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LEDs Versus CFLs, It’s No Contest Anymore

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In 2008, I interviewed Dan Fink , a Northern Colorado off-the-gridder and co-publisher of Otherpower.com , a DIY renewable energy website. The interview was the basis for a case study on efficient lighting – the study published in my book, Green Your Home.

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The Small Business Guide To Eco-friendly Take-Out

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The Small Business Guide To Eco-friendly Take Out. We all know that plastic is damaging to the environment.

Eco-Themed Adult Halloween Costumes (Kids Can Try Them Too!)

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Eco-Themed Adult Halloween Costumes (Kids Can Try Them Too!). For some, Halloween is the epitome of autumn. It represents a festive celebration in the heart of Nature’s spectacular color show. It is also an excuse to let your hair down and take on another identity without anyone thinking it is odd.

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Hawaii’s Plastic Beach

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Hawaii’s Plastic Beach. Kamilo Beach. Earth’s oceans are vast – they cover 71% of our planet’s surface – and the majority of that area is never visited or even seen by people, which can make it easy to ignore the growing problem of pollution in our waters.

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How To Make Green Cleaning Products At Home

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How To Make Green Cleaning Products At Home. Clean Green! They’re supposed to keep our homes in tip-top shape, but many commercial cleaning products are really doing anything but.

Plastic Bag Ban: A Tale of Two Cities

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Plastic Bag Ban: A Tale of Two Cities. The photo above depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the U.S. every five seconds. Photo by Chris Jordan.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of LEED

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of LEED. Most of us can agree that moving towards environmentally-friendly building practices is one of the keys to a more sustainable future. After all, the construction industry accounts for around a quarter of all non-industrial waste production in the U.S.,

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Carbon Footprint – Summer Travel

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Carbon Footprint – Summer Travel. For the remainder of the summer why not re-adjust your carbon footprint summer travel plans. By incorporating some simple steps you just may be able to do your share with minimal inconvenience while possibly saving a few bucks at the same time.

DYK, There is Lead in Christmas Lights?

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DYK, There is Lead in Christmas Lights? News media company CNN recently completed a study which shows that four ordinary brands of Christmas lights exhibit lead levels that are high enough to present a danger to children.

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10 Recipes for Homemade Air Fresheners

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10 Recipes for Natural, Homemade Air Fresheners. Natural air fresheners. A great scent can change the feel of a whole room, so it’s natural to want to use pleasant smells to create a warm, inviting home.

Secrets of Green Cultures Part 1: The Nabataeans, Water Warriors

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Imagine a culture that could teach today’s society a thing or two about respecting and harvesting the free, natural resource of water. The Nabataeans were green before their time. They followed a mission of ingenuity while other tribes relied on Nature’s unpredictable handouts.

10 Reasons Vegetarianism Can Help Save the Earth

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10 Reasons Vegetarianism Can Help Save the Earth. Vegetarian living is continuing to gain momentum due to its many advantages both health wise and environmentally. Here 10 reasons why vegetarianism can save the planet as reported in 2010 in The Observer, a United Kingdom periodical. go veg!

4 Things That Should Never Go Down The Drain

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4 Things That Should Never Go Down The Drain. Keep your drain toxic free. A household drain can seem like a convenient way to get rid of unwanted liquid waste – we’ve all been tempted to flush away dirty mop water or to just dump cooking oil down the sink and be done with it.

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WorldWatch Institute Aims for Small Consumer Carbon Footprints

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WorldWatch Institute Aims for Small Consumer Carbon Footprints.

Green Adoption

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Green Adoption. It’s not a subject most people think of when they are talking about environment and sustainability, but even adoption can be a highly “green” process.

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How to Filter Water at Home

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How to Filter Water at Home. Thanks to modern water treatment methods, most of us can turn on the faucet, start a load of laundry, or jump in the shower without worrying about where our water comes from.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: What Is It and What Can You Do?

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: What Is It and What Can You Do? What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Sea of Trash. Tons of plastic and other debris end up in our oceans every year. In fact, of the 200 billion pounds of plastic produced every year, about 10% eventually makes its way to the ocean.

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Christmas around the World; Russia

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Christmas around the World; Russia. Basil’s Cathedral When the religion-hating Soviet Union imploded in 1991, creating (or recreating) 14 countries, traditions that had been buried in the memories of an older generation sprang to life again, and all it took was the slightest breath of freedom.

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A Green Fall Yard Cleanup

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A Green Fall Yard Cleanup. Fall is all about transitions, and nowhere is that more true than in your yard. Trees are dropping their leaves to prepare for winter, summer perennials are starting to fade, and garden tomatoes and melons are giving way to squash and fresh broccoli.

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10 Easy Ways to Conserve Water In Your Yard

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10 Easy Ways to Conserve Water In Your Yard. With the focus on water efficient appliances and other smart ways to conserve water inside, it’s easy to forget how much water we put into our yards and gardens.

Big Belly: Solar Garbage Bins Hit the Streets

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Big Belly: Solar Garbage Bins Hit the Streets. Solar garbage bins hit the streets There is a new kid on the block and it eats lots of garbage.

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So You Think You Might Like Home-Based Geothermal Energy?

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As one informative web site notes, geothermal’s power source never varies – at least on the human scale of plus or minus 75 years.

