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5 Amazingly Simple Earth-Friendly Gifts You Can Make

5 Amazingly Simple Earth-Friendly Gifts You Can Make

By Nicole Faires, Posted November 29th, 2017

Put your hands to work assembling these thoughtful and sustainable gifts.

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Top 5 Water Wasters in Your Home

Top 5 Water Wasters in Your Home

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted July 14th, 2017

A few tweaks to the biggest water consumers in your house could dramatically cut your water use.

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7 Ways to Make Your Laundry More Eco-Friendly

7 Ways to Make Your Laundry More Eco-Friendly

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted May 8th, 2017

Washing all those clothes has a big impact. But a few simple steps can lighten the load.

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30 Ways to Reduce Waste Right Now

30 Ways to Reduce Waste Right Now

By Eartheasy, Posted May 2nd, 2017

Waste-free living is simpler than you think.

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Diatomaceous Earth: Non-toxic Pest Control for Your Home and Garden

Diatomaceous Earth: Non-toxic Pest Control for Your Home and Garden

By Jessica Dawe, Posted April 27th, 2017

Let these ancient, microscopic creatures take care of your pest problem.

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6 Green Spring Cleaning Tips to Refresh Your Home

6 Green Spring Cleaning Tips to Refresh Your Home

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted April 11th, 2017

Spring is a time for renewal, both for the earth and for our homes.

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How to Compost in an Apartment

How to Compost in an Apartment

By Shannon Cowan, Posted March 8th, 2017

No backyard or green space? You can still reduce your household waste by composting.

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Raising Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt

Raising Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted March 6th, 2017

In her new book, Paige Wolf commiserates with those of us who know too much about the perils of modern life.

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How to Save Money With an Inexpensive Energy Audit

How to Save Money With an Inexpensive Energy Audit

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted February 28th, 2017

Your house may be wasting far more energy than you realize.

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7 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Pet’s Impact on the Planet

7 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Pet’s Impact on the Planet

By Amber Kingsley, Posted February 21st, 2017

Sustainable pet ownership starts with sustainable choices.

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How to Choose a Simple Water Filter for Your Home

How to Choose a Simple Water Filter for Your Home

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted February 16th, 2017

Though you can’t see them, hundreds of contaminants are likely suspended in your tap water.

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Is Geothermal Energy Right For You?

Is Geothermal Energy Right For You?

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted February 9th, 2017

A home geothermal system could save you money while slashing household carbon emissions.

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Is Your Laundry Detergent Toxic?

Is Your Laundry Detergent Toxic?

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted January 26th, 2017

Unfortunately that “clean” smell you might associate with laundry isn’t always healthy for you or your family.

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Are Natural and Organic Bedding Materials Really Worth It?

Are Natural and Organic Bedding Materials Really Worth It?

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted January 16th, 2017

Why natural bedding choices really do lead to a healthier sleep.

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Why Your Drop in the Bucket Leads to a Powerful Splash

Why Your Drop in the Bucket Leads to a Powerful Splash

By Shannon Cowan, Posted January 10th, 2017

Do individual actions still have the power to make a difference? You bet they do.

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4 Simple Ways to Slow Down for the New Year

4 Simple Ways to Slow Down for the New Year

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted December 28th, 2016

Put aside your ‘to-do’ list and consider your ‘want-to-do’ list.

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LED Christmas Lights and Other Energy Efficient Decorations

LED Christmas Lights and Other Energy Efficient Decorations

By Nicole Faires, Posted December 6th, 2016

How to reduce your energy consumption this holiday season while still enjoying a little bling.

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6 Green Gift Strategies for the Children On Your List

6 Green Gift Strategies for the Children On Your List

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted December 1st, 2016

How can you give kids the gifts they love and stay true to your green values?

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How to Avoid Black Friday Overconsumption

How to Avoid Black Friday Overconsumption

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted November 22nd, 2016

Planning to hit the sales this holiday weekend? Understanding the psychology behind product marketing may help you make wiser decisions and lessen your overall impact.

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The Fixer Movement Makes Old Things New Again

The Fixer Movement Makes Old Things New Again

By T.J. Blackman, Posted November 18th, 2016

Is fixing the new spending? Why the fixer movement is gaining momentum (and how you can join in).

