About Barbara Holbrook

Barbara lives in Southern California where she writes about technology, design and smart ways to go green.

Paper or Plastic? The Definitive Answer to The Bag Question

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Paper versus plastic? Choosing the most environmentally-friendly bag is the eternal dilemma at the end of every shopping trip. Do you know the answer? What is the best bag, paper or plastic? Both paper bags and plastic bags effect the environment. Paper requires trees and lots of energy to recycle. Plastic, while technically recyclable, is […]

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 markers are non-toxic, recyclable and — if you use whiteboard markers regularly — cheaper over the […]

Green Tips: Close the Door to Conserve Heat

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Looking for a quick, free way to get on the energy conservation bandwagon? Keep your doors closed inside and contain heat to the rooms you’re in. If your family is anything like mine, then you probably tend to congregate in one or two rooms. Keeping the doors closed to rooms that aren’t currently being used […]

Green Tips for Cars: Relax and Let it Ride

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Fuel efficiency is a major component of making your car as environmentally friendly as possible. Earlier this week we talked about slowing down to save gas. If you really want to get the most green out of every gallon, then it’s time to relax and just let It ride. Go easy on the brake and even […]

Where to Recycle Computer Monitors For Cheap, For Free or For Cash

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Upgrading computer monitors is one of the easiest ways to improve to your computer setup. This is especially true if you’re replacing one of the old CRT monitors. Unfortunately, new computer equipment also creates a dilemma. What to do with the old equipment? Or, in this case, how do you recycle computer monitors? The most […]

Raising an Eco-cat: Green tips and Earth-friendly products for kitties

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We spend a lot of time focusing on how to make our families, our homes and our lifestyle more “green.” But, what about our pets? Even small animals can leave a heavy environmental footprint if, as pet owners, we don’t take the initiative to make green choices. While some eco-friendly options for pet ownership will […]

Green Tips: Fan Out For Maximum Heat

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Radiators and wall heaters are often inefficient at heating large spaces. This can be a real drain on your heating bill. Go green! Make your old heater more eco-friendly by using an oscillating fan to spread heat evenly through the room. Oscillating fans are especially helpful in older homes that rely on their heating from a […]

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 cars. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, aren’t just better for the environment, they can save you a lot […]

Green Tips for Cars: Lighten Your Load

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Looking for ways to save gas and increase your fuel economy? Then it’s time to Lighten Your Load. Clear your car of extra baggage and you can improve your fuel economy by two percent for every 100 pounds. Are you still carrying around that extra car seat from your nephew’s visit last month? Do you have luggage […]

Green Dry Cleaners: 3 Environmentally Friendly Dry Cleaning Alternatives

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Dry-clean-only clothes are often a necessity for those who work in professional environments. Unfortunately, dry cleaning clothes has all sorts of nasty side effects. The whole system uses toxic chemicals that can wreak havoc on the environment and aren’t too healthy for you either. So, what’s the alternative cleaning method? Perhaps, you’ve noticed signs for green […]