which is the most green choice.

Here’s what I found:

  • Vinyl Windows are garbage, stay away. They are unsafe, not very good at saving energy and the production of these windows alone is not very safe for our environment.
  • Fiberglass is what you want. They are safe, have a higher temperature threshold, and the process involved to create fiberglass windows is much safer for the earth. Trust me on this.
  • If you can’t replace all of your windows, wait until you can. You’re just going to make your old windows look worse and you’re not going to end up saving enough energy to have a real impact on your energy bill and ultimately your footprint.
  • Choose a reputable company to install them. We decided to use Majic Window and I’d say we are more than happy, more about them in a second.

If you want to use the same company we used, here’s a few ways to get ahold of them.

Majic Window Facebook – If they are every running specials, this is the first place they post it.

Majic Window YouTube – This is a great place where they will educate you on the different choices you have, very good resource for anyone in the market.

Majic Window Twitter – Again, just like Twitter, there are a lot of notices about deals they are running.

Majic Window Blog – Similar to the YouTube channel, but more article based (I prefer reading if you can’t tell, hehe).


If you want more information about the actual company themself, who owns them, how long they’ve been in business, the best I can recommend is you check out the Majic WIndow LinkedIn page


There are other companies out there, but that’s who we decided to go with.

Good luck on your hunt, I know it will be one of the best choices you’ve ever decided to make.

Is Surgery Safe For The Environment?

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I stumbled upon an interested article over at Tree Hugger and it got me to thinking…

Can surgery and other medical procedures actually damage the environment?

If you’re interested in reading the article over at TreeHugger, here’s a link:


Here’s the low-down, though.

While it may seem bizarre, the answer is actually – Yes! Medical Professionals can damage the heck out of the environment and here’s how.


They Produce a Ton of Waste:

The amount of paper, plastic and other waste that doctors and surgeons produce is innumerable, it’s crazy. Think about it, even your general practitioner or pediatriction is creating waste every time they change the paper on the examination table or toss out plastic syringes and thermometer covers.


Toxic Radiation:

This is another huge one I didn’t really think about until I read the TH article, but did you know that traditional x-rays (which most doctors still use) account for nearly 90% more radiation and chemicals!


Cleaning Products:


Last, but not leasts is the cleaning products that most medical offices decide to use, or the cleaning companies they hire. Most of them are not using environmentally friendly products, because they want to save a buck and cut corners, but those products can be very damaging to the environment and the way they dispose of the cleaning product packaging and bottles sure isn’t friendly.


How to Make Your Medical Practice Green-Friendly:

I’ve got to be honest, I don’t own a medical practice, but I do know an awful lot about being green and environmentally friendly.

Here’s just a few things you can do to step up your game and help mother eart.

First, take a hint from doctors like Dr. B of Cosmetic Surgery Michigan – Using a few simple tips he was able to make his practice green, simply by doing things like hiring a cleaning company that uses safe cleaning products, recycles 90% of his waste, and disposes of their cleaning products properly. This is already a a huge step in the right direction, because most medical facilities – heck, most companies don’t do this.

So it’s really great to know that Dr.B is doing things like that, because he offers a lot of awesome services like Michigan Coolsculpting (which is a weird new non surgical liposuction of some sorts where they freeze your fat sells), but unfortunately some of those services create a mess!

Side Note: I actually used to own a green-friendly cleaning service when I was younger – Just an FYI 😀


Second, whenever possible choose to use Digital Imaging instead of old school x ray because noone needs more radiation!


That’s really it, doc!


We appreciate you medical professionals saving lives, but start saving the earth and we’ll love you even more, lol!

Organic Vs Non-Organic For Weight Loss

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While this isn’t particularly a ‘weight-loss blog’ a lot of the comments and emails I get from my readers is about using organic food to lose weight so I figure I might as well touch on the subject, after all I’ve talked about everything from camping to tattoos, lol. I’m surprised I haven’t written about it yet :-*





So if you’re coming here looking for just a solid yes or no answer, here’s the tl;dr version – No, organic food alone doesn’t make you lose weight.

What makes you lose weight is restricting your calories and increasing your activity level. That’s really all there is to it.


However, I will say that in my experience, when I switched over to an organic-only diet, I lost the most weight and also I “feel” like I am running at my absolute best.


WARNING: Incoming Car Metaphor From a Chick Who Knows Nothing About Cars – Lol!


Think of your body as an automobile – If you put 15 gallons of crappy fuel and oil in your car, it will drive just as far as if you put expensive ‘clean’ fuel and oil in your car.


However, when you use high quality fuel and oil products in your car, your car runs at top efficiency, therefore you place less stress and wear-and-tear on your car, it will run better, last longer and cost you less money in maintenance fees.


Your body works in a similar way.

We can put junk food in our body, and as long as we’re below our calorie-threshold, you will ‘lose weight’.

The benefit to the organic food is that you’ll feel better, you will have more energy to exercise, you’ll be running at a higher efficiency, which in turn will allow you to burn more calories and see results faster.


Does that make sense?


I would say this is true for 90% of the population. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Some people just have a weird metabolism or maybe they have suffered from medical conditions that make it hard for them to lose weight or make any real progress.

If you truly feel that you’ve already tried organic foods, calorie restriction, etc and you just haven’t made any progress then you may want to look into a Medical Weight-Loss program.

No, they’re not as scary as they sound, I’m not talking about liposuction, lol. What I’m talking about is simply using something like Nutrimost where an actual doctor uses technology to examine your situation.


What we are finding is that a lot of people have their hormones and thyroids all out of whack from years of inactivity and eating hormone-pumped fast food.

So what the medical professionals at these places do is find out exactly what your problem is, and develop a custom plan just for you to help combat whatever ailments you may be experiencing.


Do I think it’s for everybody – No.

I do think that a lot more people need something like this, though. Too many people rely on a fat personal trainer who doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about.


Do you know how easy it is to become a personal trainer? I could literally get a certification in a weekend.

Try organic foods, regular exercise and if all else fails put your trust in a medical professional who had to study for more than 48hours to get his/her degree.


– Chels <3

Green Camping: The Tent Isn’t The Only Green Thing at My Campsite

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So it’s summer and that means it’s camping time (for me, anyway!)

You can’t get much greener than living off the land, pitching a tent, and roughing it, but I did come across a really cool tool recently that takes “green camping/hiking” to a whole new level.

When you’re camping, how do you eat? Well, unless you’ve got a state of the art RV with a full kitchen, you start a campfire to cook your meal.

While I love to camp, hike, and do anything outdoors – I’m not exactly Bear Grylls. You won’t see me rubbing to sticks together with much luck, so I always try to remember a lighter or box of matches.

Well – this new little tool I discovered eliminates a need for a box of matches that creates more garbage, and also saves me from having to remember anything, because it comes with a key-chain!

It’s called the EverStryke Match and it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

It’s a permanent match, that means you can start it over and over and over again and never need to create waste by throwing away the used matchsticks. It’s also pretty darn tough! Supposedly superman couldn’t even destroy this thing, but I’m sure I’ll put it to the test.

Anyway, just thought I’d share – it’s definitely a new favorite tool of mine!

P.S. – It’s free, just pay for the shipping which was just a couple bucks.

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.