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Why Now is the Best Time to Go Solar

Why Now is the Best Time to Go Solar

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted November 8th, 2016

Solar panels are popping up everywhere, and for good reason. There has never been a better time to add solar electricity to your home.

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The Benefits of Living in a Multi-Generational Household

The Benefits of Living in a Multi-Generational Household

By Shannon Cowan, Posted October 11th, 2016

Tips for living successfully with three generations under one roof.

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Green Countertop Choices for Your Kitchen

Green Countertop Choices for Your Kitchen

By Susannah Shumurak, Posted October 6th, 2016

While aesthetics are important to your kitchen remodel, health and environmental concerns matter even more.

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Sustainable Stuff: Buying Secondhand

Sustainable Stuff: Buying Secondhand

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted September 20th, 2016

Want to save money and help keep waste to a minimum? Try buying more things secondhand.

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How to Start a Neighborhood Tool Share

How to Start a Neighborhood Tool Share

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted September 6th, 2016

Why buy tools you don’t use often? A ‘tool share’ saves you money while reducing your environmental impact.

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Not Back-to-School

Not Back-to-School

By Shannon Cowan, Posted August 25th, 2016

Is homeschooling right for your family?

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The Giftless Birthday Party

The Giftless Birthday Party

By Shannon Cowan, Posted July 26th, 2016

How to sidestep the excesses of childhood birthday parties.

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A Sustainable Mind – Our Interview with Marjorie Alexander

A Sustainable Mind – Our Interview with Marjorie Alexander

By Thalia Blackman, Posted July 12th, 2016

“I wanted to hear stories about everyday people, just like me, taking action on environmental issues in their community, and I got tired of waiting.”

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Edible Landscaping 101

Edible Landscaping 101

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted May 5th, 2016

No place for a big veggie patch? You can still grow tremendous amounts of food by landscaping with edibles.

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5 Ways to Green Your Remodel

5 Ways to Green Your Remodel

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted March 10th, 2016

Planning a home renovation? It’s likely going to be up to you to ensure that your project is as energy-efficient and non-toxic as possible.

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The Toxic Stuff of Daily Life

The Toxic Stuff of Daily Life

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted March 3rd, 2016

It seems like we hear about another dangerous chemical in our furniture, clothing, or food packaging every day.

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How to Drink Water After Flint

How to Drink Water After Flint

By Robin Jacobs, Posted February 9th, 2016

After our trust is shaken, how can we reclaim our water’s safety?

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Can Happiness Save the World?  Self-Help in Urgent Times


Can Happiness Save the World? Self-Help in Urgent Times


By Robin Jacobs, Posted February 2nd, 2016

Colin Beavan, “No Impact Man”, wants us to feel better, find our True Selves, and be connected. How To Be Alive is his latest work.

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Is Radon an Unseen Hazard in Your Home?

Is Radon an Unseen Hazard in Your Home?

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted January 26th, 2016

The EPA estimates that 1 in 15 homes have elevated levels of radon, and that every state in the U.S. has areas suspected to be high in radon.

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Five Efficiencies to Include in Your New Home (We’re Glad We Did)

Five Efficiencies to Include in Your New Home (We’re Glad We Did)

By Shannon Cowan, Posted January 19th, 2016

The overall result is one of steady temperature and comfort, with very low heating inputs.

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Five Resolutions to Simplify Your New Year (And Make You a Happier Person)

Five Resolutions to Simplify Your New Year (And Make You a Happier Person)

By Eartheasy.com, Posted January 7th, 2016

Could it be that what makes us happy is also good for the planet?

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Beyond R-Value: The Complex Calculus of Choosing Insulation

Beyond R-Value: The Complex Calculus of Choosing Insulation

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted December 24th, 2015

Which insulation is the greenest choice? Unfortunately there’s no simple answer.

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Is Spray-Foam Insulation Your Best Choice?

Is Spray-Foam Insulation Your Best Choice?

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted December 24th, 2015

We all want to make our homes as energy efficient as possible, but commonly used spray foam insulations sometimes do more harm than good.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: A Few of Our Favorite Things

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: A Few of Our Favorite Things

By Eartheasy.com, Posted December 3rd, 2015

We try to support businesses that contribute to sustainability and social wellbeing.

