Green Living

Earth Day Prep

Earth Day is one week from today and there is so much to do! Trees and flowers to buy. Organizations to research. Gloves and bags to find. Books to borrow…. You may not think of Earth Day as a holiday that requires preparation, but a successful Earth Day requires just as much forethought as anyContinue reading “Earth Day Prep”

USED is the new NEW

I was ten the first time my parents bought a new piece of furniture from a store. Before this momentous occasion, everything in their house was either from my dad’s great aunt, who had passed away the year they were married, or from the side of the road. My parents lingered over catalogs for daysContinue reading “USED is the new NEW”

My Low Waste Breakfast – An introduction to bulk buying

Chances are you, like me, eat the same thing for breakfast most mornings. For my family, it’s oatmeal. Big hearty bowls of oatmeal, flavored with peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, and a splash of maple syrup. When berries, apples, peaches, and other fruits are in season, we add those too. In order toContinue reading “My Low Waste Breakfast – An introduction to bulk buying”

Monthly Zero-Waste Wins

Happy Monday! As I’ve mentioned on the site before, I am somewhere in the middle of my zero-waste journey. I have some fast fashion clothes, still eat meat and drive a small sized SUV, but I’m working on making better choices for the future. In my opinion, little accomplishments add up to big ones andContinue reading “Monthly Zero-Waste Wins”

Green your Shaving Routine

Daily habits – like shaving – can be hugely wasteful. Each year, people go through can after can of shaving cream or gel, tons of disposable razors and/or disposable blades, and bottles of aftershave and lotion. But shaving, like your other daily habits, doesn’t need to be wasteful! Here are some products, tips, and tricksContinue reading “Green your Shaving Routine”

Seed Starting 101

The beautiful weather these last few days has had me thinking Spring, Spring, Spring! And Spring makes me think of gardening and gardening makes me think – it’s time to start some seeds! (I wrote last month about planning for your garden, if you want to start there). March is a good time to startContinue reading “Seed Starting 101”

Spring is in the air!

Spring is in the air! Can you feel it everywhere? While I’m being a little grouchy about saying goodbye to winter (not sure why, maybe change is hard right now), there is something nice about opening the windows, feeling the fresh breeze and thinking about warmer and brighter days ahead. The temps are rising, andContinue reading “Spring is in the air!”

Five Questions with Laura Johnson of Design 645

I had a fun and inspiring chat with my friend, Laura Johnson, this weekend about sustainable ways to redecorate your home using what you have, found treasures, and eco-friendly materials. Laura runs Design 645, an interior design studio based in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. You can see Laura’s work on Instagram and Facebook. I think IContinue reading “Five Questions with Laura Johnson of Design 645”

Guest Post! Rachel’s Husband Talks About His “So-Called Eco Life”

I don’t know when it first started. It may have been the scratchy toilet paper. Maybe it was the Seventh Generation baby wipes or suddenly not being able to find the paper towels. It could have been going from the Vanity Fair napkins to the big stack of cloth napkins on the kitchen table. Perhaps itContinue reading “Guest Post! Rachel’s Husband Talks About His “So-Called Eco Life””

What is Greenwashing?

Ever hear the old saying “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” That’s how I feel about greenwashing. Greenwashing is the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how a company’s products are more environmentally sound. Greenwashing is considered an unsubstantiated claim to deceive consumers into believingContinue reading “What is Greenwashing?”

Only YOU can save New Hampshire’s forests

Our beautiful state of New Hampshire is the second most forested state in the nation. Nearly 84% of our land is covered with carbon-sequestering, oxygen-giving, awe-inspiring trees. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that large swaths of our planet are not. Taking care of our forests and keeping them healthy is everyone’s job. New Hampshire’s forestsContinue reading “Only YOU can save New Hampshire’s forests”

Who’s paying for your burger?

Meat and dairy production accounts for around 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. – CarbonBrief The United States Department of Agriculture’s guideline for a healthy diet is illustrated with a plate divided into fourths. The largest portions on the plate are fruits and vegetables; next comes grains; and, lastly, proteins. The USDA lists the following foods asContinue reading “Who’s paying for your burger?”

