Shade Grown and Organic: How These Coffee Terms Relate to the Environment

How Does Coffee Affect the Environment?

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Coffee is a beverage enjoyed by millions of Americans. We consume it at an ever-increasing rate, but is it sustainable? The crop is highly valued all over the world, and is in higher demand than ever before. One way we can ensure that our coffee habit will not harm the planet is by checking and double-checking where our coffee originates, and the methods by which it is grown.

Coffee that is produced under organic and natural circumstances will be a bit more expensive, but will be fairer to the farmer growing it, the supplier importing it, and the customer buying it, which makes everyone more responsible to the planet in the end. But the biggest potential damage to the environment comes from the production of the coffee beans themselves.

By producing coffee beans organically, through sustainable practices like shade-growing, we can make coffee a more environmentally friendly beverage. Let’s take a look at how this works. Continue reading

How to Reduce Your Pet’s Carbon Footprint

Pawprints and Footprints

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Our beloved pets are not only cute and furry, but they also produce a rather large carbon footprint, which many pet owners might be surprised to hear. Luckily, this can be reduced in a number of ways. A recent study cited in “Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living” notes that a dog is actually more harmful to the environment that a small Toyota. The majority of people will not simply give up their pets because of this statistic, however – nor should they!

With this in mind, there are plenty of ways in which you can reduce your pet’s carbon footprint without having to resort to giving up your animal. We’ll show you how! Continue reading

17 Great Vegan Holiday Food Ideas

Feed Your Family Vegan, They Won’t Know the Difference


In the wise words of Bruce, the great white from the classic Finding Nemo, “fish are friends, not food”. In the spirit of Bruce and his fish-abstinent shark friends, why not try a vegan dish or two for the holidays? The following recipes are fairly simple and affordable.

Veganism is one of the easiest ways to be environmentally friendly this holiday season – you don’t have to overhaul your entire diet, just perhaps cook a dish or two without meat or dairy. Most vegan recipes have easy to find replacements for eggs and milk, and taste absolutely delicious without them!

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Hanukkah in 5 Easy Steps

Celebrating the Holidays This Year in Style

Hanukkah is a special time of year when the simple act of lighting a candle symbolizes the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The fact that Hanukkah also involves latkes and eight days of presents doesn’t hurt!

It can be easy to get carried away with the festivities and use more energy than needed – here are five simple steps to help you have an environmentally friendly holiday!

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8 Ways to Have a Green, Environmentally Conscious Christmas

Getting the Whole Family to Go Green This Year

The only thing better than a white Christmas is a green Christmas! The holiday season can be hectic, what with your Great Aunt Bedelia demanding that you also house and feed her eight Persian cats during her visit. The children want a dog, and your husband wants a new MacBook, but what he really needs is a new set of nose hair trimmers.

And you? You just want a vacation. One way to reduce the stress of the holiday season is to make sure that your holiday celebrations are green and contribute to environmental sustainability! Below are eight ways you can have yourself a green Christmas and maybe even get to relax a bit in the process. Read on!

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