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A Greener Summer

No need to have the summertime blues this year -- let's have the summertime greens!  There are plenty of excellent ways to keep your summer KEEN and GREEN!  

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Jam vs. Jelly vs. Preserves: A Canning Glossary

A few years ago, my husband and I took up canning.  We started off with jars and jars of marinara sauce that we made to use up tomatoes – tomatoes basically took over our yard due to using our compost.  Then came a variety of salsas where we made good use of some of the delicious peppers in the backyard.  Then came jellies, jams, and preserves, thanks to local farms and our very own raspberries!  

I began reading up on the types of things you can can and what the difference is between jelly, jam, preserves, etc.  Here’s what I learned:

Jelly usually does not contain pieces of fruit, as it is made by cooking fruit juice, sugar, pectin, and lemon juice.... read more

Green Camping Tips

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Are you camping this summer?  Here are some tips for keeping your camping trip keen and green:... read more

The Lowdown on Asbestos in the Workplace

Asbestos has been banned from use since 1990 due to the many health risks that it was discovered to cause. However, it is still a dangerous substance that yet exists in a number of old yet still utilized homes and buildings today. While it is no longer an active ingredient in household and construction products, the risk for exposure to this harmful substance still exists not only in homes, but also in workplaces.

 

But what exactly do we need to know about asbestos in the workplace?

 

1. History of use

 

Asbestos was widely used in a lot of construction and household products a few decades back – and with good reason. Asbestos fibers are strong and durable, and proven to be resistant to heat and fire, making them good substances for many a building products. It’s a fact well demonstrated by the presence of asbestos in many homes and buildings that were built between the 1950’s to the late 1980’s.... read more

Swap it for Silicone — New Ways to Live Green

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So many everyday products increase our exposure to harmful chemicals, but the increased use of silicone is creating new ways for us to avoid these products. At the same time, silicone provides another way for us to reduce our waste and reuse products.

Since you're already in the early phase of spring cleaning, it's time to open up your supply cabinets and start swapping metal and plastic products for silicone.

What's the Big Deal?

Silicone is being used across the board in everything from medical devices to toys. Liquid silicone rubbers have a high level of purity and are even hypoallergenic. They can even withstand extreme levels of heat without a risk of releasing hazardous chemicals. Why? Because there aren't any.... read more

10 Ways to Green your Super Bowl Experience

Each year the National Football League (NFL) spends time and energy on Green-oriented projects throughout the city where the Super Bowl is taking place. ... read more


Although most of us won’t be going to the actual game a good segment of the population will watch it from the comfort of their own homes and likely in the company of groups of others.

These gatherings, sometimes large, can be a lot of fun as Super Bowl Sunday takes on a life of its own in many communities. Nevertheless, the event has the potential to produce large amounts of waste and wasted resources across the country.

A Greener Valentine’s Day

It seems like I'm still putting the Christmas decorations away, but I'm noticing Valentine's Day stuff in the stores.  It's only a month away!  Surprise your sweetie with some green treats this Valentine’s Day!  Here are some gift ideas.  

Chocolate:

Order some fantastic chocolate from Endangered Species Chocolate.  They have chocolate bars, gourmet chocolates, and gift sets.  They support a bunch of really important eco-causes, too, so you can feel good about buying your chocolate from them!  


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Green Holiday Gift Guide for KIDS!

eco-friendly toysOne week until Hanukkah and two weeks until Christmas Eve!    Are you still scrambling to think of what to get for the children in your family?  Scramble no more.  I am here to help you.

We live in a world of plentiful, plastic toys.  And don't get me wrong - I'm not adverse to them.  We have a living room filled with Legos and they get hours and hours of use.   But, I am making an effort to cut down on the amount of toys that my 5 year old boy won't use often.  So, I am keeping that in mind while doing my holiday shopping this year.  And here's how I'm doing it:

1)  Buy used.

Some of these toys can get really expensive, especially those darn Legos and things like Thomas the Tank Engine.   Check out craigslist, your local consignment store, or join your town's yard sale group on Facebook.  You can even check Freecycle - sometimes people are so desperate to declutter that they're willing to give away perfectly good toys!   This will save you money AND it lengthens the life of these toys.  ... read more

Eco-Friendly Goody Bags

eco-friendly goody bagIf it's your kid's birthday party and you don't want to fill up a plastic bag with little plastic toys and Tootsie Rolls, there are fun, practical, and eco-friendly alternatives to typical party favors.  Unfortunately, a lot of items marketed as a green party favor are prohibitively expensive.  Who can afford to spend $7 on a wooden toy car for each kid?  Before you know it, you'll be spending over $100 on party favors!  My ideas are much cheaper.  Plus, the kids will love them and they're not too expensive, either!  

1.  A craft.  It's a party activity AND something fun to take home.  For my son's party, we bought plain tote bags and fabric markers.   Kids can reuse the bag over and over again, so it's useful, too!  Another fun idea is decorating pillow cases...especially if it's a slumber party!  

2.  A book.  Little Golden Books are a perfect party favor!  They're inexpensive, but they have classic titles that we grew up reading, like The Poky Little Puppy, to more modern tales starring favorite characters, like Thomas the Tank Engine.  ... read more

What to do with those pumpkins after Halloween?

We hope everyone is having a nice Halloween!  

You probably have some pumpkins sitting on your porch and you might be wondering to do with them now.  Don't just throw 'em out!

Here are some tips.... read more