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Flushable Wipes Bad for the Sewers

flushable wipesPre-moistened "flushable" wipes have increased in popularity over the past few years.  They're convenient and easy, but unfortunately, they don't break down as claimed.  London has been seeing some serious problems with their sewer system as a result of these flushable wipes.  

“The baby wipes and the so-called flushable wipes — that we say are never flushable — help bind [the fats] together, like bricks and mortar, and eventually what you end up with is a large mass of fat that is rock hard. It goes hard like chalk. And once its in there its hard to get it out," explains Craig Rance of Thames Water,the company managing the public water supply in the London area. A 15-ton "fatberg" in Kingston, a London suburb, required Thames Water to dig up the roads for six months to remedy the problem.... read more

Planting Seeds for Spring

springtime gardeningSpring has officially sprung and it's time to start planning your garden!   Here in New England where I live, we still have some thawing out to do, but now is the time to begin seedlings indoors for some crops, including onions and tomatoes which are two of my favorites.  Nothing gets me more into the mood for spring than starting to plan which things to plant and then starting some of our seedlings indoors.  ... read more

A Greener Easter Basket

My son is almost 5 and a half, and every year I have a blast putting his Easter basket together.  It's easy to stock up on stuff like plastic eggs, candy, and Easter grass from the drug store, but it's even more fun to think creatively and keep your easter basket Keen AND Green!  

Be practical.  I like to include stuff that my son will really play with, instead of something that will end up broken or in the garbage by the end of the week. Things like a t-shirt, some lightweight spring/summer pajamas, or a reusable water bottle.  I also like to include things to ring in the warmer weather, like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, or seed packets.  ... read more

Green Ways of Responding to and Preparing for Natural Disasters

You love the planet, but there are times that it won’t love you back. It seems as though there’s a new natural disaster plaguing the planet every day. Whether it’s an earthquake, flood, tornado or tsunami, they happen unexpectedly and can completely change life as you know it.

Even in times of fear and chaos, you shouldn’t leave your green standards behind. It turns out that you don’t have to: There are plenty of ways to respond to and prepare for natural disasters that won’t hurt the planet. We’ve gathered some of the best ideas below to make it easy for you to get an idea of what it takes to repair the Earth – and yourself – when an unexpected storm hits.... read more

Springtime Tips for Conserving Water

rain conservationWelcome, springtime!  Our days in New England have yet to warm up, but I know that the warmer weather will be right around the corner.  Soon, my days will be filled with watering our garden, filling up the kiddie pool, and collecting raindrops in our rain barrell.... read more

The Hidden Dangers of Asbestos

asbestosAsbestos was widely used as an additive to quite a number of products in the past for its heat resistant and insulating properties, as well as its ability to strengthen the products that it was added to.... read more

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Reuse Old Socks

One of the most important ways of maintaining a green lifestyle is to reuse items and get as much use out of them as possible.  For instance, what do you do when your socks get holes in them?  Or when the washing machine seems to make just one sock magically disappear?  Don't throw out those old, holey, or mismatched socks yet!   There might be a little more life in them.  There are many ways to reuse an old sock and get the most out of it.... read more

Green Ways for Businesses to Prosper During the Winter

green ice meltWinter months can be quite costly on any aspect of life including business. Dropping temperatures cause you to invest more money into maintaining heat while ice-covered walkways could prove hazardous to your customers. Instead of putting money into methods that are not conducive of a green way of life, even when everything around you is white, there are alternatives to promote sustainability in the workplace during the harshness of winter.

Organic Ice Melt - Instead of using rock salt, there are organic methods you can use that provide a more sustainable future for the ground water table and surrounding plant life. Many of these products can be bought at a dollar per pound or less. The organic and natural deicer compounds are friendly to the environment as well as animals that may frequent your business. While you may not have pets on site, why not provide a safe pathway on the sidewalk for pets of your potential customers? It could even be used as a great method for marketing your business as environment and pet friendly.

Sugar Beet Juice - A growing trend for many is the use of sugar beet juice on roadways to prevent ice from forming. This non-corrosive, biodegradable and non-staining substance has been used in various cities as a way to promote a less-costly way to keep citizens safe. Not only does this require less material in order to provide expected results, but it is much safer for the environment than other chemical alternatives and requires no cleanup in the spring.... read more

Airtight Shelter: Save Money on Your Energy Bill

Opening up a costly energy bill is one of the worst possible results from a trip the mailbox. No one wants a high bill - but families don't always put forth the effort to make sure the bill remains on the modest side. There are plenty of ways -- in the cooler months as well as in the warmer months -- to make sure your electric or gas bill does not reach astronomical heights. Most of them are easy and can be accomplished even in older homes. In fact, not one of these measures requires the skill of an engineer.

The first thing to do is to let your family know that you'd like to take control of the energy bill. Have a meeting with your spouse and kids and share information with them about the ways to cut energy costs. Wondering whether the kids will care about this issue? Explain that the money saved on the energy bill could be used for more fun family activities, such as vacations and outings.... read more

Greening Skiing

A Skier at Stowe Mountain ResortA Skier at Stowe Mountain ResortWith the ski/snowboarding season in full swing and a fresh load of snow recently dumped on the northeast, many skiers and riders are already making the most of the great conditions. Unfortunately, however healthy the sport is for its enthusiasts, it creates an substantial environmental footprint.... read more

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