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From Prom Posts to Compost: East High School’s After Prom Gets a New, Greener Look for 2019

From Prom Posts to Compost: East High School’s After Prom Gets a New, Greener Look for 2019

Disturbed and saddened by the amount of waste from last year’s East High School After Prom, East parent/Mindful Sustainability blogger and consultant, Liz Rutledge (http://www.SustainableThree.com), took on co-chairing the newly established Sustainability Committee for this year’s event. East High School’s After Prom event is legendary*.  With a $30,000 budget (all which is fundraised by the […]

Composting – Plain and Simple

Composting – Plain and Simple

by, Liz Rutledge The official definition of “Composting” sounds, well, pretty gross. According to Dictionary.com, composting is: “noun a mixture of various decaying organic substances, as dead leaves or manure, used for fertilizing soil. A composition; compound. verb (used with object) to use in compost; make compost of:to compost manure and kitchen scraps.to apply compost to (soil). verb (used without object) to make compost:Shredded leaves will compost easily.“ But, here’s what I’ll tell you…Mother Nature has […]

Mariposa, Mariposa, Will You Marry Me?

Mariposa, Mariposa, Will You Marry Me?

Our next morning was Valentine’s Day and we were headed to the butterfly sanctuary.  When my children were little and taking Music Together classes and watching “Dora the Explorer”, I heard this folk tale about a butterfly, “La Mariposa”, in which animals enamored by the butterfly would say “Mariposa, Mariposa, will you marry me?” (There’s […]

Making our way to the Monarchs

Making our way to the Monarchs

The journey to the Vanilla plantation was about a five hour drive, so the return was about the same.  We drove back to Veracruz and stayed in the Hotel Deligencias again.  Dinner was in the hotel restaurant and we all enjoyed recapping our time with Jorge, Mike and Jesus and sipping margaritas.  Then it was […]

Oysters and Orchids, Oh Mole!

Oysters and Orchids, Oh Mole!

The first day was just travel and we arrived in Veracruz without incident (although my mother had to throw out her apple since you can’t bring stuff like that into other countries for fear of spreading disease and pestilence).  We were greeted at the airport in Veracruz by our American guide Mike Vondruska and our […]

Green Up Your Garments

Green Up Your Garments

Lisa Curwen Eco-Fashionista I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Curwen, a fashion industry veteran and founder of Lisa Curwen Studio.  She got her Master’s degree studying, researching, and publishing on the subject of sustainable practices for the fashion and textile industry. She is a former treasurer of Fashion Group International (FGI.org) and has […]

CHALLENGE DAY 21

CHALLENGE DAY 21

HAPPY EARTH DAY 2018! Today’s challenge is to slow down… …is there a way you can create more time to allow to make your lunch?  Make your own bread, jam or yogurt? How about just taking some time for self care? Life today is busy and stressed for most people.  I don’t think we are […]

CHALLENGE DAY 20

CHALLENGE DAY 20

Today’s challenge is to D.I.Y. We are super addicted to packaging in modern society.  The item we are really purchasing is sometimes wrapped in plastic and again in a plastic container.  And, again, plastic (although recyclable in most cases) is not biodegradable.  So, today I’d like you to invite you to make something on your […]

CHALLENGE DAY 19

CHALLENGE DAY 19

Today’s challenge is about your dishwasher!* When was the last time you really thought about how your dishes are cleaned by that machine?  It’s not a riveting topic, but have you found yourself mumbling as you unload your dishwasher something like “THAT didn’t come clean” and fling it in the sink for further scrubbing? HOW […]

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