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Green Event Planning

Silvia Milanova | Apr 11, 2011 | Green Living | 

There are many ways you can help preserve the environment; from making big purchases such as buying a hybrid car, to smaller tasks such as composting, being green is becoming easier every day.

But have you ever thought about what environmental impact your special events might have? Hundreds of invitations, plastic cups/utensils/plates, napkins, one-time-use decorations and food go in the trash during just one event. What a waste! The impact from just one event, especially large gatherings, can be pretty significant.

What if you could do it better? What if you could make it greener? Well, if you are interested in practicing your environmentally friendly skills on something more than recycling at home or at your office, here is a guide to organizing an event that both guests and the Earth will enjoy.

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Designing Green With Robin Baron: Greening the Nursery

Robin Baron | Apr 1, 2011 | Green Living | 

I think that preparing for a new baby is one of the most joyous moments in life. Equally exciting, is decorating the nursery that will become the home for your new bundle of joy. Creating an environmentally healthy space for your baby starts with a few basic elements, from the floor up: the carpeting, the crib and bedding, and the wall covering.

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Skin Care For Teens

Chryso D'Angelo | Mar 30, 2011 | Story Behind EcoPlum Products | 

Welcome to my beauty column! This month, we will review an entire product line by Good For You Girls™. The Normal Skin Trio line, made especially for tween and teen girls, includes 4 oz. sizes of Gel Cleanser, Purifying Toner and Daily Moisturizer.

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Dede's Green Scene: Martha Stewart Eco-Friendly Living

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

Martha Stewart has made a name for herself as a guru for all household needs. My mother always turns to her for guidance and I have started to as well (hey, sometimes you want to be the hostess with the mostess!) When I saw that Martha Stewart was asking for vegans to be on her show, I was so excited. I love that the vegan lifestyle is getting a shout out. I decided to further investigate the green side of Martha Stewart and I was pleasantly surprised, Martha Stewart was not only a friend to mothers, but to Mother Earth as well!

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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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