60 Tips for an Extra Green Earth Day
Are you looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day every day? Take a look at our list to see how you can get inspired, take action, and go green!
Going Green 101
Where to start? Check out these tips if you're a newbie:
Ecological Footprint Quiz: How big a carbon footprint are you leaving behind? Take this quiz to find out.
Want to go green and need some help? These Integrative Nutrition graduates can help you get on the eco-friendly path:
Safe Haven, Safe Home: Lara Adler (IIN Class of 2007) teaches you how to green and detox your whole home to keep it safe for your children.
Just Great Foods: Just Great Foods, the brainchild of Robin Gentry McGee (IIN Class of 2006) produces non-processed, close to the earth, un-traveled, pure food. In addition, the company offers a full spectrum of programs to help others foster a healthier relationship with food.
Eat, Drink and Be Green
Garden in the Koop: Laura Baldwin (IIN Class of 2009) sells gardens in recycled egg cartons that are easy to maintain and don't take up too much space. The cartons are available in a wide variety of seedlings.
OlyKraut: Summer Bock (IIN Class of 2006) has a raw gourmet sauerkraut company that creates seasonal, sustainable fermented foods from local produce.
Affirm Water: Started by Alicia Grimaldi (IIN Class of 2003), Affirm Water encourages people to drink more water from a safe vessel while protecting the environment and creating positive change in the world.
Get a Healthy Glow
What goes on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Upgrade your beauty style with healthier options:
Sprout Skincare: Adina Grigore (IIN Class of 2006) creates all natural, sustainable skin creams, body scrubs, lip balms, cleansers and toners that are gentle on your skin.
Heaven and Earth: Mary Harris (IIN Class of 2011) makes earth-friendly, natural, vegan, and vegetarian products for mind, body, and spirit.
Cush Cosmetics: Toni Hall Parker (IIN Class of 2008) integrated nature, science and sustainability to create this natural skin and hair care line. All of the products are made strictly from botanicals and essential oils.
Green Spring Cleaning
Clear out the dust, clutter, and let the energy of spring into your home. Kick off a healthy cleaning spree with these eco-friendly tips:
Create a Paperless Kitchen: Simple Mom shows you how to get rid of napkins and paper towels without sacrificing your clean kitchen.
EcoPureChoice: Tarina Visone (IIN Class of 2009) makes home cleaning products contain ingredients found in nature and are guaranteed to not harm your health or the earth.
How green will you go? Check out these cool tips below to reduce your carbon footprint:
Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit: Care2 shows you how to clean your home with common edible ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and salt.
Can You Do Away With Toilet Paper?: This helpful post breaks down your options.
Who To Follow
Want to get more daily earth-friendly tips into your life? Try following these voices in social media:
Earth Eats: Pins from a weekly podcast, public radio program and blog covering the freshest news and recipes inspired by local food and sustainable agriculture.
Green Living Magazine: Pins from Green Living magazine, including environmental tips for "greening" your health and wellness, children, pets, outdoor living, food and education.
GardenGirltv: Videos and playlists sharing tons of useful ideas, from how to preserve herbs in ice cubes to how to make a chicken coop tractor.
GreenopolisTV: A feed devoted to protecting the environment, exploring a range of subjects such as facts about recycling and ways to be energy efficient.
Make your kitchen more earth-friendly with these tips for finding sustainable, wild, and local foods:
Seafood Watch: The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch educates both home cooks and professionals about choosing the most sustainable seafood choices. Get the most up-to-date list of which fish to choose (and which to avoid!), and here for delicious recipes.
Local Harvest: Find a local farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) groups, and other local and sustainable food resources.
Neighborhood Fruit: Find fruit trees on land in the public domain and enjoy some free fruit.
Urban Organic Gardner: learn how to grow your own container garden on your patio, windowsill, or terrace.
Coffee CSA: find farm-to-cup coffee sources and support farmers directly.
Your Eco-Friendly Cookbook
Go native - host an Earth Day pot luck and cook local and wild with these tasty recipes:
Roasted Fennel Bruschetta: From IIN graduate and Health Coach Emily Levenson's blog.
Quinoa beet salad from cookbook author and IIN graduate Marika Blossfeldt.
Nettle gnocchi from herb and spice purveyor, chef, and IIN graduate Frank Giglio.
Venison medallions with morel mushroom sauce from Hank Shaw, seasonal, local food enthusiast and author of the honest food blog.
Braised lamb shanks from TV host, author and Top Chef contestant IIN graduate Andrea Beaman.
Chilled Strawberry Almond Butter Soup: From Oh She Glows, a healthy vegan blog by Angela Liddon.
Leave the gas guzzler in the garage and try out some healthier transportation alternatives:
Learn more about eco-friendly eating, working, and living with these resources:
Essential Nourishment: Written by Marika Blossfeldt (IIN Class of 2005), this resource is part cookbook, part holistic guide, and totally dedicated to living (and eating!) well.
Apple Pushers: This film focuses on the fruit and vegetable street vendors in New York's underserved areas.
Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home: This film focuses on the waste generated by a family in a three-month span.
No Impact Man: This film focuses on one family's attempt to "live off the grid."
Dirt! The Movie: This film focuses on soil fertility, pollutants, erosion, and what we can do to protect the health of our greatest resource.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: IIN teacher Dr. Neal Barnard is the president of this organization, which advocates for reform in Federal nutrition policies, plant-based eating, and alternatives to animal research.
Moved to do more to make a difference in the health of our world? Check out these charitable causes that are helping to spread health and sustainability:
Slow Food USA: This global non-profit "believes everyone has the right to good, clean, and fair food."
Healthy Child, Healthy World: Healthy Child Healthy World advocates for eco-friendly alternatives to the toxic chemicals that harm children.
Food Day: IIN teacher Michael Jacobson, a founding member of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, launched Food Day in 2011 to promote sustainability, increase consumer access to locally-grown foods, and protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms.
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