Today is Earth Day, so how about celebrating the eco holiday by going green in more than one way? One of the more "natural" ways to enjoy nature is by getting intimate with your significant other. But you can really go green by choosing all-natural and organic sex toys, massage oils, and lingerie for your weekend romp. Here are some eco-friendly products for making your sexy time Mother Earth-approved!
Instead of throwing that gear out, check out where OnSugar blog The Green Life goes to recycle her old mats, shoes, and workout clothing.
Workout wear gets beat up and worn out quickly. Follow Women's Health's recent tips on giving your gear a second life:
Recycle your shoes through Nike Reuse a Shoe program.
Recycle any Patagonia clothing.
Recycle or donate yoga mats through the Recycle Your Mat initiative.
Go green. It does a body good.
I pride myself on having made the switch from plastic to reusable water bottles long ago but still find myself shamefully relying on plastic sandwich and snack baggies when packing lunch. Not sure what my options were, I spent a little time shopping around this weekend and found a huge market of sustainable alternatives to plastic. Options range from organic cotton to recycled, but all divert waste from our landfills while saving you money in the long run.
Reusablebags has a great selection with lots of different design choices and prices from $3 to $30+. If you have the time I recommend the DIY approach. The crafty people at CraftyStylish can show you how to make a reusable sandwich in a snap.
I think that yogurt should be part of any healthy diet, on the daily. It's great with fresh fruit and granola, contains all the good kind of bacteria we need, and is an excellent source of calcium and protein. Eating yogurt every day can be costly, so I was really excited to discover how easy it is to make at home.
I started out by following the recipes posted on Make Your Own Yogurt and Chow, making a few modifications of my own. The homemade stuff tastes so much better than any store-bought version I've ever tried — it's creamier, tangy, and has a great consistency. There are no added sugars or preservatives, or wasteful plastic containers to throw out. I'm hooked and can't stop looking for cute glass jars so I can gift this homemade treat to my friends.
To find out how to make it, read more
According to a recent New York Times article, farms are quickly becoming a popular wedding venue for many couples. There are many advantages to a farm wedding, including a reduced price tag. According to the article, "Farms Are For Lovers," "Farm weddings can cost a fraction of nuptials at more traditional sites, because couples usually take care of services like catering and music. And small farmers like pulling out the hay-covered welcome wagon because it helps them survive."
Would you choose to have your wedding on a farm?
If you're a long-time CasaSugar reader, you already know that Adrian Grenier used green insulation when he renovated his Brooklyn brownstone. But did you know the eco-minded actor has his own green television series? Grenier's new show, Alter Eco, premiers tonight at 9 on Planet Green. The 13-part series will follow Grenier and his team as they green building projects all over Los Angeles, including overhauling a club using salvaged materials. I love Grenier's down-to-earth attitude about greening one's lifestyle. In an interview with Ecorazzi, he said, "If everyone just became a little more aware of his or her own personal impact on the earth, real change would ultimately result." Find out more about Planet Green here.
We've all heard a lot about sustainability, carbon footprints, and greening our lifestyles, but have you ever actually calculated how many resources your lifestyle requires? If you're curious, do as I did and play Consumer Consequences. This easy-to-use, fun platform seems more like a game than a survey, and at the end you'll know how many planets would be needed to support your habits. In my case it was 2.1 — which is a lot, but still a lot lower than the American average!
After you play the game, let me know what your results were by commenting below, and also leave suggestions about how you might change your habits to reduce your score. My biggest offenses seem to be diet-related: I eat meat, drink coffee daily, and drink wine nightly. Oh boy — I don't know if I can compromise much on those last two.
Unfortunately, just because you're holding your wedding ceremony in the great outdoors that doesn't mean your celebration is good for the planet. If you want some ideas for cutting down on the environmental impact of your big day, take a look at my tips.
For a Greener Wedding
- Who doesn't love flowers? You can keep your flowers eco by buying organic blooms or buying the flowers locally.
- When considering where to hold your wedding, think about where most of your guests are located. Midwest? East Coast? The Southwest? Then, consider holding your ceremony there. It will cut down on travel expenses as well as the environmental cost of planes, trains, and automobiles.
- You can now buy compostable cups, plates, and utensils for your shindig. This means that your guests' plates will end up enriching the soil instead of sitting in a landfill.
- If guests are traveling from a long distance, ask them to offset the carbon produced from their travel. It's cheap, quick, and easy. In lieu of wedding favors, which are often thrown away or forgotten, you could also offset your entire wedding guest list's carbon output. You could have a message telling them about the carbon offset "gift" printed up on wildflower seed cards that are left on each guest's plate. Make sure the guests take the cards home and plant them.
For the rest of my tips, just read more
Last year I wrote about the Park(ing) day in San Francisco, and I'd be remiss to not mention it again during Good to Grow month. Park(ing) Day is an event where businesses, government offices, and volunteers in several corners of the world take the time to construct parks in parking spaces. I found a cool video that shows the positive effects of this one-day event, and it's got me excited for this year's Park(ing) Day in September. I just might have to start my own park(ing) for the day next September . . . .