May 2018 News and Updates

May: Full Bloom

EK Team News & Updates

After a brief News & Updates hiatus in April, we are back with fresh content, new concepts, and a lot of fun reads.

Check out the latest from EcoKarma, our Blogs: EcoBalance and Ray’s Footprint, and from our friends around the web!

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What’s New at EcoKarma?

EcoBalance Blog: Planning an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Kaileigh is back at it with a great article about how to plan a zero waste wedding! With her recent experience of planning a wedding last summer, she was able to compile a list of tips and solutions to lower waste and cost of weddings (or any other party you might be hosting!)
Eco Friendly Wedding

Ray’s Footprint

The promised blog has finally begun! As an introduction, Ray takes you through her latest hiking and exploring adventures from Hawaii to Oregon! Then she gives you a glimpse into her garden: AKA her pride and joy. Read through to see how to be featured in our next newsletter!
Golden and Silver Falls State Park

The Buzz at Eco Karma

Here are some of our latest articles that have been published or updated recently. 

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Bringing Life Inside: The Benefit of Indoor Plants

Revitalize your workplace, and help stimulate your mind by bringing a piece of nature inside. Indoor plants are so much more than decorations. In this article we go over the seemingly endless list of benefits and give you practical tips on how to integrate nature into your home or work space. Learn more about indoor plants and the best planters for them… 
best office plants

Reduce Waste and Enjoy Your Java

best reusable k cup
Single cup home coffee brew systems have taken the modern kitchen by storm. Popular models, like the Keurig, have revolutionized the morning cup of joe with single use coffee pods known as K-Cups. However, with this creation has come a massive amount of plastic waste, and ultimately more harm than good.

When it comes to convenience, too many are quick to ignore the consequence of the luxury. Thankfully, there are reusable K-Cups out there that can cut your waste immensely, and your annual coffee cost by more than 80%. Read more about these options…

Natural and Long Lasting: The Best Wooden Toys for All Ages

As we look for creative ways to expand the Family category of our website, we are finding inspiration in the little things- specifically children! Buying things for our kids can be so fun, and so wasteful if we’re not careful. Modern toys have a tendency to cost more and don’t last long enough to fit the price tag. One solution to this problem: Wooden Toys.
PlanToys Preschool Bee Hive Set

Wooden toys are easy to clean and pass along to others. We’ve put together a shopping guide on some of the best brands that are using this natural resource to make high quality, safe, non-toxic toys for kids. Check out our suggestions…



Guest Post of the Month

Planting a Spring Flower Garden

spring flower garden

Gus Stewart, of gardenable.org has written a great educational piece on how to plant a spring flower garden. It’s the perfect time of year, and Gus has stuck to the basics for anyone that is new to the gardening game, or wants to be able to teach someone else!

As a fellow green enthusiast, he goes over tips on how to make your garden eco-friendly and more sustainable. If you love his content and want more, keep your eyes peeled for his next guest post! Or visit him at his own site, where he shares how to’s on gardening with a disability.


Shareables

Here are some of our favorite articles from around the web.

Alaska is Leading Conservative States in the Fight Against Climate Change

While liberal states have been leading the fight against climate change in the US, Alaska is making sure it’s voice is heard by creating a climate change comittee and recognizing that they can no longer stay silent about an issue that is “real and widespread” outside of their front doors.

Read more about the coverage on the state’s government shifting approach towards oil and making environmental changes…

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Follow the Wings of a Swallow

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As our technology continues to evolve, so does our knowledge about even the tiniest of creatures. Follow these “backpack” wearing tree swallows on an a migratory adventure that leads to conservation.

Original Article Here

(found via enn.com)


Save the Bee in Your Backyard

Save the Bee has been an international movement that continues to grow rapidly each year. The fight to save these important creatures is up to us.

Learn more at Mother Earth News how you can make your garden more bee-friendly and contribute to the cause!

save the bee


What’s Coming this Month?

Be on the lookout for articles about “greenwashing” and how to avoid it, more garden updates from Ray, and so much more.

Have you found an article that you want us to check out? What about a product or brand that you’re just obsessed with that we should check out? Please contact us with any content ideas, questions and concerns. You might even become a feature in an FAQ, Blog Post, or Product Review section!