Yummy and Healthy Avocado Dip

Avocados are a creative way to increase your fruit intake during the fall and winter months. You can add them to almost any dish. Avocados contain about 8% of your recommended daily value of fiberPhoto Credit: Elena White @lifethegreenwayper serving. Dietary fiber from fruits, as a part of an overall healthy diet, can

Earthbound’s Earthfest Benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper on April 18th

A beloved event is returning for all who enjoy live music, clean water, and local food, beer, and art. Saturday, April 18 from 2pm to sundown, Earthbound will play their annual outdoor rock concert, Earthbound’s Earthfest, at Avondale Brewery (201 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222).The event’s purpose is to celebrate Earth Day and promote Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy

Infographic: How To Reduce Your Water Footprint

Eating “local” saves water, but might not be possible 100% of the time for everyone in the U.S., with seasonal vegetables and the need to import things like bananas and coffee. However, almost everyone can reduce their water footprint by drinking local. Here are some tips on how to reduce your bottled water footprint. by Wheels For Wishes © 2009 – 2016 Wheels For Wishes (Car

Versatile Vinegar: Cleaning the Greener, Cheaper Way!

So, now that I’ve given you an overview of the facts about vinegar and its various types and uses, let’s talk about cleaning. White vinegar, also known as distilled vinegar, is a great inexpensive way to clean your home, as it naturally cleans like your typical all-purpose cleaner. It is also a greener alternative to chemically-based products because it’s better for the environment. You may begin by buying an inexpensive spray bottle (24-36 oz.) and mix a solution of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water. You can use this solution to clean

8 Tips for Making Your Kitchen More Earth-Friendly for the Holidays

The holiday season is rapidly approaching! During this special time of year, you’ll more than likely spend a great deal of time in the kitchen – whether you’re hosting a party or simply cooking a traditional meal for your family. No matter what the reason, you’re going to shop for lots of ingredients, cook, clean, and enjoy lots of yummy food!I know that you will want to buy quality food that is also healthy for your family, while keeping costs down. Look no further, here are a list of tips to help you accomplish your “Earth-friendly” feasts.Here are 8 easy tips to keep in mind

Rojo Event Tuesday for Black Warrior Riverkeeper: Buy Local and Support Clean Water Advocates

Rojo (2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35205) will donate 10% of all sales to Black Warrior Riverkeeper from 5pm to Midnight this Tuesday, November 17th! Please tell them you are there to support Black Warrior Riverkeeper. The event will also feature live music by singer/guitarist Nicole Roberts from 5:30-6:30. Please help spread the word by sharing the Facebook event link.If you cannot attend but would like to support our work for cleaner water

9 Awesome Eco-friendly Bedroom Cleaning Tips

9 Awesome Eco-friendly bedroom cleaning tips [Infographic] by the team at Wimdu————————————————————————————————————————–Elena White is the founder and editor of Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a “rurban” wife and mother. Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Modifications to Settlement with Alabama Power Company Will Reduce Harmful Air Pollution

EPA NEWSBRIEF: WASHINGTON — EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice today lodged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama a proposed modification of a prior 2006 consent decree with Alabama Power Company that will secure further reductions of harmful air pollutants, primarily sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), from three of the company’s coal-fired power plants in Alabama. The proposed modifications, if entered by the court, will resolve the remaining claims in a long-running case that alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program.The pollution reductions will be achieved through operation of state

Infographic: Are You Benefitting From Solar Energy?

Read the full article at JK MechanicalElena White is the founder and editor of Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a “rurban” wife and mother. Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Tell Your Alabama Legislature To Find New Revenue To Protect Clean Water!

Clean water protection in Alabama is severely at risk. After years of “kicking the can down the road,” the budget situation in Alabama is in dire straits. An “austerity budget” that was created to show how bad things in Alabama would get if the Legislature could not find new revenue to fund the state government is now moving forward as

Earthbound’s Earthfest Benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper on April 18th

A beloved event is returning for all who enjoy live music, clean water, and local food, beer, and art. Saturday, April 18 from 2pm to sundown, Earthbound will play their annual outdoor rock concert,Earthbound’s Earthfest, at Avondale Brewery (201 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222). The event’s purpose is to celebrate Earth Day and promote Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization. The Black Warrior River basin includes parts of 17 Alabama counties and provides approximately half of Birmingham’s drinking water plus

Ahhhhchooo! Spring is Here: 10 Ways to Deal

Spring has sprung! You're excited about the longer days, warmer weather, and finally being able to wear shorts again!  However, for allergy sufferers, it's not such a happy time of year.  It's nice to know that I'm not alone though: an estimated 54% of the American population has a reaction to at least one allergen (a substance, often a protein, that causes an allergy, such as pollen or dust).  Although indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew can be problematic year-round, pollen is probably the major contributor to spring (outdoor) allergies.  Tree and grass pollens can

