1. Farm-to-School Programs: Does Your District Have One?

    Posted on August 31, 2011 by Courtney

    I’ll share an embarrassing secret with you: When I was in elementary school, I kind of loved school food. I know. Looking back, those rectangular slices of cardboard-y pizza and cups of semi-congealed chili were probably chock-full of preservatives and sweeteners and who knows what else, but to my 8-year-old taste buds, they were delicious. Fortunately, as I grew older I developed a slightly more discerning palate, and now I think I’d rather go hungry than feast on a sloppy joe from a school cafeteria.

    School food gets a bad rap, but some people are doing their best to change that. A few school districts around the country have started farm-to-school programs, in which kids are served fresh fruit and vegetables grown in local farms as part of their lunch each day. Some schools even serve local meat.  Read more…

  2. What’s Going On

    Posted on August 30, 2011 by Allie

    Photo Credit: NOAA

    Second Act has five ways to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, and HuffoPo has a few more.

    The Green Life has a guide to help you pick a portable solar charger.

    Rob’s World has plans for a DIY bike rack.

    INHABITAT says panda poop could be a solution to the energy crisis.

    greenUPGRADER showcases adorable glassware made from recycled windows.

    Crafting a Green World has great instructions for making a Kindle case from upcycled fabric.

    The Good Human discusses blood diamonds.

  3. Meatless Mondays: Pasta and Lentils

    Posted on August 29, 2011 by Courtney

    Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaundicedferret/4729228334/sizes/m/in/photostream/

    Welcome to a new feature on The Greenists: Meatless Mondays! Starting today, we’ll share one of our favorite vegetarian dishes every Monday with our dear readers, not only because everyone loves a good recipe, but also because forgoing meat even one day out of the week can make a huge green impact. We’ve written before about how much less taxing a vegetarian diet is on the environment than a carnivorous one. Around these parts, we don’t judge others for eating meat — plenty of us still eat it, myself included — but we do encourage you to think about where your meat comes from and cut down on eating it as much as your comfort level allows.

    So without further ado, here’s our first Meatless Mondays recipe. It’s one of my favorite things to make at home — it’s an easy, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kind of dinner, perfect for when you’re craving comfort food. Read more…

  4. A/V Fridays – Protect Your Home from Hurricanes

    Posted on August 26, 2011 by Allie

    Since Hurricane Irene is headed to the east coast, it’s time to think about ways to protect your home from damage.   

    I stumbled across this quick video from Ryan Hanley. He does a great job of laying out a good plan for protecting your home in a storm, and there are a few tips here that you may not have thought of.

    Limiting damage as much as possible is a good way to keep your footprint small. Most importantly, stay safe!

  5. Bikes and Brakes and Drains Oh My!

    Posted on August 25, 2011 by Howling Hill


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    Recently Wolf has been on this wicked DIY kick. I’m totally cool with him doing things such as fixing his motorcycle, changing the brakes on the car, and cleaning the totally disgusting bathroom drain by himself. He reports these things are not quite as difficult as we’ve been led to believe. Read more…

  6. Kiss My Face Big Body Shampoo

    Posted on August 24, 2011 by Courtney

    When you switch to a natural shampoo, there are two things to keep in mind: One, a natural shampoo isn’t going to lather as much as a common, paraben-laden one, so it may take a couple of showers to figure out how much you need to pour into your hand to cover all your hair. Two, if your mind and hair are both accustomed to the shampoos you’ve used before, it may take some time to get used to the new natural one. But don’t give up! Give it a couple of weeks, and before long, natural shampoo will feel perfectly normal.

    Recently I bought some Kiss My Face brand shampoo, which contains only all-natural ingredients and no parabens or pthalates. Yes, it took my hair a couple of washings to adjust, but now I love it! I chose the Big Body variety on account of my fine, thin hair, and as promised, it does add volume and body without drying out my scalp.  Read more…

  7. What’s Going On

    Posted on August 23, 2011 by Allie

    The Good Human discussion ocean dead zones.

    The Miami Herald reports on 3 cases of brain infection from a water-borne bug, and warns that only distilled or boiled water should be used in neti pots.

    INHABITAT says sunflowers are being used to soak up radiation in Fukushima.

    The Green Life shows us a device that will allow for trees to grow in the desert.

    Tiny Choices gives us good ways to talk about eco-choices with the kids in our lives.

  8. Organic and Biodynamic Wine and Lapostolle

    Posted on August 22, 2011 by The Modern Gal

    I think plenty about organic food but admittedly I’ve never once thought about whether the origin of the various kinds of wine that I drink is at all green. I have no explanation for the disconnect, but I certainly can say I’m thinking more about the way wine is created thanks to the good people at Lapostolle.

    Grapes are finicky fruits and aren’t quite as simple to grow as, say, a tomato. A lot of work and and oftentimes many chemicals and additives go into the process of growing grapes and making wines. Lapostolle, founded by the same family that created Grand Marnier, is part of a growing movement in winemaking that is committed to organic and biodynamic wine production.

    Read more…

  9. A/V Fridays – U.S. Gas Independence Infographic

    Posted on August 19, 2011 by Allie

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    View the full-sized version here.

     

     

  10. What to Do With Old T-Shirts?

    Posted on August 18, 2011 by Jody

    I know I’m not the only one who has held on to, or in other ways accumulated, tons of unwanted t-shirts that now dwell in massive numbers at the back of a closet.

    Whether from 5k races, blood donations, intramural sports, or that old high school club, I’m constantly amazed at how extra t-shirts creep into our lives.  I always keep them with the thought that they would make good utility shirts; you know, a junk shirt that could be worn while gardening, or painting, or changing the oil in your car- unfortunately, I have WAY more t-shirts slotted for these activities than activities that would warrant wearing them.

    And my collection keeps growing.

    It helps to make the conscious decision to refuse t-shirts at every opportunity but that only solves the supply problem- so what do you do with the t-shirts you already have? 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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