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Eco-linking roundup
Energy Saving Tip: Keeping your fridge full
Eco-friendly tips
21 Ways to Make your Home Environmentally Friendly

Greening Your Life
Greening your travel
Greening your dorm room
Back to school supplies

Greening Your Home
Green home Makeover
Basics: Part 1 - General
Basics: Part 2 - Kitchen
A short snippet on Biodiversity
The Scoop on Fair Trade

My Eco-Favorites!
Fair Trade Coffee
Mabu Cleaning Cloths
Sustainable Materials
The Skinny on Organic Cotton

The Green Clean
Green Cleaning Recipes

Buying a low-emissions car
Everything you Need to know about hybrid cars
The Best Green Cars Around
Smart Cars

Organic Food
Organic Produce Priorities

Multimedia - Videos and Visuals
Visualizing Climate Change
What happens to paper/newspaper when it is recycled?
Benefits of Sustainable Furniture video
Turning Green Podcast
The world without humans
Raising Green Kids
David Suzuki Videos

Green Company Highlights
Fair Trade Sports
Remarkable UK Stationary
Eco-papers (tree-free journals and more)
Your Conscious t-shirts
Maki Squarepatch - handmade goods made from reclaimed materials
Green Toys!
Stewart Brown
Branch Home
Knu furniture
Simple Shoes

Minimal Harm Music/Movies
Yoko Ono - I love you earth
Great Lake Swimmers - Your Rocky Spine
Sarah Harmer - Escarpment Blues
Arctic Tale

Green Kids
Play Green With Green toys

Green Books/Reviews
Grist: Wake up and smell the planet!

Green Architecture
Aga Khan Award For Architecture 2007
LEED Platinum certified EPA building in SF
LEED - what does it mean?

Eco-friendly Gadgets
Wind-up music/video player
Green Building
Rammed -Earth
Green Roofs

Good News!
Black footed ferrit no longer endangered

"The Cause"
The Nature Challenge
Geek Squad - Ideafest

Green Initiatives
Wave Energy
Ontario's last coal plant-2014
Zero Emissions buses 2010 olympics
Wind-powered potato chips
biodegradable cell-phones
biodegradable cell-phones

Green Heroes
David Suzuki

Attn: Nature Lovers! Enjoy what you're trying to preserve!
10 Things you didn't know about plastic bags

100% Post Consumer Recycled Paper Stationary

Posted By Tazim Damji on Jul 19, 2010 at 4:26PM

I started this group a long time ago and have been more or less absent for a while concentrating on school and my art practice. What I have been doing lately is starting my shop on Etsy. I mostly focus on paper goods - letter sets, greeting cards and limited edition prints. I care about the environment, so use 100% post consumer recycled paper and reuse material for packaging to ship items! I am influenced by Canadian and other landscape and animals, so that is what I have in my line. :)

Studioahimsa on Etsy


Casa Verde: Musty Tees For Dusty Needs

Posted By Home on Jun 24, 2010 at 5:00AM

Got dust? No matter how often I vacuum, it never fails when I sit on my carpets or rugs, my pants always pick up the dregs on the floor. While Swiffers and other cleaning products do a fab job of sweeping up dust bunnies and capturing the thin layers on the dressers and shelves, it seems my threadbare clothes could potentially equal their task. If they can find lint on a fresh floor, they could probably grasp other messes. Instead of tossing sheaths into the trash can weekly, I decided to turn my rags into riches by employing them as my dust buster.

I simply cut the old rags into squares and popped them onto my Swiffer stick. Old workout clothes happen to pick up the most dust. If you don't have a Swiffer, you could simply use a square mop and rubberband. Attach the rag to the bottom and head into the dust. When the shirt has done its work, you can turn it inside out and use the other side. You can kiss those dust bunnies goodbye and throw those rags into the washer for many future uses!

Exposed-Filament Bulbs: Totally Hip but Hardly Green

Posted By Home on Jun 8, 2010 at 1:00PM

I love the antique look of exposed-filament bulbs, and apparently so does everyone else. I recently spotted a chandelier featuring the bulbs at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase House, and they're a hot commodity in hip, high-end restaurants in New York and beyond.

There's just one problem: they're terrible for the environment. Designed to mimic Edison's first lightbulb, the antique-looking lights consume antique levels of energy, far more than conventional lightbulbs and way more than CFLs. Plus, because they give off heat, they often require restaurants to crank up the AC.

I can definitely see the appeal of exposed-filament bulbs. They cast a flattering, candlelight-like glow and give off a cool vintage vibe. It fits perfectly into the larger design trend of incorporating industrial elements into home interiors, so it's no surprise that retailers like Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware, and more are selling versions of the bulb.

As much as I love the look, I think I'd feel too guilty and wasteful hanging these in my house. Considering that New York restaurateurs are saying the look is "played out," maybe it's time we moved on to greener pastures. What do you think?

Angies List -

Posted By MireMolnar on Dec 23, 2009 at 9:24AM


Whether it’s last minute holiday repairs or getting a jump start on those nagging home improvement ideas you’ve been putting off – Angie’s List is your go-to site to get it all done!

