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    April 19, 2012

    Earth Day or Any Day, Don't Toss Your Cash With Your Trash

    Aviva headshot purple shirt kitchen 09Aviva Goldfarb of The Six O'Clock Scramble fame shares her "Earth Day Every Day" suggestions for living greener in the kitchen that will save you money, too.

    "If I asked you to reach into your wallet and grab a couple of twenty dollar bills, and rip them up and throw them away, you’d probably think I was crazy, right?  But that’s essentially what most Americans are doing each and every week!  According to an article in On Earth magazine, “Americans waste 30 – 40% of their food, or the equivalent of about two full meals a day.” 

    Think about those weeks that you buy food without having carefully planned your meals.  Do you end up throwing away more flimsy produce, expired meats, or moldy cheese? There are high costs to wasting all this food, and they're not just economic. All this extra food has to be produced and transported before it’s eaten and even after it’s discarded, resulting in higher energy costs and emissions. 


    What to do?

    I’ve found my family can vastly reduce waste and save hundreds of dollars each month by:

    * planning ahead for meals and snacks before grocery shopping,

    * grocery shopping just once a week,

    * keeping a grocery list on the refrigerator for all family members to update during the week so I can stick to shopping just once a week, and

    * using up as much leftover food as possible in a final meal or two before doing the weekly shopping.


    Start Composting

    Even if you do plan your meals and cook at home, you’re bound to have some waste.  Last year my family started composting as a way to reuse some of our waste and reduce the amount of trash that has to be hauled from our curb.

    While the thought of composting was a little intimidating, it turns out to be the easiest thing in the world! Each day I collect our fruit and vegetable rinds, peels and ends, along with any egg shells and coffee grounds, in a bowl on the kitchen counter.  At the end of the day I dump the bowl’s contents into a large plastic kitty litter bin I keep under our kitchen sink.  When the bin is full, we dump the contents in a pile in our back yard, rinse the bin with the hose, and start over.  This summer we’ll use some of the compost to enrich our garden, but until then, we can feel good knowing that we reduced the amount of waste that is transported and takes up space in local landfills. 

    (NOTE: If you want to get a compost bin, Big Green Purse sells them in our store here.)

    This month, let’s all commit to saving money and the environment by reducing our food waste.  Please keep me posted on how your family has met or plans to meet this challenge by commenting on The Scramble Facebook page or via twitter(@thescramble) or by email at aviva@thescramble.com. I look forward to learning and sharing how much you save!"

     

    Scramble logoEarth Day Bonus!

    Between now and Earth Day (April 22), use the promo code EarthDay12 to get $5 off every subscription to The Six O'Clock Scramble weekly plan. As an added benefit, The Scramble will donate 5% of its Earth Day sales to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Subscribe to The Scramble here.

     

    Aviva Goldfarb is a family dinner expert, mother of two and the author and founder of The Six O'Clock Scramble, an online dinner planning system and cookbook. Her most recent cookbook, “SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Meals for Busy Families” was named one of the best cookbooks of 2010 by the Washington Post .  Aviva contributes weekly to the Kitchen Explorers blog on PBSparents.org, and often appears on television, radio, and in magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Working Mother, Kiwi, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Prevention.You can sign up for her weekly newsletter at thescramble.com. For more information, contact Aviva@thescramble.com.

     

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    April 16, 2012

    Are You Ready for Earth Day? Best Tips for Pets, Parties, Beauty & Your Budget!

    Happy Earth Day!

    To honor this day of environmental action and awareness, we're highlighting some of our most popular Earth Day posts. We'd also love to hear how you're celebrating this day devoted to Nature, the environment, and how we humans interact with both. Please share your suggestions and tips, and have a great day.

    DogsPETS

    Earth Day Countdown: Make the Earth Friendly for Pets, Too! Research has shown that our beloved cats and dogs (I have two cats, and one wonderful dog) may be just as susceptible to pollution as we people are. Here's what you can do to keep your pets happy and health.

    Spoil Your Pup and Protect the Environment

     

    PARTIES

    Planning a party to celebrate Mother Nature? Here are our "green" suggestions. Please share yours.

    Going on a picnic? Here's how we do it.

     

    BEAUTY

    Earth Day Health & Beauty Countdown: Switch Your Liquid Shampoo to a Bar

    Cosmetic How-Tos

    Beauty...or the Beast? Depends on the Safe Chemicals Act

     

    Globe moneyBUDGET

    One of the biggest obstacles to "going green" can be the perception that it's too expensive. You may change your mind after you read these money-saving suggestions for ways to lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle without breaking the bank.

    This Earth Day, Save the Planet and Save $4,000 a Year, Too!

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    And just for fun...

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    and...

    Earth Day Countdown Begins...With Sex!

     

     

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