As we enter the new month of May this week, spring truly does feel as though it is in the air, and May Day is here to remind us of that. This week, completely different activities such as growing your own cantaloupes, guzzling some suds around the maypole, catching some sun at the beach or even digging into a piece of your co-worker’s famous lemon meringue pie in the break room all can become more green than ever before.
Here are the top five green trends this week.
Green “Green Thumbs” on the Rise:
1. This week, more people are back in the home garden, preparing the soil for those vegetables that are ready to start planting on May Day, May 1. As more “green thumbs” are striving to fill their 2012 home gardens with more lima beans, cucumbers and summer squash thrive, they are setting an example for their neighborhoods and local corporations regarding the benefits of organic living – growing pesticide-free food in an ethical, globally minded manner. Even those who don’t necessarily call themselves gardening experts are realizing that being a “green thumb” is not a prerequisite to making the earth a greener place to live this week.
Tanning Will Turn You Green:
2. As many people start to embrace the sunshine this week from the East coast to the West coast, more are squeezing every drop out of their tanning lotion bottles and not leaving home without the sunscreen, as mom always said. However, more people also are also listening to Mother Earth by choosing non-toxic sunscreens and tanners. These products feature natural ingredients such as shea butter and come in recycled packages to make your sunbathing experiences much greener and more healthy this May.
Bring on the Green Lager:
3. May Day is celebrated in Europe as a public holiday and ancient festival, so many events in cities such as Atlanta will celebrate the official start of spring the German way – with maypoles and authentic beers and braughts. As you drink down your draft this week, try choosing an organic beer or wine, which typically is locally grown and is pesticide-free. Also, avoid beer from the bottle and instead select beer from the draught. That way, you can drink to a new spring season in a way that actually honors Mother Earth this week.
Keep It Cool … and Green:
4. With this spring’s weather being a see-saw on some occasions – ranging from 80 degrees Fahrenheit during some days to near freezing on some nights – a programmable thermostat has been a saving grace for more homeowners. This week, more people are turning to this green device to save energy and thus save money while keeping their homes as comfortable as possible. It’s an eco-friendly device that actually adds convenience to people’s lives, and with hot Memorial Day weather around the corner in just a few weeks, now is an ideal time for many residents to start bracing for the weather swing.
No Plastic, Please:
5. We’re not talking just about plastic shopping bags anymore. Now, more workplaces are striving to go green not only by cutting printing costs or instituting recycling but also simply not using plastic utensils. More bosses are realizing that a couple of easy steps to make their offices greener include encouraging employees to bring in their own mugs or plates and not making plastic ware available for use. Biodegradable utensils or silverware now are kings of the break room at many more companies.
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