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Zero Waste Home: The Freedom and Burden of Cooking

Pita bread on its way to the stove top (Photo: Robyn Purchia) Attempting to create a zero waste home is certainly met with challenges. Every time I give something away or clear out an area, more things my family doesn’t need or regularly use show up in the house. Every day I become more and […]

March 20th

Garden Recycling: Reusing Your Trash To Grow Food

For those in colder climes, Winter is the perfect time to start preparing for your next growing season. One thing you may want to start considering: how can you take items out of the trash and recycling bins, and reuse them in your garden. Let’s take a look at the largest contributors to the home garbage […]

February 2nd

Green Business Blog Carnival #2

Welcome to (or welcome back to) the Green Business Blog Carnival, your weekly wrap-up of some of the most compelling content published on sustainable business. We’re proud to be co-sponsoring this traveling series of news, insight, and inspiration with our friends at Triplepundit (who got us started with the first edition of the carnival). Next […]

Online Shopping: How Green is It?

The Online Shopping Survey conducted by GfK in 2008 showed that about 70 % of people think shopping online is good for the environment as it helps to reduce the carbon footprint. But is it really that simple? Too many variables come in to play: when you live, how much you buy, who delivers the […]

December 21st

Greener Bottled Water? Really?

Still have bottled water as a regular item on the grocery list? Or just pick up the occasional bottle when you’re out? It’s so convenient… As you probably know, that convenience comes at an environmental and social price: documentaries such as FLOW and Thirst, organizations such as the Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund, and […]

Bubbla Air-Inflated Packaging: A Safer, Greener Way to Ship

Foam peanuts are the Devil. Evil incarnate. Darkness made visible. Senseless brutal waste embodied in a horde of impish, malevolent, noxious, toxic minions spilling out of boxes, bags, closets, basements, attics, trashcans, landfills. A wicked wind is blowing, and those infernal foam peanuts are riding it across the land, across the sea, across the Earth. […]

October 11th

Recycling Misconceptions, Part Deux: “Sure, I Recycle Paper.”

In my last post, Recycling Misconceptions part 1, I touched on the uncertainties of recycling, plastics in particular, that I think perplex many of us. Well last week I attended a Green Renter lecture here in NYC and found out some more interesting things about recycling that I didn’t know. The evening’s lecturer, Samantha MacBride […]

December 10th