1. Sustainable Yarn

    Posted on February 10, 2011 by Howling Hill

    Image from Fibrepalooza

    In December a question came in from Kathleen asking “I’d like your input about yarns. What types of yarns should I be looking for other than merino, and how do I know if the dyes are environmentally friendly?”

    Being the resident knitter here at The Greenists, Allie passed the question onto me. It required me to do some research on the subject because, despite being a knitter, I’m still green but not yet green.

    The short answer to the question is pretty similar to the answer to most green questions: go local. Using locally sourced yarn, from local sheep, alpacas, etc supports local farmers. But I wanted a more complete answer than “go local” so I did some research.

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  2. Dear Allie: What Should I Do With Old CD’s?

    Posted on January 21, 2009 by Allie

    My friend Jeff e-mailed me with the following:

    I just paid $54 to get six PCs and two boxes of cables, boards, peripherals, etc. dating back to the 80′s properly recycled.  This after stripping the PCs of reusable parts and flattening a ton of no-longer needed packaging.  I’m making progress in reclaiming my basement, but I still have two leftovers from my efforts:  stacks of CD/DVDs and 3-1/2″ disks.  Can you tell me the RIGHT thing to do with these?  Has anybody ever come up with anything besides coasters for CD/DVDs?

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  3. Natural Cleaners for Tough Stains

    Posted on July 30, 2008 by Allie

    Audrey writes:

    Thanks for posting my tip Allie.

    Now I have a question for you. Since I’ve banned bleach from my house I don’t know what to use to clean the basket of my coffee maker. I’ve always just soaked it in bleach solution and it came up clean as a whistle. I’ve now tried soaking it in dishwashing soap with baking soda and scrubbing it with a brush – no good. Any ideas greatly appreciated!

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  4. Tip of the Day – Use Reusable Produce Bags

    Posted on July 29, 2008 by Allie


    Brenda writes:


    Hi Allie–

    I recently moved to another state and discovered they have Wegman’s here, which I am overjoyed about!  When I went today, I brought along my reusable grocery bags BUT soon realized that this Wegman’s likes for the customer to weigh their own produce and stick a price label on it…many items required me to put them in a plastic produce bag in order to get the price sticker on there.  I thought it was such a waste of plastic (not to mention the materials for the extra large price sticker that gets printed).  Do you have any suggestions on what I can use to hold my produce in at the grocery store?  I need something that I can easily attach and remove a price sticker.




    Here’s what I suggest.

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  5. Tip of the Day – Repurpose Your Old Nalgene Bottle

    Posted on June 27, 2008 by Allie


    Hey Allie,

    I have a question for you. I decided to trade all my (poisonous) water bottles in for the aluminum Sigg bottles. But what do I do with the old water bottles? Can I recycle them? That seems kind of counter-productive to trying to help the environment. Help!


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  6. Dear Allie: What’s the Safest Tampon Choice?

    Posted on April 1, 2008 by Allie


    Baltimore Bliss asks:

    “It would be great if you could post on the safest tampon choice. I started a discussion about this at the crazysexylife site and people are pretty confused. Let me know if you have any insight into this question.”

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  7. Dear Allie: Eco-Friendly Mold Killer

    Posted on November 8, 2007 by Allie


    In comments, Nicole asked:

    What about a good and green way to prevent mold from growing in a sad little bathroom without any fans and a very, very tiny window? Or a green way to clean the existing mold from walls, shower curtain liner, tub, toilet, etc? It’s driving me crazy!! Read more…

  8. Dear Allie: Where can I purchase inexpensive CFLs?

    Posted on September 18, 2007 by Allie

    In comments, Doris Turner asked:

    I am looking for 100 bulbs to award families at our elementary school for signing a pledge to take plastics and paper to the recycle center. Where can I buy them inexpensively?

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  9. Dear Allie: A Green Way to Get Rid of That Musty Basement Smell

    Posted on August 27, 2007 by Allie


    Last week in comments, Corinne asked the following:

    I’m wondering if you have any eco-friendly ideas for freshening up a smelly basement. We have two cats and although we scoop their litter daily and have a dehumidifier in the basement, it still stinks! I would like to do yoga down there, but I can’t stand that “basement smell”. Any ideas? Read more…

  10. Dear Allie: Endangered Species Chocolate

    Posted on August 2, 2007 by Allie


    Dear Allie:

    For all of us chocolate lovers, is Endangered Species Chocolate really all the “cause” it’s cracked up to be?  If so, I know where to get my chocolate fix!


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Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.

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