1. A/V Fridays – DIY Serving Tray

    Posted on July 29, 2011 by Allie

  2. Hubway: Bicycle Sharing in Boston

    Posted on July 28, 2011 by Howling Hill

    Image from Boston Biker

    Last week I was walking out of South Station on my way to the temp assignment I’ve been working at for the last few months. Three young men were standing on bikes handing out leaflets for Hubway. I didn’t have time to chat with the young men so I grabbed the flyer and walked away. Read more…

  3. Packing a Green Lunch

    Posted on July 27, 2011 by Courtney

    Believe it or not, it won’t be long until that school bus will be pulling into your neighborhood, ready to take the kids off for another year of school. Every parent knows that kids need a nutritious lunch, whether they buy it at school or bring it with them, but here’s a little secret: Kids aren’t the only ones who need to eat healthy! Maybe you’re a teacher who doesn’t want to rely on the school cafeteria for your lunch, or maybe you go to an office every day and want to save a few bucks by bringing your own food to work. Any way you slice it, here are five green tips to keep in mind when you’re packing lunches:  Read more…

  4. What’s Going On

    Posted on July 26, 2011 by Allie

    Photo: Nigel Wedge via Wikimedia Commons

    The Good Human looks at self-suffiency from one acre.

    Grist talks about the loss of Borders as a “third place” in communities.

    Tiny Choices does some eco-moving.

    Crafting a Green World has fantastic accessories made from bike parts.

    Skepticblog takes on the obesity epidemic.

    greenUPGRADER lists five green lifestyle chances that you can make today.

    And, in unrelated news, STAY is out in paperback today, and I’m blogging over at Writer Unboxed about being a writer with ADD.


  5. Green Inspiration from Ireland

    Posted on July 25, 2011 by The Modern Gal

    recycling bank in Dingle, Ireland

    I think at this point in our personal journeys to become greener, we all know to be conscious of our actions while we travel. We know to consider forgoing fresh sheets and towels every day at our hotels; we look for public transit whenever possible and we consider carbon offsets when we can’t help a large traveling footprint. Something we may not consider, though, is traveling can also be a source of green inspiration. We’ve all grown accustomed to the green practices of our own town or city, but what can we learn from the places we visit that might do things differently and better?

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  6. An Interview with Ayla Kell of Make It Or Break It

    Posted on July 22, 2011 by Allie

    I have a hard time reading when I’m writing the first draft of a book, so when I take breaks, I binge watch TV shows.  Entire seasons of a show on Netflix are my bribe and my break and what keeps me moving through my day. A few months ago, I got hooked on Make It Or Break It, because Ayla Kell is just plain awesome.  She plays a Payson Keeler, a teenager who has sacrificed the trappings of a normal childhood in the hopes of becoming an Olympic gymnast.  Ayla plays Payson with a mix of vulnerability and drive that makes it impossible to stop watching.

    To be completely honest, I’ve gotten a little jaded by celebrity greenies.  Sometimes the token gestures they put forth into the green world feel more like a way to get good PR than a genuine effort.  But I wanted to chat with Ayla because I love her on Make It Or Break It and I thought it would be fun to talk with her.  I figured I’d be able to walk away with at least a few PR friendly-tips to pass on to readers, and I could slip in a TV-geek question or two for good measure.  But Ayla doesn’t spew sound bites.  Her interest in conservation and the environment is genuine and passionate.  She actually taught me a thing or two about going green.  It was refreshing and inspiring to talk with her.  Read more…

  7. Green Garden Hack

    Posted on July 21, 2011 by Jody

    Well, it’s the middle of July again and if your garden is anything like mine, you just can’t water enough.  And even if you do keep up with watering, it only takes one very hot day to destroy months of progress as your garden wilts in the sun.

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  8. An Epic Battle with My Shower Grout

    Posted on July 20, 2011 by Courtney

    My shower is annoying. Whoever built it obviously didn’t understand the laws of physics very well, because water tends to pool in it instead of draining. That, combined with the poor ventilation in my bathroom, means the shower is tough to keep clean. (Related: I may need to move.)

    Anyway, if I don’t soak up all the excess water with a towel every time someone bathes in there, my shower grout will begin to turn … well, let’s just say not white. Not wanting to buy expensive and toxic grout cleaner (and since I rent this place, I can’t just rip it all out and start over, which is what I really want to do) I set out on a little experiment.  Read more…

  9. What’s Going On

    Posted on July 19, 2011 by Allie

    Rob’s World grows mushrooms.

    Scientific American says poorer nations are leading the movement toward low carbon energy.

    My Plastic-Free Life gardens without plastic.

    Crafting a Green World has crafty recipes for summer fun.

    Tiny Choices talks about fireflies.

    INHABITAT says that new Netflix pricing could lead to less energy use.

    Blogfish discusses what’s wrong with green marketing.

    Design*Sponge makes bird feeders out of old light globes.


  10. Greening Up Your Workouts

    Posted on July 18, 2011 by Jacob

    I was supposed to run today, but it’s raining. I’m annoyed that I’ll be plugging in the elliptical machine again tonight, but we need the water. My parents’ pond has dried up so much this summer that it’s now so shallow that I’ve had to cut swimming out of my exercise schedule. Since I can’t run today, I’ll spend a little time here going over a few things I do to green up my exercise regimen. I’ll get around to the elliptical after the kid goes to bed. Read more…

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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