Eco-Friendly Cars

Going green is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the environment. One of the easiest ways to do this is by buying an Eco-friendly car that will cut down on harmful pollution and will help to make your drive more fuel-efficient. Here is a look at the top 5 Eco-friendly cars to buy in 2014.

Chevrolet Cruze Eco

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is a sleek Sedan that provides drivers with a combined MPG of 33 at a relatively affordable price. Although it runs on gasoline, its high gas mileage allows for much less pollution sent out into the environment. This 4-door vehicle also comfortably seats 5, perfect for any family.
Toyota Prius V

The 2014 Toyota Prius V is easily one of the best Eco-friendly cars that Toyota has ever made. This hybrid vehicle has a combined MPG of 42, which is the highest of any SUV on the market.

Controlling Cravings While On the Paleo Diet

The paleo diet is considered one of the healthiest diets on the planets. It is extremely popular among fitness fanatics who swear by its effectiveness. Unlike most other fad diets on the market, the paleo diet does not overly concern itself with calories or detoxing or even macronutrients.

 

The paleo diet is more about making the correct food choices. Grains, processed foods, sugar and a few other foods are not allowed in the paleo diet. This is a slightly restrictive diet. Not overly so. However, the foods that are not allowed are often very close to people’s hearts.

The elimination of sugar means that comfort foods such as ice-creams, cakes, chocolates, etc. are not allowed. Most people cannot even imagine life without indulging in these foods. Junk food is also not allowed.

It is this issue that has made so many people fall off the paleo bandwagon. They started off with good intentions but gave up when their cravings got the better of them. This article will show you a few ways to control your cravings. The methods below will help a great deal but you need to be aware, that the cravings will still be there.

The best consolation is that with time, these cravings will disappear. Your body is just used to years of poor food choices and it will take some time to change the way you eat. The best habits take time to be inculcated. Rest assured that if you stay the course, you will control your cravings and one day, they will be a thing of your past.

Green Gadgetry: 5 Kitchen Tools for the Eco-Friendly Chef

Gadgets are great. When thinking through the ecological implications of a kitchen design, the eco-friendly chef should also consider the impact on the environment of the gadgets and devices that will be used in the kitchen. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites.

Reusable Glass Containers

Disposable containers are out; reusable ones are in. Leftovers and even items bought directly from the produce section can be stored safely in the Frigoverre Plus reusable glass bowls reasonably priced at most kitchen retailers. The bowls have thick non-porous walls, are shatterproof and seal with tight-fitting BPA-free plastic lids.

PFOA-Free No-Stick Cookware

PFOA stands for perfluorooctanoic acid and is used today in the coatings for many no-stick pans and cookware. PFOA has been linked to certain types of cancer, so the release by Scanpan of PFOA-Free No-Stick pans is very welcome. The cookware is truly no-stick, allowing you to cook without adding butter or oil.

Seven Ways to Lose Weight, Without Meat

There are plenty of diets out there and they all work differently for different people. A vegetarian diet is an option that works for many people. However, if you eliminate meat from your diet, you are going to be missing out on some key nutrients.

Learning a few ways to get these nutrients without meat and how to live a healthier lifestyle can be a great way to lose weight and get the most out of your diet.

Nuts

Nuts are a food that is often questioned when trying to lose weight. When eating an appropriate amount of nuts, one can get the good kind of fats and more importantly they are an excellent source of protein which could be lacking if you are no longer eating meat. There are benefits of eating both raw and toasted nuts.

Raw nuts provide enzymes that your body needs, while toasted nuts make the protein more available to your body. There also studies that show that eating a proper serving of nuts every week can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Vegetables

Vegetables are important in any diet, especially if you are trying to lose weight without meat. Veggies provide calcium which is important in losing weight, and could be lost if you are not including dairy in your diet. Kale, broccoli, and collard are just a few examples of the foods that can be ingested to help weight loss.

Green Transportation: Developing Sustainable Moving Methods

Given that transportation consumes more than its fair share of energy resources, a lot of strategies are being implemented to lower its environmental impact and make it more affordable in the process. The approaches used include such things as alternative fuels, alternative motors, and altering the transportation infrastructure itself.

  1. What’s in the Tank

In terms of vehicles themselves, changing the type of fuel used in them is the easiest way to make them environmentally friendly. This technique doesn’t rely on a major switch from internal combustion engines to electric, or some other type of motor.

Ethanol has already seen widespread use throughout the world. This fuel can be made from renewable crops and requires just a few modifications to existing engines.

According to a Festec engineering professional, for existing engines to handle ethyl alcohol with minimal damage, alternative gasket materials have to be used for piston rings, cylinder head seals, and other vulnerable spots. With biologically-generated methane, the alterations are more extensive and include pressurized tanks.

5 Fresh Tips for Green Living and Eco-Friendly Solutions

“Green” living is one of those concepts that has taken hold in mainstream media, becoming a pretty significant “buzzword” in the last few years. However, unlike “Bennifer”, this one seems to be sticking around. Green living basically refers to doing things in your daily life that helps the environment.