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How to Use Energy-Savings Apps to Green Your Home

How to Use Energy-Savings Apps to Green Your Home

By Joe Baker, Posted November 24th, 2015

Homeowners today are empowered by apps to help manage their energy use.

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How to Host a Toy Swap

How to Host a Toy Swap

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted November 3rd, 2015

You can save money and resources by hosting a toy swap rather than buying new toys.

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Enjoy a Safe, Green Halloween!

Enjoy a Safe, Green Halloween!

By Eartheasy.com, Posted October 20th, 2015

The really scary things about Halloween are the chemicals and waste left in its wake.

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New Slow City: Interview with author William Powers

New Slow City: Interview with author William Powers

By Eartheasy.com, Posted October 1st, 2015

“If you’re experiencing stress, overscheduling, or generally find yourself longing for more time and space in your life, you’re probably embedded in the logic of Fast and More.”

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The Hidden Costs of Shopping in Dollar Stores

The Hidden Costs of Shopping in Dollar Stores

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted September 24th, 2015

Shoppers may get more than they bargain for at some discount retailers.

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How to Reduce Lead Hazards in Your Home

How to Reduce Lead Hazards in Your Home

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted September 10th, 2015

Exposure to lead can have serious health effects. Here’s how to protect yourself and your family.

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Back to School with Sustainability in Mind

Back to School with Sustainability in Mind

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted August 28th, 2015

Perhaps the most important lesson for students today is the value of sustainable practices.

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Next Steps for a Low-Carbon Lifestyle (Part 2 of 2)

Next Steps for a Low-Carbon Lifestyle (Part 2 of 2)

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted July 23rd, 2015

Congratulations on making the most important changes for reducing your carbon footprint! Ready to shrink it even further? Here are your next most effective strategies.

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Trying to Shrink Your Footprint? The Most Effective Ways to Cut Carbon (Part 1 of 2)

Trying to Shrink Your Footprint? The Most Effective Ways to Cut Carbon (Part 1 of 2)

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted July 21st, 2015

With so many ways to minimize your carbon footprint, where best to start?

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Raising a Conservation Generation

Raising a Conservation Generation

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted July 10th, 2015

Helping children become careful environmental stewards is one of our most important jobs as parents and teachers.

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Could You Be Saving More Water?

Could You Be Saving More Water?

By Susannah Shmurak, Posted July 9th, 2015

Trying to be water-wise? Use some of these smart strategies to slash your water consumption.

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Rain Gardens – Natural Control of Water Runoff

Rain Gardens – Natural Control of Water Runoff

By T.J. Blackman, Posted June 1st, 2015

Effective runoff water management begins at the end of your downspout.

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Finding the Commons in Your Community

Finding the Commons in Your Community

By Robin Jacobs, Posted April 9th, 2015

A new culture of generosity and cooperation is evolving, and invites our participation.

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If Ogunquit Can Quit Pesticides, So Can We

If Ogunquit Can Quit Pesticides, So Can We

By Eartheasy, Posted March 31st, 2015

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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Preparing a Healthy Space for the New Baby

Preparing a Healthy Space for the New Baby

By Robin Jacobs, Posted February 26th, 2015

Don’t worry, just simplify! Shop smarter, and focus on what matters most: clearing the air and opening your heart to a healthy baby.

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MOOCS – Sustainable, High-Quality Education for All

MOOCS – Sustainable, High-Quality Education for All

By Eartheasy, Posted February 12th, 2015

Learn what you want, whenever you want: the university without walls is waiting in your living room.

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9 DIY Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill this Winter

9 DIY Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill this Winter

By Eartheasy, Posted January 29th, 2015

Stay warmer, burn less fuel! Your wallet and the earth both win.

