GET GREEN WITH THE COFFEE QUEEN

If you’re not using a French press to brew your coffee and or tea, you are wasting energy and money.

Today, we are getting advice straight from The Coffee Queen. She will share with us her formula for making the greatest tasting coffee available. At the same time you will “get green” by reducing your energy use, cutting your carbon footprint, saving money and enjoying the best cup of joe that there is.

First, lets talk about conventional coffee makers. Most people don’t realize how much power these machines use. Think about it. First it has to heat the water to a steaming point, pump it through the system while the warming burner is on constantly. This is a huge power drain for just a pot of coffee.

Also, conventional coffee makers harbor fungi and bacteria in dark, moist areas that you cannot reach to properly clean. Running white vinegar through the system can certainly help, but it takes time, effort, and a lot of power with no sense of real accomplishment. A French press can be washed completely with soap and water.

Don’t forget the fact that these coffee makers require filters. Yes, they are inexpensive, but that is one expense you can completely cut out. When you use a French press, all you need is hot water and a quality coffee bean. Now you’re helping to save resources too!

First, pick your press. The most common size carafe is 32 oz.. This is one half pot of conventional coffee maker pots. They vary in price from $20 on up. No need to spend a lot of money on a fancy model since they all produce the same outcome. Take your pick here.

Next, you need a good coffee grinder. I myself have gone through many brands and models and have come to the conclusion that the grinders with the more simple functions, less bells and whistles, are more durable, longer lasting and less expensive. Also watch out for how many parts there are to clean. Keep it simple. The price range on grinders is overwhelming. Some are very expensive and do nothing more than grind exactly like the less expensive models. So I suggest you go with a simple model that averages around $20.

So, if you’re going to use the French press how are you going to keep your coffee warm? No problem. Today’s variety of hydro flasks and/or coffee warmers are perfect. If you like cream in your coffee, it’s best to add it before you put the coffee in the warmer. This way, your coffee stays warmer, longer by not adding the cold cream to each cup once poured.

So, lets get started!

Always grind your favorite beans fresh for each pot that you make. Quality beans are dark brown with a slight hint of oil. I prefer a dark roast. My perfect pot uses a 1/3 cup measuring spoon, slightly heaping. You want to grind the beans for about 15 seconds. If they are not ground fine enough, your coffee will be weak. If you grind them too fine, you will have a harder time pushing down your press and your coffee could be cloudy with a lot of dredge at the bottom. Trial and error with your beans and grinder will pay off in the end. So grind your beans to your desire and place in the empty carafe of your new French press.

Heat your water in your everyday tea kettle. Quality water is a must. Reverse osmosis or an ultraviolet purifying system is preferred. If the water tastes funky, so will the coffee and or tea that you brew with it. The temperature of the water is very important to the quality of your brew. You do not want the water to be boiling. If it is too hot, you take the chance of bursting your glass carafe. When steam starts coming from the vent of the kettle, before it whistles, this is the perfect heating point. Pour the steaming water into the carafe with your favorite ground beans. At this point, you need to gently stir with a plastic or wooden utensil. Do not use metal as this can also break your carafe with the steaming hot water in it. Place the plunger and lid on top of the carafe to capture the heat. Make sure the plunger is all the way at the top with the lid. Let your brew steep for at least 4-5 minutes. After steeping, gently push the plunger all the way to the bottom of the carafe or until the top knob reaches the top of the lid and can go no farther.

Pour yourself a perfect cup and put the rest in a warmer/hydro flask. This step right here is gong to save you energy which saves you money. No need to leave the coffee maker warmer on. After coffee has sat on a warmer for 30 minutes the tastes becomes tinged with bitterness. But when you use a warmer, it remains perfect to the last cup. Enjoy!

You can feel good about this and consider it to be another baby step on your way to getting green!

If you are on solar power, using a French press is the only way to go. Chances are you have a gas or propane stove. It takes very little gas or propane to heat a kettle of water. This is the only energy you will be using when you switch to making a better brew with advice from the Coffee Queen. 1-2-3, you’re getting green!

