Monday, January 28, 2008

Reuse and Recycle - New Fish Tank!


Our fish are getting too big for the 2 gallon fish tank they are in.
Felix and Oscar need a bigger home.

I SHOULD have gone to Craigslist or Freecycle, but I went to PetSmart and got a 5 gallon tank. I did, however, put the old tank on Craigslist. I also recycled the box that the new take came in :)
Here is my ad.
Free 2 gallon fish tank Alexandria
Reply to:
Date: 2008-01-28, 9:29PM EST

This is the way to go! No use putting it in the landfill! Reuse and recycle! :)



I love Craigslist and email. Within minutes I had emails from people interested in getting the fish tank. A guy came by today and picked it up. I felt so good about being able to give it to someone who would use it, and the internet made it so easy. AND the person was local so you don't have the postage and environmental cost of shipping. The only thing that could have made it more green would be if the guys walked or rode a bike. Ha! :)

I suggest everyone to clean up and find a home for anything they could possibly throw away. I think this is a good alternative to Goodwill, where the item could be sitting on a shelf somewhere. This way I know it goes to someone who will be using it.

A little bit of instant Green satisfaction!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Green Spa

My BFF gave me a gift certificate to a spa, but I haven't cashed it in yet. Why? Because I'm looking for a Green Spa, not just any luxury-fu fu-aromatherapy place.

It took a while, but I found two.

Natural Body Spa in Arlington VA and
Comfort and Joy Spa in Fairfax VA.

So,I'm going to sign up for one of them, and I'll let you know how the algae wrap crumbles!

Eating Green - Part 2 - Eat and Drink your Fruit and Veggies

I'm always wondering, what are the right veggies and fruits to eat.
Here is a great guide from Whole Foods.

Fruit list

Vegetable List

Look here to get you daily dose of vitamins.
Then choose your food according to the growing season where you live.

Here is a link to the organic farms in my local area for more info!

Also, don't forget the local vinyards!
My favorite is Linden Vineyards, but many Celebs have bought some local farms an vineyards

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Going Green on a Dime

Going green shouldn't cost you a lot of money.

It's a way of thinking! Waste=Food
Try not to create waste that can't be composted. If you can't compost it then recycle it. If you can't recycle it, than make sure it can be reused.

The article I read a while back really made me think about the waste I create.
- I now have grocery totes that I can reuse, so I will eventually not have that bag of plastic garbage bags.
- I'm more conscious about waste at work. The garbage is picked up everyday and I barely have a thing in it!
--- I bring my lunch to work in a tupperware and I bring my silverware.
--- I have a mug and water bottle that I refill
--- I am guilty of the occasional mocha latte, so I need to get a mug with a lid that I can take to the coffee stand
--- So I'm down to the occasional wrapper from any snacks I eat or Kleenex (which I think is more hygenic than a hanky. Do they make biodegradable tissues?

I love it!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Organic food for your pet!

Dog lovers unite!
Pets can develop cancer much quicker than we can, and the biggest factor is their diet.
I found an interesting site called The Whole Dog Journal.
This led me to a list of organic and natural pet food and recommended ways to prepare your own food for your pet.

Then I found this great store!
I need to check it out. There is one near me.
Okay. I checked out Felix and Ocsar and boy did I learn a lot.

Most dog food is not organic. It is too expensive to do that, and if you really want pure organic food for your pet then you need to make your own food, basically share your organic food with your pet.

So, if you want to get PET FOOD, then you need to look for human grade meats in the food. By doing this, you know it is good quality and not diseased. The lady at the store said she has noticed that these types of pet food are much easier for the animals to digest. They make a great supplement to any food you make at home, and many people just feed their pets the dry food. A DDD sister recommended I mix the dry with regular food for best results.

There is no reason for the rest of the ingredients not to be organic, except for the cost. I took 6 samples home for the ultimate test. Ginger would have to like the food! This is what I did.
I laid out the 6 bags on the floor and had her sniff each one. Then I watched. She didn't scratch at any and just looked at me. (She wasn't understanding this test so we tried again.) I had her sniff at each one and then started pushing them around a little. She did the same and then I noticed she kept going to one bag.... California Natural. Ginger is actually from Wyoming and I'm from California, but I know she is a Californian at heart (she did live there for about 5 years.)
She ate that for dinner and the next morning...everything came out okay.

Now I looked up the other brands on the internet. Both Wellness and INNOVA came back with high ratings. The others had mixed ratings, and Timberwolf came back with some bad ratings. The reviews said the formula seemed to have changed, that the food looked paler in color, and come people called the company to ask about it. Some said the formula did change, but the bag still displayed the old ingredients... Also, I checked the Pet Food recall list. None of those products were on the list, but it did warn about venison in the food.

Ginger tried Wellness next. She seemed to like that one as well and everything was fine the next day. Both Wellness and California Naturals seemed to have simple ingredients, no fillers, and very few preservatives.

