Green

GreenlivingYou’ve probably noticed that green is everywhere these days--in the news, politics, fashion, and even technology.  That's all great as far as we are concerned, but with a million messages coming at us from all sides, it is easy to get caught up in the hype without really understanding how our actions affect our health, plants, animals, and our ecosystems.

With more and more areas struggling with droughts, conserving water is more important than ever. Even if you're not living in a drought-stricken region, cutting back on water use also means a lower utility bill and helps conserve a precious resource.   Whether you're ready to cut back on your showers or replace your lawn with water-wise plants, there are lots of big and small ways that you can conserve water around the home. Don't worry if you can't do everything on this list. Just pick a few things to start with, and do more as you can. Even a…
  It's the time of year when my house starts to fill up with unwanted guests. Because I live on the edge of a big open space, the field mice naturally gravitate to my nice warm walls as the weather gets cold. My cat, unfortunately, appears more interested in chasing birds than mice–and the mice seem to know that. (I learned from Barbara Pleasant's great article, "Rodent-Proof Your House," that male cats, like mine, are more likely to go play the field, while females stay home to handle mice.) I'd rather not kill the little creatures, even though they did…
A Greenpeace investigation has discovered the toxic chemical nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) in clothing made by 14 major brands, including Adidas, H&M, Converse and Abercrombie and Fitch. NPE breaks down to form nonylphenol in water, which disrupts hormone levels and has been known to cause fish to change gender. Due to its persistence, nonylphenol builds up in each level in the food chain, meaning humans receive the highest dosage and can suffer from hormone imbalances as a result of eating contaminated fish and water.
According to our grandmothers' wisdom, Monday is Wash Day. After Sunday's day of rest, homemakers traditionally took on one of the week's most difficult tasks: the laundry. Whether you're disciplined enough to schedule your laundry days or you just do a load or two when you've run out of socks and underwear, the following recipe for simple washing powder will make the task more fun. This laundry detergent is simple to make, saves you money and smells heavenly.
My father killed a 44 inch rattlesnake in his back yard this past weekend after finding his cat and the snake in an intense duel. While I do not necessarily agree with killing wildlife (just a personal preference) I do agree with killing things in and around your home that could possibly cause harm when provoked and the last time I checked rattlesnakes can do just that. With that being said, I also have three young sisters running around that yard so hats off to my dad for getting rid of this guy.
If you read the title of this article and groaned, don't worry: We're not going to tell you to embark on a five-figure eco-friendly kitchen renovation or encourage you to try baking your potatoes in the sun. No doubt you've already heard some statistic like this: If every home in the U.S. replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent, we would keep as much global warming pollution out of the air each year as if 800,000 cars suddenly disappeared.
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