Conscious Box

Hi all! So while mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook the other day I saw an add for something called Conscious Box. Being the ad clicker that I am, I followed the link to their website, consciousbox.com. Let me just say that this is by far the coolest ad Facebook has ever shown me (even cooler than those christian dating site ads).

So Conscious Box is basically a website where you can opt to receive a box full of environmentally friendly goodies, as well as healthy alternatives to things we might use in our daily lives. i immediately placed my order for one, because A) who doesn’t love getting stuff in the mail and B) I’m all about that healthy alternative lifestyle. it’s $12 for the box itself and about 8 for shipping and handling, so $20 overall.

I was a little skeptical when I first heard about it. What company would want to send me a box full of cool stuff for just $20? I Googled them just to be sure. Turns out they’re perfectly legit! My two favorite reviews can be found here and here.

So I’m excitedly awaiting my first delivery of my Conscious Box. Apparently in May there were some really cool sample sizes of Relax-All, which is a dietary aid that helps relax you so you can fall asleep. As a busy college student I’m definitely hoping something similar comes in this months box!

Conscious Box also offers the option of having your box being packed full of vegan or gluten-free goodies, which is nice for some consumers.

You have the option of subscribing to get a box for one or three months, with a discount offered if you buy in bulk. You can also get a years subscription for a low price!

Their website also gives you a chance to review the products they have sent you to help them better determine what to send out in future boxes. For every product you review you get points, and eventually you can accumulate enough points to get a free box!

The company offers promo codes every once in a while. This month, since I am a first time user, I used the code “FIRSTBOXFREE” so I only had to pay the $8 shipping!

I’ll be sure to post pictures and reviews of everything when it finally comes in the mail…can’t wait to try it all out!

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

The Guardian, one of my favorite sources of news, just published this article about how US lawmakers are trying to fund two gas facilities next to the Great Barrier Reef.

For anyone who has ever seen Finding Nemo, this is where it takes place. If the lawmakers are approved to do this, THEY WILL KILL DORY.

Think about it for a moment: why is the government trying to go all the way to Australia to build these gas death traps? Maybe because they can’t get approved to build them here! Thank you EPA and the Endangered Species Act.

For anyone who has never seen the GBR, here are a few of my favorite images that I pulled up when I ran a Google search:

Now can you imagine putting a monstrous gas facility near there? It would not only wreck the natural beauty, but probably kill a lot of the wildlife that were there first.

Think of Dory, guys.

Cinema Verde

Since I’m currently residing in Gainesville (go Gators!) I thought it might be cool to find an organization around here that is into environmental rights and activism so we could join forces and take over the world while making everyone recycle and saving all the endangered animals. Just kidding.

Big shout out to my boyfriend Derick for helping me out with my quest to find this group. Knowing i was stressed/ready to snap, he took me out to Coffee Culture (which I highly recommend if you’re in town) and it was there I happened upon a pamphlet for an organization called Cinema Verde; literally, Green Cinema. Coffee+pastries+finding the mythical organization= the heavens smiling down on me that day.

Cinema Verde is a very active environmental movement within the Gainesville area. They have an annual arts and film festival which took place this past February 9th-14th. They do film festivals, participate in Artwalk, and even have some really nicely designed t-shirts available for purchase on their website. From the flyer I picked up, it seems like they do an event every month; the upcoming on is called “Say Good-bye to Glaciers” and will take place on November 7th at 6pm in the Oaks Mall Plaza, located at 6741 W Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32605 (for all you GPS people). It’s co-sponsered by Citizen’s Climate lobby, which is another group I’ll have to check out and report back on.

I’ll definitely be at their next event, so if you’d like to meet your friendly neighborhood blogger come on out to the event!

Welcome

Hi guys,

Welcome to my blog! As you can probably guess I’m here to blog about the environment in all of its glory. Topics will include (but are definitely not limited to): tips for being more environmentally conscious, the latest developments in environmental technology, endangered animals, current legislation, water conservation, gardening, DIY projects, and much more. Feedback, questions, and comments are all welcome.

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