Love cloth! saves lots of money, saves on emergency trips to the store for MORE diapers, great on the environment, fun stylish designs that you can't get from disposables. We've had less leaks, less messy explosions and yes, even less diaper rashes.
I love public libraries and would keep them around if I were in charge. That may sound like a common statement, but in my case it's quite a generous compliment. I'm one of those heartless, evil libertarians rightists keep saying are unpatriotic and leftists keep saying are racist. (And no, I'm not especially unpatriotic or racist. I can see the angle on the first one because … more
I'm a huge fan of reusable shopping bags and feel so naked when I go grocery shopping without them. Some have voiced concerns about them getting germy over time, so my suggestion is to skip over those 99 cent plastic bags (they break really easily anyways) and pay the $5 for a sturdy cloth ones which can be tossed into a washing machine. Mine have lasted me for years. Note: mine … more
Walking is that simple, basic, everyday human function in which you place one foot in front of the other in order to propel yourself forward. It's something that absolutely everyone who has ever lived knows how to do, and the VAST majority of the human population does it or at the very least has been capable of doing it in their lifetimes. It's useful as a means of transportation and exercise, especially … more
BaronSamedi3 posted a Quick Tip about Recycling.
May 17, 2011
The concept of reusing materials is fantastic. But I do frequently wonder what kinds of materials, chemicals, and energies are used in the actual recycling process. How much consumable energy is used in recycling, and what kinds of cleaning chemicals are used? I find it immensely disturbing that the environmental experts I asked these questions to were stopped dead in their tracks and didn't have … more
Let me just start by apologizing to all devout-Trader Joe's shoppers. I know, I've been there. In fact, I started shopping there more than 20 years. Very friendly employees, fun & colorful packaging, easy to handle and perfect for bachelor/ettes & college students, loooow prices, and kitchy titles on self-branded items. But my boyfriend … more
Clay_Miller posted a Quick Tip about Trader Joe's.
February 28, 2011
Precycling is really just about buying less junk you don't actually need. Ever since I left my full time job to stay home with the baby (and work from home part-time) we have been a lot more selective about what we buy, many things people consider 'necessities' we do just fine without. Healthy food is our biggest necessity.
EcoMama posted a Quick Tip about Freecycling.
February 21, 2011
My daughter is dressed mostly in 'freecycled' clothing from relatives, there is so much to go around I can't even imagine throwing it away, what a huge waste. Craigslist is great for this purpose, I've given away a lot of things we don't need there - stuff you couldn't really sell.
While out of town, I had the chance to do some Actual Reading. It was delightful–staying at my folks’ place, we were all four of us staying in one big room, so there wasn’t much we could do after the kids went to sleep besides read. I guess we could do it at home too, but we for some reason just…don’t. Which is too bad… I finally read Barbara Kingsolver’s … more
The Mobion fuel cell developed by MTI Micro is a green solution to battery technology. In fact the Mobion Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) technology is much greener than batteries that use lithium for power plus the DMFC lasts hours longer in small electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and digital cameras. Methanol, once known as wood alcohol, is used to supply the power for the Mobion … more
ariajuliet posted a Quick Tip about TOMS Shoes.
January 12, 2011
TOMS are quite comfortable, but they do shrink when they get wet, so be careful. That makes them hard to wash, though they get dirty very easily. I still love my TOMS, even if they are a little too tight.
When I travel to other countries, I'm always pleasantly surprised by how little meat they serve, which is fine by me considering I was a vegetarian for over a decade. You go to foreign cuisine restaurants in the States and a lot of the time, all you see is meat on the menu, but when you actually go to that actual country and see what people eat at home on a regular basis, it's surprisingly … more
Bethany_K posted a Quick Tip about TOMS Shoes.
January 07, 2011
I want to love these shoes and buy a pair because I think the company is doing a great thing with their mission, but unfortunately TOMS shoes will never appear on my feet. I really don't think they're attractive....at all. I saw a spiffed up pair at Nordstrom's recently. They were gold, with gold sequins. I thought about trying them on, but i just couldn't do it.
Bethany_K posted a Quick Tip about Trader Joe's.
January 07, 2011
Gotta love Trader's! Though it's always annoyingly congested inside this grocery store, I still go for the unique food products and cheap variety of wine. Their layout is convenient and easy to navigate (so helpful when you want to get in and out!) and I've always found their staff to be very friendly. A must-go for healthy food.
When I immigrated to the U.S. I was a little shocked that meat was served at nearly every meal. I think this is the only country with such unethical consumption of meat, not to mention it isn't healthy in such copious amounts. I've been Americanized though, and now even I need a reminder for less meat! We just have random meatless days throughout the week, but not because I plan them, we just choose … more
Meatless Monday is a GREAT way to make a small commitment that will have a BIG impact on the environment, and more importantly, your wallet and your body! Eating vegetarian meals can save you a lot of money as they add up (vegetarian entrees at restaurants are typically $2-$5 less, and vegetables are the grocery store are very affordable!)