Eco-Laundry 101

Want to green your laundry routine? You’re in the right place. We’re going to start at the clothing store and make our way through the hamper, into the washer, and onto the clothesline as sustainably as we can, choosing products that reduce waste and still get the job done. Ready? Here we go! Reduce yourContinue reading “Eco-Laundry 101”

1000 Hours Outside

It’s a new year and many of us have resolutions, special words or goals that we want to meet. Some of my personal ones are to listen better, interrupt less, practice more yoga and eat less meat. Hannah has started an awesome series here on GreenLifeNH, where you can set a new eco-resolution for eachContinue reading “1000 Hours Outside”

Do You Know How to Sew?

Happy Solstice! How will you be celebrating? I shared a little bit about what my family does on this day, but I hope you enjoy your own traditions too. Plus, if you’re looking for a special light show tonight, head outside. On Friday, I shared on our Instagram that our old duvet accidentally ripped andContinue reading “Do You Know How to Sew?”

Guest Post! Pandemic Winter With Kids: It’s for the Birds

Today we have a guest post from my new friend, Alyssa Walker! Alyssa and I recently met through our children and have enjoyed some outdoor adventures together. Today she’s offering a safe and fun way to spend time outdoors with your kids! – Rachel We typically love winter at my house: lots of skiing, snowshoeing,Continue reading “Guest Post! Pandemic Winter With Kids: It’s for the Birds”

Hannah’s Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to give friends and family this year? Hoping to give wonderful gifts AND stay true to your low-waste and low-impact lifestyle? If you haven’t yet, check out Rachel’s guide. Here are some suggestions to spark the green glow in anyone. But first, a general guide for gift-giving: Experiences! There are literally unlimited onlineContinue reading “Hannah’s Holiday Gift Guide”

Put On Your Yarmulke, It’s Time For Hanukkah…

There are a lot of posts about zero-waste Christmas trees appearing online this time of year. Those are super helpful, but what about the other holidays? For example, Hanukkah starts tomorrow night, and I thought it’d be fun to talk about those traditions as well. Especially since my favorite one includes seasonal food! For thoseContinue reading “Put On Your Yarmulke, It’s Time For Hanukkah…”

For the Birds

One of our goals in our new house is to create a backyard habitat for birds, butterflies, and bees. I am going to be using this article as my inspiration this Spring and Summer, but for now we are focused on the birds. Unfortunately, our new yard has only two young trees, too small toContinue reading “For the Birds”

Our New Clothesline!

If you are an avid follower of this website (and I hope you are!), you will know that upon re-reading How Bad are Bananas by Mike Berners-Lee, I was reminded that drying your clothes in a dryer is a huge waste of electricity. We’ve always tried to reduce the amount of laundry we do byContinue reading “Our New Clothesline!”

Guest Post! The 45 by 2030 Pledge: Climate Change Commitment at the Household Level

Our friend, Jessica Forrest, is back! Following-up on her previous post, she imagines household level commitments on climate change… It is October, and typically there would be a buzz around the upcoming UN Conference on Climate Change, in which country governments strengthen their commitments to address climate change. This year, the conference has been postponedContinue reading “Guest Post! The 45 by 2030 Pledge: Climate Change Commitment at the Household Level”

Products We Use: Crayola

Dear Readers, I am a homeschooling mom of three (thanks, COVID) and I have an embarrassing array of markers, colored pencils, and crayons for my kids to choose from. This is partially because my mom passed on all my childhood art supplies (yes, she saved them) and partially because I love art supplies and, beforeContinue reading “Products We Use: Crayola”

Guest Post! What is your Household Carbon Footprint? And What Can You Do About It?

Today we have a guest post from our friend and fellow Concord resident Jessica Forrest! Jessica has developed tools for companies to measure and reduce their environmental impacts, and has worked with her city of Concord, New Hampshire on carbon footprinting and strategic planning relative to their ambitious 100% renewable energy and emissions reductions goals. Continue reading “Guest Post! What is your Household Carbon Footprint? And What Can You Do About It?”

