• So Long Saran Wrap

    Learning how to use greener products can take some experimentation.  That’s what I found with the beeswax covers sold as replacements for cling wraps and foil.  At first contact these beeswax wraps are magical. The feel is soft and bendable—like a silly putty—and there is definitely a satisfaction to the way they actually stick and […]

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  • Reducing A Shampooing Addiction

    There were many daunting preparations required for our recent trip to Kenya— a list of vaccines from Typhoid to Yellow Fever—we even had to drink a cup of Cholera.  We doused our clothes in mosquito repellant sprays (while wearing a mass of protective gear),  and started a pre-trip regimen of anti-malaria pills.  We bought special […]

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  • Laundry Upgrade

    1 Billion. That’s how many loads of laundry Americans do every week according to government data. 250,000. That’s how many plastic micro-fibers are released every time a fleece jacket is washed. 1 Billion X 250,000 = a lot of plastic in our waterways.   How do we stop this micro-pollution from contaminating our fisheries and […]

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  • LED the way

    Let’s shed a little light on electricity, and how to use less. When it comes to reducing (the first of those 3 R’s!) electricity use, and by extension, greenhouse gas emissions, the most important step is to turn those lights off except when they’re actually being use. (And if making the house look “good” means […]

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  • Sorting Made Easy

    We have all done it – hovered over a waste bin at an airport or the park trying to determine where to responsibly deposit our trash. Should it go in recycle or garbage? compost or landfill? If we are in a hurry, chances are it ends up in the trash. Worse still is when it […]

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  • Electricity = Water Use

    It’s World Water Day: What can you do for water today? Would you be surprised if we said that you should turn off your lights, skip the blow dryer, and shut down your computer at night? Yes, that’s right. One important action for protecting water supplies is to use less electricity. That’s because thermo-electric power […]

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  • A Tidy Wardrobe

    Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is all the rage. People everywhere are trying to de-clutter and minimize their wardrobes and their lives. But there is an easier way … you just buy less stuff! By simply limiting the influx of new clothing, the rest will come automatically. This keeps closets cleaned […]

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  • All Stitched Up

    If the first three R’s are “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, then the fourth R is for “REPAIR”. One of the easiest ways to cut down on waste is to extend the lives of things we already have. When it comes to clothing and backpacks, a repair can bring a much-loved member of your wardrobe back into […]

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  • The Inside Scoop

    What is the yummiest way to cut back on single use plastic? Ice cream cones! Americans eat on average 29 lb.s of ice cream a year. That equals 160 scoops. If any of those scoops are at an ice cream parlor, well, that means a lot of plastic spoons and non-recyclable plastic lined paper cups […]

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  • Leftover Magic

    This Dow-invented food wrap probably did seem magical when it was introduced in 1953, but today we know that there’s nothing magical about single-use plastics. We use them once, and then they’re in the landfill forever. One simple step to reducing in-home, throw-away plastics is to look no further than your kitchen cabinet. Need to […]

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