Then Ginger tried INNOVA. This is an interesting brand. It also includes other types of food, not just rice and chicken. It had a little alfalfa and dried cranberries. INNOVA made food that would be like the food your pet would find in the outdoors to give them the minerals they need and to aid in digestion. Ginger tried the Senior formula and SHE LOVED IT! She even had a little pep that night and the next morning. So, I bought her a bag, but she still has a bag of Purina One to finish up.
I'll let you know how she fairs with the new food next month.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Great article from Consumer Reports - NY Taxi Fleet- What If It Was Green

Consumer Reports - NY Taxi Fleet- What If It Was Green

Kia Rondo Taxi Cab Concept

Replacing current fleet with more fuel-efficient cars could save more than $66 million in fuel costs; 22,285,714 gallons of gasoline; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 88,400 tons annually

YONKERS, NY May 7, 2007; Consumer Reports evaluated the potential benefits of replacing NYC’s nearly 13,000 yellow Ford Crown Victorias with a more fuel-efficient car, like the proposed Kia Rondo taxi unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

The results: Using the current $2.97 per gallon national average for regular gas, the potential annual fuel savings from switching the existing medallion taxi fleet to the Rondo, or a similar-performing car, could be 22,285,714 gallons and $66,188,571 million in fuel costs. Greenhouse gas emissions could also be reduced by 88,400 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

CR made these calculations after seeing a display at the recent Auto Show by the Design Trust for Public Space, which looked at the future of urban taxis. Carmakers were invited to showcase potential fuel-efficient replacements for the Crown Victoria taxi cab, which gets around 10 mpg in city driving.

The compact, minivan-like Kia Rondo was the only entry displayed by a major manufacturer. Consumer Reports crunched the numbers to evaluate the potential impact if a fleet of four-cylinder Rondos replaced the Crown Victorias. CR came up with the hypothetical fuel and cost savings based on an estimated 14 mpg for the Rondo in city driving. Beyond reducing gasoline consumption, switching the fleet could help achieve Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recently announced initiative for a 30-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Even if a fraction of the total 53,000 New York city taxis, and other vehicles for hire, were exchanged for more-fuel-efficient cars, the savings and reduced emissions in just this one fleet would be significant. And the change could potentially inspire fleets in other cities to move toward more fuel-efficient vehicles.

A closer look at and the potential benefits for updating the NYC taxi fleet can be found at:

Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. It conducts the most comprehensive auto-test program of any U.S. publication or Website; the magazine’s auto experts have decades of experience in driving, testing, and reporting on cars. To subscribe to Consumer Reports, call 1-800-234-1645. Information and articles from the magazine can be accessed online at

Friday, January 4, 2008

Green Products at good prices - FOUND!

After watching the Oprah show I learned that Shaklee sells natural, non-toxic products for the home at good prices. This is exactly what I was looking for so I signed up!

Here is the link to my site so you can get these products too.

New Year - New Green Goal

Resolution 1: Reduce my waste
It's a new year, 2008, and I've been wondering what my new year's resolution will be. I haven't been able to think of anything that was very inspiring until I saw this website. This man saved his trash for a year and really learned a lot about how much trash one person can generate. It really inspired me to pursue zeroing out my waste.

Recap of 2007
Last year went pretty well. I started this blog and what is really nice about it, is I can go back and really see the areas that I'm struggling with, and the areas where I have made progress.

- Well I've made some progress on the cosmetics front. I've returned all of my skincare, shampoo, makeup etc that had some of the nastiest chemicals to the company with a note why. I haven't heard from them, but didn't expect to.
I then replaced it with a smaller amount of non or low-toxic formulas. I really tried to reduce it to the essentials. The result? I have more room in my bathroom and my skin looks and feels really good! Those nasty brown spots on my face from sunburns of the past are even fading and I'm not using any specialty treatments. The products smell better too.
What am I using?
Products from Kiss My Face and Myschelle; and I spoiled myself with some lotions from Origins. My shampoo and conditioner is from ABBA. I love it, my hair isn't frizzy and smells great, but it's pricy so I get it when it's on sale. When I buy at ULTA I also get points for my purchases. I'm still looking for a brand that works as well and not as expensive.

- I'm also clearing out my junk room and closets and I'm finding a lot of stuff. I've organized my stuff (like they do on those shows on HGTV, I love those shows) into piles for REUSE (donations to Goodwill), RECYCLE (paper, plastic, electronics) and WASTE. I was surprised how small the waste pile was, but after reading the website above, I could go one step better by not buying things that become waste later on anyway!
I have noticed that I have a lot of pens. If you are missing a pen or wonder where the pens have gone, please note I probably have it at my house in my pen drawer.


Good Quotes

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
- Pablo Picasso

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Eating Green - eat your veggies!

Here is a fantastic way to eat more ground veggies.  This has some different stuff like turnips and parsnips. I dare you not to like it!

Honey-Roasted Root Vegetables
Revised from Cooking Light

Honey amplifies the natural sugars of the caramelized vegetables in this dish. If you can't find tupelo honey, substitute another medium-color, floral variety, such as dandelion, loosestrife, or orange blossom.

2 cups coarsely chopped peeled sweet potato (about 1 large)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled turnip (about 2 medium)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped parsnip (about 2 medium)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped carrot (about 2 medium)
1/4 cup tupelo honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 green onions chopped

Preheat oven to 450°.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; toss to coat. Place vegetable mixture in a medium baking dish coated with a light coating of olive oil. Bake at 450° for 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender and begin to brown, stirring every 15 minutes.

4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 118(27% from fat); FAT 3.5g (sat 0.5g,mono 2.5g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 1.3g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 33mg; SODIUM 171mg; FIBER 2.3g; IRON 0.5mg; CARBOHYDRATE 21.7g

Oprah is finally going green!

Check this out tomorrow!

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