1. Chickens: Like Tiny Dinosaurs in Your Yard

    Posted on January 31, 2011 by Jacob

    Ask many people about the idea of raising chickens in an urban or suburban setting and you’re likely to get the following responses. “Isn’t that illegal?” “They’re too noisy!” “They’re too stinky!” “That’s just weird.”

    I can’t say much about that last concern. After all, keeping chickens in large population centers is not all that common. By definition that would be weird. However, if you make your decisions based solely on whether something is normal or not, well, I’ve lost a little respect for you. That’s right. I don’t even know you and I’m already judging you. Read more…

  2. Surya Brasil Giveaway Winner!

    Posted on January 28, 2011 by Courtney

    Thanks to everyone who entered our Surya Brasil giveaway! We had 18 entries this time, and according to our friend the Random Number Generator, the winner is commenter #11, who is Lori! Congratulations, Lori! We’ll contact you soon to arrange for your free products to be sent.

    Thanks again to all who entered, and check back soon for more giveaways on The Greenists!

  3. Eat Like There’s a Tomorrow

    Posted on January 27, 2011 by Mickey

    There’s a lot to be suspicious about when it comes to the beef cattle industry. It’s been covered, and I for one only enjoy the occasional hamburger as a result. Imagine, though, if the beef industry, with all of its constituent ranchers and feedlots and packing plants and butchers and McDonald’s Happy Meals, started killing cows faster than they could be replaced and kept doing so even though it would lead to the complete destruction of their livelihoods. Imagine if they exterminated cattle like they did the American bison, whittling their multi-billion dollar industry down until there were only a few token Herefords left wandering some forgotten paddock. It would be unthinkable because it would be bad business. Read more…

  4. What’s Going On

    Posted on January 26, 2011 by Allie

    The Good Human discusses changing habits vs. changing homes.

    My Plastic-Free Life has a quick and almost plastic free broth recipe.

    And Two-Frog Home has a no-bake cookie recipe.

    I’m in love with these staircase drawers at Inhabitat.

    Grist asks, “Is that a solar panel in your pocket?”

  5. Planet Shoes – Keen Bern High Boot

    Posted on January 25, 2011 by Allie

    I live in Rochester, NY.  Snow is often in the forecast here from October to May, and good boots are an essential part of staying warm and dry.  But I hate boot shopping.  With a vengeance. Trying to find boots that will fit over my ginormous calves is not my idea of fun.  I frustrate sales people, I frustrate myself, and I always walk away empty-footed handed.  For the past three or four winters, I’ve been wearing my hiking boots when it snows, because the idea of going to the store and going through the boot shopping process is almost more loathsome than bathing suit shopping.

    When Planet Shoes offered to send me a pair of boots from their Eco Shop to review, I warned them about my ginormous calves.  They suggested I try the Keen Bern High Boot in Crouton.  I’ve been wearing a pair of Keen slip-ons as my primary shoes since 2008, and they are still in fighting form.  I love how durable and comfortable they are.  So, I agreed to give the Bern High Boot a try, even though I suspected they wouldn’t fit my problem calves.  I have never been so happy to be wrong before.  Not only did they fit, but they are fabulous.   Read more…

  6. It’s CSA Time Again!

    Posted on January 24, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Jamison.

    This is the time of year when it’s time to start thinking about getting involved in your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Most of them have an open enrollment right now for any open shares they have available.

    In the past Allie posted a year’s worth of her CSA goodies and Dianne has spent a great deal of time working on recipes for all the stuff she gotten from our CSA. But if you’ve never had experience with a CSA it’s a slightly daunting task when you first start out. Read more…

  7. A/V Fridays – Want to Change the World? Get a Keg.

    Posted on January 21, 2011 by Allie

    *Please note – the speaker does curse once toward the very end of the video.

  8. Surya Brasil Review (and Yes, Giveaway!)

    Posted on January 20, 2011 by Stefanie

    Surya Brasil Products

    When Julie (our awesomely organized media coordinator for The Greenists) asked me if I wanted to try out some hair products from Surya Brasil, I almost passed on the opportunity. The products we were being asked to review were specifically from Surya’s “Color Fixation” line, and my color doesn’t particularly need fixating. (It’s remained pretty fixed in the medium brown range for most of my life, without any help.) I thought perhaps someone who’d colored her hair more recently than the first half of the Bush administration might be a better tester of Surya’s wares.

    Lucky for me, Surya Brasil’s rep was all equal opportunity about the offer, assuring me that the plain brown hair nature gave me was just as worthy of exotic nutrients as a color-treated head would be. And hence, I got to try five products in the company’s Color Fixation family:

    All of the products are 100% vegetarian and free of parabens, sulfates, and artificial fragrances. They’re created with nutrient- and antioxidant-rich ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon, like buriti fruit oil, cupuaçu seed butter, and essential oils of rose flower, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood. Which all sounds luxurious and lovely, of course, but… do they work? Well, let’s see.

    Read more…

  9. ADHD and Food

    Posted on January 19, 2011 by Howling Hill

    Anyone who knows me knows how ADD I am (I lack the hyperactivity for ADHD). Wolf calls it the butterfly syndrome. That’s because I often start fluttering away during conversations, while shopping, walking, or whatever. It’ll take me a few minutes but I can usually flutter back. Other times I’m gone!

    While a kid in school I had much of the hyperactivity needed for the H in ADHD. Those were the 80s so I wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD. I wasn’t a problem child in school though I was at home. After sitting around all day in school I’d come home with buttloads of energy that made me impossible. Getting homework done was like pulling teeth. After all, I’d been sitting around during the school day so the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was sit around some more. My mother didn’t know how to cope so she’d throw me outside to get rid of the excess energy. This coping mechanism worked for a while. Read more…

  10. Matt & Nat

    Posted on January 17, 2011 by NPW

    Because I was a good little NPW throughout the 2010 calendar year, Santa saw fit to leave me a beautiful gift under the Christmas tree: this gorgeous Santogold bag from vegan designer Matt & Nat. The few times I’ve used it to go out I’ve received bunches of compliments on its distinctive look. When I’m wearing it I also like to pretend I’m like a modern day, non-musical Joan Jett because it is so punk rock.

    In addition to being awesome-looking, Matt & Nat products are all made using vegan leather and recycled materials. The About Us section of their website words it beautifully:

    “In 1995, MATT & NAT Founder and Creative Director Inder Bedi was challenged by a Mahatma to become a Vegetarian for 30 days. It was during this time that MATT & NAT was conceived. A brand and movement shaped by the power of duality. Fifteen years later, he is continuously working towards this goal – exceeding norms to offer cutting edge products that are fashionable and beautiful and yet made in a socially responsible way, or as we like to say, with Compassion. MATT & NAT products have never used animal by-products. That said, the brand is more than just vegan. It has always been a trailblazer in the environmental movement. Each product contains at least one recycled element and on average 21 plastic bottles are recycled to make linings for our bags. MATT & NAT has always been a Pioneer in Eco-Fashion.”

    Plastic bottle linings! I love anything that combines form and function with fashion. So the next time you decide you NEED a new bag (this happens to me quite frequently), I’d highly recommend one of these bags. Or, you know, if you decide you NEED to buy me a gift, may I suggest this Portland bag? Because seriously: swoon.

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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