Saturday, January 26, 2008

Go Green This Valentine's Day with Eco-Friendly Gifts and Flowers

Valentine's Day is always a big time of year for gifts and flowers. Here are some great sources for green and environmental gifts for your loved one or friend:

1. Send organically grown flowers or chocolate with organic ingredients from Organic Bouquet.
Classic red roses for Valentine's day start at $49.95. Velvet heart chocolates are one option at $59.95. The flowers are USDA certified organic as well as Veriflora certified for sustainable growing practices. The chocolate is fair trade and grown in Costa Rica.



2. The Sierra Club works to protect the environment as well as explore its natural beauty.
Join Sierra Club and share the love this Valentine's Day. (Get a Free Backpack for Joining)

3. GAIAM offers healthy home and eco-friendly gifts. Also use the $10 off a $50 coupon., Inc, Inc

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Local News Stations and the Green Living Movement

I've been noticing lately that green living is getting dramatically more attention in the media. The major national television networks have green living campaigns, such as NBC's recent "Green Week," which included green tips on commercials and shows throughout the week. The "Biggest Loser" even had a green show with challenges featuring green living topics, such as household waste.

I decided to investigate this further to see if local news stations around the country are also providing green living websites and news stories. My local station, WFAA, now has "Project Green," a Dallas guide to living more ecologically, saving energy, saving water, and saving other natural resources. The website even provides an online calculator for calculating one's carbon footprint.

I found several other sites as well. WGNTV in Chicago offers many videos on recent green living and green building news stories. I was surprised to find that the green fire station in my town, Denton, Texas, was also featured in one of their website videos. Charlottesville; Seattle; Washington, D.C; and El Paso were some other cities as well with green living videos, tips, links, and articles. I am sure there are many more, but it is refreshing to see that green living ideas are getting more attention and becoming more mainstream. A few years ago when I would mention green living tips and ideas, most people were not even aware of the concept or ideas.