Maureen Wise

Maureen Wise

Green and parenting freelancer

Writer and higher ed sustainability coordinator. Expertise in water quality, green lifestyle and eco-parenting.

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Five Spring Vegetable Dip Ideas for a Healthy, Flavorful Snack | Tom's of Maine

Springtime is around the corner, and your garden is certainly ready. Do you have a plan for the plethora of produce you’ll be picking? Be ready with the perfect snack: spring vegetable dip!

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Calculating Your Foodometer: How Far Food Travels From Farm to Fork | Tom's of Maine

While most children are more focused on trying to convince you that their broccoli isn’t hidden in their napkins, they also know that getting around the table as a family cements respectful, working relationships. What isn’t obvious to them is that food grown or produced closer to home is better for them and their surrounding environment.

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Considering Water Supply Protection at Your Family’s Home | Toms of Maine

You probably know all about conserving water at your home, but you may not be aware of how to reduce water pollution as a family—especially the water you drink.

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Teaching Kids Proper Electronic Disposal and Recycling Practices

Become an expert on the greenest methods for battery recycling, electronic disposal, and health and beauty-product reuse.

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Sneak in Daily Cardio (and Extra Steps) Without a Hassle | Toms of Maine

Busy schedules and cold weather can often keep you inside, and sometimes it’s just impossible to get the recommended amount of daily cardio.

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Choose Environmentally Friendly Clothing for a Stylish Change | Good Matters Blog

How can clothing be green, you ask? And what is eco-friendly clothing, exactly? There are many facets and sustainable threads to consider, so you can find what works best for you and your family.

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Spring Yard Cleanup with the Kids for a Sustainable Summer | Tom's of Maine

Keep the planet in mind during your spring yard cleanup to make your relaxation even easier. With these ideas, you can get your kids involved to make it more fun!

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Collecting Rainwater to Use in Your Family's Garden | Good Matters Blog

Involving your children in gardening is more than a lesson in yardwork; it teaches them the beginning aspects of sustainability. Collecting rainwater to hydrate your family garden is especially worth it, not only because gets your kids thinking about how plants grow but also because it starts a conservation about why these plants are important.

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Sustainable Transportation Ideas to Start Greening Your Commute

ustainable transportation improves your daily life, the air quality in your neighborhood, and the affordability of your commute. Thankfully, when considering greening your daily commute to work or school, you have lots of options—many of which are fun and collaborative.

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Solar System for Kids: How Learning about Space Benefits Earth | Tom's of Maine Good Matters Blog

It’s captivating to look beyond our own small, blue planet and survey the rest of the solar system to gain a further appreciation for our natural resources.

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Tom’s of Maine and East Coast Greenway Alliance Spread Goodness from Maine to Florida | Good Matters Blog

One of Tom’s of Maine’s community involvement programs is the Goodness Grants Program, which, since 1993, has donated 10 percent of its profits to organizations working on human, health, and environmental causes.
One group you’ll find more than once on the long list of receiving organizations is the East Coast Greenway Alliance.

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Greening Your Baby Feeding Utensils for a Safer Meal | Good Matters Blog

Every parent knows that babies put everything in their mouths, and thus you want to ensure what they get their hands on is safe. What about the things babies are actually allowed to put in their mouths, like their baby feeding utensils?

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5 Arm Toning Exercises to Do at Home

Sometimes you just don’t have the time to get to a gym. Thankfully you can do arm toning exercises at home with little to no equipment and get great results. The best thing about exercising at home is that you can involve the kids and be a healthy role model. If you’re down on the floor, more than likely your little people will be there too, doing the exercises right along with you. Below are five exercises to tone arms, no equipment needed. Aim for ten reps of each starting out.

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5 Meatless Skewer Recipes for Your Family | Toms of Maine Good Matters Blog

Forget about the oven heating up the house! Summer is a time for quick food prep. Consider centering your meals around a few skewer recipes to make the cooking fast and the cleanup easy.