Cleaning Detergents that Are Kind to the Environment (and Your Pocket)

  Over ten years ago Berkeley, the University of California released an article that detailed the harmful effect cleaning detergents have on the environment. Not only are these toxic to the surroundings, the ingredients consist of petroleum and other non-sustainable items. This places a lot of pressure on the environment, but will also push up … Continue reading Cleaning Detergents that Are Kind to the Environment (and Your Pocket)

Living “The Twelve Pains of Christmas”?

Let's Try a Fake Tree Ever feel like you're living in the song "The Twelve Pains of Christmas"? Last year for me it was "rigging up the lights", and this year it's "finding a Christmas tree". It all started a couple weeks ago when I was checking the lights. I remembered how we had to … Continue reading Living “The Twelve Pains of Christmas”?

Earth Day Essentials (Part II)

by Lynn Gamwell Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The mantra of the environmental movement is to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” One can think of these categories as naturally flowing from one to the next, from the macro to the micro level. The big picture and most important need is for humans to reduce consumption. After that we … Continue reading Earth Day Essentials (Part II)

Earth Day Essentials(Part I) Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

By Lynn Gamwell What is a Carbon Footprint? Carbon is a gas that is emitted into the atmosphere from most human activities involving energy consumption. The total daily amount of emissions released from all activities of a person, a home, a business, or anything else is it’s “carbon footprint.” It is important to reduce our … Continue reading Earth Day Essentials(Part I) Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper Alternative

The shopping is (almost!) done and it’s nearly time to get wrapping! Sure, you could upcycle some old newspaper or paper grocery sacks into creative alternative gift wrap, but some gifts deserve beautiful, special wrapping. But don’t run out and buy a few rolls of wrapping paper that will simply wind up in the trash; … Continue reading Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper Alternative