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What is Acid Rain?

Diff'rent Strokes Acid Rain EpisodeGrowing up in the 80s, I used to hear a lot about acid rain.   It was a bit of a buzz phrase back then.  There was even an episode of "Diff'rent Strokes" where acid rain turned Kimberly's hair green.  (And they say sitcoms can't be educational!)     I used to be so freaked out by acid rain, that if a snowflake accidentally got into my mouth while building a snowman outside with my friends, I'd be horrified and I swore I could feel the acid eating away at my tongue.

Nowadays, you don't really hear much about acid rain, but it's still a problem.  Acid rain was discovered in 1852, but not until over 100 years later did scientists begin researching it.   They began calling it "acid rain" in 1972, and it became more well-known after the New York Times reported on the detrimental environmental effects at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  ... read more

Why Castile Soap is Awesome

Over the weekend, I wrote about how you can use Castile soap as an alternative to bleach.  I am a huge fan of Castile soap and it's incredibly versatile.

I was turned on to Castile soap when I was an oh-so rebellious 20 year old getting all sorts of holes poked into my face and ears.  After a slow-healing eyebrow piercing, it was recommended that I try Castile soap.  I bought a huge bottle, it worked like a charm, and since then I learned that there are endless uses to Castile soap.

Castile soap is made primarily of olive oil, and it originates in the Castile region of Spain. ... read more

Safer Alternatives to Bleach

Bathroom Cleaner & Safer Alternatives to BleachIt's time to scrub that tub, but the Clorox bleach you always used to use is nasty and toxic.  Some of the natural stuff you buy in stores might not always do the trick (especially if you're like me and frequently procrastinate cleaning the bathtub), but there are some alternatives to bleach that are safer AND effective.... read more

Fair Trade: Also Good for the Environment!

Fair Trade Certified LogoThere are lots of benefits to buying Fair Trade items, such as helping farmers and workers in developing countries.  But, did you know that it can be better for the environment?

Many Fair Trade items are often organic.  Currently, over 60% of Fair Trade Certified coffee in the U.S. is also certified organic.  Even if they're not certified organic, they often produce things in a more eco-friendly way such as minimizing herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants as much as possible.  The Fair Trade certification limits the use of agrochemicals, instead favoring environmentally sustainable farming methods.  Fair Trade also helps small farmers become organic-certified.... read more

Don't Flush Old Pills Down the Toilet!

Don't Flush Old Pills Down the Toilet!Previously, people had been encouraged to flush unused and expired pills down the toilet to avoid children or pets getting their hands on them and potentially eating them.  This was initially thought to be safer than throwing them in the garbage, but over the past few years there has been evidence that pills flushed down the toilet is as bad for the environment as tossing them in the trash.

Pills flushed down the toilet end up in waterways.  It is believed that once they end up in the water, they can cause health problems in fish and other marine wildlife.   There have even been studies showing that  fish are developing reproductive abnormalities due to exposure to birth control pills.... read more

More Green Celebs: "Cheers" to Ted Danson & Woody Harrelson

I was recently watching an old rerun of "Cheers" and I thought it was interesting that two of the stars,Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson, are such passionate environmentalists.  It's always exciting seeing famous people using their celebrity to bring attention to very important causes, such as the environment.

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Homebrewing is Keen & Green!

Like beer?  Like experimenting in the kitchen?  How about giving homebrewing a try?  The reasons why homebrewing versus buying beer at the liquor store is better for the environment are numerous, especially if you make a few extra efforts!

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Green Baby Food: Making Your Own Baby Food

If you have a baby, one of the easiest ways to go green is to make your own baby food.

By making your own baby food, you can be sure that the food your baby eats is preservative free, fresh, and high quality.  If you happen to have a garden, you can grow things that can easily be turned into baby food (peas, squash, and carrots to name a few).  This way you know EXACTLY where the baby's food is coming from and it really costs you next to nothing.   Otherwise, buy local and organic food to turn into baby food.  You won't be creating more waste from baby food jars and there's a smaller carbon footprint because of the jars of baby food being shipped. ... read more

Xeriscaping: Drought-Resistant Plants

Xeriscaping means creating a landscape with plants that withstand dry weather.  It's good for the environment since it's a great way to save water.  Also, if you live somewhere prone to drought conditions where they limit your water usage, you won't have to see your garden wither away.

For instance, if you live in an area that is very dry, don't plant something that requires lots of water.  My incessantly parched squash did great after a soggy and muggy summer here in Massachusetts, but probably wouldn't fare quite so well in a place with a dry climate such as Los Angeles.  Another benefit of xeriscaping is that it's gardening for the forgetful!  Forget to water your garden for a few days?  No problem!... read more

Russell Orchards in Ipswich, MA: Biodiesel Powered by Donuts

One of my favorite fall New Englandy activities is apple picking.  Today, my husband and I did our 6th annual day trip to Russell Orchards in Ipswich, Massachusetts.   We love Russell Orchards because they not only have lots and lots of apples and other kinds of fruit that they grow right there on their farm, but it's also a winery, there are adorable farm animals, and they make the tastiest apple cider donuts! ... read more

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