are your appliances passive aggressive?

August 23, 2011 by  
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Because you’re sexy, you’ve gotten into the habit of switching off your out of use appliances, but did you know that many appliances enter “passive standby” mode when they are turned off (so they can start up quickly when turned back on), and continue to suck energy after you’ve flipped the “off” switch? In fact, as much as 40 percent of the energy used to power appliances is consumed while they are turned off. Unplugging your appliances is a good way to reduce energy waste by as much as 1000 pounds per year, but can be inconvenient. Try plugging appliances into a power strip with a surge protector. Now unplugging that hard-to-reach desk lamp, your ipod and your cell phone charger is just a flip of the switch!

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shady business.

August 8, 2011 by  
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Gasoline evaporation occurs in your vehicle when the engine is hot whether it’s running or not. Obviously nothing can be done about this when the car is on but parking in the shade can significantly lower the temperature of parked vehicles and thereby reduce the amount of volatile organic materials released into the air. So seek out your own private canopy and ask your boss, business or local shopping mall to consider planting shade trees if they haven’t already. Shade trees increase property value, save customers on gas and save businesses on electric bills (if the shade extends to the building).  Well shaded consumer areas also tend to encourage customers to spend more time and money at retail stores.  Who knew shady could be so cool?

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hey hot stuff.

May 19, 2011 by  
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Yeah you!  Now that you’re using lids on all your pots to heat things up faster  (saving 20-30 % energy) how about harnessing some of that heat?  Next time you’re cooking with gas (or electric), turn the burner off a little early and use the residual heat to cook your food.  This method works great for veggies, rice, potatoes and even pasta (especially if you like it a little el dente).  It seems like such a tiny thing but it’s good for the earth and you can rack up savings on cooking costs.  Just another drop in your sexy eco bucket.

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alch accoutrement.

January 22, 2011 by  
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There’s nothing like a good dram on a cold day.  And have you noticed a lot of those tasty bourbons and whiskeys come in rather hip containers?  Instead of going straight to the recycle bin once the delectable contents have been consumed, why not try to find other household uses for the glass? Dress up your dinner party with your bourbon water carafe or add some color to your powder room with a chic and colorful whiskey mouthwash bottle – hey, it is alcohol after all. Thanks to Nick and Halli Thiel for this tip and photo.

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’round and ’round.

November 11, 2010 by  
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If going green was a class in school, recycling would be the very first lesson. For most of us, recycling has become a piece of cake.  Most communities offer easy ways to recycle at home, at work or school and out and about.  You’ve probably mastered the art of recycling paper, aluminum, glass and plastics, but what about batteries, aerosol cans and packing peanuts?  Lots of items can be recycled that you may not have thought of, like paint, electronics and phone books.  Not sure of what’s recyclable and where to recycle it near you?  1800recycling.com is an awesome resource for information about what’s recyclable and where to do it.  Check it out!  Not only does this handy website pull up info based on your zip code, it also offers great tips and articles on everything green. Recycle is one of the three R’s and when it’s this easy, there’s no excuse not to get on board.

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olive 8 and elaia spa.

November 10, 2010 by  
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We recently had the chance to stay at Seattle’s first LEED certified hotel, Hyatt at Olive 8 and to enjoy the indulgent , yet eco-friendly treatments at the hotel’s Elaia Spa and couldn’t wait to share them both with you as green is sexy’s Place of the Month.  Located at the intersection of Olive and Eighth in Downtown Seattle, the hotel is wrapped in windows making it very bright and airy.  In fact, 75 percent of the building’s interior spaces have access to daylight, which makes the hotel both energy efficient and excellent for people watching in this bustling section of Seattle’s main business and shopping district.  Olive 8 is the first LEED certified hotel in Seattle and one of only 20 LEED certified hotels in the United States.  If you’re not familiar with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), it’s the US Green Building Council’s certification system for green buildings.  To become LEED certified, a building must undergo a rigorous application process in which points are awarded in areas such as sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation.  Olive 8 was awarded a LEED Silver rating, but don’t get the wrong idea – this is no hippy commune or rustic tree house.  We took a tour of the entire property, and if we didn’t know it was a LEED certified project, we might never have guessed.  This glossy, comfortable, luxurious hotel features dual-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads,  special lights that turn off automatically when you leave your room and a salinated pool.  Other green features include: An 8,355 square foot green rooftop (the largest in Seattle) Recycled-content building materials (20% of all materials used to build the hotel are made of recycled content) Low or no-VOC paints and finishes Low or no-VOC carpet Conscious Cleaning using Green Seal approved, low-VOC cleaners In-room recycling and food composting The hotel’s restaurant, Urbane , serves Northwest fare using local and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant dedicates itself to the holistic philosophy of Executive Chef Brent Martin, “good food depends on good ingredients.” Brent and the Urbane staff have cultivated close, personal relationships with a variety of famers, hatcheries, foragers, wineries and breweries throughout the Pacific Northwest to bring fresh, quality ingredients to the table.  Urbane even filters its own water and creates its own cocktail mixers.

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swagger like us.

October 12, 2010 by  
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Here at green is sexy, we’re big fans of showing others what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment, not telling others what they’re doing “wrong”.  We’ve found that the best way to get the people around us to jump on the green train is to simply show them what we’re doing to make a difference.  Try it yourself!  The next time someone offers you a bottle of water, lift up your reusable bottle and say, “I brought my own, thanks!”.  Arriving at book club with snacks tucked into a cute, reusable grocery bag will show your pals that you never leave home without one.  Washing and drying your own lunch dishes will almost certainly start a conversation at the office about your refusal to use five disposable containers a week and dropping your dead batteries off for recycling the next time you brunch at the Farmers Market will show ‘em who’s green.  When your friends and family see how easy it is for you to live your life greenly, they’re sure to adopt at least one of your habits.

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sleepy time rituals.

October 5, 2010 by  
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On a cool fall evening when the day is done and you’re settling into relaxation, consider adding a hot cup of tea to your nighttime rituals. Not only do decaffeinated herbal teas have many benefits for your health (for one, the polyphenols in tea are a natural digestion aid and will increase flow your natural juices used to digest!), but you’ll go to bed feeling warmer, making it less likely to crank that heat dial up before hitting the sack

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greasy goodness goes green.

September 27, 2010 by  
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Applying the second “R” principle – reuse – toward our leftover grease is far easier and tastier than pouring it down the drain, and far better for the environment too! If there’s just a little bit of grease in the pan, wipe it away with a paper towel that can then be tossed in the compost. If there’s a lot leftover, pour the grease into a small can or jar, and keep it covered in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to use it. Duck and goose fats are divine for roasting potatoes (not low cal, but REALLY they’ll be the best roasted potatoes you’ll ever have).

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hot little cover up.

September 24, 2010 by  
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Don’t forget about the all the hot tips you learned in school – if you are taking a class or borrowing a book, fancy yourself a nice paper bag cover. Not only does this give you excuses to write love notes and doodle during class, but a cover helps reduce waste and keeps your books in good condition. Paper bags can also be used for wrapping packages and gifts – but only if you show off your artistic doodles!

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