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Solar Energy - A Franchise opportunity

I was just lloking through a top 10 list of 2009 articles around franchise opportunites and ran into the attached interview of a Solar Franchise company.  For those looking for careers in Green tech, maybe owning your own business in Green Tech is the answer. There appear to be many of thse types of opportunites out there.

Green New Year's Resolutions

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. Can you believe that 2009 is almost over?

Whether you've been a friend of the environment for a long time, or you're just starting to "green" your life, the year end is a good opportunity to think about new ways to go green or to make some resolutions to make your life a little greener.

Here are some green New Year's resolution ideas which are all just little attainable goals which anyone can do...and these itsy bitsy goals can make a larger impact on the environment! ... read more

Green Baby

I just had a baby in November (that's my son Isaac in the picture!), and with bringing a new baby into this world, I've been working even harder to remain "green."  I've compiled some go green tips to help those with new babies or those expecting new babies.... read more

How to grasp a career in solar

There are reasons for 'green careers' optimism. In particular, the renewable energy economy sparks high interest and creates numerous opportunities for green jobs and career training paths. The federal government is investing billions into the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors to help get the U.S. economy back on track. Existing and emerging businesses are investing even more. Photo by Swords to PlowsharesPhoto by Swords to Plowshares... read more

The Lowdown on Takeout Containers

When it comes time to order some takeout, obviously, the greenest option is to bring your own containers...but, let's face it, that's not always realistic, especially if you order delivery or aren't planning ahead.  takeout containers green

So, what are the most common types of takeout containers and how can you dispose of them?

The worst is Styrofoam.  It baffles me that some places still use it, since it's both environmentally unfriendly and dangerous.  But if you get some food that comes in Styrofoam, don't throw it in the trash.  It can sometimes be recycled, but you'll have to take it to a recycling center.  Visit to find a recycling center that takes Styrofoam.

The most common is plastic containers.  They're better than Styrofoam, but they're still pretty bad.  If you get takeout from these types of containers, don't microwave the food, as chemicals can get into your food.  As far as recycling these containers, not all municipalities will take this type of plastic, so check with your city.... read more

Types of Green Careers

A green career may be any position which is dedicated (or contributes) to preserving and restoring the environment's natural resources. Green careers contribute to protecting the overall environmental quality. They also meet the previously discussed goals of the labor movement, which consist of adequate wages, safe working conditions, and employee rights.... read more

Green test your home and save money!

How would your home or building perform on a Green test?

Buildings and homes rarely operate at peak performance. The sector of building and home efficiency audits,  a growing vocation in the San Francisco Bay Area and California, focuses on optimizing the comfort of buildings and houses occupants, money saving, along with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving utilization of resources. Image by Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.Image by Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.... read more

Greenwashing Alert! Holy Cow Cleaning Products...I was DUPED!

Caveat emptor!

 holy cow cleaning

Not too long ago, I was at the supermarket and I saw a cleaning product with a cute cartoon cow on it.  It also lead me to believe that it was an organic product.  It was on sale, so I grabbed it.  I'm a sucker for personified cartoon animals. Upon further inspection when I got home, I saw that it was not organic at all.  In fact, it had a "knock off" of the USDA organic seal.   ... read more

Make Your Own Cleaning Wipes

I admit it:  sometimes I like to use those disposable cleaning wipes.  I mostly use dishtowels to clean up in the kitchen, but sometimes it's just easier for me to grab a pre-moistened wipe to quickly wipe down the kitchen table and counters.  I feel guilty when I do it, because besides being wasteful, those wipes are often filled with toxic chemicals.  They're also expensive, and they come in plastic containers that ultimately need to be recycled.

One way to make it less wasteful is to make your own cleaning wipes.  ... read more

10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

I was introduced to tea tree oil years ago, in a dandruff shampoo.  It worked better than Head & Shoulders and it smelled good, too!  After that, I began using tea tree oil to treat break-outs and it dried those pesky zits right out!  I soon learned that there are tons of uses for tea tree oil, and not just for personal care.  

Tea tree oil (also called melaleuca oil) is a clear or yellowish essential oil taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, native to Australia.  The Bundjalung people of Eastern Australia use it to treat colds, and more recently, commercial tea tree oil became available in the 1970s and 1980s.  Now it's available all over the place, and it can be used in many ways, from cleaning your home or freshening your breath!

Here are some more ways that you can use tea tree oil:... read more

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