{Eco-Tutorial} Get a Jump on Handmade Holiday Gifts – Make a Colorful Padded iPad Sleeve (or Two or Three)

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Do you often forget to toss your reusable shopping bags back into the car and then realize, once at the market, that you don’t have a bag to use? Do you then buy another… and another … and another, seemingly ad infinitum? Are you attracted to the most colorful bags on offer? Have you found [...]

{Food and Gardening} Hibiscus: A Little Red Magic

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I have always been a huge fan of herbal teas, particularly the sharp tasting “zingers”  that are commercially available. All of these zingers have in common a very special, magical ingredient – hibiscus flower, which grows in many corners of the world, hence its popularity. What is so magical about hibiscus? For a start, the [...]

{Green Living} Keep our National Parks Beautiful – Take Out the Trash

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Sandy Hook is a miles-long, ocean-front, National Park in New Jersey that promotes a “carry-in, carry-out”  policy, in an attempt to keep its beaches and parkland clean. It’s a simple enough concept – whatever you bring in to the park, you take out of the park. If you generate trash, take it back out with [...]

{Food and Gardening} Allotment Gardens in London

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My husband and I recently made our annual trip to the East End of London to visit family. On one of our daily walks we passed through St. James Park and came across the allotment gardens that have been an East End mainstay for many years and became very popular in war time. An allotment [...]

{Eco Inspiratons} Solar Canopies at Rutgers University

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Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (USA), has embarked on an inspiring green initiative – the installation of  more than 40,000 high efficiency solar panels on canopy structures over two major surface parking areas on the Livingston Campus. This represents one of the largest solar canopy energy systems in the nation.  In conjunction with the existing 1.4 megawatt [...]