Overall, you have much better coffee and you have done a great job at conserving energy and money. You have used very little power, much, much less than if you used an electric model. Water heats fast in a tea kettle. No need to wait for the maker to create steam, pump it through the system, slowly drip onto the heated plate, and sit there cooking your once fresh brew. Congratulations! You have reduced your carbon footprint!

No more filters! You can actually feel good about helping save the trees and a few bucks too!

Cleanup is a breeze. Remove the plunger/lid and rinse. The carafe is easily washed out with soap and water. No bacteria build up, no fungi. A clean apparatus every time. You won’t need vinegar, water to waste and a lot of electricity to clean your French press.

What to do with those left over grounds? If you compost, and you should, the grounds can be a great addition for breaking down food in your bin. Used coffee grounds are also good for gardening and enriching the soil by gently turning the grounds within your soil. You can also spread them around your flower beds or surrounding the premises of your home to keep pests at bay. Just don’t throw them in a garbage can to be hauled to a landfill. Reduce, reuse, recycle! You’ll be glad you did.

Everyone needs to take care of the planet! We need to learn to change our ways and improve our habits. Use less energy, less resources and give back to Mother Earth.

It can be as easy as 1-2-3 get green!

The Best Eco-Friendly Pencils For Adult Coloring Books

The world is extremely stressful today, no doubt about it. Adult coloring has been proven to relax anxieties and create a calm effect. However, if you’re struggling with cheap pencils that keep breaking or you’re not satisfied with the colors, where is the enjoyment? Maybe your tried markers first and found out the hard way that they leak through the page with a rippling affect, ruining the back side of your picture and possibly the next page of your book, if you hadn’t removed it all together or placed a blotter sheet between.
123getgreen.com did some experimenting and we found Colowlful eco-friendly pencils to be the bomb. The artist or the beginner will enjoy having these high quality pencils as part of their everyday supplies.

Colowful pencils come in a set of 24 different vibrant shades. These new pencils are non toxic, phthalate free and made from natural wood, cruelty free. The packaging is also eco-friendly to our environment as it is made from recycled materials. 123getgreen.com loves Colowful’s approach to helping the planet.

Coloring with Colowful

You will find a comfortable grip on the natural wood makes your colors flow with ease upon your page as you color, sketch, blend or shade. Made with soft eco friendly colors, these Colowlful pencils resist breaking while giving you a clean and easy sharpening experience.

Perfect for your adult coloring books as well as classrooms, kids and crafting clubs, Colowful eco-friendly pencils can’t be beat. Create lasting beauty you can be proud of!

Colowlful eco friendly pencils even come with free downloadable coloring pages.

We here at 123getgreen.com love our adult coloring books. Here are some things to notice when purchasing an adult coloring book.

  • 1. Is this book made with quality paper? A very thick stock of paper or parchment is best if you’re really serious about your coloring pages. Even when printing at home from downloads, there is no reason why your shouldn’t invest in your arts and purchase a quality stock of paper.
  • 2. Are the pages easy to remove from the book? You may find your coloring page to be “refrigerator worthy” so looking for perforated pages may best suit your needs. Also, if you are coloring with a friend, sharing a book, page removal may be a quality to look for to suit your personal needs.
  • 3. Are there drawings on both sides of the page to color? If so, you may be bummed when you’ve colored one side and now the other side is full of indentation marks from the first side making it unattractive and now you no longer want to bother with that page. Quality coloring books will only have drawings on one side of the page.
  • 4. Do the drawings in your book flow from one page to the next easily? When a print takes up two pages, coloring in the crease of the book can be quite tricky depending on the pattern of the drawing. Look closely and make your determination on how this will effect your coloring.

So 1-2-3 get your coloring needs green with Colowful eco friendly pencils! Great for all!

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Laundry POD Manual Washing Machine Review

123getgreen.com takes a personal look at the eco-friendly Laundry Pod as compared to other manual options available.
The Laundry Pod is a manually operated clothes washer for small loads that saves water, electricity, detergent and time. Great for hand wash only garments, lingerie, gym clothes, the kids’ sporting uniforms, baby clothes and of course, the environment. Perfect for off-grid living.

The small durable plastic container fits easily under your sink for storage with quick access to countertop or tub/shower usage.
There are many reasons for owning a Laundry Pod.

