Author Archives: Amber Merton

Libraries: No Longer Just for Books, and They’re Becoming More Green

Green Library

Times are changing fast, and today’s libraries are evolving to keep up with today’s thoroughly modern world. Once upon a time, libraries were filled with dusty tomes of knowledge, modern mysteries, and portals to new worlds past and present. Modern technology allows people the opportunity to carry thousands of books around in their pockets via smartphone apps. But that hasn’t quite made libraries obsolete. In fact, today’s libraries have more to offer than mere knowledge. Believe it or not, much of what today’s libraries offer makes them some of the greenest places in large and small cities throughout the country.

Solar Food Drying: Using the Sun to Dry Foods

dried fruits

The harvest of summer’s fruits and vegetables is in full swing, and it’s a perfect time to think of drying the abundance of these foods. Drying food is a great way to make fresh foods last longer. Harnessing the power of the sun to aid in drying food is not only a planet-friendly method of food preservation, but also a time-honored tradition that has been used for centuries.

Eco-Friendly Home Decor

Choose Sustainable Surroundings

Deciding to make your home more eco-friendly can seem like an obvious choice, but many homeowners get stuck on where to start or what it even means. To be eco-friendly means that you make choices within your day-to-day life to create a more sustainable world. It is a commitment to cause less waste and less pollution wherever you go. Integrating this concept within your home should be the first place you start. By adding in more eco-friendly decor, you will set a great example for your family and guests who will be inspired by your dedication.

modern eco-friendly room

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Best Green Kitchen Practices

black lady cooking

Of all the rooms in the average home, the kitchen presents the greatest opportunity for big hits and bigger misses when it comes to green practices. Whether you’re building a kitchen, remodeling your existing kitchen, or just looking for new ways to “green up” your lifestyle, these great tips will help you knock your kitchen practices out of the park in favor of the planet.

Eco-Friendly Driving Tips

 

car on highway

The United States is home to more than 300 million people, and a great number of those people over the age of 16 (in most states) drive at some point during an average day. These high numbers leave a lot of potential harm for the planet riding our roads each and every day.

But there are things you can do as a driver that can help to scale back the harm you do on the road.

Top Green Cities in the United States

green cityscape

While other countries across the globe have been adopting federal initiatives to go green, the U.S. has left this challenge, in large part, to local governments in large cities and small towns throughout the nation. Though not exhaustive, the examples listed below are outstanding showcase cities that offer glimpses for what cities of all sizes can do to make greener, more sustainable choices.

What to Know About Organic Wine

organic wineThere are a lot of wines that qualify as eco-friendly wines and a great deal of diversity about what does and does not qualify as organic. Unfortunately, not all wines claiming to be organic are fully organic. Labeling inconsistencies don’t exactly help either.

Eco-Friendly Bathrooms

eco-friendly bathroom

It may be a small room, but its impact on the planet can be mighty. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms of the house when it comes to making changes for the sake of the planet.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and make your bathroom over in a manner that’s much more planet-friendly, these are some of the changes you’ll want to keep in mind.

Water Conserving Flowers and Plants

olive tree

olive tree

Water is a precious commodity. In some U.S. states, as well as around the world, it’s even more precious due to prolonged drought conditions. However, the beauty and bounty of flowers and plants are equally precious – in different ways. The good news is that there are many different types of plants that conserve water while still providing beauty, greenery, and shade to the world around them.

How to Save on Energy Costs in Your Green Office

energy efficient light bulb

Going green at the office can help you save some serious green on your energy costs – if you choose the right methods. Some, like the ones mentioned below, are surprisingly simple and highly effective. Keep these in mind and make your move today to reduce energy expenditures in your office.