9 Green Gift Ideas for Your Friends

April 3, 2017 by  
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You and your friends are dedicated to going green in every aspect of your lives, from recycling and composting to reducing your carbon footprint. So why should gifts be any different? If you’re looking for the best environmentally friendly…

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How To Teach Your Kiddos To ‘Go Green’

October 30, 2015 by  
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These days, ‘going green’ is more popular than ever, and for good reason. With more attention being brought to the state of our planet, we are quickly learning that we have more of an impact on Mother Earth than we may have thought. While you’ve…

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How going green saves Kaiser $26 million annually

September 26, 2012 by  
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Greener health care products means healthier patients and fuller prockets for hospitals.

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Gernot Wagner on The Futility of Going Green and the Economics of What Really Matters (Podcast)

October 13, 2011 by  
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If bringing your canvas bags to the grocery store, carpooling, and forgoing double cheeseburgers makes you feel good about yourself, terrific. But don’t expect the planet to notice. What the world needs, says Environmental Defense Fund economist Gernot Wagner in his new book, is for us to put a price on carbon. Then things start to get interesting. After his clever hook is out of the way (Wagner himself is a car-less vegetarian), ” But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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X Challenge Oil Spill Cleanup Winners Beat Industry Standard Tech By 400%

October 13, 2011 by  
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A Beginners Guide to Going Green

September 13, 2011 by  
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With climate change and the consequences of carbon emissions being discussed more and more frequently. It’s now come to a point when even the most reluctant environmentalists are asking themselves how we can reduce waste and save energy at home, and with energy prices raising this is a greater concern than ever. For someone new to green behaviours, switching to renewable energy and using only local and ethically produced products are daunting first steps, but taking baby steps to reduce our waste and improve our energy efficiency may be the best start to going green. Here are a few tips to help start you off.

1. A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors, so if you don’t have double glazing, place draught excluders or weather stripping to fill around windows and doors. You could also opt for some insulating honeycomb or cellular blinds; their honeycomb structure traps air, and keeps rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer. These blinds are specifically designed to keep heat in a room, but any heavy window coverings will do the job – just make sure you keep them open while the sun is shining to let it warm the room, and close them before it gets dark so the heat can’t escape!

 

2. Try and cut your water consumption down by taking baths instead of showers and making them as short as possible. Little things like turning the tap off when brushing teeth or doing dishes can add up and make a difference, too, but the simplest way to save water by far is to put a “water saver” in your toilet cistern. You’ll use up to half a gallon less water per flush. Water companies will usually provide you with a water saver if you ask, but if not, an unused brick or a plastic container with a lid, filled with stones or gravel, will do the same job.

 

3. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs. Standard light bulbs have just gone out of production (in the EU at least), so this is about to get far easier! They might be slightly more expensive, but they more than pay for themselves over their lifetime in terms of energy costs. Don’t just rely on energy saving light bulbs and energy efficient appliances to cut down on your electricity consumption, though. Basics such as turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use, and not leaving things on standby or unused chargers plugged in can all make a massive difference.

 

4. Recycle or re-use left-over packaging and containers whenever you can, and try to avoid buying excessively packaged goods in the first place. Use a lunchbox instead of buying pre-packing sandwiches or wrapping everything up in disposable cling-film. And if possible, bring your own mug and coffee to work to avoid endless plastic and paper cups that just end up in the bin- you’ll notice the difference in your wallet as well!

 

5. Keeping the heating on a low setting (if it’s on at all) can go a long way to saving energy and money, and doing the same with the hot-water thermostat on your boiler is a lesser-known way of reducing your energy consumption. Having the hot water temperature anywhere above 140F is a waste of energy as your boiler has to work harder to keep it hot, and turning it down means your baths and showers will be a far more pleasant temperature.

 

Thomas Edward Milson is a UK blogger with a keen interest in green issues. He’s currently blogging on behalf of Hillary’s Blinds.

Double Impact: Why DIY Cleaning Supplies Make Going Green Frugal

August 19, 2011 by  
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Last week, we asked you to join in the Giveaway 4 Good and vote on a new Double Impact challenge by telling us how you prefer to live frugal and green. The votes are in and the majority of readers selected making your own cleaning supplies. Here’s why Sommer Poquette at Green and Clean Mom suggested that as an option for this poll. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Sports Teams Growing Green Thumbs

May 27, 2011 by  
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While the trend to going green may have been met with some hesitation in some circles, it has been picking up steam in the world of professional and collegiate sports in recent years. Professional sports teams in recent years have jumped on the green bandwagon to satisfy the green demands of many fans; along the way, the teams have teamed up with non-traditional sponsors and trimmed costs too

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12 Seemingly Vegan & Vegetarian Foods That Really Aren’t

May 9, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Food & Health . ] It’s a lard-filled, bug-juice-coated jungle out there. Potato chips, peanuts, birthday cake, beer and more can be packed with unexpected animal products like fish gelatin, beef fat, bird feathers and insect innards.

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Designer Drug Deals: Pills + Tablets Make Healthy Gems

May 8, 2011 by  
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[ By Delana in Art & Design & Food & Health & News & Politics . ] For most people, resorting to selling drugs would be a low point in life, not a way to cope with a difficult diagnosis and pay off medical bills. Susan Braig, however, is selling designer drugs for designer prices in order to dig herself out of a significant medical debt

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