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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

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

Can You Recycle Milk and Juice Cartons?

How many of you throw your empty milk and juice cartons into the recycle bin?Recycling Milk Containers

*raises hand*

Oops.  Apparently, milk and juice cartons are not always recyclable.  Some towns will take the cartons, some won't.

But WHY?

Milk and juice cartons are difficult to recycle, because many have a wax lining or a plastic coating.  Some recycling centers are equipped to recycle them, but some aren't.  Call your city to see if they do recycle cartons.... read more

Trader Joe's Fruit and Vegetable Packaging: I've got a bone to pick!

I love Trader Joe's.   I love their cereals, I love their cheeses, I love the shampoo, I love their friendly cashiers, and I love their prices.  But one thing I don't like is their produce.  With the exception of bananas, I try to avoid buying produce there.  Their prices aren't great when it comes to produce, and I find that their quality is hit or miss.  Don't even get me started on the disappointing strawberries I recently purchased and ultimately fed to Karl, our pet iguana.

But the worst part is the over packaging.  You want to buy pears?  Well, your only choice is to buy a pack of four.  And they're shrink-wrapped.  And they're sitting on a little Styrofoam plate.  And one of them looks bruised.... read more

Green Restaurant Spotlight: Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, Brookline, MA

Dorado Tacos and Cemitas.Yesterday, my husband and I were walking around Coolidge Corner in Brookline (outside of Boston) trying to find a place to grab an inexpensive and quick lunch.  We noticed a place we hadn't noticed before, called Dorado Tacos and Cemitas. The menu consisted mostly of cemitas and tacos, including fish tacos, and everything was really inexpensive.  The tacos were all under $3, and for $5.99 you can get two tacos, rice, beans, and jalapenos.

While we waited for our order, I noticed a sign that said:  "WAYS WE'RE BEING GREEN."  When I read the list of how they're being green, I was immediately impressed. They blow a lot of other green restaurants out of the water with their eco-friendly practices!

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Kill Slugs with Beer

Kill slugs With Beer, Beer Kill slugs, Eco-Use of Beer Ewww!  Are there slugs all over your garden?  They're everywhere in mine, especially after the damp early summer we had here in the Northeast.

But don't worry...there's one way to at least reduce the amount of slugs in your garden.  Drown those suckers in beer!... read more

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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Go Fish: Eating Sustainable Seafood

Go Green: Eating Sustainable SeafoodSeafood can be good for you and so very tasty, but due to a variety of different causes, some seafood is (sadly) bad for the environment.  From overfishing to habitat damage, there are certain types of seafood that you should avoid eating.... read more

Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

Community Supported AgricultureAre you familiar with Community Supported Agriculture?  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to support farms in your community, while getting fresh, local fruits and veggies.... read more

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