Recycle with Crafts by Making Juice Can Puppets

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Recycling doesn’t always have to be about sorting and tossing into bins. Reuse is a popular form of recycling and it’s so much more fun! Re-using recyclables to make crafts will get your children excited about eco-crafting. Juice Can Puppets are kid-friendly craft can easily be adapted for all ages. These juice cans are the […]

8 Tips to Make Your Historical Restoration Project Green

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Restoring a historical home is a labor of love. But just because you’re taking your home back in time, doesn’t mean you can’t use some modern know-how. In fact, sustainable restoration can actually honor the intent of the original builders. Here are 8 tips for going green when restoring a historic home. 1. Whether your […]

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 […]

Sustainable Living — Learning From My Past

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As a teenager growing up in the seventies, I lost count of the number of times I heard my parents say “ Go back into your room and turn out the lights.” Or “set the thermostat back to 68 degrees and put on a sweater if you’re cold.” When I would ask why, I’d get […]

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 along bike. Odd looking by themselves, these childrens bikes have […]

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 motorcycles and scooters. Others learned the value of proper car maintenance. It’s true! Preventative maintenance for your vehicle […]

Are You Ready to Ban Plastic Bags?

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A plastic bag can sit in a landfill, or even the ocean bottom, for centuries, perhaps breaking into smaller and smaller pieces, but never disappearing entirely. There is no debate: plastic shopping bags are bad for the environment. The question is what can we do about it?

Plastic Recycling By The Numbers

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Plastic recycling, the process of recovering plastic and reprocessing it to create new products, can vary greatly from state to state. Who collects the old plastic and what can be recycled is determined by each city or county on an individual basis. The only constant is the sorting system — the plastic recycling numbers that identify […]

Adventure Cycling: Training for a Long Bike Trip

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If you are just getting started in Adventure Cycling, the first thing to consider is your training needs. How far do you want to go and how many days do you have to travel? I am currently planning a four day Bicycle Touring trip of about 220 miles. I’ll be carrying 30 pounds of gear […]

Eco-Friendly Ideas for Recycled Insulation Materials in Your Home

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Have you ever given much thought to your home insulation materials? Is your insulation eco-friendly? If not, perhaps it’s time to consider using recycled insulation materials. Energy prices rarely fall over the long term, and very few of us have the option to continuously heat or cool our homes with free sources of energy. Insulating […]