Sep

17

Green Tip #27: Put a Value on Nature

Check out this amazing TED talk on all the unseen benefits we get from nature: From ted.com: Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think […]

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Sep

03

Green Tip #26: Small Things with Great Love

After reading Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love, I’ve been studying A Course in Miracles. Part of the power behind these two works is their emphasis on staying in the present – not being stuck in the past or trapped by anxiety over the future. Living in the present moment is something that usually escapes […]

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Aug

06

Green Tip #24: Plants!

Ever since my friend the Holistic Health Nerd wrote this amazing post, I’ve had houseplants on the brain. I have what you would call a black thumb. Even cacti have failed under my erratic and inconsistent watering habits. But the incredible benefits of living with something green outweigh my fears of yet another yellowed, decaying, […]

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Jun

25

Green Tip #22: The No (Sham)poo Method

This is quite possibly the worst name for the best thing to happen to my hair care. No Poo means no shampoo, because many of us have enough problems with constipation, which I am not encouraging. Using baking soda & vinegar is a dirt cheap way to renovate your hair care, leaving your wallet full, […]

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May

28

Green Tip #21 ~ REDUCE: The most important R

This Green Tip might be the most important of all: the easiest to talk about and the hardest to implement. REDUCE.  We often have more than we need in our daily lives: food, comfort, climate-controlled temperatures, resources such as water and fuel. But from a global perspective, our resources need to be cultivated and preserved […]

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May

14

Green Tip #20: Simple Clean

Nothing is more satisfying than the easy, one-two bunch of homemade cleaners. Sustainable, safe, and effective, I don’t have to worry about recycling tons of plastic bottles or harming humans, animals, or earth with chemicals. I clean my entire apartment with baking soda, vinegar, lemons, essential oils, hydrogen peroxide, and sometimes (intentionally or otherwise): tea. […]

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Apr

02

Food Waste Roundup: December, January, February, & March

Picture Food Waste is my monthly initiative to bring my food waste down to zero. I keep myself accountable and aware of my food waste by photographing whatever I have wasted for the month and tallying the loss in terms of dollars and sense. I’ll also post simple and innovative ways to save food from the trash […]

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Mar

06

Green Tip #17: Put on a Sweater

Throughout most of Japan, houses do not have central air conditioning or central heat. The same goes for schools. While this isn’t always the MOST comfortable, I’ve learned that we can tolerate a lot more than we think. Actually, the idea of convenience is SO prevalent in our culture, most of the time we don’t […]

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Dec

05

Picture Food Waste: November 2012

Picture Food Waste is my monthly initiative to bring my food waste down to zero. I keep myself accountable and aware of my food waste by photographing whatever I have wasted for the month and tallying the loss in terms of dollars and sense. I’ll also post simple and innovative ways to save food from the trash […]

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Nov

13

Tuesday Green Tip: Holstee “Block” Friday

Let me get this out of the way first – I have a bias against Black Friday. I don’t like crowds; I don’t like stress; I don’t like competive jostling for junk just because it is on sale; and I really don’t enjoy shopping all that much unless it is of the grocery variety. But […]

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