Can you believe that summer is nearly officially here? If one of your new year’s resolutions for 2014 was to go green this year, but you haven’t stuck to your goal because you don’t think you can afford it or you don’t think you have the time for it, you’re in luck…as we have some simple great tips you can’t pass up on! Lifestyle expert and “Suddenly Frugal” series author Leah Ingram joined me for an interview this morning to dish on the latest green trends for 2014, how we can start our day off green, how parents can get their kids to “go green” and so much more!
Candace Rose: With summer a little over a month away, can you share some of the top green trends we’ll be seeing this season?
Leah Ingram: “It’s so easy to use summer as a time to go green in your every day life – from going to farmers markets to get your produce to using reusable containers when you’re having a backyard barbecue or an outdoor picnic.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice on how we can start our day off green?
Leah Ingram: “You can absolutely start your day green with how you brew your coffee, and the coffee that you choose. Brewing your coffee at home and putting it in a reusable mug or a reusable tumbler (if you’re doing iced coffee) is definitely the green choice versus a disposable cup. And a coffee like Life Is Good coffee – the company that makes those whimsical t-shirts, is definitely green as well. This is a company that is UTZ Certified. That means that they support sustainable farming. Just this morning I had the Smore to Love flavor -there’s three roasts and two flavors. They are totally delicious, and the company itself is actually really cool because they support good causes too, giving 10% of their net proceeds to the Playmakers Foundation which supports kids in need.”
Candace Rose: How can parents get their kids involved?
Leah Ingram: “You can absolutely get your kids involved, you can teach them to compost their food scraps, maybe you want to start a garden in your backyard and if you take the kids with you to the grocery store, steer them toward the organic aisle where obviously you can find some produce, but there are organic choices for snacks and beverages too. Santa Cruz Organic has a great line of lemonade, and to me, summer and lemonade go hand in hand – seven flavors including strawberry lemonade, mango lemonade, raspberry lemonade – they’re all USDA certified organic. They are delicious and this 32 ounce container is made of glass so you can up cycle it or reuse it to make a really cool flower vase, that’s a cool way of showing your kids the trend of reusing things in new and different ways.”
Candace Rose: How can we keep our diets natural?
Leah Ingram: “If you’re looking to keep your diet natural, you want to read those labels. You’ve got to be an informed consumer, so when you’re buying juices for example, you want to look for a juice that is 100% of the juice that it says on the front of the label. R.W. Knudsen has a line of juices called ‘Just Juice’ and they’re just that – 100% juice that is unsweetened, undiluted. Some of the great flavors include aronia berry, cranberry, tart cherry…and then if you’re making smoothies at home this summer, add these juices for a really delicious flavor and you can also save money by making your smoothies at home.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Leah Ingram: “You can find all the tips with what I shared with you, today, on my blog at: SuddenlyFrugal.com. There’s so many easy things that you can do to go green – from having your coffee in a reusable mug to maybe even taking a reusable bag with to the supermarket. It’s really going to be easy to go green this summer.”