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Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Easy-Care Washable Blanket

Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Easy-Care Washable Blanket

I've coveted Pendleton wool blankets for years, but only recently allowed myself to purchase one of the pricey bed covers when I realized it would be a quick and frugal fix to cold nights in our new house that is without insulation and wrapped in old siding and laden with air holes and old drafty windows, many of them broken. The Regency wood burning stove insert we ordered before we moved in nearly 3 months ago still has not arrived or been [...] Continue reading

Composting, Envirocycle Compost Tumbler, Worm Bins & Vermi-composting

Composting, Envirocycle Compost Tumbler, Worm Bins & Vermi-composting

This weekend, more than 2 months after moving into our new house, I finally retrieved our envirocyclefrom our old Manhattan apartment building basement and found its new home in our backyard, so it seems an apt time to revisit the important topic of composting. Most of us now know what a good thing for the earth and our health composting kitchen scraps and yard debris is, but many Americans still don't realize how fun, easy, satisfying, and [...] Continue reading

Banana Bread Recipe - Use Your Bananas Before They Go Bad - Prevent Food Waste, An Environmental Issue

Banana Bread Recipe - Use Your Bananas Before They Go Bad - Prevent Food Waste, An Environmental Issue

It's shameful and an environmental issue that America throws away nearly half of all its food, according to Jonathan Bloom. Necessity IS the mother of invention! In an effort to not waste our food, I recently created this easy to make, delicious, moist confection -- a hybrid of several banana bread recipes I found online and in cookbooks -- in order to use most of a banana bunch before laying them to waste. *We don't have composting set up yet [...] Continue reading

Marmoleum - Eco-friendly, Sustainable Flooring Options

Marmoleum - Eco-friendly, Sustainable Flooring Options

The most sustainable option in flooring is clearly making use of what you have. But that's not always possible or desirable. Once we removed the old, funky-textured linoleum, peeling asbestos tiles, and avocado green and royal blue 1970s carpeting, we were lucky to find good oak wood flooring throughout most of our new home, so we'll only have to sand, then finish them with a low- or no-voc wood floor sealer. Our kitchen and bathrooms are [...] Continue reading