Articles Tagged “Living Responsibly”

Healthy Children

A Wake-Up Story

Time to Wake Up!

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Macro and Micronutrients: What they are and Why we Need them

Everyone knows that it’s vital we get enough nutrients in our diets to survive and be healthy. We also know that different foods contain different nutrients. Some of us may even know that these nutrients are divided into two categories: micro and macronutrients. But what do these titles really mean, and what are the functions for each group? The Nutrients Defined Let’s start at the beginning. Nutrients, at their most basic definition, are chemicals that any living organism needs to continue their survival. They help give us energy to perform daily functions, as well as fuel to build tissues and grow. These nutrients, however, are broken up into two distinct […]

Environmental Charter High School

Environmental Charter High School

About Environmental Charter High School ECHS in Lawndale, CA is focused on more than just getting our students ready for college; rather, they are focused on providing an education based on sustainability, environmental protection, and global awareness. ECHS is a model, not just for charter schools, but for the passion and creativity we need to see in public schools. Why Organic Soul supports Environmental Charter High School All Organic Soul donations go to the school, the students, and projects that promote this commendable curriculum. Interested in learning more? Check out ECHS.

Community Engagement

10 Green Community Activity Ideas: Get More Engaged

Becoming involved with your community is one of the best things you can do for the world.

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Upcycling: Turning your Trash into Treasure

Reduce, reuse, recycle – this simple tenet has helped guide environmentalists and sustainability activists alike since its inception. But, more often than not, recycling alone is a matter of media focus.

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Spring into Action! Making a Spring Season To-Do List

With spring all but upon us, now’s the time to make your to-do list. A well-thought out list will help guide you through the season, it will clearly outline the most important projects, and it will save time down the road. From indoors to outdoors, and from sustainability to frugality, this to-do list will help you in more ways than one. Outdoors #1: Spring Cleaning for the Yard One of the first things good to get out of the way is spring cleaning for the yard. Remove all the weeds that have begun to invade your yard, fix your broken fences or mailbox, trim those now overbearing branches from shrubs […]

clean green home

5 ‘Musts’ for the Green, Healthy Home

There are many things we can do in life to help protect our health and homes. From focus on air and water quality to commitments to the reduction of energy use, we can all help ensure the longevity of our bodies and our planet. Here are the top four ‘must haves’ for every home looking for an eco-safe and healthy environment. 1. Be Your Own Farmer Worried about GMOs, pesticides, waxes, preservatives, or cross contamination? The sure-fire way around these health risks is a simple one: be your own farmer. Don’t worry, this isn’t as hard as it sounds. First, take a small plot of your land and turn it […]

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Being Green, Being Frugal: 5 Ways to Save Money and Help the Environment

Looking for a quick, simple, and straightforward way to save money and help the environment? Look no further. In this bullet point style guide, we’ve brought together some of the best ways to save money and help the environment. Some of this will be familiar, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a second read! So, if frugality and eco-consciousness are the names of the game, what do the plays look like? 1. Get a Green Home Moral: Being energy efficient means saving money on utility bills, replacing lights, and other replacement costs. 2. Eat Efficient, but still Eat Happy Moral: Food is something we’ve got to deal with everyday. […]

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Alternatives to Lawns, Yards for Sustainability

Most Americans long dream for the morning when they wake up to a cup of coffee and stare off their front porch at their immaculate green lawn. To some, the constant hum of lawn mowers is strangely comforting. But there’s a problem: having a lawn is expensive to maintain and largely unsustainable. According to Dr. Bill Chameides, dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment since 2007, we seriously need to reconsider the drawbacks of lawns in America. For one, lawns require Americans to use about 800 million gallons of gasoline a year to refill the mower, of which about 17 million we spill. Lawns use nearly 3 million tons […]

Energy in Abu Dhabi

Tackling Energy in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi isn’t just the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates; it is also the federation’s capital, one of the richest cities in the world, and now more than ever, a unique model for implementing green energy and green energy policies. Despite sitting atop nearly 10 percent of the world’s oil reserves, Abu Dhabi is ferociously attacking the current system of fossil fuel dependence. From modeling a new city with a zero carbon footprint to preparing the world for renewable energy, Abu Dhabi is poised to remain a hub for energy research and development, fossil fuel and renewable alike. With the focused capital and ambition of Abu Dhabi, […]