25 Ways to Eat Sustainably

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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

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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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Ten Tips for Winter Heating

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We all want to save energy and money this heating season. Greenwala published these ten ways that people make mistakes with their heating. I found them to be very helpful and will, for instance, not shut down my unused rooms any longer. Even with a constant flow of information about energy efficiency, homeowners make major […]

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Eco-Wrap Your Holiday

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The holiday season has officially arrived.  Time for family, friends and food.  And Tradition.  Most families have many holiday traditions that define the holidays for them.   Some holidays wouldn’t be the same without Grandma’s stuffing and Aunt Carol’s decorated sugar cookies.    Others would be hollow without certain decorations and activities. While traditions are the stuff […]

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