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34 posts from November 2007

November 05, 2007

Daily Tip: November 5, 2007

When it comes to clearing the air, you should can the artificial sprays, gels, and plug-ins: Not only is the packaging wasteful, scientists now say many air fresheners can aggravate asthma and pose other health risks, including developmental problems in babies. Most fragrance products, including ones labeled “all natural,” contain dangerous chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, and phthalates. For a green alternative:

  • Burn beeswax candlesticks or candles that are lightly scented without the use of chemical additives.
  • Make potpourri out of dried flowers, cinnamon sticks, and essential oils
  • Bundle sage or lavender and dry it, then hang it in any room or in the kitchen pantry.
  • Collect fallen pine bows and pine cones and use as a tabletop “scenterpiece.”

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November 02, 2007

Daily Tip: November 2, 2007

Ceiling fans aren't just for summertime. You can utilize your fan in the winter to keep your home warm without using as much heat. By reversing your ceiling fan's motor, hot air that normally accumulates at the top of the room will be projected downward. This improved heat circulation will also help prevent "sweating windows" by discouraging condensation.

For more energy-saving tips, check out Flex Your Power.

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November 01, 2007

The Buzz

"Some things are important for the world to know . . . like how long I shower. Seriously. I take a three-minute shower. It's three minutes, or as short as possible, for a good reason."

--actress Jennifer Aniston in The Green Book (Three Rivers Press)
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If we'd listened to Jimmy Carter, we'd have some great electric cars right now."

--actor Mark Wahlberg
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I'm the kind of guy who doesn't like to see things in skips [British for dumpsters]. I go past a skip and I'll say, 'I could use that. That's a cupboard; that's a nice bit of wood.'"

--Sir Paul McCartney on his dumpster-diving habit
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Women say they like my sense of responsibility. The fact that I'm an activist--that's been attractive."

--eligible environmentalist Aaron Rourke, one of People magazine's six "Lean, Green, Sexy Machines"

Daily Tip: November 1, 2007

If you're already bringing your own mug to your favorite cafe, take the next step and encourage them to switch to organic or fair trade coffee and tea. As for the other meals of the day, eat in if you have time so you can use the restaurant's glassware and silverware. If you have to take it to go, bring along your own carton and reusable silverware, limit the use of paper napkins, and say "no thanks" to bags to carry food in.

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