GREEN LIVING

Green Cars Update

By Jim Motavalli | November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Green Cars Update

Plug Into the Latest Trends by Jim Motavall Through August in the U.S., automakers sold 36,380 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV), compared to 16,514 by the same time last year. Sales are booming, although it’s not reflected in fairly flat sales of green cars. overall. The reason is that hybrid sales are being…

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Eco-Packaging Progress Report

By Avery Mack | October 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Eco-Packaging Progress Report

Innovative Uses of Pulp, Paper and Mushrooms by Avery Mack Manufacturers need to protect their products from damage and theft, and also want them to stand out on retail shelves. A common result has been hard-to-open containers relying on excessive cardboard and plastic. Today, more manufacturers are responding to consumer requests for less packaging, making…

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The Rise of Blue Zones in America

By Avery Mack | September 28, 2018 | Comments Off on The Rise of Blue Zones in America

Places that Encourage Healthy Living by Avery Mack Dan Buettner’s book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living…

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ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE

By Avery Mack | August 30, 2018 | Comments Off on ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE

Ways to make Far Less Trash by Avery Mack In manufacturing, a zero waste policy means designing products so that all resources are used or reused. It’s a concept Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, embraced for her family a decade ago in…

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WASTE NO WATER

By April Thompson | July 28, 2018 | Comments Off on WASTE NO WATER

Communities Get Creative in Urging Conservation by April Thompson As fresh water becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on…

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Art that Inspires Action

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | June 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Art that Inspires Action

Artists Work to Save Nature’s Beauty by Avery Mack Eco-art creatively highlights environmental sustainability issues and sparks possible solutions. Mounts Botanical Garden, in Palm Beach County, Florida, hosted Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a thoughtprovoking traveling exhibit featuring giant sea creatures made entirely of marine debris from beaches. “It graphically illustrates the amount…

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We Need Clean Waters

By Avery Mack | May 30, 2018 | Comments Off on We Need Clean Waters

Streams and Rivers Are Life Links by Avery Mack Creeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with…

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Healthy House

By Avery Mack | March 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Easy Ways to Green It Up Living green isn’t difficult or expensive. Start small, one room at a time. In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to…

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FRUGAL FOODIE

By Judith Fertig | March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Practical Uses for Aging Produce When Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally…

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CITY HOMESTEADING

By Randy Kambic | January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Creating Sustainable Urban Living by Randy Kambic Homesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who…

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