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  • The Pain of Getting on the Train

    Last year, I practically waxed poetic about my public transportation trip into Philadelphia for GreenFest Philly. Yesterday, I again took the same public transportation into the Philadelphia, this time for the Go Green Expo, and there is no waxing poetic. Just a bunch of frustration. I pulled into the parking lot of my local Patco […] More

  • Captain Planet Returns Just in Time

    Back in 1990, Ted Turner decided that TBS needed to create the world’s first eco-hero, and Captain Planet and the Planeteers were born. The cartoon ran for 6 seasons and has been largely unavailable since then. Until now. Even more so than in 1990, the world really needs an eco-hero now, and Captain Planet is […] More

  • Is Miracle, Safe Sanitizer Too Good to be True?

    Did you know that by mixing tap water and table salt you can create a substance that degreases, kills bacteria, cleans and costs less than a penny a gallon? Too good to be true, right? But for decades, this method has been used in Russia and Japan, and it’s slowly gaining acceptance in the U.S. […] More

  • Idling: Why Do We Do It?

    A recently passed New York City law cuts down the acceptable limit of vehicle idling time in school zones from 3 minutes to 1 minute. According to an AP report, the law also gives additional city agencies the ability to issue violations and creates a way for officials to track those violations. Idling in school […] More

  • Standardized Cell Phone Chargers are on Their Way

    Get a new cell phone. Get a new cell phone charger. And probably a new car charger, too, right? It’s always seemed silly to me that all cell phones can’t use the same charger. Silly and wasteful. That may be changing. Bloomberg reports that mobile phone manufacturers and operators “will develop a standardized handset charger […] More

  • Is Climate Change Making Us Mental?

    If you were to click on my bio here for Sustainablog, you’d see that I started down this green path because my son who was six at the time had read about global warming and gave us the β€œwhat for” over the SUV we owned. We joke now with him that he was the one […] More

  • Don’t be a Grinch: Keep Christmas Leftovers from Getting Dumped

    Que the voice of Boris Karloff… It was quarter past dawn… All the Whos, still a-bed, All the Whos, still a-snooze When he packed up his sled, Packed it up with their presents! The ribbons! The wrappings! The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings! When the Grinch stole Christmas, he not only stole […] More

  • Book Review: When Santa Turned Green

    Have you been waiting for a green Christmas story for children? I found one. While perusing Barnes and Noble the other day I came across When Santa Turned Green by Victoria Perla. Here’s the premise. Global warming is wreaking some havoc at Santa’s workshop. It’s causing a leak in the roof. Since Santa’s got a […] More

  • Reducing Your Recycling: Part 2

    On Tuesday, I wrote about the dip in demand for recyclable materials. Recyclables are piling up in warehouses, and as long as the economy continues to head in the direction it’s heading, demand probably won’t increase. It’s a problem. What’s the solution? I’m not sure what the solution is in the grand scheme of things, […] More

  • Reducing Your Recycling: Part 1

    Before anyone starts screaming, “What, I thought I was supposed to recycle! This girl is crazy.” let me explain. I’m not advocating throwing recyclables in the trash to end up in a landfill. I’m talking about putting more focus on the first two parts of the environmentalist’s mantra – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Over the past […] More

  • How to Find a Locally Grown Christmas Tree

    Last month, I did a little research to find out if I was breaking any “green laws” with my yearly real Christmas tree. It may seem counter-intuitive, but I discovered that many environmentalists are pro-real Christmas trees over artificial trees. Why is it considered more environmentally friendly to cut down trees than have an artificial […] More

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    Compost vs Landfill: Does it Really Make a Difference?

