Old Fashioned Environmentalism

by Lisa Stauber January 12th, 2015 Reduce, Reuse

Use it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Do without

This was a popular ditty during the Depression era, when pinching pennies was a way of life. It’s also a useful poem for consumers to remember as they try to shop in a more environmentally conscious way.

Use it up: This is self explanatory. Squeeze every bit of toothpaste from the tube, store detergent upside down to get the last drop, eat the whole apple. You’ll throw away less.

Wear it out: Don’t upgrade basic things because you can. Keep the same dishes, towels, sheets, and household items until they wear out. Drive your old car for

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Grow Your Own Greens

by Lisa Stauber January 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

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Is Ethanol the Answer?

by Lisa Stauber January 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 January 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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