Green Your Ride

A little known fact about me, which will surprise anyone who met me after college, is that I LOVE to drive. I really love it. I love driving fast, shifting gears, and racing. My first car was a lowered Honda Civic and my first two speeding tickets were for racing other lowered Civics on smallContinue reading “Green Your Ride”

Products We Use: Pact

On GreenLifeNH, I’ve written about the benefits of buying used clothing (especially for my kids who are constantly growing!). However sometimes there are certain items you’d rather not buy used, such as underwear. Enter Pact. I recently purchased a few items from them and have been pleased, however I wasn’t planning to share with youContinue reading “Products We Use: Pact”

Earth Jams for the Kids

Matt Loosigian’s album, Hungry for the Sun, is just the right mix of fun and educational. Kids learn about important environmental topics – recycling, energy use, composting, and habitats – through Matt’s excellent lyrics and classic blues, rock, and reggae music. It is one of the few made-for-kids albums that I actually enjoy listening toContinue reading “Earth Jams for the Kids”

Respect Your Things

The other day, while I listened to Laura Knoy discuss Zero Waste with her guests, the panelists talked about the important Rs – reduce, reuse, refuse and recycle. They also introduced two new ones that I hadn’t heard – repair and rot (compost). Well today I’d like to add one more – respect. My husbandContinue reading “Respect Your Things”

Afternoon Iced Coffee

I don’t know about you, but having two of my three children unexpectedly homeschooling this year has me lagging in the afternoons. While I should probably be doing yoga or meditating in order to pick myself up, those methods are difficult with a one-year-old, five-year-old, and seven-year-old underfoot. So I have reverted to some oldContinue reading “Afternoon Iced Coffee”

A Guide to Eco Hydration

We hear a lot about ethical and sustainable eating, but drinking often takes a back seat. Not today. Let’s focus on how to hydrate sustainably. FOR EVERYDAY HYDRATION, CHOOSE WATER. Water is the easiest, most environmentally-friendly, and healthiest choice for hydration. With a little extra filtration, we can drink it right out of our sinks,Continue reading “A Guide to Eco Hydration”

What’s In Your Lunchbox?

School’s returning this week, which means your kids will need some lunch (though I suppose that isn’t different from most other days). Packing a lunch is a necessity if they’re attending in-person, but I know a lot of remote friends who are still filling a lunch-box in the morning because it makes things easier andContinue reading “What’s In Your Lunchbox?”

Think you’re making good climate choices? Take this NY Times Quiz to find out!

Want to cut down on your carbon footprint, but not sure the best way to proceed? Wondering whether you should go vegetarian or switch to a hybrid… it turns out a lot of us (me included) have misconceptions about which of our behaviors are the most carbon intensive. Take this New York Times quiz toContinue reading “Think you’re making good climate choices? Take this NY Times Quiz to find out!”

Five Questions with Bret Ingold from Warner Public Market

Visiting Warner Public Market in Warner, is like going back in time. Locally grown food, locally made crafts and goods, and neighbors with friendly smiles greet you inside. Nestled in the heart of downtown Warner, the market has quickly become an important part of the idyllic town, which is easily found right off exit 9Continue reading “Five Questions with Bret Ingold from Warner Public Market”

New Hampshire is in a severe drought. Here are ten things you can do about it!

According to WMUR, many areas of New Hampshire, including Merrimack county, are in a state of moderate to severe drought. With no rain in sight and officials slow to order mandatory water restrictions, it’s time we take matters into our own hands. Here is how you can conserve water at home right now (all quotesContinue reading “New Hampshire is in a severe drought. Here are ten things you can do about it!”

Products We Use: Norwex Dish Cloth

Disposable sponges and dish wands last a short time before they get tossed. This polyester cloth lasts forever, works really well, is made from recycled material and it is dishwasher and washing machine safe. I use it to “wipe” dishes like they did in the old days before putting them into my dishwasher.

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