    Editor’s note: Many thanks to Dr. John at FloppingΒ Aces for bringing this 6-year-old-post back into our “Popular Right Now” column for a few minutes. I hope he’s given himself a good pat on the back for his snarky observation; I hope you’ll read just a bit more than he obviously did…. it’s a short post, […] More

  • Curbside Composting: A Valuable Community Service

    This past spring, my family and I were able to get all the compost we needed for our vegetable garden from a local community’s compost pile at their department of public works. The compost was created from all of the leaves and yard clippings that had been collected curbside. Many communities collect leaves, clippings and […] More

  • Green Consumers Willing to Spend a Little More This Holiday Season

    My favorite radio station is usually giving the news every morning just about the time I’m making my boys’ lunches. Lately, I’ve been flipping the station as soon as I hear the news start. It’s a variation on a theme each morning. The Dow is down. One bank or another is failing. The government is […] More

  • Mother Nature (Network) is Looking for Interns

    If the college turnout for last week’s elections are any indication, we are fortunate in this country to have a population of highly passionate, highly informed young adults. The Mother Nature Network is looking to tap into some of that youthful energy by bringing on college interns whose passions run for the environment. The soon […] More

  • Thrifty Thursdays: Plan Ahead to Make Leftover Turkey Recipes

    Thanksgiving is only two weeks away. I always host the holiday at my house, and I always cook a turkey that is far larger than our needs for our feast. Why? I want the leftovers. Since cooking a turkey is time consuming, not too many of us do it outside of our holiday dinners. By […] More

  • Closing Down Shop – Snooze Fest Hugg.com will Disappear at the end of the Year

    “It’s Digg for Green.” When you first access hugg.com’s homepage, that’s the message that pops up by its logo. Unfortunately, the user generated database of green articles never caught on like Digg, and as of next Monday, November 17th, it will not be accepting new submissions. At the end of this year, Hugg.com will be […] More

  • Shouldn’t Every Day be America Recycles Day by Now?

    November 15th is officially America Recycles Day. Sponsored by the National Recycling Coalition, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 11th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work […] More

  • What Should President-Elect Obama’s First Sustainable Act Be?

    It’s been unusually quiet here on Sustainablog the past few days. I assume everyone was gearing up for yesterday. Perhaps we were all reading up on the issues we’d be voting for in our individual states. Perhaps we were out canvasing our neighborhoods, encouraging people to vote. Or, perhaps we were simply biting our nails […] More

  • Thrifty Thursdays: Cooking Once for the Whole Week

    We write a lot about saving money on Thrifty Thursdays, but today I want to write about saving something that is often more valuable than money – time. Making a commitment to eating better often means making a commitment to putting more time into preparing what you are going to eat. Meals made from scratch […] More

  • Starbucks to Double Its Purchase of Fair Trade Coffee in 2009

    Earlier this month, Starbucks took a beating by environmentalists when it was reported that the coffee chain was wasting up to 6 million gallons of water daily. Just a few weeks later, the are making environmental news again, but this time for something positive they are doing. Yesterday, TransFair USA and the Fairtrade Labelling Organiations […] More

  • Ward Off Energy Sucking Vampires Just in Time for Halloween

    Did you know that you could have vampires in your home at this very moment? Most of us do – in the form of a vampire load. A vampire load (also known as a phantom load) is the power that is sucked from a piece of electronic equipment when it is seemingly turned off (but […] More

  • 24 African Countries Double Their Yield Using Organic Farming

    A recently released UN report on the effects of organic, or near organic, farming methods in 24 African countries has some interesting, and encouraging, findings. 114 projects in the 24 African countries were analyzed and the results found that yields more than doubled where the organic, or near organic, methods were implemented. In East Africa […] More

  • It’s Hip to Drink Tap: 7 Reasons to Give up the One-Time Use Bottle

    I try not to eco-judge people. But recently, I’ve been silently judging people at the grocery store with cases of water at the bottom of their cart. And there are a few friends of mine who I’ve thought about lecturing, but I don’t because I know there is no better way to turn someone off […] More

  • Are You Ready for a Four Day Work Week?

    There is an interesting explanation about how our five day, forty hour work week standard almost wasn’t in the book Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic. It seems that in 1933, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would make thirty hours the official work week for Americans. Anything past that would have been overtime. It […] More

  • Should Americans be Buying Olive Oil Made in the U.S?: Part 2

    In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how the demand for inexpensive olive oil in large quantities is causing environemental problems in some of the world’s largest olive oil producing countries including Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal. It’s estimated that 95% of the olive oil in the country comes form the Mediterranean region. For […] More

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