GREEN LIVING

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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Kick the Plastic Habit

By Avery Mack | January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Choose Earth-Friendly Alternatives by Avery Mack Grocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the environment, with more created daily. Annually, the equivalent of five grocery bags of trash for every foot…

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Go Eco Like Grandma

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways by Avery Mack “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living. Preserve…

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A Practical Guide to Composting

By penyaaah | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pick the Best Option for You TRACY FERNANDEZ RYSAVY Yard and food waste make up 25 percent of the garbage destined for municipal landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pick the right composter and this organic waste will easily turn into rich—and free—garden fertilizer, saving landfill space and reducing the volume of greenhouse…

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Investing in Main Street

By John and Trina Voell | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cities, Schools and Churches Move their Money to Local Economies REBECCA LEISHER Since the big corporate banks contributed to crashing the economy in 2008, news sources report that they’ve been rewarded with bailouts, tax breaks and executive bonuses, while American workers have lost jobs and homes. There is little wonder that many Americans—and now, institutions…

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