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Cutting Back Consumption and Aiming for Zero Waste

The real environmental impact of trash disposal starts when garbage leaves your house and often your consciousness. Much of the energy that created what is now trash comes from nonrenewable sources, so [more…]

Buying New Clothes from Green Companies

Before you head to the mall for some clothes shopping, check out the stores to find out where and how their clothes are made and reward the stores whose principles match your green outlook with your patronage [more…]

Reducing Your Reliance on Unnecessary Appliances

It’s hard to live without some household appliances, but by reducing how many you have and how you use them, you can become greener — and save money on your energy bills. [more…]

The Principles of No-Trace Travel

Being a true green traveler means causing no environmental harm. The seven principles for leaving no trace when you travel to natural areas help you be a true ecotourist. The Leave No Trace Center for [more…]

Making Holiday Decorating Less Stressful

Here's the best tip for keeping your holidays less hectic: Less is more; keep your decorating simple. You can have a wonderfully impressive holiday decorating scheme without working yourself into a frenzy [more…]

How to Buy Sustainable Types of Fish

Buying fish brings with it a whole range of ethical and green issues. The world’s fish stocks are dwindling, which means that fishermen have to go into deeper waters to bring home their catch. Fishing [more…]

Deciding Who Will Plan Your Green Trip

Your first step in planning green travel is to decide whether you can spend time researching the trip yourself or whether you prefer to let someone else handle the details of your eco-friendly vacation [more…]

Riding Green on Public Transportation

Using buses and trains is greener than driving because there’s strength in numbers: The amount of polluting gases emitted divided by the number of passengers means that each person is responsible for much [more…]

How To Find Green Travel Operators

Whether you’re heading for an art-filled city or a wildlife-rich forest, you may not want to plan your entire green vacation yourself. To keep your trip eco-friendly, find a tour or travel business operator [more…]

How to Go Green in Storage Spaces

Storage spaces can pose a serious problem when you’re trying to go green because they tend to be home to everything that’s not wanted (or not safe) in the house. Environmental hazards, such as propane [more…]

How to Choose a Green Vacation Destination

Where you choose to go on your eco-friendly vacation depends largely on what you want to do when you get there — aside from enriching your mind and renewing your spirit without harming the planet. Whether [more…]

How to Read Food Labels with a Green Eye

Buying food can be confusing, particularly if you’re trying to make healthy and sustainable choices. Reading food labels is important because they’re often the only source of information about the content [more…]

How to Find a Green and Ethical Financial Institution

You’re living green and want to find a financial institution that embraces green and ethical action in every facet of its operations. You need to match the institution — whether it’s a bank, credit union [more…]

Thinking about Earth-friendly Travel

Fossil fuels run most major forms of transportation, so think about your mode of transportation as well as your reasons for traveling before you set off on a long-distance trip. Consider traveling in a [more…]

How the Government Can Go Green

In order to meet the world’s increasing demand for energy without further damaging the world’s climate and environment, specifically preventing carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere, governments [more…]

Reducing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

That “new” scent that comes with many new home improvement materials is the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — hazardous chemicals that cause illness and contain known and suspected [more…]

Avoiding Travel by Shopping Online

The Internet can help you be green. You can use it to shop online and eliminate trips to shopping areas — trips that you would probably make in your car, which emits greenhouse gases that contribute to [more…]

How to Find Out about a Bank’s Green Practices

To find institutions that you’ll be happy banking with, first talk to your current financial institution about its practices. If they’re not green enough, a quick Internet search of different local options [more…]

Respecting the Local People on a Green Vacation

A good green vacation involves showing cultural sensitivity. You have a responsibility to be the best possible guest you can be. This not only includes green travel principles but connecting with the local [more…]

Supporting Local Economies and Communities on Your Green Vacation

Whether your eco-friendly vacation takes you to a bustling city in Japan or a tiny village in Patagonia, make sure that your green principles show by spending your money to support local businesses and [more…]

Organizing Any Room in Five Easy Steps

Has the clutter really piled up in your living space? Do you have a room that you are ready to reorganize? Use the following five-step approach to ensure that you cover all the bases when organizing any [more…]

Essential Tools for Home Organization

Organizing is hands-on work! You can save valuable running around time by assembling a few basic tools before you start an organizing project. To take a room from cluttered to cleansed, you need the following [more…]

Handy Carpentry Techniques for Home Organization

Tool belts, and those who wear tool belts, can be intimidating. But a few carpentry tips can help you organize your home.. Here are a few carpentry techniques frequently used during home organization: [more…]

Sorting Tips for Organizing Every Space in Your Home

Deciding how to store things is an essential part of organizing, and the following tips and guidelines will help you make quick and effective sorting decisions as you organize different areas of your home [more…]

Organizing Do-It-Yourself For Dummies Cheat Sheet

What do you need to do before you start to organize your home? Prepare yourself for the process or organizing your stuff both mentally and physically — read up on the five fundamental steps of organizing [more…]

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