Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7 Tips to For Growing a Green Family & A Growing a Green Family" Prize Pack #GIVEAWAY

Environmental experts Rosaly Byrd and Laurèn DeMates present readers with an optimistic yet realistic approach to sustainable living in Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact Rowman & Littlefield).

7 Tips to For Growing a Green Family

Summer is here and we are loving the green that we see around us! It’s also a perfect time to bring new, sustainable habits into our daily lives that we can stick with all year long. Check out the following 7 practical pointers for going green.

  1. Bring air purifying plants into your home. Improve the air quality in your home by introducing plants that act as air filters, absorbing the harmful gases and toxins from furniture, paints, and plastics. Peace lilies, golden pothos, and Boston ferns are only a few examples of the many plants that can help remove benzene and formaldehyde from the air in your home.
  2. Look for local, seasonal foods. Eating local and seasonally means you are likely to avoid the food miles and greenhouse gas emissions associated with foods that aren’t in season and travel a long way to get to your table. In addition, seasonal foods can be less expensive and taste better. Because it is picked only when it’s naturally ripe, seasonal produce retains all of the nutrients and flavor that is lost when food is harvested prematurely. If you are feeling ambitious and have space, you can even start your own vegetable garden for the most localized produce possible.
  3. Start a compost (or look for compost programs in your neighborhood). Don’t let your fruit and veggie scraps go to waste in the landfill, where they will ultimately contribute to climate change by emitting methane. Instead, start a compost in your yard or look for programs in your community that collect organic material for composting. Compost is a natural fertilizer and can be added to your garden or potted plants.
  4. Swap or donate clothes. Swapping clothes that your kids have grown out of with other parents is a great way to share and/or get “new” clothes without actually purchasing anything. If you can’t think of anyone to swap with, then donating old clothes is another great option. 

    Swapping or donating clothes helps with spring cleaning and extends the life of each item.
  5. Use non-toxic products. If you are taking on some serious spring cleaning, make sure you are using non-toxic cleaning materials because chemical-based supplies contribute to water pollution and can be harmful to your health. Websites and apps such as GoodGuide and EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning help to find safe and gentle cleaning products. You can also make your own with baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon.
  6. Clean out your air filters. This spring is expected to be warm as we continue to break records for global temperature records. For many of us, this means turning on air conditioning and (ideally) cleaning out or replacing the air filters. Air filters that have not been cleaned or replaced in a while can mean that free-flowing air is being blocked, making the system work harder to push air out. Clean filters will not only prevent unnecessary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, but will also save you money on your electricity bill. 
  7. Plastic-free picnics. Spring is synonymous with picnics. To minimize your negative impact on the environment during these outings, swap out plastic single-use containers and utensils for reusable non-plastic items. It can be easy to rely on single-use plastic items such as water bottles, cutlery, plates, and cups, but it creates a lot of waste that will most likely end up in a landfill (or even in the ocean)! Look for glass jars and cloth bags to carry and contain your goodies and bring silverware from home to cut down on the waste you create.

Rosaly and Laurèn are co-authors and founders of The Sustainability Co-Op blog, which strives to understand and communicate the interconnectedness between global and local societal needs and environmental concerns.

The 411:

Part 1 of the book was a lot to read. It covers the big issues as like air pollution, deforestation, loss of carbon sinks, climate change and more. It also gives a ton of information in grayed boxed sections about the contaminated water problem in Flint, the garbage patch in our oceans, the Amazon and more. The book also places the blame on certain groups telling us who is doing what. 

Part 2 was my favorite section of the book. I actually loved it. There was a ton of info how to change our personal carbon footprint such as using less plastic bags, air conditioning and heating suggestions like closing shades to keep the room cooler, being conscious of when we use the oven (we have started doing this, hanging our clothes instead of using the dryer and so much more. 

Many of these are things we have always done but a lot of them were things that have fallen by the wayside including a few new things LIKE finding out if our electric company has partnered with a technology company. They have and this month we decided to buy a new fridge and our electronic company is taking our old one AND giving us a $50 check because our new one uses less electric. LOVE THAT!!!! Check with yours the next time you are getting rid of yours appliances. They unit must work but hey they remove it and a check?! SO worth it.

There is a really great section about the kitchen and the dining room table that suggests eating local and seasonal. Helping the farmers in my area is important to me but did you know that eating food out of season increases your chance of consuming a whole lot of chemicals. The food is being shipped so you are also contributing to the extra cost of energy being used for that.

The book and the bag above are great. I love the bag so much it is my GO TO BAG for when we head out to the pool. It carries all our snacks and never gets wet! How cute are those cherries?!

About the Authors: Rosaly Byrd is the co-founder and author of the blog The Sustainability Co-Op that works to engage readers on global environmental issues. She also writes as a freelance blogger for the Huffington Post. Rosaly has lived in Haiti and Brazil, working on environmental policy and sustainable development for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP). Rosaly holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on international environmental policy from University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Florida Atlantic University Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter, Florida.

Laurèn DeMates is a sustainability professional committed to improving the environmental impact of government, corporations, and individuals. Her work has included applying behavioral and social science-based strategies to increase energy efficiency in the federal government and assisting companies collect and analyze corporate social responsibility metrics. Laurèn is a LEED Green Associate and a co-founder of The Sustainability Co-Op blog. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Master’s degree in International Affairs, and from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences.

This book definitely has me thinking differently about a lot of things so I am so happy to report that I have a book to giveaway to one of my readers as well as more information    

Stay on top of things by visiting and subscribing to Lauren and Rosaly's blog at 

Enter the Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book and large reusable Baggu tote bag to review. My reviews are 100% honest and true based on my personal opinion not on a company’s description or request. I am not employed by any company I review for. No monetary compensation was received.

1 comment:

  1. My not eating meat and recycling :)



I love comments. Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to talk to you further

Get widget
Dear Readers: At this time all giveaways on Maria's Space are for the United States unless otherwise noted.