Pressure canners and pressure cookers seem to be everywhere I look now. Canning in particular seems like an obvious way to store the goodness of a haul from the local farmer’s market through the winter. I picture a pantry full of applesauce, carrots, squash, green beans, squash and more. From what I hear, tomatoes and [...]
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Looking to clear your clutter in the most eco-friendly way possible? This article on Shine presents 4 ways to do just that.
Here are their 4 tips:
1. Make some money: consign high-end clothes, sell collectibles on eBay, etc.
2. Have a place in your home… where you can place items to be donated
3. Have a swap party [...]
I had just remembered a recycling tip that I had heard on HGTV’s show Living With Ed: when recycling a plastic or glass bottle, it has to be lid-free. The reason for this is that most recloseable lids are of a non-recyclable material. Rather than being separated later, a perfectly reusable bottle will get thrown [...]
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Great post over at the Carbon Conscious Consumer Blog. According to a new study referenced in an article in the UK Telegraph, there are 2 basic keys to one’s happiness.
* Give money away, especially in a socially-responsible way, to attain true happiness.
* Make friends with others that aren’t as wealthy as [...]
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Spring is absolutely blooming here in Northern California. My Apple weather widget tells me that it’s 70 degrees currently in my town. Sunny and clear with a slight breeze.
I’ve got my feet up, resting from an Easter brunch in our backyard. Once our boys wake up, we’re off to another Easter party.
And looking [...]
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Within the last 2 years:
My sister-in-law bought a new car
My mother-in-law bought a new car
This drives me nuts:
We own a Toyota Prius.
Both my sister-in-law and mother-in-law have ridden in it.
They both tell us how much they like our Prius.
Neither bought a hybrid.
Sadly, it was both an uncertainty over driving a different kind [...]
Weather in the San Francisco Bay Area has been phenomenal this weekend: clear, 70 degrees, sunny. It’s as if spring came two weeks early.
With sunny weather comes yard work. For me, this means breaking out my favorite tool: my push lawn mower. One hour and one beer later, I’m tired but writing this post.
Five reasons [...]
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The farmer’s market season is upon us, and time to reap the benefits. With daylight savings time change this weekend, and the first day of spring just 2 weeks away, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the simple joy of a farmer’s market.
Do you know where your [...]
One of our favorite blogs, green or otherwise seems to have wound down to a stop.
As of today, blogger Vanessa from Green As a Thistle is hanging it up. Somewhat. She’s mildly cagey, but she is giving the distinct impression that today was her last post.
And what an inspiring post it was! Looking for truth, [...]
Freegans were profiled on Oprah yesterday, reported on by Lisa Ling.
In fact, Lisa Ling has a great post on freeganism, waste and where the US fits into all of this.
For the uninitiated, what is a freegan?
This growing grassroots subculture is made of people who have decided to live outside consumer society. Freegans say our culture’s [...]