Have you ever wished that when hiring a professional for home improvement jobs, you could see a report card on their performance? What about having the ability to read reviews from the people in your neighborhood without having to go door to door for advice? Perhaps you are pessimistic due to a prior disaster involving a contractor with less than classy behavior around your children. Or maybe you have had a surprisingly satisfying experience with a team of local landscapers who not only helped you realize your dream but made it better than you could have imagined. Whether you need a job done or you have just had one completed and would like to share your experience, Angie’s List is the answer to everything.

What is Angie’s List?
Angie’s List is a website where you’ll find thousands of unbiased reports and reviews about service companies in your area. You can find information and costumer reviews on over 450 categories of service. Angie’s List members share their experiences with each other so that you can choose the service company that’s right for your job the first time around. This is more than just a resource site for home improvement. You will also find services such as health care, child care, fitness centers, catering and much, much more. You can even search from a list of strictly eco-friendly companies for those of you who are dedicated to green living.

When browsing through the Angie’s List you will find all kinds of extra helpful information. For example, there is Angie’s Tips and I think you’ll agree that the tips provided are not what you would expect from any normal website of this nature. Here are just a few topics that could help answer those little questions that nag you from time to time:

How to buy green flooring
When to keep a sick child home
How to break up with your hairstylist
Holiday decorating safety tips
Online shopping tips
Diabetes warning sign and tips

Angie also has what is called a penalty box. Rather than only listing those service providers that are excellent, she also finds it very important to list those that have failed to meet a costumer’s satisfaction. The penalty box is operated by a complaint resolution process. There are four possible outcomes in the resolution process.
The first outcome is “pending” meaning that the complaint is in process and a final outcome has not yet been determined. The second is “resolved”, this simply means that the service company has met the member’s request for resolution to the complaint. The third is “stalemate” and it means that the service company has responded to the member’s request for resolution, but they have declined to fulfill the member’s requirements for resolution. The fourth and final outcome is “penalty box” and this is reserved for companies that have failed to respond to a costumers request for resolution, or sometimes they have responded but failed to follow through with their promise to the costumer. Bottom line is you don’t want to end up in the penalty box if you are a company on Angie’s List and as a consumer you would want to steer clear of these companies for your service needs.

There is quite a bit of buzz surrounding Angie’s List. Aside from all the wonderful advice, helpful tid bits and dozens of other reasons to visit this website there is a wonderful section where you can check local news reports as well as local costumer reviews just by picking your city and state from a drop down list. Once you choose your town you will be directed to a page where you can read thousands of reports to help you in your decision making process.
Check out some of the reviews from nationwide reports:




And here are some costumer reviews:

“I’ve heard horror stories about women being taken advantage of on price and service, and I didn’t want this to happen to me. So I talked to a friend, and she directed me to Angie’s List. What a blessing! Now I can avoid being the victim of another horror story. Thank you Angie’s List!”
–Jessica K., Atlanta, Ga.

“When I had a problem with a service provider, Angie stuck up for me, and I got action immediately. I wish I would have called earlier!”
–Robert H., Columbus, Ohio

“Before Angie’s List, selecting a service provider was like throwing darts blind folded. Those who report on Angie’s List have helped me make informed, logical, educated decisions. I am truly grateful.”
–Nancy B., St. Paul, Minn.

“I think it’s great that people can use Angie’s List for medical referrals. I absolutely love my pediatrician, and I think people should know about
my holistic dentist!”
–Joan L., San Jose

There is also a fabulous blog section, podcasts, and Angie’s List Magazine. You might be wondering if there is a fee to join Angie’s List and the answer is yes, but the fees are minimal and with so much information at your fingertips it’s hard to imagine why anyone would use any other resource for their service needs.

So go check out Angie’s List from our retailer line-up. I’m confident you will be impressed and the next time you need any type of service for your home you’ll know exactly where to turn for help.

Does anyone have a Kitchen composter recommendation?

Posted By GirlC on Apr 12, 2009 at 8:19AM

I just bought an outdoor composting bin and am pretty excited to start composting. However, I need to locate it in a sunny area in my yard and that area is far from my patio door. I’d like to have something in the kitchen so that I can collect stuff and only have to trek outside once a week. Does anyone know of a good counter top or under the sink composter?

Who knew ...

Posted By Schaianne on Feb 3, 2009 at 10:57AM

that there were so many alternative uses for plastic bags???? Wow. http://www.instructables.com/id/Plastic_Bags/

Tagged with: plastic bags, green, recycling

Plastic Bag Bags are where it's at.

Posted By Schaianne on Jul 16, 2008 at 4:43PM

Crochet a bag out of plastic bags! Great recycling project!

Unstiffen Your Line-Dried Laundry

Posted By GirlC on Jul 9, 2008 at 2:11PM

Since I tend to dry my clothes outside in the summer I was happy to find this, and will be trying some of the tricks soon!


Tagged with: planet green

Flock Web Browser: Eco-Edition

Posted By Tazim Damji on May 1, 2008 at 4:37PM

Powered by Mozilla, "the same fast and secure engine that powers the Firefox browser", the Flock Browser is a great way to keep up with the latest environmental news and information.

"Flock Gives Back 10% of Search Proceeds:
Flock believes in providing users who download the Flock Eco-Edition a means to give back by donating 10% of search proceeds to the environmental charity of choice, as deemed by the voting of the community of Flock’s Eco-Edition users at the end of this year. Flock makes money when people search through the browser. So the more you search via Flock Eco-Edition, the more we're committing to give back."

Tagged with: flock, web browser, eco