Going Green Off the Grid

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Going Green Off the Grid. Inside an earthship at Greater World. Being plugged into everyday society can be daunting for some. It is this trapped, unsustainable way of life that takes all good green intentions and throws them out the window.

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Trust for Public Lands Offers Green Gift Suggestions

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Trust for Public Lands Offers Green Gift Suggestions. What do you get for the friend or family member who insists they have everything? The Trust for Public Lands has a few suggestions, ranging from gifts for single or parenting city dwellers to gifts for nature lovers.

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Contain Yourself: The Future of Sustainable Living?

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Sprawling landscapes peppered with colorful homes is a picture painted over and over again depicting our great land and all its living pleasures. However, in the future, living in one of these structures just may become more burdensome than ever before.

10 New Money Saving Eco-Tips

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10 New Money Saving Eco-Tips. Practicing such habits as recycling, re-using, responsible consumerism and more are all ways to keep costs down and eco-healing up.

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A Day in the Life of … the Paper Bag

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A Day in the Life of … the Paper Bag. One of the biggest and potentially most eco-friendly choices we can make is when the sales clerk asks us whether we want paper or plastic.

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The Many Uses of Hemp

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The Many Uses of Hemp. hemp plants. Derived from the cannabis plant, hemp is one of the oldest materials used by humans for well over 12,000 years. In fact, the Declaration of Independence, the American Constitution and Betsy Ross’ flag were all made from or written on hemp.

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Recycling Glass

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Recycling Glass. What is Glass? Glass is made by heating silica – usually in the form of sand – with lime and soda. As the mixture cools, it can be shaped. Other elements, like cobalt or sulfur, are added to create color. Glass has been around for thousands of years. Naturally occurring glass from lightning and volcanoes was used for tool making during the Stone Age, and manufactured glass first appeared in Egypt around 3000 BCE.

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So You Think You Want to Go Solar?

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So You Think You Want to Go Solar? You’ve got your solar-powered battery charger to keep e-waste in check, and your hybrid solar LED lantern to make sure you’re never left in the dark. You even have a solar swimming pool cover, which delivers heat from the sun to your Caribbean-blue pool.

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Earth Day Green Tips

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Earth Day, a global “green” celebration that highlights caring for the planet and all the various forms of life on it, is celebrated on April 20 this year, at least in most of the United States.

Stating the Green Case: Small Business Advantages

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Running a small business is hard enough without having to implement green products or additions. However, what many companies do not realize is that by making their organization more green friendly, in turn, promotes good business.

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A Better Place

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Israeli entrepreneur, Shai Agassi, is one of the leaders of the next generation of ‘giving the finger’ to the antiquated, bloated, often corrupt, greedy and irresponsible fossil fuel industry.

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What is Happening with the Rainforests?

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What is Happening with the Rainforests? It seems that there are so many pressing environmental issues close to home that when someone mentions the rainforest it is hard to picture. Most Americans visualize a beautiful, humid jungle that some people are cutting down here and there.

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Why Join a CSA?

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Why Join a CSA? I’ll be posting here regularly about community supported agriculture (CSA) and my own personal experiences with the tasty, organic produce from my local CSA. What is a CSA?

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A Day in the Life of a Plastic Bag

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A Day in the Life of a Plastic Bag. Plastic first appeared on the scene in 1862, at the Great International Exhibit in London. This coincided with Abraham Lincoln’s declaration of war against the Confederacy, a loose coalition of Southern states.

Why Filter Your Water?

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Why Filter Your Water? What's in Your Water? Most of us are fortunate enough to have easy access to treated water, but is the water that comes from our taps really safe?

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The Many Uses of Hemp

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The Many Uses of Hemp. hemp plants. Derived from the cannabis plant, hemp is one of the oldest materials used by humans for well over 12,000 years. In fact, the Declaration of Independence, the American Constitution and Betsy Ross’ flag were all made from or written on hemp.

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Apparel Corporations Unite to Reduce Environmental Impact

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Apparel Corporations Unite to Reduce Environmental Impact. A recent article by Christina Binkley in The Wall Street Journal reported on a new rating tool setup by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).

20 Uses for Vinegar

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20 Ways to Use Vinegar At Home. Today most of are familiar with vinegar only from cooking – we pickle vegetables in it, toss it in with poached eggs, or put oil and vinegar on our salads. But throughout most of history vinegar hasn’t just been kept in the kitchen. In fact, in the thousands of years it’s been around vinegar has been used for all sorts of things, from the everyday to the theatrical.

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Solar Hot Water Heaters

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Solar Hot Water Heaters. We’re all looking for ways to reduce the waste and pollution that come from fossil fuel use, and what better alternative than the sun, nature’s own energy source. The sun is a nearly inexhaustible source of power: in fact, there’s more energy in the amount of sunlight that hits the Earth in an hour than the whole planet uses in a year!

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8 Green Items Every Home Should Have

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8 Green Items Every Home Should Have. Greening your home can be a daunting process. With all the options out there for reducing waste, boosting efficiency, and getting rid of toxins, it can be hard to know where to start.

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Compare 5 green products with their outdated counterparts

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There are many simple way to live sustainable in your home. Find out how you can act smart, buy smart and go green without losing the convenience you need. As humans, we tend to over consume which creates a lot of waste.