Great Green Products – Earth Day 2013

By Ann-Marie Nieves

Sierra Club logoUnfortunately, we need to be reminded to get outside these days. As a writer and business owner with a home office, I’m disgustingly guilty of this, spending some 10 hours a day in front of a computer. The Sierra Club just notified me that the average American spends 90% of their time indoors – and kids are spending an average of 7.5 hours per day plugged into electronic media!

As we approach Earth Day on April 22, the Sierra Club is urging adults and children to unplug and spend time outside! I couldn’t agree more!

Sierra Club Eath Day GET OUTAvital Andrews, Sierra magazine Lifestyle Editor’s offers these TOP TIPS FOR EARTH DAY:

  • Unplug and play outside!  Plan a family outing to a nearby nature area or take your kids to a local park.  The GET OUT site has tons of national and local outings to choose from!
  • Be bright about light – Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you leave any room for 15 minutes or more and utilize natural light when you can.
  • Only clean clothes that are dirty – Instead of throwing clothes in the hamper after one wear, wear it again!  Even some of the newest and most efficient washers use about 15 gallons of water per cycle, and the average family washes 400 load of laundry – that’s 6,000 gallons of water per household used only on washing clothes!
  • Turn down your thermostats -This will help lower your energy usage and your bills.  This includes your heater and AC units, and your refrigerator.
  • Start using a water filter instead of buying bottled water and use a reusable coffee mug –  Eco-friendly and saves money because you don’t have to buy bottled water, and coffee shops usually give you a small discount when you bring your own mug.

More to Celebrate this Earth Day

ECOlunchboxesI’m a huge fan of ECOlunchboxes, stainless steel bento boxes that are super cute and super useful for parents and kids alike. When it comes to filling our lunchboxes, we often turn to the usual: plastic containers and throw-aways like baggies, juice boxes, plastic drinking bottles and pre-packaged supermarket snacks, like yogurts, chips and crackers.

ECOlunchbox products stainless steel food containersSome reusable lunchbox options, such as stainless steel food containers, coated aluminum water bottles and plastic bento-box-style lunchboxes, have entered the market in recent years. But cobbling together a no-garbage lunchbox solution that avoids the health risks of vinyl, plastic, lead and aluminum is a daunting challenge in today’s marketplace.

ECOlunchbox products are a sensible, back-to-the-basics reaction to the potential health risks associated with standard lunchboxes as well as to the huge amount of waste created by the packaging in typical U.S. lunchboxes.

Meet Norman

Norman dying on the shores of Arroyo Beach

Arroyo Beach whale photo courtesy of West Seattle Blog

Gray whales have the longest migration of any animal. These majestic creatures spend most of their days swimming in the Pacific Ocean, making a 10,000-mile round trip from the Arctic to the Baja Peninsula each year. They can live for 70 years. That’s what should be normal for whales; that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

But not for one whale. A young whale who needed to replenish its fat pad for the long trek. Who stopped to refuel in Puget Sound during April of 2010. Who ended up dying on the shores of Arroyo Beach, emaciated, with a gut full of garbage including over 20 plastic bags. Who ended up not even living 1/10 of its anticipated lifespan.

ReUsies is introducing Norman, the happy whale. Norman is the company’s tribute to the life that the Arroyo Beach Whale should have had. Norman's First Appearance ReUsiesA life where our oceans are clean, our rivers are pure, our parks are pristine and wildlife can lead a full life. What we’d like to think a normal life of a whale should be, could be.

In fact, Norman’s name not only stands as a tribute to our whale, but it’s also an acronym for Normal Oceans, Rivers, Mountains And Nature.

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