Living Green

It's not just a color, it's a way of life

We may know the basics when it comes to living green: reduce, reuse, recycle. But what does "living green" actually mean in our everyday lives? Gerber Life answers that question with real-life examples of small changes and choices you can make on a daily basis to positively impact the environment. Examples of living green include packing your children's lunches in reusable containers and using canvas bags when you go grocery shopping. By watching for our online articles on topics such as these, Gerber Life makes it even easier to adopt a green lifestyle.

  1. Paint Your Kitchen Green – Making Eco-Friendly Kitchen Changes

    Eco-friendly KitchenIf we were to ask you what room in your home you thought was the biggest energy waster, what would your answer be? If you answered “my kitchen,” you’re right on track. The kitchen is where the majority of a home’s power usage takes place, because this is where the majority of our energy-sapping household appliances are located: our fridges, dishwashers, ovens, and stoves. The good news is that if you’re interested in creating an eco-friendly kitchen, there are a number of things you can do.

    Get Your Fridge in Line
    Did you know that your refrigerator is your house’s second least eco-friendly appliance next to your heating and cooling system? Now, at long last, you finally understand why it is that your folks were always shouting at you to close the refrigerator door – they were just trying to teach you how to live green! Now that you know what an energy waster your refrigerator is, what can you do about it? First things first, take a look at your fridge’s age and specs. If it’s an oldie, replace it with a new Energy Star compliant model. Also, be sure to keep its internal temperature set at around 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As for your freezer, keep it at a chilly 5 degrees Fahrenheit, but no colder unless you want to waste electricity.

  2. Saving the Earth, One Aluminum Can at a Time

    Saving the Environement with Daily RecycleEstablishing a daily recycle plan isn’t just a great way to save the environment – it can also be a fun and educational activity if you get the whole family involved. Here are just a few of the most effective tips for creating a more eco-friendly world, one aluminum can at a time.

    Get Educated
    Your first step in your daily recycle plan should be to get yourself educated on where your local recycling centers are, what kinds of recyclables they accept, and what their particular rules are. The Yellow Pages is a great resource. Of course, there’s always that new-fangled invention called the internet that can get you the same information without having to hoist that hefty phone book onto your kitchen counter.

  3. Tips for Living Green: Make Your Home an Eco Friendly Epicenter

    Living Green TipsHaving a recycling plan in place at your home and encouraging your place of work to participate are great ways to help make the world a greener place. But it’s only a small part of a much bigger effort that’s needed to really influence positive change. Investing in green technologies for your home is doable, and affordable. Here are a few living green tips to help make your home the greenest on the block.

    Greening Your Home Computer
    Practically every home these days has – and needs – a computer. They’ve become ubiquitous in a way that makes us wonder how we ever got along without them before. But they also consume energy, and energy consumption leads to higher amounts of carbon emission. As a first step, always be sure to power down your computer when it’s not in use. Set your computer for maximum energy efficiency by setting it to go into power saving sleep mode after a certain amount of time. You can also buy energy efficient accessories like solar powered chargers for your laptop, wireless mouse, and mp3 player.

  4. The Hot Water Solar Solution – Exploring Your Alternative Energy Options

    Solar Solution as Alternative Energy OptionWe live in a day and age where alternative energy solutions seem to be cropping up all the time. If this isn’t encouraging enough, it gets even better. Many of the alternative energy solutions we’re hearing about aren’t just vague notions being cooked up in some science lab by great minds, not to be seen or implemented for decades – they’re actually available to us here and now, and are capable not only of saving energy but also of benefiting our bank accounts in a big way.

    One meaningful change that you can make in your home today is installing a solar water heater. But before you go throwing your arms up in the air declaring that you “don’t have that kind of money,” let’s take a closer look at what it’ll actually cost to get you set up with this environmentally beneficial home appliance, as well as the energy savings you’ll see.

  5. Looking Into the Future of Sustainable Energy

    Sustainable Energy SolutionsIf you’re dedicated to doing everything in your power to create a healthy environment for your home and the world around you, you should be pleasantly surprised – even incredibly, amazingly excited – to learn that there’s a worldwide effort underway by governments, corporations, and individuals just like yourself to craft sustainable energy solutions that will make the world a better place. Here are some of the initiatives underway right now.

    • Biofuel For those looking forward to a time when the world will be less dependent on the burning of fossil fuels to meet our growing energy demands, biofuel offers a light at the end of the tunnel. Biofuel is created by using organic materials like soybeans and corn, and its continued development will make it a far more affordable and practical alternative in coming years.