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Is Teflon Safe?

Is Teflon Safe?Teflon must have seemed like a dream for a 60s  housewife who got stuck scrubbing pots and pans by hand.  Developed by Dupont in the 1930s, Teflon has been a staple in kitchens ever since it was released in 1961.  However, in recent years there has been cause for concern about the use of Teflon.
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Does Lil Green Patch Actually Save the Rainforest?

Lil' Green PatchOne of the most popular Facebook applications is called (Lil) Green Patch.  As of April, it was the 6th most popular application on Facebook.  The application is a little game, where you have a pretend "garden" that you tend to.  You can send your friends things to plant in their garden, such as an apple tree or flowers.... read more

How to Make Your Own Air Fresheners

Recently at work, someone sprayed Lysol somewhere and I thought I was going to gag.  It smelled awful.  So synthetic and toxic and the entire floor smelled of it.

A few days later, Sean blogged about how harmful synthetic air fresheners are.  It led me to wonder why people even use things like Lysol.  There are so many natural ways to freshen your air. ... read more

Shut down the computer or leave it on?

Shut down the computer or leave it onYears ago, I heard that shutting down your computer and then booting it up again takes up so much energy that it made more sense, from a green standpoint, to leave it running.  People also claimed that shutting down and rebooting  wears out the power switch, drive motors, and other computer components at a quicker rate.... read more

The National Arbor Day Foundation: Trees are TERRIFIC!

Who remembers the 80s PSA for the National Arbor Day Foundation that would pop up during Saturday Morning cartoons with an off-key bird singing "trees are terrific?"

 

plant trees... read more

New Hybrid vs. Used Car: What's Better for the Environment?

When you're in the market for a car, what's the most eco-friendly option?  Buy a new fuel-efficient car, such as a hybrid, or buy something used?... read more

All About Vinegar

A few weeks ago, I wrote about all the fantastic and eco-friendly things you can do with baking soda.  Now it's time to chat a little bit about baking soda's best friend...VINEGAR!

What is vinegar?  The word vinegar comes from Old French and means "sour wine."  Vinegar is made from the oxidation of ethanol in wine, cider, beer, fermented fruit juice, or pretty much any liquid containing alcohol.  There are lots of different types of vinegar, from rice vinegar, to cider vinegar, to (mmmm) balsamic vinegar.... read more

Bike Sharing in Boston

Bike Sharing in BostonThe city of Boston is hoping to launch a bike sharing program in 2010.... read more

Boston GreenFest 2009

Attention New Englanders!

Boston GreenFest 2009 is right around the corner.  This year it's from August 21-22 at City Hall Plaza!

 

Boston GreenFest 2009

It includes entertainment, food, activities for kids, walking tours of Boston, speakers, a film festival, and green workshops!... read more

What is Energy Star?

When shopping for new appliances or electronics, you might see this logo on the box:

Energy Star

But what does the Energy Star certification actually mean?

A little background:  Energy Star was created by the EPA in 1992.  Since then, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the European Union also have the Energy Star certification.  The EPA now estimates that it saved about $19 billion in energy costs in 2008 alone due to Energy Star products AND avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars. WOW!  That is impressive! 

From computers to refrigerators, you can get all sorts of Energy Star electronics.   An Energy Star product will also help keep your electric bills down.  When we replaced our old fridge that was already in the house we bought (the fridge wasn't quite of the avocado green era, but the handles did have fake wood paneling!) our electric bill went down significantly on a monthly basis. 

Usually, when you shop for an Energy Star product, they'll have one of those yellow tags on it telling you how much money you can save by using an Energy Star product.... read more

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