Clean Air

Inspiration in Every Tree

I took this picture during a jog through Central Park this weekend. I had to stop running, take out my phone and snap this shot as I couldn’t let the moment pass without a photo. I am always amazed at how uplifting time spent outdoors can be.

Four Ways to Help Our Trees This Spring

I just returned from a wonderful vacation with my family down in St. John. The island is primarily a national park and is filled with the most incredible plants, trees, and some very entertaining donkeys that wander around nibbling on grass.

On the Road

August is the perfect month for a car trip with your family. But high gas costs and car emissions are not the best for our wallets or our environment. So before you head out in the car, here are some tips on how to save money and gas and be kind to the environment at… read more…

A Real Green Lawn

I love a beautiful green lawn as much as the next person. But the weed and insect killers that are regularly used to achieve the lawns I can do without. According to the SafeLawns.org website, “Widespread medical consensus concludes that lawn pesticides are not safe to apply around young children. The Journal of Public Health… read more…

Natural Alternatives to Toxic Air Fresheners

The other day, arriving a little early to pick up my boys from camp, I stood watching them play from inside the building. After a few minutes, a strong lemony, chemical smell overwhelmed me. I first thought a conventional cleaning product was the culprit, but then I saw an air freshener dispenser installed on the… read more…

A Rug’s Life

Always at around this time of the year, my carpets look a little—how do I say this nicely?—filthy. We do all the things you are supposed to do. Take off our shoes before entering the house. Vacuum regularly. And occasionally, I actually bring out the big box of baking soda, sprinkle it on the carpets,… read more…

Eco-Vacations

The end of winter is in sight. Dreams of warm weather are dancing in my head. Time to plan a vacation. I have never done an eco-trip before, so I thought it was high time to look into some options for a vacation that will not only rejuvenate my family, but also help the environment…. read more…

Cleaning the (indoor) air

Many years ago, I realized that I was slightly allergic to my beloved (i.e. not-going-anywhere) cat. I was also quite familiar with the statistic from the Environmental Protection Agency that estimates people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, and that indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air…. read more…

Fall Hiking

According to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average American child spends up to six hours a day staring at some kind of electronic screen and as little as four to seven minutes in unstructured outdoor play. These trends have been blamed for doubling childhood obesity in the past 20 years and adding… read more…

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