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Your Guide to Environmentally-Friendly and Carbon Neutral Homes

Mike Greenwald & Silvia Milanova | Mar 23, 2011 | Green Living | 


Trying to proactively live a greener life may seem tough for some people. Recycling could be the first thing that comes mind, but that alone won’t reduce your carbon footprint. There are ways that living green can be much easier. An environmentally-friendly home can make that happen.


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The Accidental Locavore: What's Lurking in Your Refrigerator?

Anne Maxfield | Mar 22, 2011 | Food and Dining | 


What’s lurking in your refrigerator? Chances are what’s green in your refrigerator, has nothing to do with the green lifestyle you’re really striving for. By now you’ve probably long forgotten any and all New Year’s goals, after all it’s almost spring, and the sooner we can put this winter behind us, the better, right? The Accidental Locavore is revisiting one of my three goals from January: Clean out your refrigerator, and fill your freezer. Why? A full refrigerator and freezer saves energy and saving energy saves money.

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Sustainable Coffee Part II: Going Greener One Sip at a Time

Silvia Milanova | Mar 8, 2011 | Green Living | 


Last month we introduced you to Tiny Footprint Coffee, a Minneapolis-based company, which plants one tree in Ecuador's Mindo Cloudforest for every pound of coffee sold. This month, we are focusing on two more companies that are doing more than just brewing delicious coffee - they are also pampering the planet by eliminating their carbon footprints.

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Designing Green With Robin Baron: If Walls Could Talk

Robin Baron | Mar 7, 2011 | Green Living | 


Walls are a great opportunity to add drama, make a statement and bring a room together. I consider them a blank canvas; a great place to add personality. Of course we can do this by adding color with paint, but there are so many fun, cool and creative wallpapers and coverings out there today, that it opens up other exciting opportunities for us to express ourselves… it’s not just your grandmother’s wallpaper anymore!

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Still Doubting Climate Change?

JD Capuano | Mar 4, 2011 | Climate Change | 


Numbers usually don’t scare me. I’ve always been receptive to them. Even as a young boy I could memorize phone numbers in a flash. Yet two numbers scare me: 1 and 20 percent.

It’s not the numbers by themselves, rather the divide between what they each represent that concerns me. The first represents a pattern of scientific fact, and the second a pattern of belief.

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Dede's Green Scene "Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most"

Dede Tabak | Feb 28, 2011 | Entertainment and Media | 


Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most, a book written by Jeffrey Hollender and Alexandra Zissu, might as well be called 'gamma radiation' because the book will transform you into a green monster! Through this book, Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and creator of Seventh Generation products, has chosen to share his knowledge and passion for the environment with the rest of the world. What Hollender and Zissu created is the ultimate guide to being green (and I am not talking about the Incredible Hulk.) Whether you have just been bitten by the green bug and are looking for a starting point, or you’re a greenie who’s looking to take it to the next level, Planet Home is a book filled with such wonderful ideas and suggestions, that it's unlikely to leave your side.

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A Treasure Trove: Upcycling and Recycling Trash

Mike Greenwald and Silvia Milanova | Feb 25, 2011 | Green Living | 


Plastic bottles turn into fashionable clothes, magazines into chic bags and tires into durable wallets. Magic, you say? Well, technically no. But it is upcycling.

If you're unfamiliar with upcycling, the process takes used materials and creates items of equal or greater value. The opposite of downcycling, which produces lesser quality items, creating higher quality items through upcycling can be as simple as finding a better use for a recycled item. With all of those plastic bottles laying around, new art is waiting to be created. With a little ingenuity, the possibilities are endless.

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The Accidental Locavore: I Love Cheese!

Anne Maxfield | Feb 17, 2011 | Food and Dining | 


I love cheese. One of the great pleasures in going to France is the never-ending arrays of cheeses, made from all kinds of milk: cow, goat and sheep. And happily for the Accidental Locavore, there are more and better local, artisanal cheeses. So reading that the FDA in its (warped) attempts to make us healthier and safe, while still kowtowing to big business, wants to ban raw milk cheeses, gets me really upset!

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Greening Our Schools: Beyond the Bake Sale - Eco-Friendly Fundraising for Schools

Emily A. Fano | Feb 4, 2011 | Food and Dining | 


In these cash-strapped times, Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), are looking for creative, simple and low-cost ways to keep money flowing into their coffers. Bake sales have been an old standby. But with 31 percent of U.S. school-age children overweight or obese, and growing concern over global environmental challenges, many schools are looking to move beyond the bake sale. Today, there are a wide range of eco-friendly and healthy fundraising options that can bring in cash, help the environment and teach valuable lessons.

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Nature's Rescue by Redken

Chryso D'Angelo | Feb 2, 2011 | Green Living | 


Welcome to my beauty column! This month, I review an entire product line by Redken called Nature’s Rescue. The line includes Refreshing Detox Shampoo, Refining Sea Polish, Cooling Deep Conditioner and Radiant Sea Spray.

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