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RECYCLE IT! Recycling Tip of the Week #3 - Recycling Your Water

dripping tapA lot of us focus on recycling things like cans and newspaper, but recycling can go beyond that.  How about recycling water?

There are a few ways to recycle water. 

1)  Harvest your rain.  Collect rainwater and use it to water your garden or wash your car.

2)  Collect shower water.  Keep a bucket in your bathroom so you can collect water as your shower water warms up.  If you use biodegradable bath and hair products, you could even use the rest of your bathwater!  ... read more

Fun Fact Friday - Dishwashers vs. Hand-washing

dishwashing detergentHappy Friday, everyone!  I hope you had a great week.  

Today's fun fact is about my least favorite chore:  doing the dishes.  Doing the dishes by hand is boring, it makes my hands all dry, and it uses a lot of water.  It's less annoying to load and unload the dishwasher, but when we first moved into our house after being dishwasherless for a while, I began to have reservations about the water usage.  However, as it turns out, using the dishwasher is the more efficient thing to do, NOT washing by hand!  ... read more

Cleaning Up After Your Pet

"Bad boy!"

Uh oh!  Did your dog pee all over your rug?  Or worse -- your cat?  (I think cat urine is one of the foulest smells known to man, and my naughty but adorable little cat is who inspired today's post)

There are ways to get rid of those awful smells, but you've got to act fast before the smell gets worse!

These tips should work for both dogs and cats, and will help with any type of pet odor from urine to vomit.   And all you need is vinegar and water!... read more

Five Ways to Make Your Relaxation Routine Green

The world moves fast these days, which means that having a relaxation routine is vital if you want to feel refreshed and ready to take it on each morning. If you’re already living a green lifestyle, there’s no reason that this routine can’t be too! Here are five ways to relax in a way that’s both effective and earth-friendly.

1. Unplug

It’s almost impossible to feel relaxed with your cell phone buzzing beside you or your work e-mail ringing with each new message. In order to get the most out of your “you” time, turn everything off that will otherwise distract you or stress you out. There are plenty of good reasons for doing this too. For one, the LED lighting used to brighten these devices can interrupt your sleep pattern if you look at them too late, as light suppresses the production of sleep-inducing melatonin in the body. You can also cut down on your electricity usage and carbon dioxide emissions if you turn off your electronics for any period of time.... read more

Clamshell Packaging - Bad for the Environment AND Frustrating

clamshell packagingWho else hates that plastic packaging (called blister packs or clamshell or oyster packaging) that things like electronics come in?  I think they're so annoying, dangerous, unnecessary, and bad for the environment.   There's even a name for the anger associated with opening these packages:  wrap rage!  Who hasn't had a bout of wrap rage when trying to open up the packaging for something they were initially excited about?... read more

Fruit Fly Traps

fruit fly traps

Thanks to my lackidasical efforts in emptying out our indoor compost bin, we have a bunch of fruit flies hanging around our kitchen.  Once you remove the source and anything else that might attract flies (no fruit in the fruit bowl for the time being!) it's time to trap those annoying suckers.  

Here's an easy, nontoxic way to rid your kitchen of those pests.  ... read more

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Does a refrigerator run more efficiently when full?

Yes!  

Every time you open your fridge or freezer, you let cold air our and warm air in.  Once you close the door, the warmer air you let in has to be cooled down.  When there's more open space in the fridge, there's more room for the warm air to get in.  BUT, don't keep it too full -- the air needs to be able to circulate.... read more

Fun Fact Friday - The EPA

EPAToday, most environmental legislation comes from the Democrats, but not terribly long ago the efforts were bipartisan.  Did you know that it was actually Richard Nixon who formed the EPA?

Previously, other environmental policies were put in place.   Some early environmental legislation included the Water Pollution Control Act in 1948 and the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955.   Throughout the late 50s into the 60s, Congress took note of Americans increasing concerns about human impact and the environment.   In1970, Nixon consolidated the offices of the federal government's environmental responsibilities and that's when the EPA was born!... read more

Fall and Winter Gardening

fall gardeningThe days are a little shorter, Halloween candy is on the shelves at CVS, and some kids are already back in school.   Indeed, autumn is around the corner.

Autumn can be a wonderful time of year for a greenie.  Here in New England where I live, local apples are plentiful resulting in homemade cider, applesauce, pies, and apple butter.  The weather is cooler, meaning less need for air conditioning.  And while many people think that September signals the beginning of the end for gardening season in a lot of the country, it doesn't need to be the case.  In fact, fall gardening can be a great end to the year!... read more

What the Ford Mustang Eco Boost Means for the Environment

Eco Boost Engine

Eco enthusiasts rejoice! With awareness about global warming issues and the necessity of protecting our planet being higher than ever, big car manufacturers are starting to take notice. For no company is this truer, in fact, than one of the biggest names in the American automotive world: Ford.

We Can’t Wait for Laws to Pass

If we want to make a difference and slow down our negative impact on the environment, we need to wake up. We can’t wait any longer for laws forcing us to be kind to the world we live in. If we do, the reality is that it will be far too little, far too late.... read more

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