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May 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Water

Water Conservation Gets “Sensored”

touch-less flush toiletOh boy.  Must we take a step back for every step forward?  We made real strides in water conservation with ultra low-flush toilets–that really work– last decade.  But what’s new for 2014 could turn the home toilet into a water waster yet again.  Sensory flush, or “touchless,” flush toilet kits are now available to the … Continue reading

April 1st, 2014
Posted in: Cleaning

Leave Your Shoes At the Door…Please


Shoes, whether we wear them to complete a look or simply to outfit our dawgs for the activities of the day—or a combination of the two—with our concern devoted to fashion, function and comfort, perhaps we don’t give enough thought to the shoe’s undeniable gift of attraction. Shoes can track small amounts of just about … Continue reading

December 13th, 2013
Posted in: Recycling

How to recycle old denim and other torn, worn and stained clothing

Blue Denim JeansI can’t stand throwing stuff away. I’ll stockpile things in my garage (to a point) confident that eventually I’ll discover a way to recycle or repurpose them. Case in point, I have a growing pile of torn denim jeans that may be beyond repair, but they have great potential for a second life. In fact, … Continue reading

September 19th, 2013
Posted in: Nature, Plastic, Video

The Ugly Side of Ugly Plastics

I’m reading a manuscript that puts plastics into three categories, the good, the bad and the ugly. The ugly plastics are things that are unnecessary and avoidable because substitutions are easily found in the marketplace. Imagine a world where we eradicated the demand and manufacture of ugly plastics. It would be a much different world—a better world—than the one we current live in. Watch this video and see what I mean.

MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

September 17th, 2013
Posted in: Cleaning, Energy

Indoor Clothelines

Woman Hanging Laundry to Dry Indoors
At my house the acorns are starting to fall and I’m wearing sweaters again. Before too long I’ll be putting away the outdoor furniture and taking down the clothesline. I’ll be back to drying laundry inside by this time next month, but I don’t mean my dryer will be doing double duty. I have an … Continue reading

September 13th, 2013
Posted in: Air Quality, Climate Change, Energy, Video

Stop Coal Exports. Spread the Word.

Three coal export terminals are being proposed in the Pacific Northwest. If approved, every year more than 100 million tons of coal would pass through communities from Montana all the way to the coast. The environmental impacts from coal dust—and increased rail and barge traffic—to air, land and water quality have the region fighting hard to kill the projects. But coal export plans won’t just impact those directly affected along transportation routes and in cities with coal terminals. The world will pay a price. Watch this video and spread the word. If you live in a city with an upcoming public hearing, please attend if you can. Submit a public comment if you don’t or can’t. And read up on the impacts of coal export plans. has a good NEWS section.

August 22nd, 2013
Posted in: Food and Agriculture, Video

Introduction to GMOs

This short video provides an overview of what GMOs are and their biological, environmental and economic impacts.

June 26th, 2013
Posted in: Air Quality, Climate Change, Energy, Transportation

Avoid Hot Car Syndrome To Save Fuel, Reduce Emissions, Increase Comfort


Climbing into a hot car that has been baking in the sun is no fun.  Makeup can instantly begin to melt, bare skin can burn upon contact with vinyl, fresh clothes will become soaked with spontaneous body perspiration and driver and passengers alike can turn cranky.  What would any normal person do under these circumstances?  Blast the air … Continue reading

June 19th, 2013
Posted in: Air Quality, Product Review

Dry Ice Versus Regular Ice

dry ice

Doug, a subscriber, sent me this question: Environmentally, is dry ice or water ice a better choice when camping?

Great question, Doug, and not so easy to answer! Dry ice is made from carbon dioxide (CO2) obtained from the waste gases of chemical processes (such as from the production of ammonia), from the combustion of … Continue reading

May 23rd, 2013
Posted in: Green Kitchen, Recycling

How to Recycle a Frozen Juice Concentrate Package

Buying juice in frozen concentrate form–a mere 12 oz. in size– saves on packaging compared to ready-to-serve juice packaged in, for example, ”half gallon” cartons or jugs.  Each will yeild a similar amout of juice, but the former packaging option uses a fraction of material compared to the latter. However, reducing packaging waste isn’t our only consideration when we … Continue reading



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