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Do It Green! Minnesota Green Gifts Fair
Saturday November 21, 10am-5pm
Midtown Global Market
* 80+ green artists and retailers selling gifts
* Passport activity with over 15 booths, demos and prizes.
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Recent Blog Posts
November 23, 2015
This past weekend, Do It Green! Minnesota hosted our 10 Annual Green Gifts Fair. The Green Gifts Fair is a holiday shopping event that features local, sustainable businesses and include many educational booths on lowering your environmental impacts around the holidays. Despite this emphasis on green living and sustainability, for many visitors the event is primarily a shopping destination. This year, I covered a large pillar in the middle of the fair with craft paper, and wrote the words “What are you thankful for?” on it. What people wrote indicated that despite being out shopping, they were not in a materialistic mindset.
Many people wrote that they were thankful for family and friends, often naming specific individual. Children were often mentioned specifically, and one person put down that they were thankful for learning to be more patient with their children. Others wrote that they were thankful for their pets, which of course many people consider to be part of the family.
November 9, 2015
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of using native plants in gardening and landscaping. One of the main reasons for this is that it creates habitat for Minnesota’s pollinators, which include bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, and hummingbirds. If you want to create habitat and food sources for all these different types of pollinators, who play a vital role in maintaining our ecosystems and our food production systems, there are a number of things that you can do.
October 26, 2015
Oftentimes, information on saving water, cutting energy use, and reducing waste at home is geared towards homeowners, not apartment dwellers. As I and my fellow apartment dwellers know, tips like adjusting the temperature on a hot water heater and installing energy efficient windows are all but useless to those of us who don’t have any control over those things. While some people might be able to discuss environmental responsibility with their landlord, many landlords simply aren’t interested in making investments in order to conserve energy or water, and sometimes property owners aren’t even accessible to their tenants, who only have interactions with a property management company.
So what can you do if you want to cut the environmental impact of your apartment? Here are some ideas: