environment

Shower Curtain Smarts

Shower Curtain Smarts

Next time you need a shower curtain, choose fabric rather than plastic. Fabric shower curtains are easier to wash and reuse, and don’t emit toxic fumes like PVC curtains do. Photo: Flickr user kissyface under Creative Commons

Making Tough Changes

With the encouragement of my son, I finally did something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time: I gave up my kitchen sponge. That may seem like no big deal, but breaking lifetime habits is hard. I’ve been…

July Challenge: No Bottled Drinks

I heard lots of success stories from the people who tackled the no drinking straw challenge. And the one local food a day challenge seemed to go well. But now I’m really going to ask you to stretch a bit!…

Razors for Green Living

My friend Cynthia asked me awhile back about razors, wondering what razor offers the least environmental impact. It’s a good question and my answer is: it depends. Let’s start with this: single use disposables are definitely out. Even if you…

Guest Post: Green Initiatives from Chez Sven

Guest Post: Green Initiatives from Chez Sven

As part of the WordCount Blogathon, I’m participating in a guest post swap with Alexandra Grabbe who, along with her husband, runs Chez Sven, a bed and breakfast in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Chez Sven is a green B & B and…

Five Books Worth Adding to your Shelves

Five Books Worth Adding to your Shelves

For years, my plant bible has been the Sunset Western Garden Book. Filled with listings of specific plants (over 8,000 in the 2011 edition) that detail plant characteristics, growth habits, and zone requirements, this is a must-have if you garden…

Give up Drinking Straws

It seems like a silly thing. Can a simple plastic drinking straw really make much of a difference? But take this into account: One Virginia manufacturer makes four BILLION drinking straws each year. Imagine how much plastic that uses. Imagine…

How do you Bag It?

  I watched Bag It over the weekend. The movie begins as a “regular guy,” Jeb Berrier, wonders about the plastic bag he uses to carry a yogurt home in. As he researches and learns more about the environmental impact…

Start Using Rechargeable  Batteries

Start Using Rechargeable Batteries

Whether you’ve got kids in the house who burn through batteries at an alarming rate or you just use a few in the course of a year, it makes sense to invest in a small collection of rechargeable batteries and…