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Green Holiday Ideas

We found a few green holiday tips to make it easy for you to go green this holiday season.

Start off your green holiday by replacing your old holiday lights with new, energy saving LED lights. Not only will it refresh your holiday decorations, but you’ll use up to 90% less energy! That translates to some serious savings on your energy bills.

Save paper by sending holiday e-cards this year, or you can order postcards with family photos. Be creative with your wrapping paper by using the Sunday comics or magazine pages. Double up on your gifts this year by wrapping your gifts in cute, reusable shopping bags.

By following our simple green holiday tips it’s easy to save the world, and our wallets.

Conservative Never Looked So Cool

I recently read a review of the 2011 MTV Music Video Awards which congratulated the network, performers and guests for this year’s more conservative, simplistic platform and behavior.

While performers like Lady Gaga and Chris Brown, wowed and impressed the crowd and viewers with their chart topping songs and creative choreography, their performances received acclaim for the simplistic approach. Some even said it was refreshing to see celebrities tone down the drama and extravagance.

It seems like in these scary, uncertain times, even celebrities have started promoting conservatism and sustainability. I applaud this cultural shift and the celebrities who, conscientiously or unconscientiously, set a leading example.

This helps us reinforce conservation and sustainability across the board. Whether you start a recycling program in your neighborhood or donate reusable water bottles to your office water cooler, follow this year’s trend and make conservative and sustainable actions look cool in your life.

The “Renewed” Green Revolution

If you are anything like me, you know that “going green” is not a new trend, cutting-edge ideological change or massive historical discovery of this century. Growing up at my Grandmother’s house, I learned to cover leftovers with slightly used shower caps, store dry items in old jam jars, and recycle my soda cans. I even watched as she saved vegetable trimmings to feed to her unbelievable rose gardens. I guess you could say that I grew up green before green got trendy.

However, while I don’t view conserving resources, recycling products or even composting and home gardening as new trends, I do appreciate how this current “green revolution” introduced us to all-natural and organic home cleaning products. I grew up cleaning my home with heavy bleach solutions because, well, bleach works and it works well (especially if you’re cleaning up after messy boys). I never thought of the consequences of using harsh chemicals in my home. I never thought how synthetic chemicals damage and kill our natural environment. Looking back now, I feel like an idiot.

Luckily today, we all have a choice in cleaning products. We can now rely on supermarkets to carry cleaning options with effective and environmentally-friendly ingredients. Cleaning products with 95% natural and bio-degradable ingredients, use cruelty-free testing processes and stray away from synthetic, harsh chemicals. We, also, now live in an era where companies use all-natural, green practices and products. They too make an active choice to improve healthy living for our homes and environment. For that, I do thank this renewed green revolution.

The Recycled Wedding – Part II

Bride & Bouquet | Flat Rate Carpet BlogLast week we discussed paperless wedding invites, as a way of saving time, money and trees.  This week we’re talking about registering for gifts.  Why not choose a company that works a bit more unconventionally – that encourages your friends and family to buy you gifts that are environmentally-friendly and help merchants who are sensitive to the planet.

Check out  Everything is made in the USA, and made from sustainable sources.  They’re uniquely designed and the company’s ethos is that if we all make just a little more effort, the world will really become a better place!

Or if you have everything you already need, why not ask your guests to make a donation to a good cause.  The “I Do” foundation is a great way to go… check out the website, Your guests donate money and you choose the charity you want it to go to.  It’s a fantastic way to help others share your happiness.

You don’t have to compromise on quality either.

The Recycled Wedding – Part I

Wedding Decorations | Flat Rate Carpet BlogGreen weddings are trending in a big way, according to the designers, with more and more people wanting to do their bit for the planet and use fewer resources for their special day. So what kind of things help make a wedding environmentally-friendly and can you really use recycled products where it counts?

One way of doing this is by choosing paperless invitations – after all, who doesn’t have email these days? You can design an invite yourself – it will be completely personalized and you’ll be saving a few trees, as well as time and money. Check out Glo at It’s reasonably priced and a very chic and personal

Say goodbye to envelope stuffing!