Getting Ready for Earth Day

The Go Green Report, Episode 9, Getting Ready for Earth Day

Earth day is coming up on April 22nd and it is the perfect opportunity to challenge all of us to step up our green living game. Thanks to many of the bloggers out there who are committed to reporting on the latest developments in green living, we’ve comprised this list of five environmental issues that you and I can help impact this month– fossil fuels, wasted water, wasted paper, food sourcing, and eco-friendly products.

1. Fossil Fuels

We’ve discussed the dangers of the toxins released by fossil fuels on the Go Green Report before. Fossil Free is an organization that is fighting to raise awareness of the role fossil fuels play in climate change and activate enthusiasts to go out and change the way that our nation invests in energy. Visit them at gofossilfree.org to sign a petition in your area, or start your own campaign!

2. Wasted Water

The good people over at We Hate to Waste recently highlighted the “April Showers” campaign, where you can organize a competition among your peers, schoolmates, or coworkers to reduce their overall water consumption by limiting their shower times to 7 minutes through the month of April. Every minute in the shower uses approximately 2 gallons of water, so limiting a shower to only 7 minutes can save a significant amount of water. To find out more, visit wehatetowaste.com

3. Paper Waste

Creating, shipping and recycling the flyers and unnecessary ads that arrive in your mailbox every year wastes about 28 billion gallons of water, hundreds of millions of trees, and creates more greenhouse gas emissions each year than over 9 million cars. 44% of that junk mail ends up in a landfill unopened anyway. Catalogchoice.com is a nonprofit organization that helps you reduce junk mail. Their website is free and easy to use. By opting out of incoming junk mail, you can make a big impact on this issue.

4. Locally sourced food

Another major source of waste and pollution is found in the way that we as americans eat and shop for food. Seth Leitman of Greenlivingguy.com reported recently on the positive impact that eating locally sourced foods can have on our carbon footprint. He says that by eating local beef for example, it will reduce transportation costs and therefore will reduce our carbon impact by not shipping the food from Brazilian rainforest, where much of our imported beef originates. If you want some accountability, join others on earthday.org in taking the pledge to eat healthier and reducing your carbon emissions by buying local produce whenever possible. You can start with a small goal at first, like visiting your local farmer’s market once a month.

5. Eco-friendly products

A final way that we can stand up for the environment is by being selective in the household products that we use. Lori Alper of groovygreenliving.com recently presented an analysis of some personal care products that she endorses for their eco-conscience production and distribution. Seeking out these types of products will help generate a wider market and ultimately promote responsible corporate practices in the future.

As earth day approaches, join us in making these and other simple changes that can have a lasting impact on the world that we are leaving for our children.

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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Holidays

The Go Green Report, Episode 8

The winter months are upon us, and with them they bring the joys—and stresses—of the holiday season. Analysts are expecting that over $620 billion will be spent on gifts in the coming month throughout the United States. Last year, each American spent an average of $781 on Christmas gifts, and that number is expected to increase. This is a staggering amount, especially considering that $60 billon worth of Christmas gifts were returned last year. So, not only are families spending huge amounts of money on gifts, but almost 10% of those gifts aren’t even wanted.

As the holidays quickly approach, it may be time to consider how we can use this season of consumer-overload to help make the world, and our personal space, a better place. Piling our home with unnecessary items never brings the satisfaction that we hope it will. That’s why we at the Go Green Report we put together this list of alternative gift ideas to help make your holiday season more meaningful.

With the amount of money that Americans spend during the Holidays, wouldn’t it be better if some of those funds went to people throughout the world that really need it? Our first suggestion is to think of creative ways to try and give to underserved populations. There are many organizations out there that serve the underprivileged, and we should all consider leading by example by asking our loved ones to support these efforts on our behalf.

The Hope Effect is an organization that is seeking to change orphan care around the world. Their Homes for the Holidays Initiative offers an opportunity to raise support through a personalized fundraising page that you can share with your friends and family. With 100% of their donations being used directly for orphan care, everyone will feel good about the contribution that they make.

You can also make charitable donations in your loved one’s name as a gift to them.  Whether it’s sheltering animals, educating children, providing sustainable living for refugees, serving the homeless or taking care of the environment, find something you know your loved one is passionate about. Your support of an organization on their behalf is a thoughtful and meaningful way of showing you care.

There are numerous companies that sell beautiful items handmade by refugees or other underprivileged populations. These artisanal items are not only wonderful gifts, but also help provide an income to struggling families. Some of these include Sseko Designs, Refugee Beads, and Dsenyo.

In addition to charitable gifts, you could consider encouraging your loved one’s talents or interests by gifting them an experience. Buying them tickets to a concert or museum, or signing them up for guitar, tennis, or foreign language lessons for example, is a great way to support your friends and family’s talents and interests in a way they will remember for years to come.