My Laundry Pod Experience


Who doesn’t like saving money? Use less, spend less. It just makes sense. You will use much less water than a small load with your electric machine as some use up to 40 gallons per load, and you won’t be using any electricity at all. That’s right, you do the work. You don’t have to be muscular and strong armed to handle a few items in a couple of gallons of water. Save on detergent as only a very tiny amount of liquid detergent is required. Saving your precious time is also a bonus. You can finish a load in five minutes compared to 20 or 30 in an electric machine. And no more driving to the laundry mat so you’re saving gas and reducing your carbon footprint on Mother Earth.

I don’t know anyone who enjoys the experience of the local laundromat, and its a lot of work, loading and hauling, repeating week after week. The money you will save not going there will quickly pay for your Laundry Pod. Keep up with the laundry by doing frequent small loads. You will find only your large items like blankets and towels will need to go in a larger machine.

I had been wanting an easier way to hand wash my finer things so I dug in and did the research. There were only a few available products ranging an average in price from $50.00 to $100.00. I instantly wondered why there was such a difference while glancing at the pictures, they basically looked the same. Yes, the Laundry Pod is the more expensive model but I find that it is quite worth it. It does twice the job of the lower end machines.

Mainly, the less expensive models turned out to be glorified buckets with a hand crank to “stir” your load around. This doesn’t do me much good due to the fact that you still had to wring out all the water by hand, and personally I find that to be a pain in my washing career, not to mention that it makes my hands ache. I could just as well get a small tub and stir things around with a large spoon.
Great news! The Laundry Pod has great spinning action and gets out more water than I can by hand. 123getgreen.com definitely picked The Laundry Pod!

Testing Out the Laundry Pod – Washing Clothes

So, I placed my order and received my Laundry Pod within a week. My first thought was, wow, it is extremely lightweight. I opened it up and the basket inside reminded me of old washing machines from the 60-70’s that bragged of having a mini-basket feature. The plastic is very thick and durable with easy open and click tight closure feature. The hand crank is well manufactured and sturdy. The draining hose was much longer than I expected which is great. So let’s get started.

Anxious to see how it worked, I immediately started experimenting as to how much detergent to use and where am I going to do this? The kitchen? The bathroom? How many items can I easily wash at once?

My first attempt was on the kitchen counter next to the sink. Making sure the drain feature is on hold, I followed the directions and filled the tub up half way. I added the amount of suggested detergent, which was 1-1/2 teaspoon. I also added one shot of white vinegar to help with stains and to release pet hair. I put four small adult sized t-shirts in the tub, added more water until items were covered, closed the lid and began the agitation process.

Not bad hand cranking at all. The sleek design moves easily with little effort. Turn 2-3 full circles in one direction and then repeat by going in the opposite direction. Continue for a couple of minutes or more if clothes are heavily soiled. I stopped cranking and opened the drain feature. It did take a bit for the water to drain, so here I learned to walk away and come back instead of “watching the pot”. I gave the clothes a good spin and opened the tub to put in the rinse water. Ought oh, too much soap. At this point, I fussed with it a bit. I added water and still had too much soap. I found it easier to remove the basket and rinse the inside tub out directly. I put it back together and proceeded to rinse and then spin.

Dialing It In

Here’s where the true learning experience kicked in. When I went to spin dry my items, I turned the crank very fast. Holding onto the rubber dip in the lid designed for gripping with my left hand and cranking with my right, the tub began to wobble and I found myself hugging the tub. This was not ideal. Could it be due to the fact that I am short and petite, maybe. I removed the clothes and was quite pleased with the amount of water that had been removed with the spinning process, much better and way easier than I could ever do by hand. This experience was mediocre so how about the tub/shower?

Second attempt was in the tub/shower and it went much smoother. This time I’m washing four pairs of adult sized shorts. There was definitely room for at least two more items, but I left it at four so the cranking would not get harder with more water and items. Laundry POD claims you can wash up to 10 items in each load, but I find those items must be baby clothes because 10 adult items are not going to fit. I’d say five at the most.

