1. This Week’s Tips

    Posted on January 31, 2009 by Allie

  2. A/V Fridays – The Future of Cars

    Posted on January 30, 2009 by Allie

    What do you think? Is this our future? Is this possible?

  3. Interview with Michael Dwork from VerTerra

    Posted on January 29, 2009 by Allie

    Michael Dwork from  VerTerra, took some time out to answer some questions about VerTerra plates and going green.  Read what he had to say, and leave a comment below for another entry in the VerTerra giveaway. CONTEST CLOSED Read more…

  4. Another Reason Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

    Posted on January 28, 2009 by Allie

    According to the Washington Post:

    Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.

    And, according to the article, Americans eat 12 teaspoons of HFCS a day (teens eat 80% more). Scary, huh?

    Read labels.  Make some changes.  It may seem like HFCS is in everything, but there are alternatives out there.  E-mail me at alliesanswers at gmail dot com. if you can’t find an HFCS alternative to your favorite food and I try to find one for you.

    Also, check out some past HFCS-Free posts to see if I’ve already found the HFCS-Free food you’ve been looking for.

  5. What’s Going On

    Posted on January 27, 2009 by Allie

    Crunchy Chicken says turning off your fridge uses more energy.

    Asthma Mom discusses the connection between good air and long lives.

    The Good Human compares buying a new, more fuel efficient car to keeping an old one.

    The Green Life talks about why you should ditch your wood burning fireplace.

    The Daily Green gives me a great reason not to seal my driveway. Take that, neighbors!

    Earth First has a list of the top 25 most promising green businesses.

    Haute Nature discovered the eco-version of Sephora.

    The Environmentalist reports on Obama halting Bush’s “midnight regulations.”

    Eco Home Furniture Design Ideas found the bathmat of my dreams.  Unfortunately, I think the dogs would eat it.

    The Printed Blog is putting out it’s first issue today!

  6. VerTerra Compostable Plates Giveaway!

    Posted on January 26, 2009 by Allie

    We all know that reusables are the best way to go green, but fine china doesn’t work well at a picnic, or your kid’s birthday party.  But, while one use plates make for easy clean up, often they aren’t recyclable.  Even paper plates can be coated in plastic, and the ones that aren’t can have serious strength problems.

    VerTerra plates are made from steamed, pressed leaves.  Not only are they attractive, and strong, but they’re completely compostable.  You can use them in the oven up to 350 degrees for up to 45 minutes, and they’ll even last through a few hand washings, if you’d like to use them more than once. Read more…

  7. And the ReJAVAnate winner is . . .

    Posted on by Allie

  8. This Week’s Tips

    Posted on January 24, 2009 by Allie

    This week we talked about greener ways to pass time on long winter nights.

    Monday – Check Out the Library

    Tuesday – Play A Board Game

    Wednesday – Swap Your Books

    Thursday – Make Your Own Movie Night

    Friday – Get Crafty

    And don’t forget to enter the ReJAVAnate reusable bag contest here and here.

    What do you do to fight the winter blues?

  9. My Toilet Paper Dilemma

    Posted on January 23, 2009 by Allie

    You know how I have that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all review policy?

    Well, I’ve been struggling with how to handle the topic of a certain brand of recycled toilet paper I tried recently (not Seventh Generation, we like Seventh Generation) that is so bad that if you used it you might be turned off to ever using recycled toilet paper ever again.  Seriously, I have some sheets of sandpaper in the garage that are softer.  But, I promised that if I didn’t have anything nice to say about a green product, I wouldn’t say anything at all.  So, here’s what I’m saying:

    I’m saying that Seventh Generation Recycled Toilet Paper is good.  It’s not the softest brand out there.  It’s recycled toilet paper.  It’s never going to be that cushy fluffy paper kids in commercials stuff down their pants while rollerskating, or cartoon bears rave about.  No angels are quilting this stuff.  But it’s usable.  It may take some time to get used to, but it’s useable.  You won’t injure yourself using it (cough, unlike some other brands out there, cough).

    Seriously.  That certain brand of TP we tried was so bad that even though I bought a 6 pack of it, after two rolls, we just couldn’t stand it anymore.  So I am now using it like paper towels until it’s all used up.  It’s great for cleaning grime off the counter, because it’s so abrasive that it scrubs really well.

    Are we clear?  Seventh Generation 2 ply TP = OK.  There’s a mysterious brand of absolutely awful recycled TP out there that isn’t.  So if you try recycled TP and think, NEVER AGAIN, give Seventh Generation a try before you give up completely.  CVS’s brand of recycled TP is okay too.  I know there are some others out there that are good too, but these are the two brands that are available here.

    I warned you, and I didn’t go back on my policy.

    If you want to learn more about why it’s important to use recycled paper products, read about it here.

  10. An Interview with Douglas Farquhar from ReJAVAnate

    Posted on January 22, 2009 by Allie

    Douglas Farquhar, Director of Business Development for ReJAVAnate, took some time out to answer some questions about ReJAVAnate’s coffee burlap bags, working with the Arc, and going green.  Read what he had to say, and leave a comment below for another entry in the ReJAVAnate bag giveaway.

    Read more…

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

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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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