All posts from Andrea Bertoli

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Have you heard of Skillshare? This is a VERY cool concept based on the principles of DIY (do-it-yourself) and community building. The basic premise is that those with skills (cooking, building, gardening, knitting, etc.) get together with others to barter for lessons or work. Last week I was lucky enough to attend my first Skillshare […]

January 23rd

Seeds of Freedom and Gardens of Hope: Vandana Shiva visits Hawaii

Hawaii was blessed last week with the appearance of internationally recognized seed-saving and anti-GMO activist Dr. Vandana Shiva. Dr. Shiva, trained as a physicist, has become the world’s most outspoken critic of the corporate takeover of our food system. She has worked for decades promoting biodiversity, organic agriculture, and global seed saving as the means […]

January 22nd

Now THIS is good business!

This great statement popped up on our Facebook feed a few days ago, and I was stoked to share it here on Green Living Ideas. Though I don’t really eat much dairy, I have to support Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream for their strong stance against GMOs. Though they are not fully GMO-free at this […]

January 21st

caffeinated foods: yes or no?

There are many debates about whether caffeine is healthy for our bodies: some say it’s going to help with depression, help keep us from gaining excess weight, that it might even keep death at bay! But most research is centered around the naturally occurring caffeine in coffee, tea, or chocolate. But what happens when caffeine […]

January 17th

one healthy change each day…

YES! One of our favorite vegetarian chefs, Sarah B. of My New Roots was recently featured on a TEDx Amerdam video. Her premise: that making one small change each day yields a year of positive changes- and a healthier, happier you! All that and she demonstrates how to make homemade almond milk. TEDxAmsterdamWomen Sarah Britton […]

January 16th

last-minute green gift ideas!

If you are struggling with last minute gift ideas, why not give someone the gift of sustainability? Gifting family and friends attractive, sustainable goodies will  by provide them with reusable items and encourage them to make their lives greener everyday! Clever and gift-able items include everything from reusable bamboo utensil holders, coffee tumblers or travel […]

December 18th

Reasons to shop small this holiday season, and always!

There are so many reasons to shop small- that is, supporting small, local businesses instead of national retailers and big-box stores. ‘Shopping Small‘ is especially important during the holiday season, when most stores generate a good percentage of their income. Shopping small means that you are supporting your community and keeping money in the local […]

December 17th