Learning from my past experience, I decreased the amount of liquid detergent to just 1 teaspoon and one shot of white vinegar. This turned out to be the perfect combo for me. By lowering the Laundry POD into the tub instead of using on the kitchen countertop, I found the cranking and spinning process much easier. By holding the gripping area down the spinning was much better and did not wobble at all. I feel I got more water out with faster and easier handling in the tub.

Conclusion

Now I use my Laundry POD almost everyday and I’m loving it! This amazing item is great for everyone! College dorms, camping, RV’s, baby clothes, lingerie, imagine all the uses!

So does the Laundry POD live up to the claim. Other than being able to wash ten items at once, I say, yes, indeed!
If you have an eco-friendly attitude and strive to be sustainable, conservative and take pride in reducing your carbon footprint, the Laundry POD is a great way to 123getgreen!

Enjoy!

Learn More About The Laundry Pod

To see more information or buy a Laundry Pod of your own, visit the Amazon listing.

WOWE Bamboo Tooothbrushes Review

WoWE Eco Friendly Bamboo Toothbrushes reviewGet green with these environmentally friendly bamboo toothbrushes from WowE. The benefits of bamboo far outweigh the plastic we have all become used to. WowE has made it even easier for us all. These awesome brushes come in a package of four, they are numbered to remind you that it’s time to change your toothbrush. One package for each family member will last each of you a full year.

Why Bamboo Toothbrushes?

WowE Bamboo Toothbrushes Info DiagramThe sleek bamboo handle is water resistant and naturally antimicrobial, plus, it will never splinter. The bristles are made out of soft recycable BPA free nylon.

Reducing plastics use is great for you and the environment. Just imagine how many toothbrushes are in the landfills. It will take a thousand years for these plastics to “disappear” into our environment, leaking unsafe toxins along the way. Make a smarter choice for yourself, your friends, your family and your surroundings. Recycle your used bamboo toothbrushes by turning them into garden markers or stirring sticks. Get creative with your repurposing ideas.

The American Dental Association recommends that we brush our teeth two to three times per day and to change our toothbrushes at least every 3-4 months, plus after any illness. With this suttle reminder right there on your brush. you won’t wonder if the time has come.

Totally Eco-Friendly Design and Packaging

Bamboo Toothbrush from WoWE In UseThe WowE Bamboo Toothbrushes come packaged in recycled cardboard that is totally environmentally friendly and easily compostable. This is important in today’s world, that we consider how things are packaged. Many items are concealed in hard plastics that are not only difficult to open, but only end up in the landfills, taking up room and many, many years to “be gone”. Bamboo is earth friendly. Mother Nature has provided us with sustainable materials that do not pose a threat to our environment. We need to learn to use more of these types of sustainable products. It’s never too late to learn.

The only difference between conventional plastic toothbrushes and the WowE Bamboo toothbrushes is that they only come in one color, natural wood. If you share your bathroom you will need to separate your toothbrushes, which is a good idea anyway to help prevent the spreading of germs and bacteria. If each person has their own water tumbler to place their brush in after use, problem solved. Or simply mark your brush with a small rubberband.

123getgreen.com recommends the WowE Bamboo toothbrush for the whole family. You will enjoy the feel of the natural bamboo in your hand and also the feeling of knowing you have made an ecofriendly choice that is good for you, Mother Earth and future generations. Click here to learn more or purchase a WoWE Bamboo Toothbrush of your own!

Chef’n Eco Crock Counter Top Compost Bin Review

countertop-compost-picIt was love at first sight when I first set eyes on this attractive and stylish counter-top compost bin, the Chef’n EcoCrock Countertop Compost Bin. So cute with the little stem on the lid. The sleek, white ceramic pot is heavy duty and won’t tip over making a mess in your kitchen. You won’t have to worry about hauling it around and taking the chance of cracking, chipping or breaking the crock with an inner bucket that has a handle and lifts out easily to empty. This also makes clean up a breeze. Just dump the bucket into the outdoor bin and rinse with warm water. Best to dry it out before you start saving scraps again.

The Chef’n Eco Crock comes with 2 charcoal filters that fit easily into the lid, helping prevent smells from accumulating in the kitchen. The tight fit on the crock lid also prevents the drawing of fruit flies and other of nature’s critters.

