Millennials and the Great Outdoors

Netflix. iPhones. Snapchat. Alexa (love that girl). With all of this crazy, awesome technology, its a wonder that anyone leaves their house anymore! I mean – I can have my coffee, groceries, mascara AND medication delivered to my doorstep with the click of a button as I sit comfortably on my couch binge watching Orange is the New Black (how amazing was this season btw?!). Pretty convenient I’d say. But even though there are tons of people out there spending more time with their Siri app and Hulu subscriptions than with their own families, I have come to realize that something pretty amazing is happening with us “millennials”. We are utilizing these incredible resources and getting the HELL out of dodge. That’s right, I believe that millennials have come to appreciate travel, and the outdoors much more than the generations before us.  Continue reading “Millennials and the Great Outdoors”

Save the Environment in 6 Easy Steps

Want to become a “greenie superhero”? Of COURSE you do! To truly make a difference and protect our beautiful environment, we cannot just sit around and wait for someone else to come up with answers. Instead, we must create our own solutions and start making changes to our lifestyle NOW. Don’t worry – we aren’t asking you to quit your job, move off the grid and forage for food. You can help save the environment by implementing these 6 habits into your lifestyle routine. Intrigued? You should be. Continue reading “Save the Environment in 6 Easy Steps”

7 Eco Friendly Tips For A Better Garden

Hello fellow Greenies, Mr. GGC is back! I’ve finished my first year of law school so I’m back to the blog for the whole summer. I missed writing and Tweeting and I’m happy to be back. Spring is here and it’s time to get outside and get your garden ready. I have a “greenish” thumb but I’m always looking for ways to grow greener, healthier plants.

This year we’re ditching all of the chemical laden garden products for more eco friendly options. To get your garden off to a green start we’ve compiled 7 eco friendly tips for a better garden. Give them a try and share your results in our comments section below and on social media @goingreencouple using #ecofriendlygarden. Continue reading “7 Eco Friendly Tips For A Better Garden”

What You Need To Know About Lyme disease

I hate Mother Nature right now. Sorry, but its true! About a week ago, our beautiful corgi Luna started acting weird. She couldn’t really walk up the steps, she didn’t want to play, she would shake uncontrollably and eventually, she began to feel pain in her limbs that made it impossible to pick her up. She would let out this awful shriek that literally left my in tears. Long story short, the vet thinks Luna has Lyme disease. So that got me thinking about how many people and animals are impacted by this disease. Mr. GGC and I never worried about it before, but now we want to learn as much as we can in hopes that we can keep our puppy, and ourselves safe in the future. Continue reading “What You Need To Know About Lyme disease”

Save the Bees (Because the Bees Save Us)

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms, and the bee comes.” – Mark Nepo

Gardens need honeybees, and we need gardens; its as simple as that. Yes, bees are a menace when they are buzzing in your ear when you are trying to enjoy dinner outside. Yes, they hurt like a bi*@! when they sting. BUT, bees are vital for our survival, and unfortunately, every year honeybees are dying at an alarming rate. So what do honeybees do for us, and why should we try to save them? Continue reading “Save the Bees (Because the Bees Save Us)”

What is the EPA (and why do we care)?

“The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry

I’m going to be perfectly honest: when we started this journey, I knew there was an agency who’s sole purpose was to protect the environment. However, three months ago if someone approached me and started talking about the EPA, I would not have known what that was. Call me stupid, but as a teacher, acronyms are my life (ACTFL, IEP, LFS…oye!) and it is difficult enough to remember all of those let alone the names of all of the government agencies. YEA RIGHT. Anyway, you cannot turn on the news today without hearing some mention of the Environmental Protection Agency. So, why is everyone so heated about cuts to EPA funding? And why the HELL should I care? Here’s why…the environment. Let me explain this in layman’s terms.  Continue reading “What is the EPA (and why do we care)?”

The Environment is Changing (and so are we)

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not.” Yes, I am quoting the Lorax – one of my favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Maybe I love the Lorax so much because he is an environmentalist at heart, or maybe it is because he cares a whole awful lot about everything. Whatever the reason, this beloved character has inspired this post. The Going Green Couple is evolving, and we need your help! Continue reading “The Environment is Changing (and so are we)”

How to keep ourselves & our children safe from toxic chemicals?

Allergenic preservative methylisothiazolinone. Sodium borate (borax). Isothiazolinone preservatives. Fancy words for toxic chemicals that can disrupt our hormones and damage our reproductive organs. We are exposed to these toxins from household products on a daily basis. So what does this mean for our health, and for the health of future generations (i.e. our children)? Continue reading “How to keep ourselves & our children safe from toxic chemicals?”

Decoding Your Product Labels: 7 Green Product Label Meanings

What green product labels really mean.

Greetings greenies! How’s your green living journey going so far? We hope that you are enjoying the recent posts and that you are trying out some of our DIY tips and tricks, recipes, and sustainable product substitutions. Today we are revealing the truth behind the labels we read on the products we buy, specifically those found on household cleaning products. Why does this matter? Well, it turns out that not all of the labels and logos that you see are 100% truthful or accurate. I mean, what makes a product “green”, “safe” and “environmentally friendly” anyway? Let’s find out… Continue reading “Decoding Your Product Labels: 7 Green Product Label Meanings”

9 Common Household Cleaners & Their Dangerous Chemicals

9 Common Household Cleaners and Their Dangerous Chemicals

Chemicals – those complex, unrecognizable ingredients  that we learned about in high school science class. They are present in long lists on just about every household product that we use – but, no one ever really bothers to read them. Am I right? I do it all the time. Sure Ammonium Hydroxide  sounds scary – but it is in so many products. How bad could it really be? Who cares? Well – we do, and we are here today to tell you that the chemicals found in our every day cleaning products can be detrimental to the environment and our personal health.  Continue reading “9 Common Household Cleaners & Their Dangerous Chemicals”