Grow Your Own Greens

by Lisa Stauber May 11th, 2015 Easy Ideas, For the Kitchen, Reduce

Recently, Be Green Info brought you a story about locavores – consumers committed to eating locally grown food, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions from long distance trucking and the overpackaging that accompanies food from far away. Sometimes, though, there isn’t any local produce available, or farmer’s markets are held at inconvenient times and places.

What’s an environmental foodie to do? Forget about buying carbon credits – it’s easy to grow your own salad! Even an apartment dweller can plant a few greens in a container on a patio.

Lettuce and other greens are easy to grow and make a great fall weather

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Is Ethanol the Answer?

by Lisa Stauber May 10th, 2015 Pollution, Reduce

Ethanol has been touted as an alternative, renewable energy source. It is created from plant matter, and there is no drilling required. If the United States could convert from imported oil to an ethanol-based biofuel, energy independence would be assured. Or would it?

Ethanol in America is derived from corn kernels and has been used to fuel cars in the past. In fact, Henry Ford’s Model T was designed to run on 100% ethanol. The Clean Air Act passed in 1990 mandates that standard petroleum-based gasoline is to be mixed with ethanol in certain cities to cut down

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Clean Clothes With Less Water

by Lisa Stauber May 9th, 2015 Easy Ideas, Household Hints, Reduce

We’ve heard the standard advice of using low flow toilets, not watering during the heat of the day, and using a bucket to wash the car. Here are some easy ways to reduce your water consumption in the laundry room.

Get new appliances. An average top-loading washer uses 40 gallons for a full load; a super capacity machine can use up to 57 gallons. Front loading washers use about half as much water and are the easiest way to reduce your household

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Organic Eating Without Busting the Budget

by Lisa Stauber May 8th, 2015 For the Kitchen

Organic foods are hot and trendy. They are the cream of the crop, pampered and babied from the grower to the table. Studies have indicated that organic produce is more nutritious, and this niche market has exploded as consumers try to avoid commercial pesticides and other chemical contaminants in their food.

There is a down side, however. Organic food is pricey. It costs more to grow food without chemicals, and farmers pass the increased cost on to their customers. What’s a health conscious greenie on a budget to do?

You don’t have to buy everything organic

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