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Super Suds

Score Healthy and Eco-Friendly Points at Parties For healthy eaters, Super Bowl parties’ bent toward rich, calorie-laden foods compete with our desire to shed some holiday pounds and return to regular diet regimens. Whether supplying eco-beer selections for guests or bringing refreshments to a gathering, armchair players can score green points both in terms of natural ingredients and supporting the domestic ... Read More »

Tweet Treats

Trim a Tree, Feed the Birds From December 14 through January 5, citizen scientists of all ages will participate in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (Birds.Audubon.org/Christmas-bird-count), the country’s longest-running wildlife census. Audubon and other organizations use the data collected by volunteers to monitor population trends and guide conservation efforts. Whether or not families plan to help Audubon volunteers ... Read More »

USA Made

The Power of Patriotic Purchasing Buying products that are made in the USA supports both our neighbors and nation. Keeping the entire product cycle within our borders employs more Americans, enhances local and national economic security and ensures greater product quality, because American environmental and health regulatory standards are often higher than in other countries. For companies, domestic production can ... Read More »

The Greenest Tree

Go Natural for Christmas The star of many families’ seasonal décor, the annual Christmas tree does not need to become an environmental burden if selected with care. While some individuals have strong opinions about the virtues of a natural tree versus an artificial one, each can have pros and cons. The National Christmas Tree Association points out that 85 percent ... Read More »

Make Mulch

Enrich Garden Soil Naturally Homeowners with gardens have many natural, organic and sustainable options for mulching, which enriches soils with nutrients, helps retain moisture and controls weeds. In most regions, many types of trees can provide ingredients. In northern areas, ridding the yard of fall leaves yields a natural mulch. Apply ground-up leaves, especially from mineral-rich oak and hickory trees, so they ... Read More »

Cell Bill

Overcharging Mobile Devices Wastes Money Smartphone maker Nokia estimates most devices need only about two hours to fully charge, making overnight charging highly wasteful; users also should disengage and unplug chargers from the wall when they’re done. Another helpful tip from BatteryUniversity.com is not to wait until cell phone power is nearly or completely depleted before recharging, because full discharges ... Read More »

New School Rules

Eco Strategies for Back-to-School Prep Families preparing for the coming school year will welcome easy ways to stretch the budget while protecting the environment our kids are growing up in. * Buying new clothes can be expensive, and most of today’s synthetic fibers are petroleum-based, while toxic pesticides are used to grow cotton. For healthier alternatives, check labels for clothes ... Read More »

Garden Gunk

Sewage Can Lurk in Bagged Fertilizers Bagged garden fertilizers help plants grow but store-bought brands can be a scary mix of sewage sludge—treated human, industrial and hospital waste. No federal or state regulations require that sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, be listed on the label. Sludge can also be blended with more natural fertilizer without listing it as an ingredient. Today’s ... Read More »

Fume Free

Tips to Clean Air Inside a Vehicle We look out for the quality of the air we breathe indoors and out and we aim to drive in the most fuel-conscious manner to keep emissions down. What about the air quality inside our vehicles during necessary hours on the road? The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, nonprofit, attests that extreme air temperatures inside cars on especially ... Read More »

Best Weddings

Small, Simple, Sustainable Every couple wants their wedding to reflect their values. Concern for the environment prompts planning that supports eco-friendly local businesses and avoids generating the considerable waste and carbon footprints of traditional events. Veteran green wedding planner and environmentalist Kate Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide, who blogs at GreenBrideGuide.com, assists couples through the process.“I advise couples to look ... Read More »

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