{Eco Inspirations} Backyard Secrets: Ground Source Heat

This is not my house, but that's what our loop field looks like under the surface.

I am blessed to live in the country and with such a view in my backyard. The leaves have been glorious this year! Here my children play games in the grass and enjoy their little log cabin playhouse (see it?) and I hang out my laundry whenever I can. But this scene also holds a […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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About 2 years ago I purchased a house for my girls and I, a little red gingerbread house that is over 90 years old.  I love old houses, but with an old house comes several challenges.  I’m hesitant to do any kind of work that will change the original structure and feel of the house, […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} Pumpkin Party

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Happy Monday! It’s time for your weekly dose of Eco-Inspirations – and when thinking about what to highlight this go-around the choice seemed obvious: Pumpkins. Sure I could bring you the latest green tech news or a moving story about what one small town is doing to make their community more sustainable – but it […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} Drive Less, Bike More

So many of us want to live greener lifestyles and cut back on our carbon footprint, but there is one part of the carbon footprint that people seem to struggle with: commuting. There’s no point in denying that we live in a car-centric country, but what if you – yes, you – could start changing […]

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{Eco Inspirations} 3 steps to a greener life

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There are hundreds, if not thousands of things  you can do to live a greener lifestyle. Here are a few that are fairly easy to implememt and have a big impact on simplifying and greening your life. 1) Stop  consuming commercial/mass products. All of those bottles of shower and sink cleaners; shampoos, cosmetics and fragrances […]

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{Eco Inspirations} Minnesota’s Message in a Bottleâ„¢

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been known to drive for many miles with a banana peel on the floor of my car or a plastic bottle in the cup holder, just so I could compost or recycle it at home. I admit, I’m a bit of a greenie. My husband, not so much. […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} A Raw Labor Day

Labor Day is a holiday that holds great meaning for many United Stationers. For those with 9-5 jobs, it’s an extra day off. For others it’s a time to reflect on their roles within the workplace. And yet for most it’s the official summer send off. But no matter how you may be celebrating today […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} Cascade Couriers

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When you live in a very small county (just over 160,000 people) in a very rural area surrounded by mountains on one side and a desert on the other, you don’t expect much in terms of “going green.” However, I’m thrilled that every year, Deschutes County, Oregon gets greener and greener. One of the businesses […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} The Encyclopedia of Country Living

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One summer ago in the 1990’s, I was bored and pawing through the book shelves at my parents house when I found a strange encyclopedia — it was  thick and cumbersome, forlorn and dog-eared.  My teenage self first stalled from opening the book thinking “Why would I read something during summer vacation!” But it was […]

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