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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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Recycling Old Toys, Games and Puzzles

You're torn.  You're trying to declutter your home, but you don't know what to do with all those puzzles, toys, and games missing crucial pieces.  You don't want to toss them in the trash to take up precious landfill space for the next few centuries, but who will want them?

You will, that's who!

Remember those popsicle stick picture frames you used to make in Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts/elementary school?  You glued four sticks together, taped a picture on the back, and proudly presented it to a parent or grandparent who smiled kindly and put it away with all the other "special crafts" so it wouldn't get damaged. You can take the same concept and make a frame with the kids that you'll actually want to display.

I've made a few different versions of the popsicle stick frames with the kids I work with.  In one, we've covered the sticks with puzzle pieces.   I recommend doing two layers of puzzle pieces, just so there's more dimension to the frame.  Recycle Old Puzzles, Ideas to Recylce Old Puzzles

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Six Pack Rings

Six Pack Rings, Problems With Soda RingsGrowing up, one thing I always remember hearing about was that those plastic six pack rings that hold together cans of soda and beer could strangle sea turtles.  Horrified, I always made certain to cut them up before disposing of them.... read more

Paper or Plastic: What's better for the environment?

Remember the days where you'd be grocery shopping and the bagger would ask your preference:  “Paper or plastic?”  Now, before you can even blink an eye, they're shoving all of your stuff into plastic bags.  Between looking for my Stop & Shop discount card, digging around in the abyss of my purse trying to find my wallet, sometimes I don't have time to even hand them my canvas bag before they've put everything into (cheaper) plastic. &... read more

What can plastic be recycled into?

I've always recycled, but sort of mindlessly.  I knew what I could and couldn't recycle and I always did so, but I didn't really think about what happens to the items you recycle.  Namely, plastic.

I did a little bit of research and am in awe of the types of things that a recyclable plastic item, such as a plastic milk jug, could be turned into.

Here are some things I found that can be made out of recycled plastic:... read more

Yellow Pages, not so green.

Yellow Pages, not so green.

If you're like me, you have a huge pile of phone books sitting on a bookshelf because you don't know what to do with them.... read more

Turning Waste into Purses!

I thoTurning Waste into Purses!ught this was very cool.  TerraCycle, Capri Sun™, and Honest Kids™ are making purses, tote bags, and pencil cases out of used drink pouches!  The TerraCycle, Capri Sun™ and Honest Kids™ Brigade collects drink pouches from individuals and organizations, and for each drink pouch two cents goes to the charity of your choic... read more

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