Tuesday, November 9, 2010

cool it

Friends, if you are interested, you might want to check out a new documentary, “Cool It.” Here’s my disclaimer: I HAVEN’T SEEN IT. Therefore, I can’t speak to the veracity of it. However, more opinions and more information are always good. Those helping to market this film have allowed me to share screening information here for anyone who is able to attend. (Scroll all the way to the end of my diatribe for the deets. These screenings are coming up fast!)

I am not a scientist and I don’t even play one on TV. However, I am passionate about environmental stewardship because, frankly, we have royally screwed up the incredible gift of nature that was entrusted to us. Seriously. I am not going to debate global warming or climate change or deep sea oil wells or whaling or factory farming (OK, maybe that), but whatever our politics, we have to be more conscientious and consider our children’s children’s children in every purchase we make. Since I happen to believe God created the universe, I think that means I am required to take care of it to the best of my ability. But you know, I’m weird that way.

However… one thing (at least) from the clips of this movie definitely resonates with me: People who are living day to day, hand to mouth, are not interested in hearing what you (or I) have to say about anything, be it the environment, disease prevention, education or faith. I have worked with people in those circumstances right here in the over-fed United States and I can tell you, our messages, our mission and our sermons fall on deaf ears when physical survival is at stake. How do we turn a deaf ear to their plight?

Think you are one of them? Maybe you are, but here’s an eye opener. Even when I stress about bills for college and braces, I am humbled by the embarrassment of riches I have at my disposal. Humbled, I tell you.


Here’s the official trailer, for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, as the case may be):

If you have the time, please watch the TED speech as well. It’s quite thought provoking.

If you are interested in attending a screening of this movie, here’s how to do it:

1. Access the following link to review the available events in your areas: http://reeltruths.com/cool-it/events/

2. Click the "RESPOND / RSVP" link to confirm seats (for you & your guests)

Monday, April 19, 2010

green soda

Not literally – My friend Heidi is giving away a SodaStream machine that allows you to make your own soda-type drinks with tap water. I would love to try it with juice. Not shipping colored, flavored water? Pretty green. Go check it out….

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

heidi, time to clean

Heidi said...

Ohhhhh, I would love to win this! I use vinegar and baking soda a lot, but haven't really tried any green products.


Random.org picked you! Please email me so I can get you hooked up with goods!! :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

seventh generation giveaway

Because my over-40 brain loses cells by the second, I forgot to include vital info: All entries are due by noon EDT Wednesday, March 31. I will use a random number generator to choose a winner.

I love, love, love Seventh Generation. For quite a while now I have used SG’s Free and Clear dishwashing liquid as well as their natural all purpose cleaner. The products meet my personal requirements for eco-friendliness. However, the disinfecting products are new to me – and pure joy for an environmentalist germophobe mom of two kids and two dogs. :)

Seventh Generation sent me the pack pictured above, which includes Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner, Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner and Disinfecting Wipes, in addition to other goodies.* I love having a natural disinfectant option and I am happy to let others know about this company. (FYI, locally, I buy SG products at Publix. Watch for coupons in Publix flyers and also online at SG’s site. Good deals on good stuff, people. Also, our Whole Foods has coupons online right now on these products – not sure if that’s a national offer.)

And as always, if a product good for the environment, but doesn’t work and/or causes my eczema to flare up like the Towering Inferno, I have to move along. These disinfecting products seem to work beautifully and my hands are not on fire. :) Coolness.

One of my favorite things about Seventh Generation is that I can look online and find every ingredient in every product – full disclosure, right there at you. I also learned online that the disinfectant part of these new cleaners comes from CleanWell. (They make hand sanitizer! Who knew?) Learn about CleanWell’s sustainability here.

So, here’s where you come in… I get to give away a gift pack just like the one pictured above. Interested? Leave a comment below and if you want (not required, because I am all about NOT jumping through hoops), give the rest of us a tip for living green with kids –- because kids = dirt. I find that the more I learn about the toxins and waste we bring into and take out of our homes, the more I need to learn. Make sense? Comment on. (I also added a handy dandy Feedburner subscription widget right up there on the right. I am on a mission now to update this blog more often.)

*The gift pack includes a copy of The Conscious Kitchen by Alexandra Zissu. I am going through my copy now and I will post a review ASAP.

Seventh Generation provided me with the gift pack pictured above, as well as product information and a gift pack to give away, all through MyBlogSpark. I am a longtime loyal customer and my opinions are my own. Gracias.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

green guide families



©2009 National Geographic

Here’s a bit of crunchy awesomeness for you: Green Guide Families, by Catherine Zandonella and published by National Geographic Books. I had the chance to include some tips from this book in an upcoming Earth Day story. It is an excellent resource for practical “greenness”  in the home. I love that it doesn’t preach, but includes real tips that busy parents can incorporate in daily life. The book includes alternatives to household chemicals, tips for home renovations, choosing the best food, “greening” baby gear and more. There are also sections on the science behind the recommendations, as well as tips for making the greenest choices for every budget. All in all – a great resource.

Monday, March 22, 2010

drink up

It’s World Water Day. What are you drinking?*

And what are they drinking?

*In the interest of balance, the bottled water industry refutes the video. (Whatever.)