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We Are All Seeds – A New Year’s Message from Dr. Vandana Shiva

We Are All Seeds – A New Year’s Message from Dr. Vandana Shiva

By Eartheasy, Posted January 6th, 2015

“As 2015 has been declared the Year of Soil, let us recognize that in the seed and the soil we can find answers to every one of the crisis we are facing.”
Dr. Vandana Shiva

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Natural, Nontoxic Bed Bug Control

Natural, Nontoxic Bed Bug Control

By Eartheasy, Posted January 5th, 2015

Good night, sleep tight! These proven earth-friendly tactics help banish itchy pests and reclaim our peace of mind.

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10 Steps to Make (And Keep) an Effective New Year’s Resolution

10 Steps to Make (And Keep) an Effective New Year’s Resolution

By Eartheasy, Posted December 29th, 2014

Here we go again? For 2015, let’s make promises we can keep.

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Where to Donate?  10 High-Impact Environmental Charities with Integrity

Where to Donate? 10 High-Impact Environmental Charities with Integrity

By Eartheasy, Posted December 4th, 2014

How to make sure your money goes to the cause, and not to “administrative” costs.

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How to Get Started using LED Lights in Your Home

How to Get Started using LED Lights in Your Home

By Eartheasy, Posted December 4th, 2014

Imagine changing all your light bulbs once — then enjoying 20 years of flawless performance! Today’s LEDs offer a safe, green, efficient alternative for all your home lighting needs.

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How to Reduce Food Waste at Home

How to Reduce Food Waste at Home

By Robin Jacobs, Posted November 3rd, 2014

With nearly 50 million hungry Americans, why are we dumping $165 billion in food each year?

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7 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Climate Change

7 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Climate Change

By Lissa Cowan, Posted September 4th, 2014

Children are particularly vulnerable to the psychological impacts of climate change.

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How to Use Bats for Natural, Non-toxic Mosquito Control

How to Use Bats for Natural, Non-toxic Mosquito Control

By Eartheasy.com, Posted July 29th, 2014

With new mosquito-borne diseases in the US, these wild and mysterious allies provide safer solutions than poisonous sprays.

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7 Clever Ways to Lower Your Water Bill this Summer

7 Clever Ways to Lower Your Water Bill this Summer

By Eartheasy.com, Posted July 10th, 2014

When the hot sun blazes, we double or even quadruple our water use. Make every drop count with these off-beat tips.

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How to “Read the Weeds” for a Healthier Lawn

How to “Read the Weeds” for a Healthier Lawn

By Eartheasy.com, Posted May 29th, 2014

Problem plants are a symptom, not a disease — listen and they will help you understand your soil’s needs.

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How to Remove Fluoride from Water

How to Remove Fluoride from Water

By Eartheasy.com, Posted May 22nd, 2014

Two thirds of US tap water is fluoridated in the name of dental health, but concerned consumers fear unintended side effects.

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How to Wrestle an Elephant

How to Wrestle an Elephant

By Eartheasy.com, Posted May 5th, 2014

The battle against climate change begins at home.

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Our Biggest Homesteading Mistakes

Our Biggest Homesteading Mistakes

By Greg Seaman, Posted February 12th, 2014

We thought we knew what we were doing!

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Megadroughts ahead?  Let’s all cut water use by 20%

Megadroughts ahead? Let’s all cut water use by 20%

By Eartheasy.com, Posted February 6th, 2014

We can make a difference right now with a few household adjustments — our ecosystem may hang in the balance.

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Quietly Making a Difference – Ray Vos and Friends

Quietly Making a Difference – Ray Vos and Friends

By Greg Seaman, Posted September 27th, 2013

Helping others across the globe to obtain housing, education and safe drinking water.

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Five Ways to Build Community This Summer

Five Ways to Build Community This Summer

By Shannon Cowan, Posted June 14th, 2013

“Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world.” Jean Vanier

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Our Experience with a Solar Energy Grid-Tie System

Our Experience with a Solar Energy Grid-Tie System

By Sheila Harrington, Posted March 6th, 2013

We harness our own clean renewable energy, and sell what we don’t use to the utility company…

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Using Essential Oils in Everyday Life

Using Essential Oils in Everyday Life

By Andrea Butje, www.aromahead.com, Posted December 17th, 2012

Aromatherapy is an easy and relaxing way to sooth the senses and treat ailments from the comfort of your home…

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Understanding ‘Green’ Product Marketing Claims

Understanding ‘Green’ Product Marketing Claims

By Eartheasy.com, Posted November 27th, 2012

The FTC has developed new definitions for ’green’ product marketing claims to help consumers make informed decisions when buying new products…

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The 5 Best Ways to Save Water During a Drought

The 5 Best Ways to Save Water During a Drought

By Eartheasy.com, Posted August 6th, 2012

With drought conditions scorching much of the US and predicted to become the ‘new normal’ in some regions, we each need to become experts at conserving water.

