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Think of the Planet For Your Next Celebration

When it comes to celebrating, it’s tempting to throw everything you can into it and make it an event to remember. You want your guests to talk about it for years to come, and the only way to make this possible is to go all out. 

However, going big, whatever the event can have a disastrous effect on the environment. From the harmful consequences of regular air travel to the amount of leftover waste you can get from big family dinners once, twice, thrice, or even more every year, these occasions can seriously harm the world we live in. 

Air Travel

Jumping on a plane to celebrate an engagement, honeymoon, or just because you feel like a vacation seems like a great idea at the time, and if everyone’s doing it, then why shouldn’t you? Well, if you are conscious about air pollution, you’d understand why more and more earth-conscious folk are abandoning air travel. 

While it’s true that you should never settle for less when it comes to engagement rings, you don’t need to go all out for a big proposal, and this is doubly so if you’re planning a destination wedding. Bigger is not always better—the more intimate, the more memorable and unique. 

It’s always wonderful to celebrate anything by catching the next flight out there; no one is disputing that, but with a more substantial focus on the environment than ever before, it’s useful to understand that you don’t need to jet-set around the world to prove your love. 

Car and Emissions

The same goes for car travel and the emissions that they will cause. Air pollution caused by exhaust fumes from thousands of cars on the road every year is astronomical, and this is why, rather than renting a car for your next celebration, maybe suck it up and embrace public transport, whether you go abroad or stay at home. 

If you are seeking solutions to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle that is better for the environment, abandoning your car for the bus or even a train (especially if it’s electric-powered), is a fantastic first step to take. You can still see everything you want for your celebration, whether that’s a birthday or treating the family to a Christmas adventure. Nevertheless, you will need to make sure you know the timetables before embarking anywhere. 

Food Waste

Who doesn’t enjoy getting the family together for the big holidays throughout the year? It’s a great chance to bond and reconnect, especially if you haven’t seen certain relatives in a while. 

However, with a lot of guests means there will always be food leftover, and this means this food will go to waste, especially if it is contaminated with sauce and other food. You can, however, take steps to minimize this with smaller portions and a more modest meal. It may take some getting used to, but it will be better for the planet overall. 

Celebrating More Consciously

We’ve been conditioned to believe that if something is not a huge event, then it doesn’t matter at all, and while there is nothing wrong with celebrating, it’s vital to realize just how much is too much. Whether you’re thinking of tying the knot, taking a vacation, or bringing everyone together for the holidays, it’s worth considering how this will impact the planet before setting anything in stone. 

Happy Earth Day + We Have a New Website!

Happy Earth Day!

Hello, Friends! After a long break due to many changes going on over here, including hiring a team to help keep everything running smoothly and a brand new website, I am ready to jump back into blogging. Thank you for your patience, I really appreciate it – I am very excited for this next chapter at Sweet Greens.

Today is Earth Day! Hooray! We worked feverishly to get the new website up and running in time – and here we are. How are you spending Earth Day? Did you do a special activity over the weekend? Since today is a school day, I have planned a couple of fun laid back projects, so watch for the step-by-step instructions! Also, later today, I will be hosting an Earth Day giveaway with one of our favorite partners, Stubby Pencil Studio – it’s a good one, so check back!

YOUR TURN: What are your Earth Day plans? Please share in the comments section!

7 Thrifty Ways for Families to Save Money and the Planet


You will most likely find both saving money and saving the environment at the top of your 2012 New Year’s intentions list. In fact, these are at the top of my families own list. When it comes to saving the environment, it comes almost naturally when your family is focused on saving money and getting out of debt. And since there are many ways that you save a little green while saving the planet at the same time, it’s a win-win for your family and the environment. Read my seven favorite ways to save money while helping the planet at the same time.