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  • Buying Second-Hand Online: Better for your Wallet & the Planet

    Buying second-hand products as a means to saving money and resources is kind of a no-brainer: gently used items will always cost you less, and you’re making more efficient use of the materials and energy that went into creating them. Taking your thrift shopping online expands the possibilities of finding just the right thing… More

  • 5 Green Shopping Tools

    Not ready to green every aspect of your life? Your choices as a consumer make for a relatively painless way to start living more responsibly… and these five online tools can help you do it. More

  • Why Buy Local? Why Not? [Infographic]

    Feeling the need to do some holiday shopping over the next few days? No doubt, some will find Black Friday (or, shoot, Black Thursday now) deals too tempting to resist. But if you can wait a day, and focus your buying on small, local businesses on Small Business Saturday, you’ll avoid a lot of environmental impact, and do more good for your local economy. More

  • Introducing The 2011 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide!

    This holiday season, Insteading will feature a series of posts about simple, sustainable, DIY/handmade gift ideas. These posts will help to spark your imagination as well as support small businesses, crafters, and makers in communities around the country. More

  • Three Sane Alternatives To Black Friday Shopping Madness

    If you’re not interested in being trampled while searching for holiday gifts, but still want to take advantage of the good deals that are available on Black Friday, here are a couple of alternatives that will save you time, money, and your sanity. More

  • FTC Green Guide & Marketing: Greenwashing or Truth in Advertising?

    Green is a hot trend, and businesses try to capitalize on consumers’ concern for the environment by touting their products’ eco-friendly traits.  “Recyclable”, “natural”, “compostable”, “biodegradable”, “organic”…what do these terms mean?  Unfortunately for consumers, there are no standards or consensus about what green actually signifies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the governmental agency in […] More

  • Earth Day Giveaway: Aveda's Chakra™ Balancing Body Mists

    After several weeks of the annual press release barrage, I generally agree with David Quilty’s assessment of marketing efforts surrounding this event… and his claim that “we cannot shop our way to a cleaner planet.” Like David, I’ve gotten those same press releases… and, by and large, ignored them. On the other hand, people do […] More

  • Eight Ways to Make Money-Saving Meals with Organic Foods

    Did you know that organic food can save you money? This may possibly surprise you, since supermarket organic food sometimes has the reputation for being wilted and overpriced. But there’s a few tips and tricks (which you are about to learn) which make it possible for you to save money while going organic with your […] More

  • Why I Love Flea Markets

    Reduce, reuse, recycle. How many times have you heard that one? Whatever the case, one of my favorite ways to practice the second “r” is by frequenting the local flea markets. Why buy new when there’s plenty of used items in this world that could use a good home? I am convinced you could get […] More

  • Shopping Guide to Buying Organics

    Let’s face it: buying organic can be pricey, and sometimes it’s just not in our budgets to buy everything organic. When you’ve got to be choosy, it helps to also be informed. The Environmental Working Group released its 2010 guide to organic shopping. The guide lists food items that are the most likely to be […] More

  • Frugal Food Tips from the Eco-Frugal Life Guide

    The folks at Coupon Sherpa just launched a new Eco Eco-Frugal Life Guide, with a whole chapter all about sustainable eats. The guide’s first chapter is full of advice on topics from buying produce to conserving and sharing food. Here are a few excerpts: More

  • Eating Less Requires Training

    “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” says Michael Pollan. While I’m pretty good at eating real, non-processed food and basing my diet on plants, I struggle with the “not too much” part. I love food. I probably love it a little too much. Although I’m very active, I carry around 10-20 extra pounds from […] More

  • Cook More, Shop Less

    With all of the attention being paid to the platforms of foodies like Jamie Oliver and Michael Pollan, you would think that Americans would cook more and rely less on fast- and processed-food. The misperception that cooking is too time consuming turns out to be a major roadblock on our path to a sustainable national […] More

  • Financial Sustainability: The Best Things in Life are Free

    Millions of Americans are declaring financial sustainability, even if they don’t exactly call it that. After all, we can’t borrow our way out of debt. We’re paying down or paying off credit cards. We’re getting rid of our mortgage or putting an extra payment toward the principal balance (which has huge cost savings advantages). Or […] More

  • 10 Sustainable Lifestyle Tips: #1-5

    In a previous post, I listed five of the best things I think you can do in order to live a sustainable lifestyle. Now, here is the top five list. #5: Leave the Plastic Plastic probably has not shown us it’s true face yet. We think it’s convenient, useful for many things, and cheap. But […] More

  • Shopping for the Green and Local – Online

    GenGreenLife, National Geographic Green Guide and partner to form new online portal to green products and services Looking for a carpet cleaner that doesn’t use all kinds of dangerous high-VOC cleaning products? Have a hunkering for some tofurkey slices but are out of town and away from your favorite natural foods grocer? If you […] More

  • The Twelve Days of sustainablog: Dumpster Diving, Online Shopping and Hand Towels

    With several new GO blogs launching in March, a few of sustainablog’s regulars moved on to other posting assignments. We were fortunate that a number of friends, such as the folks at Life Goggles, Environmental Defense Fund, and Eco-Libris, did admirable jobs in filling the gap.  Additionally, we were pleased to republish several posts from […] More

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