How Solar Energy Positively Impacts the Environment

There is a good chance you have heard about all the advantages solar energy offers you as a user, but, did you know it also offers rewards for the environment? It’s true. Keep reading to learn all about the benefits of solar energy for the environment.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

8 Ways to Pack Your Kids More Eco-Friendly Lunches

Is your family trying to go green? One of the most effective ways to cut waste and lighten your eco-footprint is to change your eating habits. For instance, if your family switches to eating a meat-free meal just one day a week, you can save the equivalent carbon emissions of driving 1,160 miles in a year. Your kids’ lunches are a great place to start greening your family’s food.

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Are Log Cabins the Most Environmentally-Friendly Homes?

To save energy, money, the environment, or all of the above, more and more homeowners are going green. If you want a sustainable home that will help save the planet, a log cabin may be the best option for you.

Compared to traditional stick and brick houses, log cabins usually have more environmentally-friendly perks. Here are a few ways log cabins can help make the planet greener.

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10 Green Home Improvements of 2019

Not only will quality home improvements make your home a more enjoyable place to live, but they can also improve home value and provide additional benefits. This year, when you are looking to invest in your property, you should consider making eco-friendly home improvements. These improvements can help you to reduce your energy bills, make your home more sustainable, and overall be better for the environment. Additionally, these improvements are often in demand with homebuyers, which means they can add value to your property as well.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

The Surprising Impact of Your Valentine Chocolate

We know that Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in any number of ways. For your sweetheart or your own sweet tooth, you’re in good company if you chow down on chocolate. Americans will purchase around 58 million pounds of chocolate in February.

That number represents a lot of calories, but also a lot of jobs—38,794 people are employed by companies that produce chocolate and cocoa.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

4 Indispensable Sustainable Fashion Apps

The recent flurry of coverage around fast fashion shows that consumers are beginning to turn away from unsustainable clothing, finally realizing the severity of the threat it poses to the planet. But with quickly and cheaply made clothes so all-pervasive in our stores and online, it can be difficult to navigate a more ethical route.

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Green Divas' 25 Ways to Eat More Sustainably

With my disappointment about genetically engineered salmon being pushed to be approved for food (and a slew of other disappointing news about food regulations), I wanted to shift gears into thinking of more positive ways of eating and revisiting the ways to eat more sustainably. Although you probably know most of it, I figured, it wouldn’t hurt to check the list again.

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

Getting Dressed in the Dark: Understanding the True Cost

Ten years ago, I had a breakdown in a dressing room at the mall. I needed to buy my first suit for a new job with a leading anti-slavery organization. Oh, the irony. Bangladesh, India, Guatemala, Vietnam. I knew the likelihood of forced labor, low-wages, and zero possibility for something besides garment factory work for the people who made the clothing I was trying on. But what choice did I have? Spend hours sorting through racks at Goodwill? Spend my entire budget on one fair trade piece? Like most middle class Americans, I had neither time nor money.

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

The Truth Regarding Sustainable Fashion

by Mary Wutz | The Green Divas

Sustainable fashion does not always mean sustainable manufacturing.

The number of clothing companies on the market touting sustainability are increasing every year, however; “sustainable” doesn’t always mean environmentally friendly.

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

Synthetic Biology: The Next Generation of Genetic Engineering

Last week I went to the beach to take in the immense biodiversity of the marine sanctuary that is the Monterey Bay. While looking for frolicking dolphins, I noticed a number of young people with their eyes glued to their phones. It led me to reflect on how our personal time has been altered by computers and science. I recently learned that the same holds true for genetic engineering. New breakthroughs with computers and DNA strands are occurring rapidly and raising the very nature of genetic engineering to a new level.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

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05/21/2020
There is a good chance you have heard about all the advantages solar energy offers you as a user, but, did you know it also offers rewards for the environment? It’s true. Keep reading to learn all... read more
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02/25/2020
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Is your family trying to go green? One of the most effective ways to cut waste and lighten your eco-footprint is to change your eating habits. For instance, if your family switches to eating... read more
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01/21/2020
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To save energy, money, the environment, or all of the above, more and more homeowners are going green. If you want a sustainable home that will help save the planet, a log cabin may be the best... read more
Sisal and black doormat says WELCOME
03/07/2019
Not only will quality home improvements make your home a more enjoyable place to live, but they can also improve home value and provide additional benefits. This year, when you are looking to invest... read more
Heart-shaped box of Valentine chocolate
02/13/2019
We know that Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in any number of ways. For your sweetheart or your own sweet tooth, you’re in good company if you chow down on chocolate. Americans will... read more
Model sitting on floor with sunglasses and pink boots
10/18/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
The recent flurry of coverage around fast fashion shows that consumers are beginning to turn away from unsustainable clothing, finally realizing the severity of the threat it poses to the planet. But... read more
Bearded man in white shirt holding up vegetables from salad.
08/05/2017
With my disappointment about genetically engineered salmon being pushed to be approved for food (and a slew of other disappointing news about food regulations), I wanted to shift gears... read more
fashion model in industrial yard
01/14/2016
Ten years ago, I had a breakdown in a dressing room at the mall. I needed to buy my first suit for a new job with a leading anti-slavery organization. Oh, the irony. Bangladesh, India, Guatemala,... read more
clothing rack with multiple garments on hangers
11/05/2015
by Mary Wutz | The Green Divas Sustainable fashion does not always mean sustainable manufacturing. The number of clothing companies on the market touting sustainability are... read more

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Solar panels reflecting deep blue sky
05/21/2020
There is a good chance you have heard about all the advantages solar energy offers you as a user, but, did you know it also offers rewards for the environment? It’s true. Keep reading to learn all... read more
School children eating lunch in cafeteria
02/25/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
Is your family trying to go green? One of the most effective ways to cut waste and lighten your eco-footprint is to change your eating habits. For instance, if your family switches to eating... read more
Modern log cabin with rocking chairs on porch.
01/21/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
To save energy, money, the environment, or all of the above, more and more homeowners are going green. If you want a sustainable home that will help save the planet, a log cabin may be the best... read more
Sisal and black doormat says WELCOME
03/07/2019
Not only will quality home improvements make your home a more enjoyable place to live, but they can also improve home value and provide additional benefits. This year, when you are looking to invest... read more
Heart-shaped box of Valentine chocolate
02/13/2019
We know that Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in any number of ways. For your sweetheart or your own sweet tooth, you’re in good company if you chow down on chocolate. Americans will... read more
Model sitting on floor with sunglasses and pink boots
10/18/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
The recent flurry of coverage around fast fashion shows that consumers are beginning to turn away from unsustainable clothing, finally realizing the severity of the threat it poses to the planet. But... read more
Bearded man in white shirt holding up vegetables from salad.
08/05/2017
With my disappointment about genetically engineered salmon being pushed to be approved for food (and a slew of other disappointing news about food regulations), I wanted to shift gears... read more
fashion model in industrial yard
01/14/2016
Ten years ago, I had a breakdown in a dressing room at the mall. I needed to buy my first suit for a new job with a leading anti-slavery organization. Oh, the irony. Bangladesh, India, Guatemala,... read more
clothing rack with multiple garments on hangers
11/05/2015
by Mary Wutz | The Green Divas Sustainable fashion does not always mean sustainable manufacturing. The number of clothing companies on the market touting sustainability are... read more

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