Most people I know who make this small and timeless effort to collect food scraps for compost just use a bowl or a container of some sort, and leave it on the counter top. Fruit flies, flies, cockroaches and maggots, as well as odors, can appear quicker than you realize if you don’t have a sealed lid to prevent this. Some just end up throwing it away because it’s all gross and they don’t want to deal with it. Besides having to be emptied everyday to prevent bugs, etc., it looks bad, downright nasty. With the Chef’n Eco Crock, you’ll be proud to display your compost in plain view. Your friends and family will notice your bin and compliment your modern choice.

compost-pic-2If you haven’t started composting yet, let this unique little item be all the encouragement you need. The ceramic bin as well as the inner bucket are tapered making dumping and cleaning much easier as everything slides right out. There is a handle on the bucket that folds in nicely so the lid can still fit snugly while making the bucket easy to remove. You won’t get your hands dirty or slimy with this beauty. The inner bucket holds up to 3 quarts of food scraps so chances are you won’t have to empty it everyday. Do you peel your potatoes and veggies? Just place the bucket in the sink and peel straight into it. No mess, no fuss.

Many other things besides food scraps can be composted. Paper towels, paper plates and newspapers are just a few items you can reduce, reuse and recycle all at the same time. Reducing the amount of paper products you use in the first place is a great way to start getting green! Paper products made from recycled materials are readily available and a much, wiser, safer and healthier choice. Let’s all do something to help the planet!

Take a moment and imagine all of the great things you can do with composted dirt. You can feed your flowers and outside plants, or just collect the fresh organic soil and start a new GMO free, organic garden come spring.

123getgreen.com will be featuring newsletters on composting do’s and don’ts in the Spring of 2017. We will also feature reviews on outdoor compost bins and how to decide which one is best for your needs.

Composting can be as easy as 1-2-3 with the Chef’n Eco Crock Counter Compost Bin! Get green today!

Click here to learn more or purchase the Chef’n Eco Crock Counter Top Compost Bin.

Spiral Ninja Vegetable Spiralizer Bundle Zoodle Slicer Review

Ninja Spiralizer Zoodle123getgreen.com highly recommends the Ninja Spiralizer for all kitchens. Not only for zucchini, these extra sharp stainless steel blades can handle squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, parsnips and more.

You’ll be having a blast making noodles, fresh and easy, and you’ll feel good about serving a healthier choice. Two sizes of noodles are available on the spiralizer so you can mix it up. Pick and choose your size.

If you are trying to improve your diet this is a terrific way to start. Replace those high carb pastas with vegetable noodles that are quick, fresh and as easy as 1-2-3. Paleo dieters,vegetarians, vegans, raw foodists and gluetin free seekers will find many uses for the Ninja Spiralizer. Spruce up your pasta dishes. stir-fry’s and salads by adding the color of vegetables into your everyday meals. When food is colorful it is attractive to the eye, making you want to dive right in. The kids will enjoy this so much they will actually want to eat their vegetables!

The Spiral Ninja is a handheld kitchen utensil, built tough and made to last with BPA-free plastic and super sharp stainless steel blades and handle that won’t rust, break or bend. Just a turn of the hand and you have fresh noodles in your kitchen! The safety cap feature assures maximum usage of your vegetables. Clean up is a breeze, just pop your spiralizer in the dishwasher where it will be totally safe.

zuchini-noodlerIncluded in this bundle package is a free ceramic peeler which is great if you don’t want to include the vegetable peel in your dish, a premium storage bag that makes your spiralizer portable, a flexible cleaning brush for quick rinses along with a healthy recipe ebook where you will find new and exciting ideas. This Spiral Ninja is about to become a regular household item to be found in kitchens around the world.

Another great feature is that it comes backed with a 100% non-hassle lifetime guarantee. It’s risk free! Just contact the company and they will replace or refund you for any reason with their Customer Care Promise.

What a great gift idea the Spiral-NINJA-VEGETABLE-SPIRALIZER-BUNDLE makes. Perfect for Christmas, wedding, bridal showers, birthday, or just to say you care about your health. We here at 123getgreen.com think everyone should have this great product.

Click here to learn more or purchase your own Spiral Ninja.

An Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffer: All Natural Neem Wood Indian Comb Review

Christmas Stocking StufferThe holidays are here although there is still time to get gifts for those hard to buy for loved ones and we are here to help. Over the next few weeks, 123getgreen.com will briefly showcase some awesome gift ideas with a quick overall review. After the hustle and bustle of the hectic holidays pass and we settle back into our usual routines, we will begin in depth product reviews on great items for home, health, and personal care.

Today we have an idea for a neat gift which is ecofriendly, good for the environemnt, and very satisfying. Please take time to think about how your gifts will impact the environment. Is it organic? Can it be recycled or reused? Will this item help reduce carbon footprints in some way? Basically, is it green? Consider the packaging, it is encased in unnecessary plastic only to be discarded? Just a few things to take into consideration while choosing a great green gift for the holidays.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 get green!

All Natural Neem Wood Fancy Indian Comb Review

All Natural Neem Wood CombAre you familiar with neem and/or neem wood? This incredible all natural wood is also known as azadirachta indica and is grown in India. The smell of neem wood wards off microbes providing you with a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal protection. This naturally medicated comb helps prevent dandruff, psoriasis and eczema.

The teeth on each comb are hand made and rounded on the ends to provide you with a smooth, relaxing feel to the scalp while increasing blood circulation. Regular combing with the ecofriendly neem comb helps strengthen hair follicals from the root and aids to prevent damage and lessen hair loss and static electricity. Perfect stocking stuffer for all ages.

Learn more details or buy your own Neem Comb by clicking here to visit the Amazon listing.

Trolley Bags Pack of 4 with Insulated Cooler Bag Review – Eco Friendly Reusable Grocery bag by Whozzeco!

Reusable Trolly Whozzeco Shopping Bags Eco FriendlyShopping season is upon us as the hectic holidays draw nearer. Whether it’s holiday feasts preparations, decorating needs, or gift buying, we have a lot to get and anything to ease the load will greatly be appreciated. Today we explore the new and changing world of reusable shopping bags. Are you tired of so many plastic bags cluttering up the kitchen? How many times have they ripped open at the bottom spilling your groceries everywhere? Have you had it with canvas bags needing to be washed? Do you live in a community that is banning plastic bags?

People around the world are becoming more aware of our need to get green. Counties, cities and now progressive states are doing away with cheap plastic bags and encouraging shoppers to bring their own reusable bags. Most stores offer a small discount for each bag brought in. Be prepared.! These quality, heavy duty reusable trolley bags are just what you need to help you stay organized and make your shopping experience more enjoyable while decreasing your carbon footprint on Mother Earth.

A Short Review of Whozzeco Reusable Bags

Woman Holding Whozzeco Reusable Shopping BagsYou will save time and effort with these high quality, color coded reusable, durable shoppingbags that hook right to the edge of most all standard size shopping carts. This compact design detaches and folds all four bags into one for easy and convenient storage in your vehicle or home.

Just take your Whozzeco Bundle shopping and expand all four heavy duty bags, placing handles over edge of cart. Since the quality bags are color coded, this makes organizing your shopping a breeze. Fresh organic produce in one bag, cleaning products in another. One bag is thermally insulated to keep your meat and dairy items cold. Other shoppers will admire your trolley bags and most likely ask where they can be purchased. Let them know you found it here at 123getgreen.com

Separating your purchases as you go guarantees a smoother check out, especially for the one bagging your purchases. Unload one bag at a time, placing your bag between items to ensure they are placed right back into the same bag and back into your trolley. The Bundle Bags easily lift out of the shopping cart and into your vehicle. After emptying, the compact design folds all four bags into one for easy storage.

Plus, you have nothing to lose. Whozzeco backs their bundle with a 100 % Life Time money-back guarantee. Not many companies can say that now a days. They have researched and produced a wonderful product that they are willing to back up.

trolly-bagsYou’ll feel good about your choice as you are helping the environment with baby steps to a better environment while getting green with the world.

These bags make a great gift for the holidays! Easily affordable and great for everyone. Busy mothers or monthly shoppers who buy in bulk will enjoy the ease and quality of these great reusable shopping bags.

Make your next shopping trip better with these 4 color coded, durable, reusable shopping bags. You’ll be glad you did!

If you would like to purchase these awesome bags, click here