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March 14th, 2016

5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier

5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier @groovygreenlivi

5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier

In honor of Earth Day, which is rapidly approaching on April 22nd, I gathered together a list of a few green products that are innovative and interesting. Many of these will make life easier, help the planet and also save you a few pennies in the long run.

Green Products That Will Make Life Easier 

Water Powered Digital Clock with Temperature ($19)
Are you tired of running out of batteries? The lxo Water Clock keeps perfect time without batteries or electricity. Just open the fill cap and add water. This cutting-edge technology enables the clock to generate it own clean energy.

Stainless Steel Compost Bin 5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier Groovy Green Livin ($26)

Composting hasn’t come easily for me. It continues to be a work in progress. I now have all the right equipment- an outdoor compost bin and an indoor compost pail, which is always under the sink. It’s amazing how I’ve reduced the amount of garbage we throw away by composting our kitchen food waste.

Nest Learning Thermostat5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier Groovy Green Livin ($238)

We’ve been using a Nest Thermostat for a few years and it doesn’t disappoint. Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week. It automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy. With the Nest app, you can change the temperature, check energy history and get an alert if your home is too hot or cold.

Reusable Organic Produce Bags 5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier Groovy Green Livin ($10)

Concerned about plastic touching your food? These breathable drawstring reusable organic produce bags are made with 100% certified organic cotton so you can not only keep plastic from coming in contact with food, but also keep plastic out of our earth.

5 Green Products That Will Make Your Life Easier Groovy Green Livin
Tumbler That Keeps Drinks Hot Or Cold For Hours and Hours ($43)

Almost every day I make myself a cup of tea and then forget to drink it. By the time I remember the tea is cold and I’m no longer interested. Problem solved! This reusable mug is made from stainless steel and keeps ice cold twice as long as a plastic tumbler and also works well for hot beverages. One of the reviewers said she put coffee in the mug at 10:30 am and it was still hot at 3:30 pm. I’m sold!

Do you have any favorite green products that you can’t live without?

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February 25th, 2016

Latest News and Updates in My Groovy Green World

Latest News and Updates in My Groovy Green World Groovy Green Livin

It’s been a while since I’ve given Groovy Green updates so I thought I would take some time to share a few of the highlights from my Groovy Green world.

Before I jump in, has the weather been crazy where you live? The weather’s been odd in New England. To think I was skiing last week and today I went for a run in 60 degrees. Now back to the updates!

Named One of The Top 25 Sustainable Living Blogs

Thank you to Solar Power for naming Groovy Green Livin one of The 25 Best Sustainable Living Blogs. I’m honored to be in such good company. Take a look at the list HERE. I’m sure you’ll recognize many names and maybe you’ll find a few more sites to follow.

Quoted in This Moms Clean Air Force Piece

Most of you know that I write consistently for Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) as their “Mom Detective. Judith Ross wrote this important piece for MCAF, The Link Between Environmental Toxins and Breast Cancer, and was kind enough to quote me. Take a look HERE at the articles I’ve been writing for Moms Clean Air Force.

Writing for Healthy Way

My writing continues over at HealthyWay. Head over HERE if you’d like to see what issues I’ve been focusing on.

Featured in Launch of an Amazing Non-Profit

A few years ago I had the good fortune to connect with Kristi Marsh. For those of you who don’t know Kristi she’s a powerhouse, and she lives in Massachusetts!

Kristi just launched Savvy Women’s Alliance, a nonprofit association dedicated to nurturing mainstream women who are interested in nontoxic living.

Thanks to Kristi and her team for featuring me on their new site! You can take a look at the article HERE and make sure to check out the rest of the Savvy Women’s Alliance site.

Study Finds Clear Differences Between Organic and Non-Organic Products

If you need more reason to make the switch to organic, a new study has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.

Finally…. The Federal Government is Taking Action on Crumb Rubber Turf

I’ve been writing about the dangers of artificial turf for quite some time. Finally three federal agencies are teaming up to investigate the safety of crumb rubber artificial turf used in playing fields and playground all across the country.  The goal of their investigation will be to answer questions raised about synthetic turf made from recycled tires and possible risks for young athletes. It’s about time!

Any updates to report in your world? I’d love to hear about them!

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March 17th, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Filming a Green Living Makeover Video with Manilla

Groovy Green Livin Filming a Green Living Makeover

I’m back in Boston after a day of filming a green living makeover video with the fabulous team from Manilla. As many of you know I’m Manilla’s Green Living Expert and I was asked to makeover a college student’s apartment that was a complete ‘green’ disaster!

