Waste money and water? Or choose an ecologically friendly lawn and get sued by Orange County officials? You pick.

This man spray paints his lawn green. I guess that's one solution. (Image courtesy of www.inc.com)

This man paints his lawn green. I guess that's one way to do it. (Image courtesy of http://www.inc.com)

California sued one couple for opting for an eco-friendly, economically-friendly yard over brown, dying grass. That’s right. California filed a lawsuit against them.

Let’s say we’re in Orange County, California. Even in the dead of winter, the coldest days are nearly 70 degrees and the sun never stops shining, burning down on exposed flesh and brown brittle lawns.

Attractive, right? I know my parents strive for a brown lawn that cost hundreds of dollars to maintain.

So why is this couple being sued?


Get exercise, save energy and money all at the same time?

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Just a random thought.

Wouldn’t it be like killing three birds with one stone if you played outside for an hour a day? You’d save energy on your TV, video games, and/or computers, and therefore, you’d save money, too.

Fresh air, the outdoors, vitamin D, exercise, less energy waste, lower electric bills.

So why don’t people spend more time exercising outside?

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Forget chocolate, Bishops care about your carbon footprint during lent

I’m psyched that bishops are encouraging those that observe lent to consider giving up something that will reduce his or her carbon footprint.

However, I’m not sure their suggestion to refrain from using mobile devices for a day is in the running for top ways to do so.

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Proposed AUG program practically holds your hand while you shop

(Image courtesy of AUG/Living Goods Program website)

The Augmented Living Goods Program could not make it easier to shop for local and responsible groceries unless they promised a personal expert shopper to every person that steps foot in a grocery store.

I’m not exaggerating. It’s the future, and it’s one of the most useful and beautiful ideas to come out of this age of excessive technologies.

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The plan to keep me accountable to my good lifestyle.

“Being good” is overwhelming.

I read Health magazine, I recycle, I eat organic, I’m converting to “good” home products, I opt for fair trade items, I pick up littered trash, I am courteous and thankful, I drive attentively, I consider other people and most of all, I am considerate of our earth.

But there’s always something new and it’s exhausting as a college student (or simply a person between 18-26). I’m struggling to fit in all of this “good” with my hectic, get-what-you-can-in-your-spare-time schedule.

I simplified being “healthy” for my life into a check list and created a journal of the basic details of a healthy and smart lifestyle.

This easily keeps me accountable everyday. The point is to see what I actually do and inspire me to pay attention to those points that I slack on.

Getting enough sleep, stretching, eating breakfast, taking vitamins, exercising, watching less TV, eating properly, avoiding drinking alcohol often, and being financially aware are the key concepts in my life-organization project.

The food log helps hold me responsible for eating greasy foods and extra desserts. As I fill in the foods I eat daily, I number my fruits and vegetables in hope to eat 5 a day.

So far it’s working, but I’ll have to keep you posted. Consider what you need to be doing differently and try it out for yourself.

Already recycling? Get your friends to do it: good peer pressure.

It’s not always bad to use peer pressure, right?

My recyclable recepticle. It gets emptied more often than the trash can of the same size.
Today I’m removing a piece of tape on my recycling bin. I recycle. And I get as many people as possible to recycle, too. So when I moved in with my good friend Erin last year and found out that she didn’t know much about recycling, I thought it was best to make it easy and put a label on the recycling bin.

I looked at the Baltimore County website for recycling and found their guide to what is recyclable. Then I made a cheat sheet on this piece of masking tape.

I got good results from Erin and guests, too. I’m glad it helped to save recyclables from a sad trip to the landfill.

Now that I’ve moved, I do single-streamed recycling and I have a roommate that is as serious about recycling as I am and so it’s time to remove this sticker.

But I haven’t stopped converting friends to the recycling lifestyle. It’s your responsibility to spread the word, too. So use that peer pressure for something good!

A quick what-to-recycle guide for guests on my recycling bin.

You’d better have a good reason for not recycling.

One thing that drives me crazy is people who don’t recycle at home. I mean, what’s your excuse?

Who is so lazy that taking an extra minute to rinse a recyclable item, place it in a receptacle separate of your trash can, and take out the full bag twice a week would be too much? I don’t know anyone who can’t spare 10 minutes out of 1,140 minutes a day to act on lowering their personal footprint.

You can find this 3-compartment, 16 gallon Smart Bin Waste/Recycling Bin at Target for $100.

You can find this 3-compartment, 16 gallon Smart Bin Waste/Recycling Bin at Target for $100. (Image courtesy of Target.com)

If  your recycling program is not single streamed yet (meaning you still have to sort it), there are plenty of ways to make sorting simpler. There are plenty of waste bins out there that have separate spaces for sorting recycling and trash.

Or, if you don’t have $70-$100 to spend (or if the cost of recycling is your excuse), you can certainly make your own. Get creative here and stop making excuses. So now you can’t whine about the sorting complications.

How can you send your plastics, aluminum, papers and glass to a landfill when taking just an extra minute means that those materials are going to be re-used? Is it ok to be so lazy that you can’t manage that?

Also, get creative about recycling in your own way– find items that can be reused in your home instead of being tossed into the trash can. You can do it.

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