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3 Summertime Water Saving Tips

Much of the country needs more water right now.  Everyone knows about the California drought, but other spots of the US are in need of water as well.  Even where I live in Massachusetts is "abnormally dry" and spots are in a moderate drought.  

Most people know the basic tips - turn the water off while you brush your teeth, don't over-water your lawn, etc.  But here are 3 equally easy tips that you may not have considered.  ... read more

Green Father's Day Ideas

This is an update of a previous Green Father's Day Gift Guide.  Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there...and here are some gift ideas for their families!  At the bottom there are some new additions.

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Father's Day is just around the corner.  Thinking about what to get for the environment-loving dad in your life?  Here are a few ideas:... read more

Reusing Yogurt Containers

Gotta love yogurt.  Healthy, creamy, sweet, and chock full o' acidophilus.  But there's one thinreusing and recycling yogurt containersg about that cup of yogurt that is not to love:  the containers they come in.  Most yogurt comes in polypropylene (#5) plastic containers, which is not recycled in many cities.  Other common items that come in polypropylene are butter, margarine, cottage cheese, hummus, and cream cheese.

Before recycling your yogurt container, get as much use out of the little containers as you can.  After all, isn't the adage "Reduce, REUSE, Recycle?"  So, let's talk about how you can reuse those old Stonyfield Farm containers over and over...... read more

4 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air can be more polluted than the air you breathe outside. Shocking, but true. And it isn’t just because you keep your windows open at night, thereby allowing the pollutants in outdoor air to waft into your house. Chemicals commonly found in each households, such as floor cleaners and insecticides also add to the growing list of pollutants that are making your indoor air quality bad.

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Companion Planting for Natural Gardens

Companion planting is basically just arranging your garden so that complementary plants are near each other. This can mean different things, including plants that deter pests, attract insects, or require different nutrients to reduce competition. Most gardeners will be planting a common assortment of vegetables, so we will try to focus mostly on those you’re likely to find in any garden.

Alfalfa

For starters, there are some plants that are pretty much good to plant near anything. Alfalfa is one of these. A drought-resistant crop, it has strong roots that help to break up soil and aerate it for others with weaker root systems. Its tap root also deposits nitrogen into the soil, reducing your need for fertilizer and making the soil richer for the next planting year.... read more

Go Green for the Patio Season

With the warm weather returning, you may be starting to plan for your backyard and deck area.   Making choices outside your home that support your commitment to sustainable living is getting easier, with many new recycled product introductions.  Non-renewable resources such as non-recycled plastics that create harmful emissions during manufacturing can be completel... read more

Gardening Tips for Beginners

Spring has definitely sprung and tis the season to start your gardens!    Growing your own food is a wonderful way to be green and save money, too.  Even if you think you might not have a green thumb, gardening certain things can be easier than you think.  

Here are some tips for someone just trying to get into gardening:... read more

Running a Basically Self-Sufficient Home

Homesteading: a lifestyle of self-sufficiency.... read more

Eco-Friendly Patio Furniture

Ah, summertime. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and everyone is out and about enjoying the outdoors—which means lots of barbeques, pool parties and patio time. If you're planning to host any of the inevitable get-togethers, there's a chance you might want to update your outdoor entertaining space.

Sure the half-broken fold-out lawn chairs sufficed when you were a poor college student barely getting by, but now that you are an eco-friendly consumer you long for a bit more. If this sounds like you, there are a number of options available from which you can choose. Read on for a list of just some of the choices you have when furnishing your outdoor space.

Gaiam Outdoor

With numerous products made from recycled materials, Gaiam offers its customers lots of sustainable furniture and décor options. From glass wasp catchers to door mats made from old flip flops, the selection is far and wide—ensuring there is something for everyone.... read more

Rain Harvesting Quick Facts

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As I write this blog post, I'm hunkered down at a coffee shop next to a window, watching the April Showers come down.  While the rain will help those tulips bloom, there is even a better way to make use of the rain.  Collect it and reuse it!

Here are some rain harvesting quick facts:... read more