About Barbara Holbrook

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

Skoy Cloths: Replace Paper Towels with Greener Alternative

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According to ALighterFootprint.com, Americans send 3,000 tons of paper towels to landfills each day. We really need a greener solution. Some folks opt for sponges or dish cloths that, while fine for specific tasks, doesn’t completely fill my need for paper towels. Sponges are too small to absorb large spills, and dish cloths take so […]

Cooking Green: 15 Eco Tips for the Kitchen

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Cooking green isn’t about recreating Dr. Suess’ famous eggs. Being a green cook means making earth-friendly choices in how we prepare our food. Luckily, it’s a recipe that we can follow for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As eco-minded consumers, it’s easy to focus on the big money items — buying green appliances or building a […]

The Green House: a new building revolution

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We only have one world to live in. Everywhere we go, people are more aware of their carbon footprint, choosing not to deplete natural resources without a thought about how they will be replenished. This awareness is leading to lifestyle changes that can be described as a new era in building the American dream. The era of […]

Green Tips for Cars: Don’t Let Your Car Idle

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Do you ever stop to think about how much waiting we do while “running” around town. If you’re ready to make your errands more environmentally friendly, then don’t be idle. Idle engines are the Devil’s playthings. An idle engine gets zero miles per gallon. In fact, letting your engine idle for more than ten seconds is […]

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 […]