Cork Benefits Wine And The Environment

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The next time you pop a wine cork, drink a toast to the environment. That’s because your choice of wine closures has a real impact on the health of the planet.

Cork is still the hands-down favorite closure for wines sold in the U.S. because it allows wine to age properly, and it is part of the romance of wine. (Have you ever heard of someone saving a screw-cap from a memorable dinner?) But corks are also the favorite closure for the environment.

Corks are made from the bark of a particular species of oak tree found in the Mediterranean Basin. There is no shortage of cork and the oak trees are never cut down for their bark. [Continue reading]

The Nogg Chicken Coop: A Hip Design for the Urban Chicken

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The nogg is a modern chicken coop that has been designed in the shape of an egg. The coop, which can house between 2-4 chickens, adds a touch of playful elegance to domestic farming and looks beautiful in any garden environment—urban or rural. The … [Continue reading]

Do You Really Understand the Disadvantages of Solar Energy?

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When deciding whether to convert your home to solar power, it's easy to get caught up in the glitz of technology and the glamour of a green dream home. However before making a decision this important — not to mention the sizable investment — take … [Continue reading]

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

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What's your carbon footprint? Do you know? Should you know? And how do you go about figuring it out? Let's start with the basics. Carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, … [Continue reading]

Bamboo Cutting Boards

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I know cutting boards aren’t really all that exciting when it comes to kitchen equipment.  They certainly can’t compare to those flashy knives with the gleaming edges, or that sexy Mixmaster with ten speeds, all chromed out.  Oh, and what about that … [Continue reading]

Save Energy With These Green Tips for a Cool Summer

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The energy used in an average home costs more than $2,200 a year and contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than a typical car. With summer and the high costs of cooling right around the corner, use these tips from the Environmental Protection … [Continue reading]

Environmental Quotes

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We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732 … [Continue reading]

Environmental Quotes

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And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat … [Continue reading]

Green Living: Reuse Resource For Families

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As the holiday season winds down and your children are immersed in all things new, what happens with all those old toys, games, and clothes? Are there a few things you still need and would like to find? Parents know how remarkably fast our … [Continue reading]

What Is Solar Power?

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More people than ever are are deciding to go green at home. And, often, one of the first things they want to know about is solar power. To explain all the ways that solar power can be used at home would take days, so let's start with a simpler … [Continue reading]