There’s nothing like heading into Manhattan for the day. Yes, it’s exhausting, but it’s such an easy trip. I just hopped on the Acela and took a 3 1/2 hour train ride into Penn Station.

My morning in New York started off when I arrived at the prestigious Hearst Tower in Manhattan, home to Manilla and some of the most well known magazines including Marie-Claire, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.

Groovy Green Livin Filming a Green Living Makeover

The filming of the makeover took place on the 29th floor where Good Housekeeping Magazine is located. It was incredible to see the test kitchens and various rooms filled with appliances and vacuums.

Green Living Makeover

The purpose of the video: It was my job to makeover a college student’s apartment and turn it into a lean, green, eco-friendly machine.

Annie, a senior at Fordham University, was in desperate need of a green living makeover. Her apartment was filled with plastics and paper products along with toxic cleaning supplies. She was a great sport and so much fun to work with, as was the entire Manilla team.

Groovy Green Livin filming a green living makeover

I’ve filmed other videos for Manilla, but this was different. We spent about 6 hours filming, which will ultimately end up as a 4 minute video. We shot each segment over and over so the editing crew has quite a bit of footage to choose from. There were hand closeups, b-roll footage (extra footage) and me trying desperately to get through each take without a mistake! 

Groovy Green Livin filming a green living makeover

We started off using cue cards, but that didn’t work very well. I ended up memorizing my lines and improvising. Now the makeover editing team will have to work their magic.

Groovy Green Livin Green Living Makeover

After the Green Living Makeover

I was really excited to see Annie’s apartment after some of my suggested changes had been made. Stay tuned to see what happened!

While you’re waiting feel free to check out my other Manilla Mini videos:

  1. Green Your Kitchen in 4 Easy Steps! 
  2. 5 Simple Steps to a Greener Life
  3. Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips and 
  4. 5 Ways to Go Green and Save Green
  5. The Benefits of Going Green

If you were offered a green living makeover what’s the first thing you would want to change? 


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October 3rd, 2013

5 Simple Steps to a Greener Life – VIDEO


Groovy Green Livin Greener

Remember when I traveled to New York to film 5 short videos for Manilla covering the many ways we can all lead a greener life?

The first video is ready to share! I would love to hear what you think.

Simple Steps to a Greener Life

If you’re not a green king or queen, switching to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle can be daunting. Fortunately, there are simple ways to reduce your environmental impact without drastically impacting your daily life.

1.     Phase out plastics from your home—especially those used for food storage:

Plastics can leak harmful toxic chemicals into our food, which can affect our long-term health. Switch to glass storage containers to ensure that your food stays fresh and you stay healthy.

2.     Switch to reusable bags:

The next time you visit the supermarket, bring along reusable bags. Leave them in the front seat of your car or in another visible spot so that you remember them. Not only will you be saving the environment, but you’ll also be reducing the clutter in your home.

3.     Start using non-toxic cleaning products:

Conventional cleaning products are filled with toxic chemicals that don’t belong in your home. Instead, try to find brands that don’t contain harsh chemicals like. ammonia, synthetic fragrance, chlorine bleach, parabens and phosphates, or consider making your own cleaning supplies.

4.     Replace your personal care items with safe, non-toxic alternatives:

The most eco-friendly way to a greener life is to replace items with environmentally conscious alternatives as you run out of them. When your shampoos or other personal care items run low, replace them with non-toxic products like those found on the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. If a product has a high hazard score, it shouldn’t be coming in contact with your body.

5.     Leave your shoes at the door:

While the Jones’ lawn might be green, it’s also full of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. All of those toxins march right into your living space when you wear your shoes from outdoors into your home. Create a space outside or in the garage where you can kick off your shoes until the next time you venture outside.

I would love to hear your steps for a greener life! 

The video is also airing on the Manilla blog and at Yahoo! Finance. More videos are coming so stay tuned! 

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May 3rd, 2013

Green Report: Weekend Edition

Groovy Green Livin Green Report

Welcome to the first edition (and maybe the last) of Green Report: Weekend Edition.

I’m finally feeling almost caught up after vacation. For some reason the catch-up process took longer than usual.

There are a few things that landed on my desk this week that I wanted to share. Perhaps a little weekend reading for those of you with some spare time.

Over 5,000 Kids Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

This week thanks to groundbreaking legislation in Washington State, makers of kids’ products have to report when they use chemicals that have been flagged as dangerous. Over 5,000 kids’ products in Washington contain toxic chemicals— everything from cadmium to phthalates to flame retardants. And these chemicals are in products with trusted labels—everything from Walmart to the Gap to H&M.  Hopefully other states aren’t far behind in requiring this too.