Using your own time and talents is a great way to give back to loved ones this holiday season as well. Gifting baked goods, chronicling family history, putting together a photo album, organizing the basement or garage, or simply offering to do a set number of household chores are ways to tell them you love them.

As we enter this season, let’s choose to be conscious of the money that we spend and the clutter that we generate. We hope you will join us in taking a step back and finding creative ways to make our friends and families feel special without weighing them down with more things they don’t need. Happy Holidays from the Go Green Report.

Thanks for joining us on The Go Green Report.

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In-Home Energy Costs

Episode 7, September 8, 2015


This is episode 7 of the Go Green Report. The Go Green Report is here to help you take small steps towards living green. This episode is brought to you by Control-n-Roll, a household product that helps you save toilet paper and paper towels with every pull. To find out more, visit ControlnRoll.com

As summer winds to a close, many of us may be reeling from the soaring energy costs that were a result of the higher temperatures that summer brought. Some of the more stringent homeowners out there may have just left the AC set to “off” and suffered through the heat in order to avoid the heightened expenditures. However, the rest of us were instead left scrambling to find ways to cut expenses in other areas in order to compensate. As cooler months are close at hand, we all could use some help in keeping our heating bills from being as troublesome as our cooling bills were. Luckily, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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Paper Recycling

Episode 6, March 9, 2015

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Paper Recycling

This is the Go Green Report for March 9, 2015. The Go Green Report is here to help you take small steps towards living green. This episode is brought to you by Control-n-Roll, a household aperroduct that helps you save toilet paper and paper towels with every pull. To find out more, visit ControlnRoll.com

Toilet paper manufacturer Scott has recently begun to market toilet paper rolls with the cardboard tube removed. This move is aimed to help reduce the problem of home-bound paper waste. Scott’s parent company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation claims that 17 billion cardboard cardboard tubes wind up in landfills every year.

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Fossil Fuels

Episode 5, January 19, 2015

This is Episode 5 of the Go Green Report for January 19, 2015. The Go Green Report is here to help you take small steps towards living green. This episode is brought to you by Control-n-Roll, a household product that helps you save toilet paper and paper towels with every pull. To find out more, visit controlnroll.com

A statement was recently issued by Catholic bishops from around the world asking the world’s governments to take steps to end dependence on fossil fuels. They stated that the effects of global climate change are dangerous for the earth’s poor and underprivileged and hope to protect those communities whose livelihood and wellbeing are endangered due to worldwide climate change. This statement came on the heels of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in which delegates discussed avenues toward a new goal of the complete divestment of fossil fuels by 2050.

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Sugar

Episode 4, December 10, 2014

This is Episode 4 of The Go Green Report for December 10, 2014. This episode is brought to you by Control-n-Roll. A Household product that helps you save toilet paper and paper towels with every pull. To find out more visit controlnroll.com

A new trailer has hit the internet for a documentary entitled “That Sugar Film.” In the movie, the filmmaker chronicles a 60 days diet that includes the same amount of sugar that North American adolescents consume on average. The aim of the film is to outline the negative effects that sugar has on the human body.
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Food Labeling

Episode 3, November 10, 2014

This is Episode 3 of The Go Green Report for November 10, 2014. This episode is brought to you by Control-n-Roll—a household product that helps you save toilet paper and paper towels with every pull. To find out more visit ControlnRoll.com.

In the most recent election cycle, several states proposed ballot measures that would impose mandatory labeling to inform consumers as to when Genetically Modified Organisms, or “GMOs” are used in the production of food. Advocates of these political measures claim that consumers have a right to know when these ingredients are used in the processing of their food. Those that oppose these measures claim that not only are the particular GMOs that are being used safe, but that labeling the products will cause an unnecessary financial strain on the food production industry.
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Bike Commuting

Episode 2, October 6, 2014

This is episode 2 of the Go Green Report for October 6, 2014. The Go Green Report is here to help you take small steps towards living green. This podcast is brought to you by Control-n-Roll, a household product that helps you save toilet paper and paper towels with every pull. To find out more about this simple way to conserve resources and save money, visit controlnroll.com

According to the LA Times, a new law has gone in effect in the state of California which mandates that motorists leave a 3-foot buffer for cyclists that they pass while driving. This landmark decision that has gone into effect after nearly 5,000 cyclists were reported killed or injured in traffic accidents in L.A. County alone in 2012, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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Climate Change

Episode 1, September 19, 2014

The Go Green Report is here to help you take small steps towards living green. This podcast is brought to you by Control-n-Roll, a household product that helps stop wasted paper with every pull. To find out more about this simple way to conserve resources and save money, visit controlnroll.com.

Dr. Doug Inkley of the National Wildlife Federation released a study this week showing that extreme weather variation over this summer has enabled certain species of problematic insects, such as mosquitoes, deer ticks, and fire ants to survive in greater numbers. The greater levels of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere are also allowing poison ivy to grow stronger and more toxic. It’s a troublesome trend that can make your summer experience more painful and, potentially, more dangerous.
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