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Elena M. Michel, Msc.


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.

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Goodwill Hunting

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments 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 fac...

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Being Green Is Eco-logical + Eco-nomical

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments 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.

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Teaching Kids Eco Responsibility

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments 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 sustain...

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