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Eco-friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Eco-friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

The classic gifts for Valentine's Day are store-bought flowers, candies, cards and jewelry. Hoping not to sound the killjoy, I'd like to put a green-twist on the holiday giving this season by offering some suggestions for more eco-friendly gift ideas. Give a gift certificate for a home cleaning! Give a gift certificate for a professional massage. Give a gift certificate for a class - art, yoga, music, etc... Cook a special meal (try to use local [...] Continue reading

Donna Keiko Ozawa's Wooden Chopstick Sculpture & 10 Ways To Re-Use Disposable Wooden Chopsticks

Donna Keiko Ozawa's Wooden Chopstick Sculpture & 10 Ways To Re-Use Disposable Wooden Chopsticks

We can't all make as finely conceived art from our used wooden chopsticks as this short video shows Donna Keiko Ozawa does, but we can definitely give second and maybe even third lives to our wooden chopsticks, or refrain from accepting them at restaurants entirely. When the idea for this entry occurred to me a few weeks ago after eating Japanese take-out I thought I'd write a cute little something on chopstick crafts. I was not aware how [...] 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

how to make envelopes from old new york magazines - "best cleaning service" eco-friendly ms. green-clean

how to make envelopes from old new york magazines - "best cleaning service" eco-friendly ms. green-clean

Blame it on an early morning coffee binge and Pandora radio. Something made me choose the Linda Ronstadt station instead of the old-lady Bach station I usually listen to. The first song that plays is "Willin'" and I'm immediately thrust back to 1974 Oxford, Ohio, the quaint college town where I grew up a latchkey kid, the middle sibling of three. It's summer, my older sister, younger brother and I are barefoot and hanging out with Penny and [...] Continue reading