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Have an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving with Free Range Turkeys

green thanksgivingGobble, gobble!  Can you believe that we're a month away from Thanksgiving?

If you're hosting Turkey Day at your house, there are many things you can do to make sure it's as green as possible.  I won't bore you with the tips of the "don't forget to recycle on Thanksgiving!" variety, but there might be something you hadn't thought of in terms of greening your Thanksgiving:  buy your turkey directly from a farm!  ... read more

Emerging Green economy: building and home efficiency careers and why they matter

Almost every industry has been affected by the emerging green economy. As public awareness broadens, the sector of building and home efficiency audits grows. Certified professionals inspect homes, offices, commercial and industrial buildings, and work with the owners to optimize the economic, energy and environmental performance of their buildings.Image by Avi, Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.Image by Avi, Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.... read more

Green Up Your Bathroom!

You've got your compost bin, homemade dishwashing detergent, and homegrown organic tomatoes in the kitchen, but now it's time to think about "greening up" another room in your home.  Let's green your bathroom!

- Take the toilet paper challenge!  Michelle wrote a great article earlier this year about reducing toilet paper consumption.  You can also use the Greenpeace Shopper's Guide to toilet paper to figure out the most environmentally friendly TP out there. 

- Make your own cleaning products using items like Castile soap, baking soda, and vinegar... read more

Indoor Gardening

It's been an unseasonably cool year in New England, and after having our first frost warning come this week (really early!), we quickly picked our tomatoes to let them ripen inside.

If you're like me and you love the taste of garden fresh fruits and veggies as well as the eco-friendly benefits of organic gardening and local produce, but you live in a climate where you can't garden year round, there is the option of indoor gardening.

aerogardenThe easiest way to garden indoors is by using an Aerogarden.   It's a hydroponic method of gardening.

At first I was concerned about the energy consumption of it, but it only uses as much energy as a 60 watt bulb.  Not bad!  We've only grown herbs in it (the picture on the left is of the very, very early slepts of that), but now that it's too cold to garden outdoors, we'll be doing some peppers and tomatoes.  It is really easy to use, even if you don't have a green thumb.  It lights up when it needs more water, so it's really hard to mess up.  We had fresh herbs all winter long!  We ate insane amounts of pesto.  The things you grow from the Aerogarden are also typically organic, because you don't need pesticides since the garden is inside.... read more

What if your tap water isn't safe?

is your tap water safe?We all know about the environmental impact of bottled water.  Most people know about how tap water is less regulated than bottled water.   But what happens if your tap water isn't safe?

In the U.S., 89.3% of tap water was considered safe in 2007, which actually went down from 92% in 2006.  Those still seem like pretty good numbers, but that still leaves 29 million people who don't have safe tap water to drink.... read more

Telecommuting to go Green

Telecommuting seems like a pretty sweet deal.  Working on your laptop on the couch in sweatpants with your cat keeping you company?  Not bad! The perks of telecommuting go beyond the relaxed environment and not having to brush your hair.  It can also really help the environment.

The average American spends 49 minutes a day commuting.  Unless this commuting time is spent on bike, foot, or public transportation, it can really take a toll on the environment.  (And your health!  A study in Los Angeles showed that 33% to 45% of all the pollution that commuters were exposed to in a day came from their commute.)

Not all jobs are conducive to telecommuting, but many are, and your boss might be more receptive than you think.  PlanetGreen even has tips on how to approach the subject with your boss.

To make an impact, you don't even need to work from home full-time.  ... read more

White Roof: All The Cool Roofs Are Doin' It!

Hybrid in the driveway?  Check.  Stylish green recycle logo t-shirt?  Check.  Fan of Keen for Green on Facebook?  Check.  White roof on house?  Che...  Hu?  Oh come on.  All the cool roofs are doin' it!  Dark roofing material is so 20th century.

White Roof Before and After KeenforGreen

It must have stung when your month old hybrid got trumped by your neighbor's electric, and here's your chance to get 'em back.   You could be the first kid on your block with a brand new white roof.  They say revenge is best served cold, and that's the whole idea behind cool roofs.  Okay so maybe not the revenge part, but definitely the cold part.  I know it's childish to play "out-green your neighbor," but I don't think your mother (nature) will mind.... read more

Calling All Green Thumbs

Show me your tips!  Your gardening tips of course.  It wasn't a questionable late night infomercial that lead me to, but rather a friend who suggested, not unkindly, that I do something productive with my free time.  It didn't take me long to realize there was no cheesy xylophone music involved, and I wouldn't be seeing any pictures of Jane in her birthday suit draped in ivy.  Maybe it's just me, but it wasn't much of a stretch for my mind to connect the name of this site with the other "fill in the blank gone wild."  I can assure you they are completely unrelated. 

Gardening Gone Wild

The site is a great resource for gardeners of all skill levels.  The contributors are gardening professionals who share a mutual love of their work, and their passion shows.  These people are published authors, professional photographers, and all around green thumbs who want to share their knowledge and experience with you. 

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A Green Glossary

There are a lot of buzzwords when it comes to the environment these days.  For some of the stuff, it's hard to figure out what it all means.  What is carbon offsetting really?  What are photovoltaic panels?  Why am I seeing products boasting that they're BPA-free and PVC-free?

Here's a list of some of the green terms you might be hearing these days, from A to Z.  Well, actually, it's from A to X, because I couldn't think of anything for Y and Z!... read more

Particle Board & the Environment

These days, most affordable furniture is made out of particle board.  One thing that's good about particle board furniture from an environmental standpoint is that it is often made from leftover sawdust and lumber scraps, which means that less trees will need to be cut down.  This isn't always true, however, so if buying particle board furniture try to find out the origins of the wood.  

Other than that, particle board can be very bad for the environment.... read more

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