1. O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, If You are Fake, You’re Not Green

    Posted on November 30, 2011 by Courtney

    Image credit: freechristmaswallpapers.net

    OK, fake trees may be green, but in color only. If you’re looking for the most eco-friendly Christmas tree out there, you’re better off dusting off your axe and heading out to a local Christmas tree farm.  Read more…

  2. Celebrating the Little Victories

    Posted on November 29, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Jamison.

    I will confess without hesitation: I’m horrible about giving credit where credit is due. I remember Dianne dragging me to a Save the Bay event, spending hours and hours doing back-breaking labor, planting native plants, all to save a little cove and then driving home past major polluters with a feeling I’d accomplished nothing at all. Dianne, like most of the Greenists, appreciates the little victories. I guess in the end it comes down to your definition of what a little victory is. So when I say it’s time to celebrate a little victory, realize it’s coming from a place of great cynicism and doubt about the future of the world. And if I’m telling you that you’ve accomplished something important, it’s probably a pretty big deal.  Read more…

  3. Meatless Mondays: Pasta with Brie, Mushrooms, and Arugula

    Posted on November 28, 2011 by Courtney

    Image credit: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/pasta-with-brie-mushrooms-arugula-recipe-00000000023129/index.html

    You’re probably sick of leftover turkey by now, right? If you’re in the mood for a light, easy dinner, this is one of my favorites!


    12 oz. penne (3/4 box)
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 lb. button mushrooms, quartered
    1 small red onion, sliced
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    kosher salt and pepper
    8 oz. brie, cut into 1-inch pieces
    4 cups baby arugula


    1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot.

    2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook, tossing, until the mushrooms begin to release their juices, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until the mushrooms begin to brown, 5 to 6 minutes.

    3. Toss the pasta with the brie and reserved water until coated. Stir in the mushrooms, onion and arugula.

    Serves 4. Cheers to Real Simple.

    Bon appetit!

  4. What’s Going On

    Posted on November 25, 2011 by Allie




    Scientific American says turkey doesn’t make us sleepy.

    INHABITAT has great DIY holiday gift ideas.

    Crafting a Green World shows us how to make holiday decorations from old sweaters.

    The Green Life talks about an app to help you decode green labels.

    Grist dishes about leftovers.

  5. Borax: It’s for Everything AND the Kitchen Sink!

    Posted on November 24, 2011 by Stefanie

    One problem with having an older house is that it’s easy to get sloppy about cleaning things like floors and fixtures because you assume they’re about as clean as they’ll get. That might be one reason I haven’t scrubbed my kitchen sink in a while, but another is that hey! It’s a sink! I rinse and clean things IN the sink, so how can the sink itself get dirty?

    It can, obviously. I just didn’t notice it either because I assumed it’s always been a sort of dull filmy color or because the lighting in that corner of my kitchen is bad. But on a recent bright and sunny Saturday it became clear to me: my kitchen sink was not supposed to look like that.

    Read more…

  6. How to Host Overnight Guests Without Killing Yourself (Or the Planet)

    Posted on November 23, 2011 by Courtney

    Image: naturallyyoursblog.blogspot.com

    Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s time for food, football, and spending time with those you love most — your family. That is, until there are muddy footprints on your carpet and kids running around in circles and screaming and your mother keeps telling you you’re cooking the turkey wrong, all wrong, and DID SOMEONE SERIOUSLY JUST CLOG THE TOILET? HAND OVER THE WINE AND NOBODY GETS HURT.

    Ahem. Perhaps your family gatherings are more civilized (in which case, can I trade families with you?) but even if yours makes you feel like the circus has come to town, there are ways to keep yourself calm. One of them is to not let your loved ones drive you to wasteful, Earth-killing behavior. Here are a few ways to be a good host for your family and the planet during the holidays:  Read more…

  7. Staying Green While Moving

    Posted on November 22, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Ashley.

    Moving is typically synonymous with filling several dumpsters worth of things you don’t want to take with you and sending it all to a landfill — but it doesn’t have to be.

    Instead of renting a dumpster in anticipation for your move, consider ways to stay environmentally friendly during the process. There are plenty of things you can do to cut down on waste and stay green while moving.  Read more…

  8. Meatless Mondays: Alternatives to Turkey

    Posted on November 21, 2011 by Courtney

    Happy Thanksgiving, Greenists! If you’re looking to make your holiday a little greener this year, we have plenty of suggestions for you. Thanksgiving is all about the food — mainly turkey — but you can still give thanks without eating meat if you so choose. Here are some alternatives to the turkey dinner for the meat-avoiders among us:

    1. Embrace the season.

    When we think of fall food, we think of gourds, nuts, and spices. Why not turn your Thanksgiving meal into a fall festival? There are tons of recipes that involve pumpkin, squash, acorns, veggies, and all sorts of fall goodies. At the very least, you can find some great side dishes to try.

    2. Speaking of side dishes…

    I’ve often wondered why we only eat stuffing at Thanksgiving. Stuffing is delicious! So is cranberry sauce! So if you want to avoid meat, why not make a meal out of side dishes only? This is a great opportunity to try some new and interesting stuff, and if you’re having a party, you could have everyone bring something different to share.

    3. There’s always Tofurky.

    If you want your meal to have the feel of meat but don’t want an actual dead bird on your table, Tofurky is an option. Made with organic, non-genetically-engineered soybeans, Tofurkey makes several products, including deli slices, sausages, links, pizza, and “jurky.” It’s probably available at your local grocery store.

    And if it’s just not Thanksgiving to you without a turkey on the table, hey, we’re not going to judge. There are greener options you can make with a meat dinner as well — choose a heritage turkey that hasn’t been injected with a bunch of foreign substances to make its breast grow bigger, and shop for veggies at your local farmer’s market.

    What are your suggestions for a green Thanksgiving?

  9. What’s Going On

    Posted on November 18, 2011 by Allie



    Photo by Aka, via Wikimedia Commons


    INHABITAT talks about dragonflies and flying robots.

    Scientific American says Hula painted frog isn’t extinct!

    Crafting a Green World created an adorable holiday craft from toilet paper tubes.

    Rob’s Word discusses pizza’s classification as a vegetable.

    Design*Sponge found beautiful flowers made from trash.

    The Beauty Department has a recipe for a sugar scrub to sooth your winter skin.

    greenUPGRADER has ideas for cutting food waste at Thanksgiving.

    What are your tips for more sustainable holiday celebrations?

  10. Occupied Waste

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Howling Hill

    Image from KVAL

    Watching Occupy Wall Street protests unfold around the nation, I keep having the same thought. No, it’s not about inequity (I think about that all the time) or wanting a government more responsive to the people (I think about that all the time too). Rather, what I keep thinking about is the waste.

    The point of Occupy, to me anyway, is a redistribution of wealth in this country. Thousands of people are dissatisfied with the way our government has run over the last 30 years so they have taken to the streets. This I think is fabulous. (Full disclosure: I have been one of those who have taken to the streets at @OccupyNH). But What I don’t think is fab is all the waste associated with OWS.

    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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