1. A/V Fridays – Protecting Biodiversity

    Posted on May 29, 2009 by Allie

  2. Plant Trees with Odwalla

    Posted on May 28, 2009 by Allie

    Last year, the Odwalla Plant a Tree program provided more than 60,000 trees to state parks across the country.  Since it was so successful, they’re doing it again.

    Go to www.parkvisitor.com/odwalla and choose a state (California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Utah, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia are on the list this year). The trees will be used to support important reforestation and planting initiatives across the country.  You won’t have to register or enter any personal information.  Odwalla is donating $100,000 worth of trees this time around.

    The program runs from May 27, 2009 through December 31, 2009. The species of trees donated will vary by region and will be planted in fall 2009 and early 2010.

    “The Odwalla Plant a Tree program is very important to our state parks across the country,” said Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks. “So many people want to do things to help our environment and Odwalla is making it really easy to have a positive impact.”

    It takes less than a minute.  Do it!

  3. How Wind Turbines Work

    Posted on May 27, 2009 by Courtney

    Last weekend, I moved from Tennessee to Wyoming. The reasons for my move are long and sordid, but I did want to share with you something interesting I saw on the looooooong drive: Wind turbines. (I originally wanted to call them windmills, but technically windmills are supposed to mill something. Wind turbines generate energy, windmills are like the place where Heidi lives. This post is about turbines. And please forgive the less-than-great photo quality — I took it out the car window as I was driving past them and also trying not to wreck my car.)

    Wind turbines aren’t something you see a lot of in the East, but in notoriously windy southern Wyoming, they are everywhere. When I was driving through the rolling hills, before I started seeing snow-capped peaks, there were some places where dozens of wind turbines were gathered on top of berms, and they were churning away. I began to wonder just how exactly wind turbines work, and thanks to a little research, I got my answer.

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  4. Vivesana Organic Sunscreen Giveaway & Coupon Code

    Posted on May 26, 2009 by Allie

    Vivesana is giving away a tube of their fabulous sunscreen to two lucky Allie’s Answers readers!

    To enter, go to the Vivesana website and read about Vivesana’s products and green practices.  Then come back here and leave a comment to tell us what feature of Vivesana’s sunscreens is most important to you.

    I’ll draw names using a random number generator on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.  Winners can choose Solar to Polar Ultra or Solar to Polar Baby sunscreen.  Comments that appear to be spam will not be counted.  Only one comment per reader per post will be counted.  Stay tuned.  I’ll give you a chance for a second entry later this week.  US Residents only.

    Also, Vivesana is offering 25% off to Allie’s Answers readers.  From now through June 20th, when you shop at Vivesana.com and use the code allie&vive25 at checkout, you’ll get 25% off your order.


  5. Ocean-Friendly Sushi

    Posted on May 25, 2009 by Courtney


    I recently ate sushi for the first time, and I love it. (Kind of weird since I’m not a fan of fish in general, but apparently if it’s raw and wrapped in seaweed and rice, I’m on board.) Sushi restaurants are becoming really popular, but the problem is that not everything served in sushi restaurants are eco-friendly.


    The five most popular sushi items — salmon, hamachi, shrimp, uangi and tuna — aren’t always ocean friendly. But some chefs in San Francisco have found some creative ways to serve sushi responsibly. For example, they’ll use farmed arctic char instead of salmon, or Canadian black cod in place of eel.


    It may not be the same as your favorite roll, but choosing ocean-friendly sushi could help prevent fisheries from crashing in the wake of sushi’s popularity. Besides, what’s the use in eating sushi if you’re not willing to try something new?

  6. A/V Fridays – Eco Trip Looks at Bottled Water

    Posted on May 22, 2009 by Allie

    It’s one thing to talk about how bottled water is bad for the environment.  It’s another thing to see WHY bottled water is bad for the environment.  An upcoming episode of Eco Trip on the Sundance Channel takes a close look at bottled water from all parts of the cycle.   Check out this clip about plastic garbage and where it ends up.  Then refill your reusable bottle before you head out this weekend.

  7. Vivesana Organic Sunscreen

    Posted on May 21, 2009 by Allie

    I take my pastey appearance seriously, and I am a sunscreen fanatic.  But it’s hard to find a sunscreen that isn’t full of icky ingredients and doesn’t spread on like library glue, and even harder to find one that doesn’t come packaged in plastic.  That’s why Vivasana Sunscreen is so awesome. Read more…

  8. Breaking Down the New Fuel Efficiency Proposal

    Posted on May 20, 2009 by Courtney

    By now you’ve probably heard about the new fuel efficiency standards proposed by the Obama administration. In case you haven’t, here’s a quick breakdown:


    The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards would require passenger cars and light trucks to get an overall average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. By that year, cars are expected to average about 39 mpg and trucks would get an average of 30 mpg. Current fuel economy standards are 27.5 mpg for cars and 23.1 mpg for trucks.


    The new standards would cut greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and light trucks 30 percent by 2016. This would put the auto industry more on par with California, whose strict standards have previously outpaced federal guidelines. Furthermore, the plan would save 1.8 billion barrels of oil, and scientists say it will curb global warming. Because this plan would amend existing rules, there is no need for Congressional action after a period of public comment.


    This is good, right? From an environmental standpoint, all signs point to yes. But in the interest of keeping things balanced, let’s examine the possible cons: The Obama administration estimates these rules will add about $600 to the cost of a car. That’s on top of an estimated $700 added by changes to fuel economy rules that have already been enacted. (But remember that these cars are going to be more fuel-efficient, so that $1,300 may be recovered in savings at the gas pump in the long run.)


    Not all automakers will be treated the same under the new plan. Companies like GM and Toyota, which produce full-size trucks and SUVs, would have lower fuel economy goals than companies like Honda and Mitsubishi that only produce smaller vehicles.


    Under the current standards, when automakers beat their fuel economy goals, they earn credits that they may use toward future penalties. Electric cars are making a comeback, with the Chevy Volt expected in 2010 and an electric version of the Ford Focus shortly after, and under the proposed new standards, automakers are likely to hang on to those credits for as long as possible.


    A few electric or hybrid vehicle sales could offset a lot of SUV sales, so automakers are likely to sell the electrics and hybrids cheaply to ramp up their credits and then jack up the price on large trucks and SUVs. Again, this is good from an environmental standpoint, but some say this unfairly penalizes large families and rural residents, who may require large vehicles.


    And there you have it — the CAFÉ standards in a nutshell. Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?

  9. What’s Going On

    Posted on May 19, 2009 by Allie

    I’ve been busy covering my strawberries and the herb garden with old bedsheets every night because we keep getting frost!  Come on!  It’s May!  I bought a bunch of plants at the garden center last week and haven’t been able to get them in the ground yet.  Hopefully, this is the end of the frost.  I am so ready for summer.

    Chiot’s Run has been feeling the freeze too.

    The Good Human talks about green product verification seals.

    No Impact Man has a resource for open source environmentalism.

    Green as a Thistle reminds us that green is not a competition.

    The Green Life says not all toilet paper is created equal.

    Crunchy Chicken has a natural solution for ingrown hairs.

    Come the Revolution found 7 perfect survival foods.

    Fake Plastic Fish celebrates National Bike Month.

    Crazy Sexy Life talks about empowering women to save the planet.

    What’s going on with you?

  10. Ivee $100 Gift Certificate Winner

    Posted on May 18, 2009 by Allie

    And the winner of the $100 IVEE Gift Certificate is . . .

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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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