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Are Co-operatives the Future of Business?

Are Co-operatives the Future of Business?

By Geoff de Ruiter, Posted July 12th, 2012

Co-ops have an advantage over conventional businesses – they run essentially not-for-profit…

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Plastics by the Numbers

Plastics by the Numbers

By Eartheasy.com, Posted May 2nd, 2012

Understanding the differences between types of plastic will help you make better decisions in choosing and recycling plastics…

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The 8 Simple Rules of Sharing

The 8 Simple Rules of Sharing

By Greg Seaman, Eartheasy.com, Posted April 27th, 2012

Anything that can be borrowed saves money and reduces the duplication of goods in the community…

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“Non-toxic” Nail Polishes Found to Contain Toxins

“Non-toxic” Nail Polishes Found to Contain Toxins

By Lindsay Seaman, Eartheasy.com, Posted April 16th, 2012

California study finds 10 of 12 nail products tested to be mislabelled…

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8 Common Household Chemicals Harming your Pets, & their Non-Toxic Alternatives

8 Common Household Chemicals Harming your Pets, & their Non-Toxic Alternatives

By Eartheasy.com, Posted March 16th, 2012

Are these hidden poisons harming your pets?

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How to Ensure Replacement Windows Live up to Efficiency Claims

How to Ensure Replacement Windows Live up to Efficiency Claims

By Eartheasy.com, Posted March 6th, 2012

Home energy savings from replacement windows may be overstated by marketers…

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Would you Expose your Family to Neurotoxins for a Greener Lawn?

Would you Expose your Family to Neurotoxins for a Greener Lawn?

By Eartheasy.com, Posted February 29th, 2012

The EPA is being sued for failing to respond to a 2008 petition to ban 2,4-D from lawn care products…

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Modern Pioneers: What it’s like living in an Ecovillage

Modern Pioneers: What it’s like living in an Ecovillage

By Brian Ziggy, Posted February 13th, 2012

Living in community with one another is the foundation for a new pioneering, sustainable culture…

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You Lead, I Lead

You Lead, I Lead

By Greg Seaman, Posted January 5th, 2012

“The future should belong, and could belong, to the small and many, not the big and few” – Bill McKibben

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5 Great DIY Eco Friendly Recycled Gifts

5 Great DIY Eco Friendly Recycled Gifts

By Sarah Jane Steele, Posted December 20th, 2011

Timeless, practical and thoughtful DIY gifts from the heart can matter the most during the holidays and save you from being heckled by your credit card company in the New Year.

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Why Eating Family Meals Together is Still Important Today

Why Eating Family Meals Together is Still Important Today

By Lindsay Seaman, Eartheasy.com, Posted December 8th, 2011

Mealtimes are when children learn family values and families develop their culture

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Holiday Candle Sense – How to enjoy the flame without the pollution

Holiday Candle Sense – How to enjoy the flame without the pollution

By Eartheasy.com, Posted November 30th, 2011

The joy of candles does not have to come at the expense of respiratory health.

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Why TV for Children Under Two is a Bad Idea

Why TV for Children Under Two is a Bad Idea

By Eartheasy.com, Posted October 25th, 2011

Unstructured playtime is more valuable for the developing brain than any electronic media exposure…

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The End of Growth and the Way Forward

The End of Growth and the Way Forward

By Eartheasy.com, Posted September 6th, 2011

We can live without growth, but only when we embrace the values of sustainable living.

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LED bulbs are ready to light your home – 7 tips you should know

LED bulbs are ready to light your home – 7 tips you should know

By Eartheasy.com, Posted August 25th, 2011

The future in home lighting is LED, and the future is now.

