Turn Over a New Leaf, Pick up the Yard Nature’s Way

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Autumn leaves turn gold, red, and brown, but you can still stay green with a plan for leaf-pickup.

Green as she was in so many other ways, my grandmother’s manner of leaf disposal such a waste. Even today, depending on where you are, you see people needlessly destroying a tremendous natural resource. If your idea of “leaf pick up” means you rake them into the street or into cans and burn them, or bag them into plastic, please rethink your notion of a leaf pick up.

Rather than thinking, “leaf pick up,” why don’t we think in terms of leaf removal, as in re-moving those red and gold beauties to another spot, one fully able to make them “green” again.

Let’s face it: burning is out of the question. Although it seems to some a natural method of leaf removal, since the burning of vegetation is in certain circumstances beneficial to the environment, in the case of burning yard leaves, it is not. [Continue reading]

Natural Fiber Area Rugs of Sisal, Jute and Seagrass

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Fiber is good for more than your digestive system. It also makes a heck of a natural fiber area rug. Go ahead- try that with your granola! But seriously... Natural fiber area rugs are commonly woven from seagrass, sisal and jute. Contrary to … [Continue reading]

Environmental Quote of the Day

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Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat – glimpsed on a night … [Continue reading]

Lunchsense Lunch Boxes for Meals on the Go

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A place for everything and everything in its place. If this sounds a bit like you, then you'll probably appreciate the bento-like Lunchsense Lunchbox.  The Lunchsense Lunchbox is a pack-and-carry set for food to go. The contents vary, but the … [Continue reading]

Green Interior Design Ideas to Update Your Home Decor

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So, you've been making changes and "going" green. Are you ready to take the next step? Sustainable living starts at home and updating your décor with a green interior design makeover should be at the top of your list for eco-friendly … [Continue reading]

Drive green with 7 eco-conscious tips for fuel economy

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Thanks in no small part to the horror of rising fuel prices, gas-guzzling Americans have been forced to cut back on gas consumption. Some tried car-pooling, discovered public transportation or gained new skills for alternative transportation like … [Continue reading]

What Are Corn Starch Biocompostables aka PLA Plastics?

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Traditional plastic is made from petroleum products. The production of petroleum-based plastics involves all kinds of chemicals, some of which have raised health concerns among consumers. The other problem is that these type of plastics do not … [Continue reading]

Eco-Friendly Markers Turn Your Whiteboard Green

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Do you love the smell of markers in the morning? Not anymore. There's a reusable marker on the market that's removing the toxic smell of traditional whiteboard markers and doing a whole lot more for the environment, too. Auspen reusable whiteboard … [Continue reading]

Save More, Spend Less with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb, we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 … [Continue reading]

Ride Along Bikes

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Not too long ago, standing outside a convenience shop, a father and daughter rolled up on their bikes. My three-year-old daughter looked at me and said, “Daddy, that’s what I want. I want a big girl bike.” What she was pointing at was a ride … [Continue reading]