A super easy example of what you probably already do is recycling. There is definitely a level of extremity, as well as perspective that ties into what truly makes something ‘green’.

However, we’re not here to tell you about recycling. It’s a good thing, and you should do it, but since it’s pretty likely that you already do, let’s try taking a look at some of the other options out there. After all, individuals and businesses alike are trying to become more sustainable and eco-friendly. Check out five tips for going green that you might not be familiar with.

  1. Plant Your Home Near Trees

This may sound like a playful idea, but it’s not just for the kids’ treehouse. Planting your home near trees, or vice versa, actually has some pretty good effects for your home. Trees, especially once they reach their full height, provide a great deal of shade for your home. This helps to cut down on your air conditioning needs during the summer, since you’ll already be cooler.

If you’re looking to keep your home a bit warmer in the winter, well, trees might not be your best friend. Large bushes, however, will do the trick. Plant them in flowerbeds close to your home and they’ll act as a second layer of insulation, trapping the heat for you during the winter. They’ll help to cut down on the wind as well!

Eco-Dogs: How to Keep an Environmentally-Friendly Pet

Most people tend to think that just about anything found in nature is innately good for the environment while most machines are detrimental. While you glare at the gas-guzzling SVU rumbling down the street, you may be horrified to learn that some of the worst offenders when it comes to disrespecting the environment are actually pets.

Dogs can have a bigger impact on the environment than operating a Toyota Land Cruiser, despite being a natural part of Earth’s fauna. If you are conscious about the eco-footprint you leave behind, it may be time to look at ways to make your dog more eco-friendly.

 

Protect Wildlife

One of the ways that dogs can harm the environment is by hunting and killing wildlife. When you think about a menace to birds, cats often come to mind. Still, dogs aren’t entirely innocent and can sometimes hunt and kill small animals that are essential to an area’s ecosystem.

Because of this, it is likely better to keep your dog contained in a fenced-in area so he cannot run free and hunt. When you’re on walks, keep your dog leashed so he can’t go after small animals when out and about.

Saving Our Planet: There’s an App for That

Along with the increasing popularity of Smartphones, apps are continuously being developed to assist with everything from sticking to a diet to acing examination.

Therefore, it would seem to be no surprise that a number of apps have been developed to help individuals and businesses conduct themselves in a greener, more sustainable manner. Apps are available for both Android and iOS powered devices and are frequently either very inexpensive or entirely free of charge.

 

Green Outlet

If you are tired of paying out big bucks to the electric company every month, the Green Outlet app may be just the ticket. This iOS app allows you to make a rough prediction of your monthly bill, and indicates which appliances are the likely culprits for excess energy usage. However, the app does not include a calculator for natural gas appliances. The app can be downloaded for 99 cents US from the Apple iTunes App Store.

Plastic Analyzer

The Plastic Analyzer app allows you to determine what kinds of plastic you are using by conducting a search for the plastic identification code. The app then indicates what products are included in the plastic object or bag and informs you of whether the plastic is recyclable. The Plastic Analyzer App is available free of charge for Android, iOS and Windows 7 powered mobile devices.

7 Ways to Go Green This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and tradition. If you’d like to introduce some new, eco-friendly customs this holiday, there are plenty of opportunities to go green while celebrating one of the biggest events of the year. Here are some simple ideas to reduce waste and save a little money – all while showing your gratitude to Mother Earth:

Reduce and Use Leftovers

According to U.S. News & World Report, families waste nearly 25 percent of all food prepared on Thanksgiving. That’s a lot of good food ending up in the trash. When planning your meal, consider cutting out those dishes you feel you have to serve but that no one eats. For example, if you consistently toss the cranberry sauce each year, leave it off the menu. This will save you time and money, and eliminate waste. Plan to reuse leftovers throughout the week in turkey sandwiches or stew.

Research if local food banks will accept donations. Not only will donating food help those in need, but the practice will also teach your family about the value of giving.

4 Simple Ways to Go Green

Yesterday I was a guest lecturer and led a GED online course and we talked about going green. I was truly surprised that so many people want to know simple ways to go green.  Luckily, living green can be easier than you think.

Simply changing some of your daily routines and creating a home that is low in energy consumption and waste production can have a big effect on your environmental footprint. If you are looking for ways to help in the global campaign to make our planet stay green, you should examine at your daily life and ask yourself the questions – where am I unnecessarily wasting resources?

How am I contributing to pollution through my consumer choices? What more can I be doing? Here are a few other suggestions for making your environment greener:

Start in your Home

There are several small things you can do in your home to lessen your impact on the environment. Have you looked into energy-saving light bulbs? These light bulbs usually last longer, shine brighter, and use less energy than regular light bulbs – helping you save a few bucks.

You can also cut your energy usage by lowering the thermostat just a bit in the winter. You might have to wear that extra sweater grandma got you but you’ll be using less energy and spending less cash.

Another easy way to go green is by making your home more self-sufficient by installing solar panels and/or rain water collecting tanks. Both of these environmentally-friendly innovations have been around for decades but only recently became available cheaply for personal consumers.