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Contenders at Clean Tech Open Who Did Not Win

 

I was struck by how great some of the contenders were that did not win final awards at Clean Tech Open.  Below are some of the stand-outs in my opinion.  Check them out below!... read more

Clean Tech Open Winners

 At theClean Tech Open Gala last night, awards were made to early stage start-ups that compete for recognition and financial assistance.  Also, there was an alumni award made.

The winners were:... read more

A Green Holiday Season

It's easy for people to get sucked into the commercialism of the holiday season, but it doesn't have to be that way.  Go back to the roots of the holidays, and use it to spend time with loved ones and show them how much your appreciate them with tokens of affection.  And do it all the "green" way! 

If you're hosting a holiday dinner, free range turkeys aren't just for Thanksgiving.  Learn more about buying a turkey from a local farm.   Buy other locally grown food if it's seasonal, like yummy butternut squash!  

If you celebrate Christmas, buy a real Christmas tree as opposed to an artificial one and light up the tree with LED Christmas lights.  Buy ornaments made by local artisans or make your own!  If you have kids, make ornaments out of things like egg cartons, yogurt containers, or other things that might otherwise get thrown in the trash.  

If you're going to send traditional holiday cards, buy ones printed on recycled paper.  The even better option is to send e-cards!

What about when it comes time to shop?  (Don't forget to try to make Black Friday a little greener if you feel the need to brave the crowds!)  Before going shopping, ask your friends and relatives what they need and want.  It's not good for the environment to just give little trinkets that might be made overseas with PVC especially when they might end up just catching dust.  Avoid buying cheap junk just for the sake of giving a gift.  

Here are some green gift ideas:  ... read more

Biodegradable Products

 

US Composting BiodegradableOne word you see being thrown around on packaging for "green" products is biodegradable.   My advice?  Caveat emptor before buying something that simply says it's biodegradable.   I've gotten suckered into buying products labeled biodegradable more than once.  However, it's another one of those greenwashing terms that actually means nothing, much like products that tout being "all natural." 

According to the FTC,  a product must "return to nature" when disposed.  What does that mean?  Nobody even monitors or enforces this claim, and it's awfully vague.

To ensure that something is indeed biodegradable, there are two official seals to look for:... read more

Clean energy challenges: the power grid and renewable energy infrastructure

The electrical power grid is an interconnected network of national, state and regional infrastructure for generating, transmitting, distributing and delivering electricity from suppliers to customers.Photo from  www.bible-light.comPhoto from www.bible-light.com

In recent years, we have all become familiar with power outages, which questions the reliability of the existing electricity grid. Blackouts are experienced in different regions, affecting residents, businesses, and daily life. Due to the storm on Tuesday, October 14, 2009, with heavy winds and rain, more than 35,000 customers were without power in the Bay Area.... read more

Green Flea Remedies for Pets

Poor Fido is scratching away, and you know you need to do something to get rid of his fleas.  But, do you want to put poison on man's best friend?  Probably not.  The hazards of traditional flea and tick products are really startling.

Luckily, there are some non-toxic and green alternatives to flea control.

Neem:  Neem is a tree native to India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Pakistan.  It's used for medical purposes so commonly in India that some of its nicknames are "Heal All" and "Nature's Drugstore." You can buy pet shampoos and oils made of neem and it will not only kill and repel fleas, but it will help soothe your pet's skin which is likely irritated by all of the scratching!... read more

Another look at how to Green your Halloween

A scary piece of information: Americans spend over 3 billions of dollars on Halloween (statistics from 2006 and 2007)! This includes parties, candy, decorations, and, of course, costumes.

As our environmental and health awareness increases, we may want to choose alternative and greener ways to celebrate a fabulous Holiday, and also demonstrate to our friends and family how to be considerate to nature on Halloween.

Here are 5 unusual tips to Green your Halloween:... read more

Reusable Household Items

paper kitchen towelsWe live in a disposable society.  Right now, the norm for many products is that they're for one-time-use.  From napkins, to water bottles, to coffee filters, you use them once and then dispose of them immediately.

While we do keep some disposable items in our home, we try to use them as seldom as possible.  Depending on what you are cleaning up, paper towels, paper napkins, and even dirty tissues can be composted, so when you do use a paper towel to wipe up that marinara sauce you just spilled all over the counter, you can toss it in the compost bin instead of the trash.

Of course, it would be even better to wipe the counter with a kitchen towel.  A paper towel is a one-time-use product, but a good kitchen towel can last you a very long time.  Any kitchen towel is better than a paper towel, but to be your greenest, you can buy ones made of organic cotton, bamboo, or hemp.... read more

Take the Clean Underwear/Clean Earth Challenge

Several months back I challenged all of you to “spare a square:” to reduce the amount of toilet paper you use by 50% at each sitting and to use recycled T.P. whenever possible.  This challenge was met with great response.

 Now I pose a new challenge: Dust off your clothespins and reduce the use of your clothes dryer!  I will share some (shocking!) facts about dryer use and the environment and my personal challenge commitment.  I encourage you all to post your challenge commitments and follow-up to let us know how your doing!

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Green your Holidays; Green your gifts

How to reduce usage of gift wraps? How about saving trees?

Learn about biodegradable dinnerware and other green suggestions for your festive.

And, of course, best ideas for Green Gift Giving!

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