Oh 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
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
I 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
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
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? … Continue reading
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
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 … Continue reading