Lipsticks and Glosses May Contain Potentially Troubling Levels of Metals

I’ve told you this before-I am a lip balm/lipstick junkie. I can’t get enough of the stuff.  I have lipstick containers stashed everywhere-in the car, drawers, coat pockets, bathrooms-no space is spared.  I love lipstick.

I’ve written in the past about studies which showed lead in many of our favorite brands of lipstick. Now a new study has found that many popular lip products also contain cadmium, chromium, aluminum and other metals — some at levels that may be harmful.

4 Sisters Take Their Photo Every Year For 36 Years

This photo display is very touching so I wanted to share. Back 1975, American photographer Nicholas Nixon took a photo of his wife Bebe and her three sisters, and they came up with an idea to make it an annual tradition. Over a period of 36 years they took an annual photo of the four sisters, in the same order. If only we had done something similar in our family. Hindsight at this point. Take a look at this beautiful journey through interesting hairstyles, sweaters and aging HERE.

Five Minute Vegan Strawberry Sorbet

For those of you finally in the throws of spring and warmer temperatures, this is the perfect weekend to try out this recipe for Vegan Strawberry Sorbet. It really does take 5 minutes to make. And for those of you getting hit with a May snow storm, I’m so very sorry.

Stay tuned for another Green Report (that’s the plan). Happy, groovy green weekend to all!

What are  your weekend plans? 

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August 27th, 2012

{Review and Giveaway} How to Have a Paperless Kitchen

Groovy Green Livin boy washing dishes

A challenging piece of my ongoing green journey has been to reduce the amount of paper used in my home. Let’s just say upfront that I draw the line at toilet paper. There will be no reusable toilet paper in my house. Ever.

I have the reusable napkin piece down. We have a drawer in the kitchen dedicated to all different designs and sizes of reusable napkins.

The paper towel switch to reusables has been a bit more challenging.   Thanks to our dog and three young boys we are constantly in need of something to clean up the messy trail left behind.

Paperless KitchenGroovy Green Livin Paperless Kitchen logo

Now there’s a one-stop shop for paper towel alternatives and green kitchen products: Paperless Kitchen. The founder of Paperless Kitchen, Sachin, grew up in a household obsessed with paper towels and was shocked by how easily as a culture we become used to using something once and throwing it away. The company was formed to help all of us adopt greener lifestyles by offering alternatives to single-use kitchen paper products. Here are a few of the products that Paperless Kitchen offers-

Groovy Green Livin Skoy ClothSkoy cloth

I have been testing out SKOY cloths from Paperless Kitchen over the past few weeks. The cloth is great for everything from wiping the table to cleaning up dog disasters.  The SKOY cloth is a European created product which is completely 100% biodegradable. Using one SKOY cloth is equal to using 15 rolls of paper towels in an average house.  My only complaint is I wish the cloth came in a variety of sizes. 


Groovy Green Livin PeopletowelsI have been a fan of PeopleTowels for a long time and thanks to the generosity of Paperless Kitchen I now have my very own. They are reusable personal hand towels and are a fantastic alternative to paper towels. Made of 100% organic Fair Trade Cotton, they are an easy way to go green, save trees, reduce landfill waste, cut CO2 emissions and conserve water. An added bonus: there are so many adorable designs to choose from.


Paperless Kitchen is generously offering the Paperless Kitchen Starter Kit to one Groovy Green Livin reader. This kit is valued at $130 and includes:

You can also connect with Paperless Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter. By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to our Official Rules.

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Disclosure: Paperless Kitchen generously sent me SKOY clothes and PeopleTowels to try out. The opinions are my very own.

July 25th, 2012

Organic Garden Harvest

Groovy Green Livin organic vegetables

It’s Wednesday and all over the internet you will find photos with no words of explanation. Why? Because pictures say a thousand words and today is Wordless Wednesday.

I’ve been writing a lot about our small, itty bitty organic garden. I can’t stop writing and sharing photos because I’m in shock that we actually got our act together this year and planted.  I’m also amazed that the garden is thriving (it looks like a jungle out there). Here’s what we picked this week. Impressed? I am.

Groovy Green Livin Organic Garden Harvest

What’s growing in your garden?

Linked up with Crazy About My BaybahI Thought I Knew MamaDagmar’s MomsenseMy Organized ChaosFarmer’s DaughterThe Progressive Parent.



About Lori

I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us.

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