Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sustainability  Made Simple & Baggu Review & Giveaway!

How often do you think about how your daily choices impact the world around you? As I have gotten older (and wiser??) I have really started thinking about how I can keep the world healthy for my children and future generations. When I received the opportunity to review the book Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact by Rosaly Byrd and Lauren DeMates I was excited to dive in. Here is the scoop....

Sustainability Made Simple is an introduction to sustainability and sustainable living that explores the relationship between everyday life and the intricate global environmental issues of today, including air and water pollution, deforestation, and climate change. Rosaly Byrd and Laurèn DeMates offer an optimistic yet realistic perspective on our impact on the environment, giving much needed guidance to those who are interested in finding new and relatively easy ways to incorporate sustainability into daily life.

An excellent resource for those who are interested in learning what sustainability is about and picking up habits to be more sustainable, Sustainability Made Simple shows that adopting a sustainable lifestyle doesn’t require “going off the grid” or making drastic life changes that take time and cost money. Instead, Byrd and DeMates focus on the advantages and transformative changes associated with sustainability, demonstrating that although society is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, working towards sustainability is an opportunity to do things differently and do things better, enhancing aspects of life, such as health, work and community.

My Thoughts:  I loved this book.  I think many people, including me, get a bit overwhelmed when they hear the word sustainability.  We all want to make a difference but most of us can't exactly move off the grid and completely erase our carbon footprint!  This book shows how you can make easy, small changes that will go a long way.  From what house plants offer the biggest air filtering bang to how to organize your fridge to maximize energy saving this book has you covered.  I loved the section tackling food waste which gave tips on how to avoid throwing out food and how to maximize every bit of food.

If you are looking for a way to  make an impact in the world, Sustainability Made Simple has the tools to help you get started.  I highly recommend this book!  You can purchase it at your local bookstore or by clicking HERE.  I also want to mention that the authors have a great blog that you should definitely check out and you can find that HERE.

Giveaway Time!  I am so excited to tell you that I have a "Growing a Green Family" prize pack (ARV $50)  up for grabs.  The giveaway includes Sustainability Made Simple and this awesome Baggu bag that I used all the time.  It is a machine washable, durable and adorable tote that I use for groceries, library books and a park bag.  




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65 comments:

beth said...

We try to not waste food and recycle.

Barb S. said...

We try to cut down on the food that we waste, and by loading the dishwasher and running when it is full vs a partial load. Same with do laundry!

Barb S. said...

I already commented on a previous post .

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Linda Madden said...

I always wait to do laundry when I have a large load.And I keep an eye on the thermostat.

Edye Nicole said...

I recycle a lot!

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Audra said...

We recycle and try to use reusable storage

Leela said...

I like to garden.

Lisa Brooks said...

We way recycle often

Amanda Hoffman said...

We recycle and reuse water from dishes to water plants

Robin Blankenship said...

We recycle and we also re-purpose a lot.

iggysaysno said...

We repurpose items.

craftyone said...

I recycle as much as I can. I mostly use my own bags when shopping. When I do not, I make sure to recycle those bags.

Rachel said...

I make gifts reusing fabric scraps, etc., instead of buying new things.

Helga said...

I re-use shopping bags and recycle everything.

RICHARD HICKS said...

We have been recycling forever even before it became fashionable.

slb3334 said...

We recycle and use fabric shopping bags.

Rachel said...

I try to practice sustainability by using cloth shopping bags, recycling and using glass containers instead of plastic bags for school lunches.

Stephanie said...

I recycle and reuse as much as possible. I also do not use our dryer, I let everything hang dry.

Linda said...

I compost all my kitchen waste and wash and reuse plastic freezer bags.

kmcgrew213 said...

I use reusable shopping bags for my shopping trips to Aldi, I recycle my plastics/glass/aluminum at my house, I always donate my new or gently used items to local thrift stores instead of contributing to the landfills, and at least once a week I cook something new for dinner solely from the pantry to cut down on food waste.

