GREEN LIVING

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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A Gorgeously Greener Holiday

By penyaaah | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fresh Thinking About Décor AVERY MACK GALINA GREBENYUK/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Nature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here…

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