Thursday, June 30, 2011

Waste not Want Not....don't throw your dollars away!

by Katy Green

Anytime there is a major holiday, I am reminded of the pollution that enters the air from all of the exhaust fumes from the cars buzzing everywhere.

Millions of people will travel by car this weekend to holiday at their favorite beach. A couple things you should before you pile into the car:
  • Energy Conservation: Not at home, turn off the lights, set the thermostat or central air to 75 degrees, plug out all appliances.
  • Reduce Eletric Consumption : Turn off TV's and computers or any electronic equipment. Turn of your power strip.
Did you know with a programmable thermostat you can save 10% on your cooling bills during the summer by adjusting the thermostat when you are sleeping or away.
  • Water Conservation: Turn down the water heater thermostat to 120° F. Turn off your automatic sprinkler.
  • Reduce Heat: Close heating vents and close doors to unused rooms.Close drapes and windows during sunny summer days and after sunset in cooler weather.
  • Remember to check your stove and confirm it is off. Also check your carbon monoxide monitor and make sure it is working.

Okay, now you are conserving energy and you on your way to the beach but before you jump in the water and frolic in the sand, please read Beach Ratings so that you can avoid the most polluted and the worst rated for health standards. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Serene Green Bachelorette Party! Is that possible?

Katy Green

I always say "anything is possible" and that is the mantra I live by daily.

Tis the season of Bachelorette mayhem and debauchery but what if your version of a pre-nuptial femme bash consists of something more subdued and organic.

If you're looking for cool earth friendly wedding, bridesmaid or engagement party gifts check us out at

Outdoor Bachelorette Party
Well, you are not alone, join us as we explore the Serene Green Bachelorette Bash. For those of us traveling on a brown rice path to an alternative "off the grid" lifestyle then I think you will like my suggestions or for those of you that are experiencing a second or third walk down the aisle and the thought of crazed women at a male strip club makes you want to hurl then
I've got the answer:

5 Ideas for a Serene Green Bachelorette Bash!
(this is for whoever is planning the bachelorette party)

  • Outdoor Bachelorette Barbecue: Host your bash outdoors either in your backyard or at a park. Connecting with nature, laughing with friends and not using tons of electricity. Use natural light and or candles to light up at night for ambiance. Ask everyone to bring a dish.

    Beach Bachelorette Party
  • Beach Bachelorette Bonfire: Invite your gal pals to beach midday, soak up the suns rays and then build a bonfire and serve Organic Wine, Barbecue and Organic Greens. Looking for a beach close to East Coast Beaches or West Coast Beaches.

    Organic Spa Bachelorette Party
     Organic Spa Bachelorette Gathering: email everyone an invite to surrender to relaxation and rejuvenation. There a tons of green spas now and trade a gas guzzling limousine for a car pool. Green Spa Pick or Eco Spa Directory.
  • Outdoors Nut Bachelorette Extravaganza: Love the outdoors, nature and exercise, invite your nature buds for a "back to nature weekend" you can choose horseback riding, white water rafting or hiking a mountain and then a night book a cabin or lodge unless you want camp outdoors? I suggest booking a nice place with great amenities. Click here for Eco Cabins in the USA and beyond.

    Lounge Bachelorette Party
  • No Fuss Bachelorette Earth Friendly Shindig: The thought of organizing anything makes you queasy? I am speak to the Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor as well as the Bride if you are an independent woman....keep it low key and inexpensive by inviting everyone to dinner at a great restaurant that serves earth friendly food. Click for Organic Resturants in your area.
Earth Friendly Wedding and Honeymoon Suggestions:

Planning a wedding, check out Green Wedding Venues and Eco-Friendly Honeymoons.

Looking for vintage wedding favors, check out Victorian Wedding Favors, we give you great ideas for wedding favors that your guests will cherish for a lifetime.

Want favors instead of a mixer that will collect dust check out Eco Friendly Wedding Registry...waste not ..want not!




Monday, June 6, 2011

Go Barefoot and Go Green...Recycle and Donate!

by Katy Green

Life is Better with Less Clutter and More You!

I am sure many of you were aware that last week was National Barefoot Week and June 1st was the official kick off day. Many celebrities and regular folk participated in the Soles4Soles campaign  andwalked around with no shoes to show support the campaign.

Green Recycle Fact: Since starting up in 2005, Soles4Souls has given out over 14 million shoes in 127 countries!

Jessica Simpson Soles4Soles

Well, you can do more than walk barefoot for a day by donating your shoes (shoes that are in your closet that you never wear) to someone who really needs it.

Your donated shoes could be a lifesaver to the woman that cannot afford shoes for a job interview or the child that needs shoes for school. Shoptobegreen is an advocate of recycling whenever and however you can! You can make a huge difference on your own by donating shoes to your local community center or church.

According to EcoRazzi, Style mavens like Sarah Jessica Parker, Elton John, Jessica Simpson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chelsea Handler, and Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian have all given up a pair of shoes to be auctioned off on Charitybuzz.
The auction for Soles4Souls Barefoot week is active until June 22nd.