The Monetary Benefits of Recycling Unused Items


Guest post by Stewart McGrenary What’s better than making money and saving the planet at the same time? Today, we will look at how you can earn money by recycling everyday unused items. These could include things you no longer need or haven’t used for quite some time now. Think about the stuff that’s collecting dust in your storeroom or the basement. Do you think you’ll ever use these items, or will they end up in landfills? Recycling is beneficial. It’s good for the planet, for the environment, and it can help align our moral compass. However, most people overlook the most critical advantage — making money through recycling. Many recycling programs allow people to bring in their “trash” and get paid in cash. You can help the planet and the people around you while making profits. The economic benefits of recycling are also worth discussing. Recycling leads to job creation, innovative products, and cost-saving. These are just some of the economic benefits that come when people start taking recycling seriously. Now let's talk about how you can earn money by recycling unused items around you.

The Future Is Electric: Here Are the Best-Prepared U.S. Cities for Electric Cars (Infographic)


Guest post by Francis Chantree With more people than ever becoming aware of the effects of their consumer choices on climate change, many have made the switch to electric vehicles (EVs). While Norway has the largest EV use in the world, followed by Iceland and Sweden, the US is driving mass sales both at home and abroad (thanks, Tesla!), and as of 2018 had over one million registered EV vehicles on the road. Sales of EVs in the US are projected to skyrocket within the next 5 years, with projections of over 4 million EVs on the road in California alone! The question is, are we really ready for this massive transition to EVs?

7 Things You Can Do to Maximize Your Home's Energy Efficiency When You Use Solar Power


Guest post by Anita Ginsburg When you’re trying to help the environment, converting to solar power is a great first step that a growing number of homeowners have taken. However, you can go further by being more careful about how your home uses power. By conserving energy, you can stretch the power your solar panels produce. You may even be able to turn around and sell excess power back to your utility company. This is usually applied as a credit on your monthly bill. However, in order to be as energy efficient as possible, you need to be smart about how you use power in your home.

From Black to Green: How Tires are Shifting to Eco-Friendly Materials


Guest post by Frank Sloan There are several components in a vehicle that contribute to the damage those machines inflict on our planet. However, one of the main parts that have a significant effect is tires. Their driving functions are connected to an automobile’s fuel usage and can also contribute to waste that can harm the environment if they’re not addressed. Hence, tires are integral to the achievement of building a more sustainable world that utilizes automobiles. Top manufacturers worldwide are continuously studying to find ways to produce tires that enhance car performance while lessening their environmental impact. That’s how valuable they are in pushing for environmentalism in the auto industry. Globally, many tire manufacturing companies have been making efforts to switch to sustainable designs for the past several years. The first step they took is the introduction of renewable and sustainable materials for manufacturing their products. Here are some of the ways in which they are shifting tires towards more eco-friendly materials.

Sopa de Mora (harvest recipe)


Last summer I hired my neighbor’s gardener to create a pea gravel walkway in my back yard. The morning of the job, he showed up with his wife Doris* and another friend and got to work. It was one of the few occasions when I was willing to sit back and let someone else handle all the labor for a change. While the guys were working, Doris took a break to show me a frog she found in the yard, and like two giddy schoolgirls, we fawned over the poor thing (who had almost ended up flattened under one of the guys’ boots) and shared our insights into the nature of these creatures in her broken English and my broken Spanish. As the men continued to work and I came out again to respond to their questions and look at the progress of the walkway, Doris pointed out a weed that was growing in my yard and told me it was mora. She said that you could eat it and that in her country (El Salvador), they cooked it in a soup. Intrigued, I resolved to find out more.

Could Hemp Oil Benefit Your Pets?


guest post by Kalki Henrietta Yes, hemp oil for pets is a thing. There are already many wonderful benefits to using different kinds of oils for humans, but did you know that hemp oil can also be helpful for pets? Hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. Since it is derived from an organic plant, hemp oil may contain hints of cannabinoids. Before you freak out about that tiny detail, let’s clear up a common misconception: hemp oil is derived from the seed of the cannabis plant while its counterpart—cannabidiol (CBD) oil—is derived from different parts of the plant, such as the stalk and the leaves. While both are sometimes associated with producing mind-altering effects, in fact, they don’t do this at all. Instead, they only produce an entourage effect -- and not the bad kind!

9 Ways to Make Your Business More Sustainable


Guest post by Matt Casadona Your clients, customers, and your employees are calling for more sustainability within your business. While developing a sustainability plan will require both time and money, it’s well worth the effort to meet the ever-changing demands of your customer base and your employees. Many types of businesses can benefit from sustainable business practices, and they can sometimes even help save businesses money. Here are a few simple steps that can help make your business greener.

Plant problems and quick fixes: how to diagnose and remedy common issues in your garden


The past year has seen many people turn to food gardening – some for the first time – to cope with the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at Green and Prosperous we have previously written about the mental and physical health benefits of gardening. While previously, food gardening seemed to be something you did as you approached middle age and your senior years, nowadays people of all ages are enjoying the benefits of growing some of their own food. The availability of products that make food gardening easy, like Aerogarden’s collection of indoor fully automated growing kits, had made food gardening an option for those who have little to no experience with food gardening. The many benefits of gardening, however, can also come with a fair amount of stress when you have problems that plague your plants, preventing them from growing and producing as they should. This post offers advice for diagnosing and dealing with some of the most common problems in your garden.

