GIY™ is the official Second Eden Studio blog that empowers you to green it yourself™! We strive to inspire and enrich your life both at work and home. GIY offers exclusive stories from green collar professionals, sustainability trends, and green building inspirations near and afar.
|Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
I try to avoid being stereotype as much as possible, but as an Italian-American woman who lives at home with mama, I do so love shopping! However, as an environmentalist, I am acutely aware of the embodied energy that the products in our stores accumulate. I certainly wouldn't like to promote a generational stereotype as a throw-away-culture.
Thrift store shopping is my remedy. Aside from the fact that we all love a good deal, my environmentalist guilt is minimalized:
|Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
Once upon a time… being green conjured up images of unshaven face, soiled shirts, and twig nibbling. Today, sustainability is a streamlined word at the forefront of the economy as well as the environment. Sustainability for small and medium businesses offers an opportunity to cut costs as well as reduce their environmental impact.
Has your small or medium business ever though, “gee, once the economy picks up, we’re gonna start being more green!?” Nevertheless, there’s no time like the present. Being eco-friendly is economically friendly.
Getting started doesn’t have to cost you a dime. Being sustainable can cost nothing or something – it’s all down to your budget. Here are a few tips to help your business get started:
Every office is different. It is always best to consult with a green professional before making any major investments. There are different types of green professionals to achieve your goals:
The more green your business is, the more green in the bank. And don’t forget, sustainable businesses have earned ‘boasting rights’. It feels good to say to peers, employees, clients, and especially potential clients that your company is doing all it can to environmentally friendly.
|Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
Most parents agree children need to be charged with some form of personal responsibility to instill independence and problem solving skills. On top of the worthwhile burdens of household management, homework, healthy meals and daily dramas, where do we find time to consider which tasks our children can confidently under take?
One not-so-obvious answer is sustainability. Whether you feel being green is a fad or here to stay, sustainability is an fantastic opportunity to put your children in charge of that "something" they require to feel confident in their household contributions. Putting your children in charge of your household's green agenda builds knowledge and good habits for kids, as well as parents.
Children are like our own personal 50 gigabyte key drives. They remember everything, "Mom, you promised!" or, "Dad, you said I could!" Put those young minds to constructive use by charging them with the important role of Eco Police. When empowering your little officers to upholding Mother Nature's laws in your kingdom, their duties can include:
Give your children room to indulge themselves in their new role. Use a cereal box to cut out a badge shape and let them decorate it with crayons and glitter. Create a reward system that can be documented on a reusable dry-erase or magnetic chart. Each task your little Eco Police complete is another gold star toward achieving a visit to a nature center or indulging in organic ice cream.
Green living does not have to be another burden added to your to-do list. Sustainability is a learning opportunity that can enrich your family's lifestyle. A green lifestyle is one of the most sincere and fruitful life lessons we can teach our children. ~EM