5 Green Ways Your Kids Can Construct Their Best Fort Yet

Summer is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean that your kids are ready to come inside and start thinking about the next school year. If you have kids of the fort-making age, then you’ve probably had your living room completely dismantled of cushions all summer long and had to throw old blankets in the wash way too many times to count. But, when the kids start to

You Can’t Drink Money: Why Water Is So Important

As we all know, water is essential to life. Unfortunately, in many areas of the world, clean water is a precious and scarce commodity. Seametrics has created the below infographic that is full of interesting information about water – who’s “water rich” and who’s “water poor.”Infographic by Seametrics, a manufacturer of water flow meter technology that measures and conserves water.Elena White is the founder and editor of Life The Green Way, corporate sustainability coordinator at her day job, and a “rurban” wife and mother. Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

14 Ways To Make Your Home An Allergy-Free Zone

Pollen… (Photo credit: igor_nz)Spring is finally here! This is great for those who hate the winter cold. Unfortunately, it also means that allergies are in full swing!In my previous post about Spring allergies, I mentioned that an estimated 54% of the American population has a reaction to at least one allergen (a substance, often a protein, that causes an allergy, such as pollen or dust). Indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew can be problematic year-round, but

Try Household Plants for Cleaner Indoor Air

Peace Lily, image via Wikimedia CommonsIf you have a green thumb, keeping your household plants alive is as easy as 1-2-3. However, if you have a “black thumb” like me (a.k.a. the “thumb of death) this is a tall order.Indoor plants actually act as natural air filters, improving indoor air quality by converting carbon dioxide to oxygen. Additionally, scientists say that they can contribute to clean air by absorbing nasty pollutants such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide.Sounds great, right? Before you go shopping, you need to know which plants are the

Pillow Talk: How Often Should You Replace Your Pillows?

Replacing Your PillowsYou’re groggy. You’ve had another restless night – tossing and turning, but are unable to get comfortable. What to do?A good pillow will help you get better sleep, because it provides a soft cushion for your neck and head,  and can also directly affect your spine. Since most pillows often get lumpy (or fall apart) when washed in the washing machine, you may wonder: “How long should I keep my pillows

Pillow Talk: 7 Ways To Reuse Your Old Pillows

Now that you have some ideas on how often you should replace your pillows, you may be wondering what you should do with your old pillows. With millions, if not billions, of old pillows in landfills right now, taking up lots of space, with years to go before they are completely broken down or degraded, you won’t want to throw them away. There are several ways that you can recycle or repurpose your old pillows by making them into other useful items.First things first:Always wash and dry your old pillows before recycling or repurposing them.* I recommend washing them in warm or hot

Pillow Talk: The Series

Image via WikipediaPillows are a source of comfort when they’re clean and supportive. Since I love pillows (I sleep surrounded by at least 4-5 of them) I’ve decided to do a “mini-series” of articles on them. Since most people sleep on at least one pillow, some, if not all of the information in these articles should be helpful to you. I will tell you the importance of replacing pillows and how often

Just How Wasteful Are We in America?

It is a well-known fact that Americans produce a LOT of waste. This is the main reason why recycling and repurposing are so important. Fast Haul loads and unloads tons and tons (literally) of consumer waste every month and they strive to recycle as much of the materials that they collect as possible. A big thanks to

4 Easy Tips To Make Your Holiday Kitchen Greener

The holiday season is upon us! For most of you, that means spending a lot more time in the kitchen – whether you’re hosting a party or simply cooking a traditional meal for your family. No matter what the reason, you’re going to shop for many ingredients, cook, clean, and enjoy lots of yummy food (let’s hear it for the leftovers)! If you’re like me (and I’ll bet you are, since you’re

Seafood Lovers: Is Your Favorite Fish Eco-friendly? Find Out Here!

I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE seafood! I could eat it three times a day, seven days a week. So, needless to say, I was a little distressed to find that one of my all-time favorite fish (Chilean sea bass) is categorized as "Eco-Worst." I did, however, see a lot of goodies on the "Eco-Best" list. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) uses several criteria to determine which fish merit an "Eco-Best,

Spring Allergies: 10 Ways To Help You Deal

Yay, spring is finally here! I'm excited about the longer days, warmer weather, and finally being able to wear sandals again!  I am NOT, however, looking forward to another allergy season.  It's nice to know that I'm not alone though: an estimated 54% of the American population has a reaction to at least one allergen (a substance, often a protein, that causes an allergy, such as pollen or dust).  Although indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew can be