Wines: A Fair Trade Option

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In today’s world, decisions we make often have global implications. Most of us are becoming more concerned with the social and environmental impact of our decisions. Whether it’s choosing a green detergent or a fair trade coffee, we are looking for solutions that help us improve our social consciousness and green living choices.  Are you […]

Does Mountain Biking Harm Nature?

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There is little doubt that the popularity of mountain biking has increased in recent years. This is not without controversy—not long ago, there was discussion about allowing mountain biking in national parks where it had not been allowed before. Here are some of the pros and cons of mountain biking, and some of the suggested […]

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 […]

Be a Green Grocer! Eco Tips for Saving at the Store

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Ask yourself, are your grocery shopping habits wasting money and harming the environment? With the high cost of everything these days, people are learning to be more frugal. In being frugal, you are also very often helping the environment. This is never more evident than when you do your grocery shopping. Take these simple steps […]

Environmental Impact of Overnight Shipping and Greener Delivery Options

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It’s midnight when you realize that you forgot to mail the present for dear aunt Sally’s 75th birthday. If you get it to the post office by 9 a.m. you could send it overnight delivery and no one will be the wiser. But, is overnight shipping really the best idea for the environment? It doesn’t […]

Eating Locally — What’s your Radius?

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Many of us are doing our part to lead healthier lives with minimal impact on our environment. Some time ago I learned of Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, who in 2005 began a one-year experiment of completely eating locally. As with many ideas, they did not set out to create a movement, instead they sort […]

Dirty Gold: What is the Environmental Impact of Gold Mines?

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“Dirty” gold is a term used to describe gold that is mined in an unsustainable, environmentally irresponsible way. Unfortunately, gold is one of the “dirtiest” metals to mine, requiring large amounts of toxic chemicals and generating tons of waste. Here are some of the effects of dirty gold mining practices.