What's Green with Betsy

Simple steps that make a difference.

Traveling Waste

Ah, summer vacation! There’s nothing like getting away. Whether by car, by air, or by train, traveling however, generates a lot of waste!

My husband and I were recently in Asheville, North Carolina. On the drive from Charlotte to Asheville, we stopped at a Subway restaurant , one of the healthier fast food options, for lunch. Since I haven’t been to a fast food restaurant in years, I was shocked at the enormous amount of throwaway,non-recyclable products with each order – still!

Bottles Made From Reclaimed Ocean Plastic?!


The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

Whenever possible, eating organic food is always preferable. Organic food is grown without chemical pesticides, may contain more natural antioxidants and nutrients linked to reduced risk for cancer, stroke, and heart disease, and tastes more flavorful. But, organic food is usually more expensive than conventional food and many people can’t afford it.

Gardening with Charcoal and Epsom Salts

A few weeks ago I did a post on gardening with baking soda. I recently came across more clever organic gardening tips using common household products – charcoal and Epsom salts. Read on….


And yes, I’m talking about the charcoal you'll barbeque with this Memorial Day weekend, as long as it’s additive-free (natural hardwood charcoal, not briquettes)!

Plant a Tree for the Future

The social, aesthetic, and environmental benefits of trees are numerous. They manufacture oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. They provide shade in summer and windbreak in winter. The beauty and serenity of trees have been shown to help hospital patients recover more quickly. Trees reduce crime in low-income urban areas and increase property values. Trees help us save energy and improve air quality, conserve water and provide homes to wildlife. Large and majestic trees are an important part of the community.

Have You Joined a CSA?

Gardening with Baking Soda

Cheap, effective and OG (the original “green”), baking soda bakes, cleans, heals, disinfects, scrubs, deodorizes, exfoliates, and brightens just about everything in the home. But did you know baking soda works in the garden too?


I recently came across the following fabulous tips from plantcaretoday.com.

Hot Tea!

Tea is tasty, nutritious, medicinal and “hot” right now. So is compost tea for your lawn, trees, gardens and shrubs!

Celebrate Earth Day!

Mark your calendars for Earth Day next Tuesday, April 22, a day to commemorate the earth, celebrate green acts, raise awareness and work towards a more sustainable future. If you read my blog regularly, I imagine you already practice green acts. Earth Day is a good time to commit to adding new green habits.

What else can you do?

Adopt “meatless Mondays”. The meat industry is responsible for nearly one-fifth of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.