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Your Greener Self in 5 Minutes: Reducing Plastic

Your time is valuable, so let’s cut to the chase! Here are some quick and approachable ways you can reduce your everyday single-use plastic.   Refuse plastic cutlery! It is estimated that the U.S. disposes of 40 billion plastic cutlery pieces annually (https://www.plasticstoday.com/packaging/eating-our-way-out-plastic-waste-dilemma/25470102124494). The energy in extracting raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, marketing, shipping, and disposal can all totally be avoided! If you’re honest with yourself, plastic cutlery isn’t a very pleasant experience, anyway. Tip:  Spork with washable pouch. My Etsy shop, Carbon Neutral Goods, sells these pouches for your cutlery. I carry a spork because it’s so convenient for 90% of my meals, and weighs less in my purse than a whole cutlery set. If you purchase a spork pouch CLICK for more

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Introducing Carbon Neutral Goods: A New Kind of Shopping!

Carbon Neutral Goods is a new Etsy shop selling fashion goods with a carbon neutral footprint. Check it out here! The shop inspiration comes from The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken. I have been a fan of Hawken for some years now, and this book has revolutionized the way I view free enterprise and the environment.  I’ve always had an abstract idea of the degradation and lack of accountability companies have for their environmental footprint, but Hawken makes the argument that if we require companies to include the total embodied carbon footprint in the cost of a product and service, it will evolve our economy and society – for the better! He argues, “We require political, environmental, and business communities CLICK for more

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Greenbuild 2017 – Expo top products!

Let’s face it – expos are not fun when you’re 10 and your parents drag you to the local home & garden expo to see new pavers, showers, and mailboxes. But when you’re an eco-conscious architect who’s looking for new ways to improve the status quo – the 2017 Greenbuild Expo floor is a wealth of inspiration! Here are our top 3 picks from the 3 day conference: AirIQ by Biome – This is a concentrated at-home air quality test.  It has a super low cost of entry starting at $249/bottle.  It’s basically a mason jar-sized bottle that you leave anywhere you’d like to test, for several hours.  You then send the bottle to their lab and within two weeks receive the results CLICK for more

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Healthy Living Starts with a Healthy Environment – Part 1: Cleaning

As a designer, I can attest to the belief that we can impact the world through design.  This is a reason why I try to focus on green strategies – if we are imp acing the world, someone’s world, through the built environment, why not make it as healthy as possible for all those affected? I will be making a series of blog posts regarding healthy environments – where we eat, work, breathe, play, grow, and live out all of our days.  I want to equip you on seeing a healthy environment as a societal expectation: expect your city to pick up and dispose of your recycling properly; expect your cleaning service to use eco friendly products for your sake and the CLICK for more