{Eco Tips} 4 Ways to Garden Sustainably

It’s been warm some days here in the Midwest, turning many people’s thoughts to spring gardening.    Gardening in the city is a big deal these days.  There are many federally funded programs for bringing gardening to schools and nursing homes.   People living in rural areas have known and received the benefits of sustainable gardening for centuries. Even […]

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2011 Heart of Green Awards

I want to tell you about a website, the Daily Green www.Dailygreen.com.  It is a daily web paper billed as the ‘consumer’s guide to the green revolution’.   You can vote on their website for the “2011 Heart of Green Awards”.  Here’s the list of categories: 2011 Heart of Green Awards: Full Coverage Local Heroes Lifetime Achievement […]

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Is Your State in this for “KEEPS”?

The US EPA and Dept. of Energy have a national Energy Star program.   Starting in 2004,  Kentucky developed the “Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools” (KEEPS).   The state started with two school systems.  In 2010, all 174 Kentucky school districts were required to enroll, thanks to a stimulus fund grant.  The grant provided money to hire […]

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We are getting better and better

We are excited to announce some great changes to our humble abode here on Eco Etsy’s site. We have added some new tenants and moved the furniture around a little so that you can appreciate the comforts of our home better. As you have probably noticed, we’ve added a new feature called, {Tuesday Treasury} where […]

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25 Ways to Eat Sustainably

This post was originally published on my blog, ecokaren, last year but with the recent disappointing news about GE Alfalfa being approved by the USDA, I thought I’d re-post this list so that we can remind ourselves how to eat more sustainably. I know many of you are already following these practices but I thought […]

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Absolutely No-Sew Draft Dodger

I don’t know what temps are like where you are, but here they were in the single digits last night.    I was lucky to be able to stay inside where it was warm and dry.  We installed new weatherstripping this fall, and, of course, our house has added insulation.  Another way to keep it warm […]

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What is Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Paint

On “Happy Eco New Year” post, one of the eco-resolutions I suggested was using low VOC paint for your next painting project.  Some of you were probably thinking “What the heck is low VOC paint and why should I use it?”  I’m going to answer those questions now. VOC is short for Volatile Organic Compounds.  […]

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Happy Eco New Year

Well, it’s over.  All the winter holidays I know of except Epiphany and Valentine’s Day have come and gone.  I still have a few more scheduled hours at the department store, but the holiday season is over. The real issue for this time is a fresh new year full of possibilities.  An opportunity to try […]

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Tinsel Wreaths

With the kids out of school for the holidays, it’s always a challenge to keep them busy! Have them make some holiday decorations. All you need for these tinsel wreaths are embroidery hoops, which are readily available at any thrift store, and garland tinsel, which you might already have. Then just wrap, wrap, wrap and […]

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