Hank D and the Bee: The joys of a rain barrel

Hank D and the Bee: The joys of a rain barrel

Harvesting rain water from your roof is easy, simple, and a great way to live a little bit greener. You don’t have to go out and spend $100′s on a trendy rain barrel, nor do you do you have to use an ugly blue plastic food grade container for your rain barrel either.

Start your own indoor garden with sprouted seeds

seeds sprouting

If you’re looking for a fun and quick way to introduce your children to growing their own food, sprouting seeds is a great place to start. It’s quick, cheap, extremely nutritious, clean (no dirt under the fingernails!), is arguably the most local food source EVER, and is super simple. If you can pour water into a cup, then you can sprout seeds.

Recycled craft ideas for old calendars and catalogs

DIY catalog crafts

Old catalogs and calendars are often destined for the recycling bin once their usefulness seems spent. But there are oh so many more ways that those items can be put to handy use than just shopping or scheduling. Check out these crafty ways to turn their pages into chic organizers, envelopes, gift tags, and more.

Reuse a movie popcorn bucket in the kitchen

DIY Popcorn bucket trashcan

Shhh…don’t tell anyone, but sometimes my family gets popcorn when we go to the movies. And we always put extra butter on it. After three years of going to the movies with our kids, we (well, I) finally caved and bought one of those movie popcorn “deals” where you spend $50 and get $10 back […]

Team Eco Lovers wins TV’s “Shedding for the Wedding”

Karen Tran Florist

The CW’s new weight-loss competition show “Shedding for the Wedding” had a team called Eco Lovers in the running to win their dream wedding. The couple from Ohio joined the show in hopes of losing a collective 160 pounds and winning a dream wedding as eco-friendly as their daily lives.

Hank D and the Bee: Earth Day present (from Bee)

Hank D and the Bee: Earth Day present (from Bee)

Last year’s Earth Day posts from NaturalPapa and EcoChildsPlay are full of important and oft overlooked advice. Read them here and here. Happy Earth Day! Love, Hank and Bee (and me) Show your love for green-themed humor. Tweet “@GreenCartoons, I’m a #hankhead!” and share your favorite Hank D and the Bee cartoon with the world! […]

Marshmallow Peeps get their yoga on for Easter

peeps doing yoga diorama

It’s nice when sugary treats decide to get themselves in shape so they can be as easy on your diet as possible when you inevitably bite their fluffy heads off. Check out this awesome diorama scene that pictures one of everybody’s favorite Easter sweets, Marshmallow Peeps, getting their yoga on (and how to make your own such scene).

Juice your way to better health

nutritious and healthy juicing recipe

Juicing is a great way to get in tons of nutrients and vitamins, for both adults and kids. It’s amazing what kind of veggies you can “hide” in a juice, while at the same time maintaining a cool Shrek-like green color that can be appealing to many youngsters.

Rodney Strong Vineyards helps grow CFL’s too

Rodney Strong Vineyards Green Light Pledge

Rodney Strong Vineyards Green Light Pledge program, where the winery provided an energy efficient CFL bulb to people that pledged to change out a standard incandescent, garnered over 85,000 pledges in just over a month causing the winery to run out of the free CFL bulbs.

Healthy homemade nori sushi roll recipe

Healthy homemade nori sushi roll recipe

This recipe from the book Crazy Sexy Diet is called “I Am Loved Nori Rolls”. It sounded so good that I decided to try it out with my kids. It was a big hit, with both kids eating at least one roll themselves, and asking me to make more. Making sushi at home is healthier and cheaper than going out to eat it and this recipe is a great place to start.