Feel Good Friday: Green Gifts Book List

Looking for more ways to go green or gift green?  We scoured through tons of eco-friendly and green books to find some great ones we recommend.  Books make perfect gifts for hostesses, teachers, the avid reader, or anyone on your holiday gift list that wants to try to be a little more eco-friendly.  All of these books are easy to read, well organized, and not preachy: the perfect read for the person that may not even be that eco-friendly!  Here are our four current favorites:

1.  EcoChick Guide to Life by Starre Vartan

This book tops our list for its fun, girly cover.  We also like it because it’s easy to read and the perfect size for reading on the go…just pop it in your purse.  Starre has some great tips that are not at all preachy; including beauty tips and easy DIY beauty recipes for at home facials, body scrubs, and other body improvements.

2.  Conscious Kitchen by Alexandra Zissu

This kitchen and food guide features recipes and advice from tons of famous chefs and covers lots of different types of food.  All foods are broken down by definition and Alexandra gives you suggestions for the best choice whether you’re eating beef or beets.

3. Easy Green Living by Renee Loux

Renee currently hosts Fine Living TV’s “Easy Being Green” show.  Her book features an array of different brands and their contact information for almost everything.  Looking for a green drain cleaner?  Renee will have more than one suggestion; she includes “green thumb guides” for choosing non-toxic, eco-smart, human friendly everyday essentials.  This was also one of the only books that included a compressive index, making finding information a snap.

4.  Planet Home by Jeffrey Hollender

This book, written by Jeffrey Hollender of Seventh Generation, is a quick read filled with bright and colorful graphics.  Jeffrey breaks everything down room-by-room and recommends products and statistics for almost everything.

Don’t forget, whether you’re gifting or giving, purchasing used books or passing your gently used copies onto other is the greenest choice!

Are there any green books you’ve read that you think we missed?


Feel Good Friday: The Great American Bake Sale

With the holidays now in full swing and our hearts feeling thankful from Thanksgiving, we want to share an easy way to keep the joy of giving all season long.  Participate in the Great American Bake Sale!  Most of us indulge in baking yummy holiday treats during December like cookies, cakes, pies, or classic church window rolls.  Why not spread the baked good love by helping out children in need?

Food Network TV Host, Sandra Lee, is the face of the Bake Sale Campaign and urges bakers to unite against childhood hunger:

“Nearly one in four children in America struggle with hunger.  You can make a difference in these children’s lives and have fun too by hosting a Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale.  The funds you raise will support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.  You can help end childhood hunger.”

Hosting a Bake Sale is easy.  Have one at your local church, college campus (always a big hit!) or at your office or company holiday party.  Visit GreatAmericanBakeSale.org for tons of information, FAQ, and templates for advertising, printable posters, and more.  They’ve made it so easy to help!

Don’t have the time or resources to host your own bake sale?  You can still help end childhood hunger by supporting a bake sale near you, a donation to your local food pantry, or by buying a copy of “Baking with Friends.”  For every copy purchased, $5 will be donated to The Great American Bake Sale.

Now that’s extra calories you can feel good about!  What do you think?  Have you or would you ever participate in a Bake Sale?  What yummy treats would you make?

Feel Good Friday: Tea Time!

When the weather starts to turn chilly, one of our favorite ways to warm up is with a nice, hot cup of tea.  Did you know you can green your tea routine – literally?   With some simple steps, you can make the environment as happy as you make yourself with a simple cup of tea.

Here are five simple ways to green your tea routine:

  1. Use a traditional stovetop kettle, instead of an electric one, and start boiling your water with lukewarm water rather than cold.   Only boil enough water for as many cups as you’ll be drinking, it saves energy and gets you your cup of tea faster.
  2. Look for Earth friendly packaging.  Brands like Celestial Seasonings use as little packaging as possible with pillow tea bags that are free of strings, tags, and wrappings. That helps keep more than 1500 tons of waste out of landfills each year.
  3. Try loose-leaf tea.  Argo Tea makes amazing loose-leaf tea flavors and you can dip them in any sort of tea strainer.  Some tea drinkers swear by loose leaf tea.   Look for strainers in cute shapes like submarines, sharks, or classic round stainless steel balls.  Here are a few cute options from Toxel.com.
  4. Buy responsible tea.  Fair trade tea does exist.  Check out your nearest locally owned coffee shop for options or shops like Trader Joes and Whole Foods.
  5. Bring your own mug.  Whether you drink your tea at home, the office, or the nearest café, bring your own mug.  You’ll save hundreds of tons of waste from the landfill and look chic at the same time.  Fall and winter is the perfect time for shopping for a new travel tumbler as they make great gift ideas.  Look at your nearest tea/coffee shop for some cute and functional (bonus: tea stays hot while your commute) travel mugs or shop your nearest thrift store for a cheap, quirky mug to take to work.

What’s your favorite cup of tea?

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