Heather Sebastian said...

I use Baggu reusable bags exclusively so no plastic bags for me. I also carry a small napkin and bamboo silverware in my bag to use instead of plastic disposal. In addition I use stainless steel containers for my lunch daily and carry a glass water bottle. Small steps, big impact! Thanks for hosting such a super RAD giveaway! Cheers! xo

lori clark said...

I recycle at home and work, use cloth shopping bags, take shorter showers and only wash clothes only in cold water

Abigail said...

We grow a lot of our own veggies in the summer and always use reusable bags while shopping

Sandra Preti said...

We compost all our food scraps, use reusable bags and try to garden as many as our own veggies as possible.

Julie said...

We grow as much as we can, use reusable shopping bags and we also compost.

Dana said...

We recycle everything, bring our own bags, cloth diaper, and use reusable lunch containers.

Susan Smoaks said...

we are vegan and that is the best way to practice sustainability that i know of.

Jocelyn Rice said...

We recycle and use reusable bags.

Daniel M said...

we recycle everything we can

Ang S said...

We try to cut down on the plastic we use by always taking our own bags to the supermarket and refilling our own water bottles.

brendaelsner said...

We recycle everything we can.

Sarah Mathias said...

We do a lot of recycling and composting.

Lauryn Rescoe said...

We always recycle and reuse products for other things if possible.

Kim Cowgar said...

We recycle at home & work. We also try to find ways to repurpose items and donate what we can't (if it's donate-able)

jill190 said...

I use the seed from peppers and tomatoes for next years plants.

Gabrielly Margutti said...

We try to not waste food and recycle.

Sunnie said...

By menu planning, I really cut down on my produce waste!

Maia Johnson said...

Composting and gardening!

Connie Tillman said...

we always try to repurpose and reuse things. When the kids clothes get worn out - we turn them into rags.

This is a super cute bag.

lkw1974 said...

I try and recycle. We use the clothes line to save power. Open curtains to conserve energy.

Danell Palmer said...

I recycle and garden a lot!

Misty said...

We recycle and compost. (jozywails@gmail.com)

Tracy Webb said...

I use a refillable bottle to take water with me everywhere.

Katie Hyatt said...

I always recycle or hold onto my empty bottles or cans until I find a recycling bin.

Kayla Klontz said...

I recycle and I have my own garden.

Connie Gruning said...

We recycle. I always bring my own canvas bags to the store.

laurie steiner said...

i'm a dedicated recycler..I use reusable bags for groceries and other shopping..I save leftovers for lunch. I bring my own coffee mug into the store for to go coffee.

LeAnn Harbert said...

We recycle every thing we can

LeAnn Harbert said...

I pinned on Triple J Farms

Rhonda Fuller said...

We conserve and recycle

Jennifer Herman said...

We try to reuse what we can.

John Herman said...

We try to recycle when we can.

Kaylee Boyce said...

We garden and conserve water and anything we can.

Missy Schutz said...

We recycle everything and reuse what we can. Reusable grocery bags too.

Nancy said...

We reduce, reuse, and recycle as par of our daily lifestyle.

Nancy
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Meghan B said...

We recycle a lot and use sustainable containers

Marty C. said...

We try to recycle as much as we can and generally be attentive to the waste we generate and resources we use.

Amber C said...

I recycle , reuse items, and try to grow a garden.

Kimmy Ripley said...

I always use reusable shopping bags.

Anonymous said...

A backyard vegetable garden!

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Kathy Pease said...

We usually recycle and use pellet stoves

Richard Brandt said...

I have a great collection of cloth shopping bags.

Tina Woo said...

We compost, grow our own veggies, have added fruit trees to the front yard and recycle like crazy. (yes, I'm THAT lady who picks up random trash and recyclables in parking lots and parks)

dvice12 said...

We have solar panels for clean energy

Sand said...

We recycle, reduce and reuse everything we can. We try to have as little a carbon footprint as possible.