Sustainable Holiday Gift Inspiration

For the past few years, I've enjoyed putting together gift guides that compile different kinds of eco-friendly and sustainable gifts for the loved ones in your life. This year, I'm sharing some of the gift guides curated by other amazing bloggers, since I have been soaking up my time with my little one.

I hope these help inspire you to give intentional, meaningful and sustainable gifts this year!



You Are My Sunshine

There's one toy we've been playing with pretty often that plays the tune of You Are My Sunshine, therefore, it gets stuck in my head for hours. Thanks to that, I find myself singing the song to Ariana, and it's starting to become one of my songs for her.

This year, I'm so thankful for this girl's presence in our lives. 2018 has been all about her, and she's more than we ever imagined.

Green Around Acadiana | St. Landry Parish Visitor Center

If I said there was a building in South Louisiana that utilizes solar and wind power, incorporates passive energy efficiency design, collects rainwater, was built with reclaimed materials and showcases local plants and art, would you know where I'm talking about?

If I said that building is the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center, would you be surprised?


Nestled just off of I-49 Exit 23 north of Opelousas, the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center serves to provide travelers with information on notable places and current events in the parish, but it also serves as a destination in itself.


Spotlight on LSU Sustainability

Although I'm a proud UL Lafayette Ragin Cajun alum and big supporter of the UL Lafayette Office of Sustainability, I'm a fan of any university that's committed to sustainability efforts.

So today, we're traveling about an hour east of Lafayette to look more at LSU's Campus Sustainability program, which is marking its tenth year this year!

Photo via LSU Sustainability

Household Hazardous Waste Day

This Saturday, October 20, is Lafayette's semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste collection day. For residents of the city of Lafayette and unincorporated areas of the parish, the event serves as a way to have those household chemicals collected and disposed of properly.

Paint, paint chemicals, cleaners, pool chemicals and batteries are among the accepted items, along with a variety of electronics. For the full list of what's accepted, check out the Lafayette Consolidated Government website.

All collected paint will be reblended by Habitat for Humanity and sold at the ReStore.


A few tips if you plan to participate in this Saturday's collection:
  • Have your ID available as proof of your residence within city limits or in the unincorporated areas of the parish.
  • Enter the Cajun Field parking lot at Gate 3 from Congress Street. 
  • The event is open from 8am-noon, but lines can get long. The earlier you arrive, the less you'll have to wait.
  • If you have liquid items, make sure the containers are properly closed, as leaky containers won't be accepted.

LEARN MORE

Facebook event | List of accepted items
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