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My One Trashcan Challenge: 19 Months of Low Waste Living

My One Trashcan Challenge: 19 Months of Low Waste Living

By Geoff DeRuiter, Posted August 4th, 2011

From the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, to our overflowing landfills, it’s clear we should be using less plastic whenever possible. One example of an individual doing his part to reduce plastic consumption is Geoff DeRuiter, a young man living in Victoria, BC, Canada. In 19 months, Geoff produced only one small trashcan of garbage, an amount most of us produce in less than a week.

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How to Save Water During a Heat Wave: 5 Easy Ways

How to Save Water During a Heat Wave: 5 Easy Ways

By Eartheasy.com, Posted July 13th, 2011

Because we need more water in hot, dry weather, our wise use of limited water resources is especially important…

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7 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Formaldehyde

7 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Formaldehyde

By Eartheasy.com, Posted June 20th, 2011

Formaldehyde, found in consumer and building products, is now classified as a carcinogen…

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Why We Should Avoid Backyard Trash Burning

Why We Should Avoid Backyard Trash Burning

By Eartheasy.com, Posted June 9th, 2011

The nature of household trash has changed over the past fifty years…

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Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lower IQs in Children

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lower IQs in Children

By Eartheasy.com, Posted April 27th, 2011

Three new studies find evidence linking organophosphate pesticides with adverse effects on cognitive development in children…

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Cadmium in kids’ jewelry may pose poison risk

Cadmium in kids’ jewelry may pose poison risk

By Eartheasy.com, Posted March 22nd, 2011

Cadmium is being used as a lead substitute, and its use in the marketplace is not yet regulated for children’s toys and jewelry.

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No Impact Week, Day 7 – Saturday: Giving Back

No Impact Week, Day 7 – Saturday: Giving Back

By Aran Seaman, Eartheasy.com, Posted January 12th, 2011

Pay it forward. Feel the benefits of service.

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No Impact Week, Day 6 – Friday: Water

No Impact Week, Day 6 – Friday: Water

By Aran Seaman, Eartheasy.com, Posted January 11th, 2011

Soak up the personal benefits of using less water!

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No Impact Week, Day 5 – Thursday: Energy

No Impact Week, Day 5 – Thursday: Energy

By Aran Seaman, Posted January 10th, 2011

Replace kilowatts with ingenuity — explore no-energy alternatives to accomplish your daily tasks…

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No Impact Week, Day 3 – Tuesday: Transportation

No Impact Week, Day 3 – Tuesday: Transportation

By Aran Seaman, Eartheasy, Posted January 6th, 2011

Challenge yourself to burn calories, not fossil fuels…

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No Impact Week, Day 2 – Monday: Trash

No Impact Week, Day 2 – Monday: Trash

By Aran Seaman, Eartheasy, Posted January 5th, 2011

Can wasting less improve your life?

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No Impact Week, Day 1 – Sunday: Consumption

No Impact Week, Day 1 – Sunday: Consumption

By Aran Seaman, Posted January 4th, 2011

Is it possible to live a fuller and happier life by buying less stuff?

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Homemade Prosperity – escaping the consumer trap

Homemade Prosperity – escaping the consumer trap

By Shannon Hayes, YES! Magazine, Posted December 22nd, 2010

Caught in the consumer trap? Radical Homemaker Shannon Hayes discovered that producing what she needs at home lets her live on a fraction of what she thought she needed.

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US legislation proposes chemical safety reform in consumer products

US legislation proposes chemical safety reform in consumer products

By Eartheasy.com, Posted November 5th, 2010

The “Safe Chemicals Act of 2010” requires safety testing of all industrial chemicals, and puts the burden on industry to prove that chemicals are safe in order stay on the market.

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Prenatal pesticide exposure may raise risk of ADHD in children

Prenatal pesticide exposure may raise risk of ADHD in children

By Eartheasy, Posted November 4th, 2010

Recent study alerts us to unrecognized environmental threats to child development.

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WECalc – an online tool to help you save water at home

WECalc – an online tool to help you save water at home

By Eartheasy, Posted September 21st, 2010

You can save water at home — and save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save money in the process!

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Environmentally caused cancers are ‘grossly underestimated’

Environmentally caused cancers are ‘grossly underestimated’

By Marla Cone, Environmental Health News, Posted July 19th, 2010

Outdated estimates fail to take into account many newer discoveries about people’s vulnerability to chemicals.

