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The Not-Your-Average Recycling Guide

We all know that standard bottles and cans are recyclable. Some items, on the other hand, are less obvious. Some items that you may think are recyclable are actually not. Some things need to be brought to a recycling center. Some things might be partially recyclable. 

Here is your guide to those items. These can vary from city to city and it can also depend on whether or not your city has single-stream recycling, so if you are unsure or have any questions, contact your city’s recycling department.
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Indoor compost bin

We have a little compost bin to keep inside that we got from Gaiam.  It quickly gets disgusting in there...moldy, smelly, and with fruit flies.  Anyone have any ways around that?  It's a pain to go outside each time we have something to compost!

Sustainable Fish

Sustainable Fish

So what’s for dinner???

This question is heard countless times a day around the world, and for some the answer is fish.  For most people that answer is sufficient but today more than ever YOU need to ask more questions.  What kind of fish?  Where is it from?  Is it farmed? Is it wild? Is it sustainable?  These are all important questions as the world’s fisheries see constant decreases in their populations and overall fish size.

What kind of fish? This is important because some fish have different names, and suppliers may choose a name that they believe will sell.  As an example the Chilean sea bass is also known as Patagonian toothfish, Antarctic cod and icefish.  Know what you are eating, ask the question, and if there is no answer make another selection.

Where is the fish from?  A very important question that needs to be answered if you are trying to use sustainable fish.  As an example shrimp can be found in many parts of the world.  Shrimp that are harvested in Southeast Asia should be avoided because shrimping in this region can have negative impacts on the environment.  In comparison wild caught shrimp from Oregon, is a better choice because it does not have a negative impact.  Next time you see shrimp for sale at the local food store ask the fish monger, “where are these shrimp from?”  At the restaurant, ask the server “where are these shrimp from?”... read more

Living the Green Life

As long as I can remember, I've been living green in some sense of the term. It started as a teen in Minnesota when our neighborhood implemented a recycling program for newspaper and paper. Later we started recycling cans and bottles. We had separate cans in the kitchen for each of these, and were diligent in filling the recycling cans up.... read more

Favorite brand of eco-friendly cleaner?

I like Seventh Generation and Trader Joe's Zen.  

Fragrance Free Day - Friday the 13th!

This Friday is Friday the 13th!  That's right, unlucky 13, and if Clean+Green by SeaYu has anything to say about it, it  will be one unlucky day for chemical fragrance!

Clean+Green by SeaYu has founded Fragrance Free Day, a social media event where people tell the world on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks that they’ll go "fragrance free" for the day.... read more

Conserving Water By Growing Native Plants

     Water, water, water every_____???  Not anymore. 

In the days of the water restrictions what can people do?  Lawns, plants, pools, car washing, etc., all of these require water usage outside of the daily shower, toilet flushing, brushing teeth and dish cleaning.

All of these could fill a book on how to conserve water and what are the best methods to use the water the most efficiently.  My concern today is plants.  Have you ever taken a look at the plants in your garden?  Have you seen these plants in your local woods, fields or other natural landscape?  I hope so, because if not you could be contributing to water shortages in your town.  ... read more