10 Simple Healthy Living Tips for Seniors During COVID-19


Guest post by Melissa Andrews It has been over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic changed our lives. Businesses, organizations, governments, and industries have had to make adjustments to ensure their employees' and communities' health and safety and keep their operations in order. Individually, we’ve had to learn how to cope with the new normal as well. In addition to the frontline workers, seniors have also had to exert extra effort to adapt to the changes brought about by Covid-19. They are, after all, one of the populations most vulnerable to experiencing severe health complications from this virus. If you are a senior or have a senior loved one, you know how important it is to follow health and safety protocols to mitigate the risks of getting the virus. Although a major part of the population in the US has already been vaccinated, Covid-19 is still very much around. As such, now more than ever, a healthy senior lifestyle is vital.

7 Incredible Ways to Make Commercial Buildings More Sustainable


Guest post by Chloe Taylor Due to their size and use, commercial buildings were traditionally not very green. However, times are changing, and so is the commercial building industry. Today these buildings, no matter their purpose, can become more environmentally friendly than ever. If you’re trying to reach eco-friendliness with your commercial building, it’s important to know all the steps you need to take. In this post you’ll read about just a few of the ways that commercial buildings can become more sustainable.

5 ways businesses can boost profits with recyclable plastic cards


Guest post by Juliette Savage Have you thought about how damaging the items in your purse or wallet can be to the environment? The average person has 4 cards in their wallet, usually made from plastic and only used for one thing. To put that figure into perspective, this results in at least 271.4 million cards circulating just the United Kingdom at any given moment. These cards are often debit cards, credit cards and membership cards, and although they are vital to many people, they also cause a large amount of damage to our planet when they expire and are thrown away. Once discarded, these cards can take up to 450 years to decompose, due to the thickness and PVC that they are made from.

Always wanted a lawn, but didn’t know where to start? Here are a few tips


Guest post by Balaji Nursery Many of us fantasize about having our own little fix of green toward the front or the rear of our homes. The trouble with turning this into a reality lies in the details — seeing how to lay the grass, and caring for your yard consistently. Yards require more maintenance than your typical plants, but having said that, a lavish yard isn't unattainable. The key ingredient is persistence, particularly as you start to lay your grass. One of the most important first steps is to get the dirt treated well and prepared for the grass. This is tedious, though definitely worth the exertion over the long haul. Readiness of the dirt is the main piece of laying any yard, and in the event that you do this well, maintaining your grass will be a lot simpler.

Passive Houses: How They Work and What They Offer


Guest post by Jennifer Anderson Our homes use a lot of energy. From electric appliances to heating and air conditioning systems, all of our essentials tend to make living spaces less green. While various eco-friendly home repairs can help with this problem, those looking to truly level up their energy-saving should learn about passive houses. A passive house is a building constructed with features that make conventional heating and cooling systems unnecessary. The green design allows passive houses to maintain a consistent indoor temperature without the fossil fuels that traditional methods produce. Keep reading to discover how passive houses work and the many ways buildings can benefit from them.

Eco-Friendly Packaging & Green Shipping Ideas


Guest post by Katreena Sarmiento Since the pandemic first hit, many physical establishments have opted to do their transactions online since people are going out less often. Lockdown and quarantine is a new reality for many people nowadays. Because of this new confinement to our houses, we therefore rely on online businesses for our daily transactions. How do you enjoy opening your parcels and packages? Do you also do unboxing challenges when an exciting order arrives?

Veggie-stuffed zucchini boats


Last summer and fall I struggled with my zucchini plants, and if you’ve been a regular reader of the blog, you may remember that my first *perfect* zucchini was followed by months of disappointment in which none of my zucchinis grew to maturity. This year started out much better, with my zucchini plants growing happily in their raised bed home and producing an abundance of vegetables. Finally, I seem to be getting that bumper crop that I have heard so many other food growers talk about! This means that in addition to the piles of fried zucchini squash blossoms I ate last year, this year I’m able to enjoy meals made with the actual zucchini from my garden. Growing zucchini can be a challenge

How to Save on Utility Bills and Green Your Home


Guest post by Mike Floeck Saving money and energy at home isn’t as impossible as it might seem. While a complete renovation of your home to introduce modern, energy efficient touches might be impractical, there are many ways to introduce eco-friendly upgrades without breaking the bank. Sustainability is an increasingly important issue in residential construction. As remote work gains popularity and people feel more comfortable moving away from urban centers, new construction projects are picking up pace in small and midsize towns across the country. Many of these homes will incorporate smart and sustainable technologies from the outset, but many will not, in the interest of cutting down on costs.

What you should know about companion planting


(thumbnail image: Unsplash/ Markus Spiske) Experienced food gardeners know that their plants like to be surrounded by friendly companions. Companion planting, also called interplanting or intercropping, means growing one kind of plant next to others that help it thrive. Using this technique in your food garden can help you grow more in less space, and is a method especially favored by small-scale organic growers. There are many benefits to companion planting, and most experienced gardeners who use this technique anecdotally report

10 Gardening Hacks for the Newbie Gardener


Guest post by Michael Hill The global health crisis caused by COVID-19 has brought many tragedies to people’s lives. This battle still rages on, as scientists race to get the vaccine that can stop its spread distributed to everyone around the world. While we waited at home for the development of vaccines that would allow us to gradually resume our normal lives, a lot of people discovered new hobbies or activities to combat the boredom and anxiety brought on by the lockdowns.

How Your Shopping Choices Affect the Environment


Guest post by Green Rabbit Are you aware of the impact your shopping choices may have on the environment? Many people don’t realize the tremendous impact that agriculture and the production of food have on the environment, or that they can help lessen that impact with their purchasing decisions. Here’s a closer look at this issue.

8 Ways to Do Sustainable Gardening


Guest post by Penny Roussis Tending a garden is beneficial not only to the overall aesthetic of your house but also to the environment. It can cut down CO2 in the atmosphere and it also provides shelter to birds, butterflies, and bees, which all take part in beautifying the space by pollinating flowering plants. But did you know that gardening, if done right, can help Mother Nature even more?