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Saving electricity at home has a bigger impact than you might think

Saving electricity at home has a bigger impact than you might think

By Lucy Goodchild, Imperial College London, Posted July 9th, 2010

Recent UK study says government policy studies are underestimating the impact of people reducing their electricity use.

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6 reasons to avoid using “weed ‘n feed” on your lawn

6 reasons to avoid using “weed ‘n feed” on your lawn

By Eartheasy, Posted June 29th, 2010

For the health of our families, neighbors and our environment, pesticide use should be a measure of last resort. Especially when there are safe alternatives.

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Let’s keep clothing out of our landfills

Let’s keep clothing out of our landfills

By Adrian Desbarats, Posted May 24th, 2010

Approximately 93% of all textile waste diverted to recycling is successfully reclaimed, yet 85% goes directly to landfills.

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6 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Pesticides

6 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Pesticides

By Eartheasy, Posted May 20th, 2010

While the use and prevalence of pesticides is increasing, the long-term health implications are still being studied. Here are 6 ways to limit your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides.

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Pesticide exposure may increase risk of ADHD in children

Pesticide exposure may increase risk of ADHD in children

By Eartheasy, Posted May 20th, 2010

Study finds that that exposure to pesticides could be harmful even at levels commonly found in children’s environment.

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COPD – It can take your breath away

COPD – It can take your breath away

By Angela Carmen, Posted May 18th, 2010

If this story can help one person decide to stop smoking, or one person to stop using chemicals in their home or yard, or one person to change their unhealthy lifestyle, or see a doctor for untreated breathing problems; then Nancy’s story will have been worth writing.

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Are flea treatments dangerous for your pets?

Are flea treatments dangerous for your pets?

By VIP Pet Insurance, Posted May 10th, 2010

Counterfeit flea control products are showing up on store shelves which pose serious health risks for pets. Here’s how to identify these products, and ideas for non-toxic alternatives.

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A New Beginning: 6 Simple Steps to Sustainability

A New Beginning: 6 Simple Steps to Sustainability

By Greg Seaman, Posted February 15th, 2010

The change we need is ours to make. Getting started is easy and rewarding.

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Slowing to the speed of life

Slowing to the speed of life

By David Wann, Posted February 11th, 2010

Just by redefining what we personally value as “wealth,” we can reclaim much of the disposable time, and income, we’ve lost in recent years.

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9 Great Wood Heating Tips

9 Great Wood Heating Tips

By Eartheasy, Posted January 5th, 2010

Burning wood efficiently will reduce pollution, minimize health risks, and give you more warmth for less money.

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The toilet that can help solve our water and energy problems

The toilet that can help solve our water and energy problems

By Gar Smith, Earth Island Journal, Posted January 4th, 2010

There is a ‘toilet revolution’ taking shape – with tankless toilets which save water while reducing watershed pollution.

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Toxic chemicals found in a third of children’s toys: study

Toxic chemicals found in a third of children’s toys: study

By Eartheasy, Posted December 11th, 2009

A third of the most popular children’s toys in the United States this year contain harmful chemicals including lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury, a US consumer group said Wednesday.

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Formaldehyde link to leukemia confirmed: how to limit exposure in the home

Formaldehyde link to leukemia confirmed: how to limit exposure in the home

By Eartheasy, Posted December 1st, 2009

An awareness of the common sources of formaldehyde in the home can lead to simple mitigation measures.

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Energy Star label no guarantee of efficiency, audit finds

Energy Star label no guarantee of efficiency, audit finds

By Eartheasy, Posted November 2nd, 2009

Audit notes program flaws, and the DOE and EPA commit to having all of their products evaluated by certified independent laboratories.

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Be alert to false product claims with bamboo textiles

Be alert to false product claims with bamboo textiles

By US Federal Trade Commission, Posted August 17th, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission has charged four sellers of clothing and other textile products with deceptively labeling and advertising these items as made of bamboo fiber, when they are made of rayon…

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More, Better, Faster – living at digital hyperspeed

More, Better, Faster – living at digital hyperspeed

By David Bollier, On the Commons, Posted June 30th, 2009

Fast-time activities absolutely crowd out slow-time alternatives. The now eclipses the timeless. And we are becoming diminished creatures in the process.

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Most homes in US found to harbor lingering pesticides

Most homes in US found to harbor lingering pesticides

By Eartheasy, Posted June 19th, 2009

A recent survey reveals alarming numbers of lingering pesticides in US homes…

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Living Large in a Tiny House

Living Large in a Tiny House

By Carol Estes, YES! Magazine, Posted May 27th, 2009

Life in an 84-square-foot house on wheels

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The Top 10 Plants for Removing Indoor Toxins

The Top 10 Plants for Removing Indoor Toxins

By Greg Seaman, Posted May 13th, 2009

A recent NASA study has determined the top 10 plants for reducing indoor air pollution.

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5 Secrets Most Conventional Cleaning Product Makers Don’t Want You to Know

5 Secrets Most Conventional Cleaning Product Makers Don’t Want You to Know

By Christopher Gavigan, Posted April 30th, 2009

…they get us to shell out billions of dollars annually for products that really don’t serve our best interests…

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How to green your home with new stimulus money incentives

How to green your home with new stimulus money incentives

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Posted March 10th, 2009

“In many cases, this will make the high-efficiency product cheaper than the low-efficiency product.”

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Five spring tips for clear pond water

Five spring tips for clear pond water

By Drs. Foster and Smith, Posted March 9th, 2009

The following spring algae-busting tips will help you enjoy your outdoor space throughout the summer without having to constantly worry about algae.

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How to stay warm while reducing your heating costs

How to stay warm while reducing your heating costs

By Greg Seaman, Posted January 30th, 2009

Much of the energy used for heating our homes is wasted, and yet the prevention is, in many cases, simple and inexpensive.

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Pesticides & Kids – why you should be concerned

Pesticides & Kids – why you should be concerned

By Karen R. Forbes, Posted January 28th, 2009

We are adding more chemicals in one form or another to our soil, food, water and homes. Is this a healthy trend?

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Outdoor Pesticides – are they worth the risk?

Outdoor Pesticides – are they worth the risk?

By Kimberly Monaghan, Posted January 28th, 2009

Now is the time to take a second look at what we decide to pass on to our families, our pets and our environment.

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Saving water in the bathroom

Saving water in the bathroom

By wasauna.com, Posted January 28th, 2009

Bathroom showers, toilets, and sinks account for approximately 75% of the water used in our homes.

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Monitoring the air quality in your home

Monitoring the air quality in your home

By Kate Callander, Posted January 28th, 2009

According to the EPA, up to 85% of our exposure to pesticides comes from indoor sources.

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How safe are green cleaning products?

How safe are green cleaning products?

By Greg Seaman, Posted January 28th, 2009

The word ‘natural’ on a product label is not always a guarantee of safety

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Lawn care chemicals: how toxic are they?

Lawn care chemicals: how toxic are they?

By Greg Seaman, Posted January 28th, 2009

The benefits of using lawn care chemicals are easy to see, but the effects they may have on your family’s health and the environment are less obvious.

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Drought Survival for Lawns

Drought Survival for Lawns

By Greg Seaman, Posted January 28th, 2009

Drought is becoming more common in many parts of North America, and lawns need to be naturally vigorous and well maintained to withstand the stress caused by reduced watering.

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Go for an Edible Estate …the case against lawns

Go for an Edible Estate …the case against lawns

By Fritz Haeg, Metropolis Books, Posted January 28th, 2009

Why do we dedicate so much property to something that requires precious resources, endless hours and contaminates our air and water?

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When to turn off your lights

When to turn off your lights

By Greg Seaman, Posted January 28th, 2009

In general, the more energy-efficient a bulb/light is, the longer you can keep a light on before it is cost effective to turn it off.

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Home-Front Ecology

Home-Front Ecology

By Mike Davis, Sierra Magazine, Posted January 28th, 2009

What our grandparents can teach us about saving the world

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Slow Fashion

Slow Fashion

By Zoe Wood, The Observer (UK), Posted January 15th, 2009

As times get hard and green consciousness grows, lasting styles made with organic and fair trade materials are gaining in popularity.

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